So, the UK Supreme Court has ruled and ruled decisively.
There is no democratic path to a referendum regardless of what mandate is repeatedly obtained through the ballot box.
That’s a dangerously stupid thing for people to be crowing about.
Further, they were very specific: you don’t have the right to self-determination. You got that? Your right to decide your future governance is in the hands of a government you didn’t (and can’t) elect.
But the unabashed glee that the ruling is being met with by Unionists everywhere might need to be checked.
This ruling breaks the concept of a Union based on partnership and consent. The idea of a voluntary union is revealed as fraud and myth. That is the reality now set in stone that has to be defended in public debate.
This ruling is unambiguous, but so too is the exposure that the case for the Union has been abandoned in favour of legal protection. The law has essentially replaced rational argument and vision for a common future. The commentators in your timeline and massing on media platforms for an orgy of self-congratulation know this. This is a victory based on supressing democracy.
But what these commentators have forgotten is that this is not a nationalist movement, this is a democracy movement, and suppressing democracy movements doesn’t have a great track record.
There is a strange melancholy that the Union has been brought to this, but I think it’s worth remembering that its they who have given up. As you watch the barely concealed ecstasy of the judicial authoritarianism remember ‘“be careful the rise might be the fall”.
But if the ruling lays-out the power of the British state it also defines the limitations of the devolved parliament. When we voted on the 11 September 1997, we thought we needed a parliament. It turns out we need a democracy after all.