|Scooped by Peter A Bell|
It is very considerate of the British Government to inform us that the restoration of Scotland's rightful constitutional status will be "forever". But I really don't think anybody in Scotland was under any illusions about this.
It does, however, reveal a rather strange attitude on the part of British nationalists and yet another of those contradictions and inconsistencies which are such a feature of the campaign to deny the sovereignty of the people of Scotland.
On the one hand we have these British nationalists insisting that the Union is the most wondrous thing in all the world. It is the absolute acme of constitutional arrangements, they tell us. It is "the best of both worlds". It is the most successful political union is history. It is a big shiny thing with nary a blemish nor fault.
Given all of that, you'd think these British nationalists would want to fight to restore the Union. You'd assume that their very first thought following independence would be to start a campaign to return powers to Westminster where they are so adamant they belong.
Does their readiness to give up on their precious union not tell us something about how little they actually value it?
And is it not informative that, while British politicians in Scotland claim - with much pompous proudescottery - that they want what is best for Scotland, they are not prepared to fight for what they assert is best for Scotland.
If these British nationalists had the courage of their convictions; if they truly believed all that they have said about the flawless efficacy of the Union, they would be eager to argue the case for reinstating it.
If the UK Government was firm in its resolve that the Union was best for both Scotland and England it would be prepared to at least make some attempt to restore it.
It seems that they are admitting their inability to sell this corrupt, dysfunctional, anachronistic political union to the people of Scotland. But we already knew that as well.