Posted on 16-11-2009
Filed Under (Current Affairs) by Rashtrakut

The Economist thinks that the UK’s political parties should call Scottish Nationalist Party chief Alex Salmond’s bluff an hold a referendum on Scotland’s future.  With only about a third of Scots hankering for independence a referendum could put the idea of reviving an independent Scotland in cold storage for some time.  Alternatively it could set a precedent for repeated referendums on the subject as in Quebec.  The idea of a referendum is fairly unusual in the United Kigdom’s constitutional history.  The Parliament being sovereign major decisions have always been decided in Westminster.  This does permit the passage of essential but unpopular decisions, but they could also result in the elites thumbing their nose at public will (as was the case with the original Act of Union).  None of this will of course address the fundamental constitutional flaws that the United Kingdom currently faces.

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