Initial Response to the Draft Interim Constitution of Scotland
monarchy providing hereditary Heads of State for independent Scotland
contradicts several aspects of even the interim constitution.
of the people. How can the people be truly sovereign while
retaining an actual sovereign*? *'noun
- supreme ruler, especially a monarch’ The
monarchy will be symbolically and spiritually oppressive, even if we
are successful in declawing and defanging it from the current death
grip on democracy it enjoys in its integral position in the
Rights. The rights to vote, stand for election and determine
their own destiny are denied to members of the ‘royal’ family
pertaining to the position of head of state, and the right to elect
our own representatives at state level is denied to us.
This perhaps the most contradictory of the statements contained in
the draft interim constitution.
28 the claim ‘Every
person in Scotland is equal before the law and has equal entitlement
to its protection and benefit’is
factually incorrect. The monarch and the heir are currently
exempt from certain parts of Freedom of Information legislation. Not only that, none of the rest of us enjoy a right of veto over government legislation, before it goes through parliament, on things which affect our private interests.
state that every person ‘is entitled to be treated with respect and
without discrimination on the basis of personal characteristics’ is
in direct opposition to encouraging extreme deference and providing
status and position due to one bloodline - a situation which
permeates society with a snobbery and obsequience that is not only
legitimised but promoted and actively encouraged by governmental
state that the government ‘must seek to promote equality of
opportunity’ is the direct
of no-one but members of one family having the opportunity to be
Heads of State.
state that the rights, powers and privileges which attach to the
Crown would continue after independence, albeit subject to the
constitution and Acts passed by the Scottish parliament, seems to be
attempting to have a foot on two horses which
are about to take off in diametrically opposite
would be quite impossible for the current rights, powers and
privileges which attach to the Crown to continue after independence
if we are in any way serious about sovereignty of the people, human
rights and equality. It simply does not compute.