Historical fact: Scots are sovereign
First Minister Alex Salmond, and now John Drummond, chair of the Constitutional Commission, have requested a written constitution for Scotland, post-independence (In or out of Europe, Scotland needs a written constitution, Comment, January 20).
This is a rather odd position to postulate in the light of the historical facts. Scotland-UN (which I founded in 1970) is the only pro-devolution/independence organisation that received an invitation to, and sent delegates to, a United Nations Human Rights Committee meeting in Geneva in June 1980, where our delegates put Scotland's case for self-determination on the world's stage.
Scotland has had, for more than 1500 years, a written constitution (the oldest in the Western world), which merely requires additional clauses passed in Scotland's Parliament to bring it up to the needs and aspirations of the people of Scotland going forward in the 21st century.
No other political or judicial system here or abroad has any dominion over the sovereign people of Scotland nor their Parliament, who are the sole arbiters and superior authority of all matters dealing with our constitution.
Which is why, in 1707, the people of Scotland responded to the news of the loss of their Parliament with unbridled fury. Any legislation of modern times, be it from London or Strasbourg, does not, nor can it, diminish or overturn the legitimacy of Scottish sovereignty as the superior constitutional authority. Why? Because the people of Scotland were never consulted in 1707.
John JG McGill
(General Secretary, Scotland-UN)