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This page will feature Articles, Speeches and Papers on particular aspects of the Union

and the Constitution from a Unionist perspective.

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5 ARTICLE: COMPLACENCY AND THE UNION BY STEPHEN BAILEY 

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4 SPEECH: THE UNION AND THE REFERENDUM (c) 2014

 BY STEWART CONNELL

3 ARTICLE: DEVOLUTION AND SEPARATISIM HAVE FAILED AND NEED TO BE ABOLISHED.

BY STEPHEN BAILEY

 2 SPEECH: A NEW UNIONIST PARTY BY STEWART CONNELL (c) 2015

1 ARTICLE: THE GENERAL ELECTION DECIDES THE UNION NOT A REFERENDUM BY STEWART CONNELL (c) 2012

 

 Coming Soon:

PAPER: SILK COMMISSION (c) 2013

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Stephen Bailey argues the case that Unionists need to stop being complacent over the Union's future.

Published 27/5/2017

Between it’s inception in 1707 and the Twentieth century the sources of threat to the Union came from a variety of sources.In the Eighteenth century the major source of danger was military.The Union faced two major military threats,in 1715 and 1745 – the Jacobite uprisings.These military threats were defeated and the new British state began consolidating and strengthening itself.Discontent remained in some quarters of Scotland,but after the defeat of Charles Edward Stuart,the Young Pretender,at Culloden in 1745 Unionists nethe Jacobite threat to the British state was effectively ended.His son,Henry Stuart(‘Henry IX’) died in exile abroad in 1807 after never having attempted to seize the British throne by military means.With his death,the Stuart claim to the throne passed into history and there were no other military threats from other sources to the Hanoverians from rival royal houses that came to anything substantial.

Just as the military threat from Scotland was diminishing by the turn of the Nineteenth century,a new source of danger to the Union opened up after the 1801 Acts of Union with Ireland.Throughout the century various nationalist paramilitary groups posed a very clear and present danger to the newly united kingdom.By far the biggest of these groups was the Fenians,an umbrella term for the Fenian Brotherhood and the Irish Republican Brotherhood which used terrorist tactics to try to coerce the British state into leaving Ireland so that an Irish republic could be established.These Irish paramilitary terrorist groupings continued to pose a grave danger to the UK well into the Twentieth century,being later replaced by other factions with the same purpose and using the same terrorist tactics.

By the advent of the Twentieth century,with the exception of the aforementioned Irish paramilitary problem,nationalism in the UK had adopted a constitutional approach towards achieving it's objectives.In Scotland,a process of administrative devolution had been evolving since the later part of the previous century.In 1885 the Scottish Office had been set up and the position of Secretary for Scotland established.In 1926,this post was upgraded to full Cabinet membership and the title became Secretary of State for Scotland.In May 1913,the then Liberal government passed the Government of Scotland Bill by a narrow margin,despite the fact that it was not actually supported by the Unionists.The advent of the First World War killed the bill off.The 1920's and 30's were a tumultuous period in many ways and for many reasons,but in relation to UK politics,they are significant for the formation of Plaid Cymru in 1925 with the purpose of establishing a Welsh government and the Scottish National Party in 1934 with the merger of the National Party of Scotland and the Scottish Party.Both the SNP and Irish nationalism thoroughly disgraced themselves by establishing strong links with Germany during the Second World War.Indeed, Douglas Young,SNP leader from 1942-45,was imprisoned for undermining the British war effort after the SNP advocated that Scotsmen should refuse conscription into the armed forces.Young and the SNP were virtually completely ignored by their fellow countrymen and Scottish regiments went on to establish a glowing record in all theatres of the war.

The late 1940's and 50's saw the establishment of the Scottish Covenant Association,which was a political organization that campaigned for the establishment of a devolved Scottish assembly.The next major development came with the 1973 Kilbrandon Report.The Royal Commission on the Constitution,also referred to as the Kilbrandon Commission (initially called the Crowther Commission) or Kilbrandon Report,was a long-running royal commission set up by the Labour  government of Harold Wilson to look into  the structures of the UK constitutionand the British Islandsas well as the government of it's constituent countries,and also to consider whether any changes should be made to those structures.It began under Lord Crowtheron 15 April 1969,Lord Kilbrandontook over in 1972,and it finally reported back on 31 October 1973.

 

Various models,devolution,federalismand confederalismwere looked at by the Commission,as well as the division of the UK into separate sovereign states.The core issue of Scotlandand Wales were dealt with separately from Northern Ireland,the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.

All in all a total of 16 volumes of evidence as well as 10 research papers were published by the Commission between 1969 and 1973.The final report was delivered to the Conservative government of Edward Heath,which had come to power at the general election of 1970.The report's conclusions rejected the options of independence or federalism,in favour of devolved,directly elected Scottishand Welsh assemblies.Two Commission members,Lord Crowther-Hunt and Professor Alan Peacock,refused to sign the report as they disagreed  with the interpretation of the terms of reference and it's conclusions.Their views were published separately in the 'Memorandum of Dissent'.The Callaghan government of the mid-late 1970's pushed ahead with a policy of devolution introducing bills into Parliament for devolved assemblies in Scotland and Wales.Referenda were held in both these  parts of the UK in 1979.In Scotland,the vote failed to reach the 40% required to pass and in Wales devolution was massively and virtually unanimously rejected by 80% of the vote and as a result,devolution was abandoned.

 

Then came the 80's and 90's and the Conservative governments of Mrs Thatcher and her successor,John Major.This was a seminal period in many ways,but primarily In the effect that the politics of the period had on the Unionists of that era.Mrs Thatcher was  a Unionist at heart.At the very beginning of her premiership,she was surrounded by strongly pro-Unionists advisors like Airey Neave,who had captured the public's imagination with his daring escape from Colditz in the Second World War.This stout hearted ex-serviceman helped give Thatcher much solid advice and support on the tactics necessary for the strong defence of the Union,primarily on a strong stance against the IRA in the Province of Ulster,but also in strongly defending Unionism in general in all part of the UK.As a consequence of this strong pro-Union advice from Neave,but also from several other strong Unionist sources like Ian Gow,for instance,Thatcher's government adopted a very strong Unionist line.It wouldn't even consider any kind of devolution,far less independence.It reasoned,correctly,that devolution would just lead to full independence and,as Unionists,they viewed this prospect with horror,knowing full well from all the empirical evidence that independence was little more than a ticket to severe impoverishment for the constituent parts of the UK.Although Thatcher's attitude to Unionism in Northern Ireland softened in the mid-80's and she signed the disastrous Anglo-Irish Agreement in 1985 (which had a severely deleterious effect on the Province's Unionist community as it gave the Republic a say in the running of Ulster) she continued to maintain a resolutely pro-Union,anti devolution and independence,stance as concerned the rest of the UK up until her departure from office in 1990.

Thatcher's successor,John Major,continued his predecessor's strong Unionist stance throughout his tenure as Prime Minister,strongly opposing devolution up until he lost the 1997 election to Tony Blair's New Labour.

However,herein laid the seeds of a problem for Unionism that was to provide severe difficulties from the late 1990's onwards.During the long 18 odd years of Conservative government,many Unionists in the UK,encouraged by this prevailing political atmosphere of rock solid certainty that the Union was absolutely safe,began to become complacent.They observed that the governments of the day were 100% solidly behind the Union and that there was just as big a certainty that this was how things were going to stay and this bred a strongly pervading sense of complacency in them.Added to this,many Unionists lost,either partially or wholly,the ability to struggle and fight to maintain the Union.They simply lost these instincts and skills as they didn't have the need to exercise them due to the prevailing certainty over the status of the Union.This malaise affected virtually all sectors of the Unionist community,even in it's heartlands of Scotland and Ulster.The political class at the Houses of Parliament(the Commons and Lords) also became affected by this malaise and this was to prove extremely dangerous to the Union when Tony Blair began his assault on the United Kingdom constitution after his defeat of the hapless John Major in 1997.

All this came to a head during the attack on the constitution of the UK that was begun under the New Labour governments of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.Whilst many elements in the Unionist community had become complacent,as described above,New Labour suffered from no such problem and,having observed the relative weakness in their Unionist opponents began to utilize it to advance their devolutionary agenda.John Major's successors as Conservative Party leader,William Hague,Ian Duncan- Smith,Michael Howard and David Cameron whilst holding to nominally Unionist positions had all been affected by the malaise that had been bred in the 80's and 90's and New Labour had very little difficulty in getting their devolution policies through Parliament.The rest,unfortunately,is history.After referenda in 1997,a Scottish Parliament was set up and a Welsh assembly was opened in Cardiff.

Initially,these devolved bodies had minimal powers devolved to them from the House of Commons(though it is important to note that they still has substantially more powers than the proposed assemblies that would have been set up after the referenda of 1979).But,contrary to the line put out by New Labour at the time,this was a process of more or less continuous devolution of powers from the House of Commons to Holyrood and Cardiff Bay,not just a one-off event.More and more powers were devolved to the devolved executives.Did the Unionists at the House of Commons try to stop this flow of powers away from Westminster,as was best for the Union? No,they didn't,because they had become just as complacent as many other sectors of the Unionist community.They had lost the will,and the ability,to oppose the tide of New Labour's pro-devolutionary assault on the constitution of the United Kingdom.

This failure of the political class,allied to the complacent malaise in the wider Unionist community,to stand up to New Labour and it's attack on a unitary UK had serious knock on effects that are still being seen to this very day.Tam Dalyell, the great anti-devolutionist of the 70's and 80's warned that devolution would just be an unstoppable highway towards independence with no turn offs or roundabouts.Subsequent events have proved him right.The SNP continue to agitate for independence very aggressively,despite the fact that they have been very convincingly told by a very substantial majority of the Scottish public that they simply don't want it in a referendum held in 2014 and the fact that poll after poll shows absolutely no desire for independence.Other nationalist groups continue to wage aggressive campaigns to break up the UK.This ongoing campaign by extremist nationalism shows no sign of abating any time soon and this makes the complacency and lack of fight in the Unionist community even more alarming.

So what's needed to counter this lack of vigour in the Unionist community's defence of the Union?The obvious answer is for that group of Unionists who have identified this problem to do whatever they can,with all the strength they can muster,to push their complacent Unionist brothers and sisters out of their funk and show them the dangers that still lay ahead from this new strain of aggressive ultra-nationalism.If this is not done the consequences are too dire to even contemplate.One thing is for sure,the extremists in the UK's nationalist parties aren't going to stop in their pursuit of their goal of breaking up the United Kingdom by any means they can,fair or foul,despite the glib assurances of the pro-devolutionary left.It is the urgent task of all real,committed Unionists to ensure the Union by re-awakening the fighting spirit of the wider Unionist community.

 

© 2017 Stephen Bailey.

 

 

SPEECH BY STEWART CONNELL

 

"THE UNION AND THE REFERENDUM"

 

 PUBLIC MEETING INVERCLYDE AUTUMN 2014  (CANCELLED)

 

 

START

 

 

The first purpose of election is to determine where power lies.

 

 For many years, in most of the constituencies across the United Kingdom electors have not had to dwell upon the

the unity and integrity of the Nation or their place in it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The matter of authorising our MP's to go and sit in the House

 

of  Commons or authorising them to abstain and go and sit

 

somewhere else has not been at the forefront of electors

 

thoughts as they cast their votes, although in the Province of

 

Northern   Ireland our fellow countrymen have had to have that

 

matter at the forefront of their consideration when they cast

 

their vote.

 

 

On the mainland electors have been able to, generally

 

speaking,  focus on the other matter's of our national life:

 

Economy, Education and Health among the rest.

 

 

In other times this is not a bad thing. It has been a mark of the

 

breadth and depth of our historical national cohesion, integrity

 

and security - our identity - that the matter of our national

 

unity has not been at the forefront of our politics.

 

 

However for too long it has been taken for granted that our

 

unity is secure and that power lies in safely and securely  in our

 

British Constitution, it lies in our Parliament, and it lies in our

 

representative traditions and institutions therefore  the

 

integrity of our British Nation need not bother

 

us too much especially in the privacy of the ballot booth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since the introduction of legislative devolution, the unity of the

 

Nation has been in great danger.

 

 

This day has been coming since the 1st of May 1997.

 

 

British General Election's decide the Union as they have done

 

for centuries.

 

In the British General Election of 6th of May 2010 the

 

electorate's in 59 out of 59 constituencies in Scotland instructed

 

their MP to go and sit in the British House of Commons to be

 

part of the whole.

 

 

To be part of the British Nation. No abstentionist candidates

 

where elected.

 

 

In the 2010 General Election none of the Conservative and

 

Labour or Liberal manifesto's contained any commitment

 

to a separation referendum.

 

 

 

 

The Union itself was not a principle matter in the 2010 General

 

election campaign. Even though the continuing slow motion

 

car crash of legislative devolution - which has created a four

 

tier electorate across the United Kingdom and in the House of

 

Commons, continues to disintegrate the Nation and demands

 

equitable resolution. On this point I would simply say that a

 

common Parliament demands common representation.

 

 

The anti-devolutionists of the 1970s and 1980's have been

 

proved right. William Ross, the former Labour

 

Scottish Secretary and Enoch Powell among others

 

warned us. Many, too many did not listen or did want to listen

 

to the dangers that would come with legislative devolution

 

rather than administrative devolution which poses no threat to

 

the Union.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, in only 15 years after it's introduction, legislative

 

devolution has brought us to the edge of complete National

 

dis-integration.

 

 

It is the Conservative and Labour parties that have brought us

 

here.

 

 

It is the Conservative and Labour parties that through the

 

Better Together trojan horse continue to do damage to the

 

Union and have entered a bidding war in promising to do yet

 

even more damage to the Union should there be a No result in

 

the referendum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In May 2011 the SNP won a majority of seats in the

 

devolved Scottish Parliament election.

 

 

On that day like all other days since it's entry into law

 

the Scotland Act 1998 was still in force and it's Schedule 5

 

continued to declare to allcomers that the Union and United

 

Kingdom Parliament were reserved matters and that they were

 

only mandateable by a British electorate at a general election

 

or a by-election. They are not devolved to a devolved

 

electorate.

 

 

The SNP won a devolved mandate on devolved matters such as

 

Education, Police and Fire Brigade but no mandate was

 

possible

 

on any of the Reserved matters including the Union, the UK

 

                                                                  

Parliament, Defence and Social Security among them

 

regardless of wether they were printed in the SNP manifesto or

 

not.

 

The Union was simply not at issue in the Scottish Election. It

 

could not be. The rule of law prevented it.

 

 

If the devolved Scottish election result as the Conservative  and

 

Labour parties claim crossed a

 

rubicon and provided a mandate for quote the "Greatest

 

decision in over 300 years" then surely that rubicon would

 

have been declared at the highest level in government and with

 

the loudest volume and clarity with immediate effect?

 

 

On the 6th May 2011 the day after the Scottish election did Mr

 

Cameron recall Parliament or make a National Emergency

 

broadcast? No.

 

Did Mr Cameron perhaps make an historical declaration the

 

next day on May 7th 2011? No.

 

Perhaps he was busy that week, maybe the next week ? No

 

nothing the referendum did not exist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maybe June before the Summer Recess ? No nothing.

 

 

Perhaps August before the start of the new political year ? No.

 

 

In October then with an ideal forum to speak? Mr Cameron

 

would surely bring the matter to the attention of the Nation at

 

Conservative Conference. No Nothing.

 

 

Only after seven months after this alleged historical rubicon

 

had been crossed was the referendum finally initiated.

 

 

On  8th January 2012 Mr Cameron launched the referendum -

 

the quote "greatest decision in 300 years" on a Sunday

 

morning TV show .

 

 

It is clear that from May 2011 through the Autumn and

 

Winter 2011 an assessment and a decision was made by the

 

Conservative Party that a referendum in Scotland (a Breaking

 

Up Britain referendum) would assist the Conservative Party in

 

securing a softer landing on the other side of the next general

 

election - regardless of it's impact on the unity or

 

Parliamentary constitution of our country.

 

 

The ejection of Scotland would remove at a stroke 59 seats that

 

the Conservative Party has no interest in or even less chance of

 

winning.

 

 

If the result is a no vote, Cameron will claim he defended the

 

Union. Such a claim would be false.

 

 

Since the 8th of January 2012 the Union has been divided,

 

weakened and distracted by the fact of the existence of the

 

referendum.

 

 

The purpose of the referendum - an "alien device" to use the

 

words of Clement Attlee is to provide an artificial authority to

 

the 59 MP's from constituencies in Scotland to withdraw from

 

the House of Commons while still being mandated by their

 

constituency electorate to be in the House of Commons.

A No result and the continuation of legislative devolution will

 

ensure that the second referendum is not too far

 

away.

 

 

On the 15th of  January 2013 the Scotland Act 1998

 

(Modification of Schedule 5) Order 2013  entered the House of

 

Commons.

 

This is the legislation that legally set up the referendum and

 

it's logistics.

 

For the quote "greatest decision in 300 years" - there has

 

been:

 

No Green Paper,

 

No White Paper,

 

No Constitutional Bill,

 

No constitutional debate on the Floor of the House of

 

Commons - the usual method for legislation of the highest

 

constitutional importance,

 

There is no Act of Parliament

 

but still the referendum Order was passed and passed

 

unanimously in a few hours. No vote took place.

 

 

 

Previous legislation of the highest constitutional importance

 

has taken months, years sometimes even decades of debate and

 

votes in Parliament this Order was done in less than a day.

 

The next day the House of Lords did exactly the same thing.

 

 

Our British Parliamentary constitutional authority is

 

being challenged.

 

There can only be one authority in the Nation at one time.

 

The referendum cannot contain authority (secondary or

 

alternative or superior to constituency electoral authority)

 

Authority can only be in one place at one time it cannot be in

 

the referendum and in the 59 MP's from Scotland at the same

 

time.

 

 

 

 

 

In January 2014 Mr Carmichael finally conceded that the

 

Modification Order "does not contain any provisions relating

 

to Scottish constituencies in the UK Parliament."

 

In other words the referendum is a survey.

 

It contains no provisions to reverse the 2010 constituency

 

mandates of the 59 MP's in Scotland who remain tied to their

 

mandate regardless of the result of the referendum.

 

The withdrawal of the 59 MP's from Scotland from the House

 

of Commons - can only occur through constituency election of

 

a candidate on an abstentionist manifesto.

 

 

Any MP in Scotland wishing to negotiate withdrawal or

 

withdraw from the House of Commons must abide by the rule

 

of law. They must seek a new abstentionist mandate in the

 

general election or if they do not want to wait that long must

 

resign and trigger a by-election were they can stand as an

 

abstentionist candidate and seek a majority in the constituency

 

not to sit in the British House of Commons.

 

 

If MP's attempt to negotiate withdrawal or withdraw their

 

constituency from the House

 

of Commons without a new mandate then quite

 

simply they will be in breach of their existing mandate the one

 

that made them an MP and they will be acting

 

outside the rule of law.

 

In the United   Kingdom, we are governed by the rule of law not

 

the rule of MP's.

 

 

The referendum is an attempt to break up the United Kingdom

 

without asking the British People in a general election. That is

 

why it is happening now. After a general election and before a

 

general election. The Conservative, Labour, Liberal and SNP

 

all agree that the question should not be asked in the one place

 

where it should be asked and is always asked even though we

 

may not think about it - a general election.

 

 

 

 

 

Tonight, our enemies are ranged across a broad front.

 

Our enemies know that to break the British you must

 

break their Parliament.

 

 

Our Nation is in Peril.

 

Over the past fifty years, the Conservative and Labour Parties

 

have brought us here - To the Hour of our Test.

 

On the Union and on other matters: Immigration, Europe,

 

Social breakdown, National infrastructure, Economy and the

 

rest the Nation is in ruins.

 

 

National resistance and leadership will not come from either of

 

these parties.

 

 

Unionists will not stand by and watch centuries of National

 

effort and Sacrifice

 

Lost.

 

Our Unity, Identity, Authority, Freedom, and Territory

 

Lost.

 

Neither will we allow our constitutional Bulwarks be removed:

 

Our Established Religion,

 

Parliamentary Government,

 

Limited Constitutional Monarchy,

 

Freedom of Speech,

 

The Rule of Law,

 

Trial by Jury,

 

The Freedom of Religion,

 

The Freedom of Association,

 

The Freedom of the Press,

 

The Toleration of Dissent,

 

 

We will not let our Nation descend into the darkness again.

 

 

 

 

 

Words 17769 (c) Copyright Stewart Connell. The BBC were fully aware of the limited legal character of the Modification Order but refused to broadcast the information as this would expose the Conservative and Labour position as false and illegal as well as expose the BBC narrative and expenditure on the matter  .  A challenge to the BBC refusal to broadcast the information was made to the BBC Board of Governors now called the BBC Trust. The Board of Governors refused to answer the charge and instead diverted their response into other unconnected matters associated with the referendum.  You can read the BBC Board of Governors here......The challenge can be found at the BBC website Complaints and Appeals Board Findings Appeals to the Trust considered by the Complaints and Appeals Board January & February 2015 issued April 2015  PAGE SIXTYONE      

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Published by commonrepresentation.org.uk 13 January 2016

Devolution:

A View From Unionist England.

 

 

 

 

Devolution and separatism have failed and need to be abolished.

By Stephen Bailey

By the mid-1990's it was obvious to anybody who could see that the proposed constitutional reforms of the Labour Party were a recipe for disaster. Whilst in no way reactionary, backward looking of hankering after some past golden era(real or imagined)it was completely apparent to the informed observer that Blair's reforms were unworkable, impracticable, extremely unfair and simply designed to bolster Labour's political power in Scotland. Labour's whole approach to constitutional reform was naive and far from 'killing off nationalism for good' as one Labour politician put it they would be used as a mechanism by anti-British elements to break up the UK.

It is now perfectly clear that the people of the UK have, by a substantial majority, rejected the concept of separatism. In Scotland the SNP's independence referendum was rejected decisively in September 2014.The Scots clearly saw through Alex Salmond's mad plans. If you analyze the voting patterns it can be discerned that independence was unpopular across the social spectrum from the young to the old. But did the SNP accepts this? Some chance. After initially accepting the decision and saying that settled the question 'for a generation', Alex Salmond (remember him?) reverted to type and simply began pushing his separatist agenda, saying there would be one referendum after another until they got the result they wanted. The SNP needs to listen to the electorate and accept their settled will, expressed through the ballot box. This highlights the flaws in referenda in general and shows that they can be manipulated by politicians who only use them if they back up their desired result. Parliamentary democracy is a far better device to deliver the will of the population.

Turning to England, it must be remembered  that separatist constitutional arrangements  have also been massively rejected, as amply displayed by the huge 'no' vote to the setting up of English regional assemblies in the referendum held in the dying days of the last Labour government.

During the last ill-conceived attempt at constitutional change during the Callaghan Labour government of the mid to late Seventies there was a referendum in Wales for a devolved assembly with limited powers. The idea was virtually unanimously rejected by the Welsh by an 80%+ 'no' vote and the plans for devolution were dropped. When asked why they had voted 'no', most of the voters stated that they didn't want yet another layer of administration but more efficient and responsive governance. Given the chance. the evidence from various sources is that the Welsh still feel like this and, if given the chance, would vote to abolish the CardiffBay assembly. There's even an 'Abolish the Welsh Assembly Party' who's aim is to do just that.

The current devolution 'settlement' has created a complete mess. It's created more problems than it's solved and bred inequalities between the constituent parts of the UK. One of the most infamous of these is the West Lothian question, whereby Scottish MP's can vote on matters solely affecting England, but English(and Welsh and NI) MP's are barred from voting on Scottish matters. Devolution's supporters just ignore such problems and insist that we must 'make it work'. Ignoring the problem won't make it go away. And this is just one problems making devolution untenable.

In recent years the people of the UK have expressed their settled will against  foolish, ill-conceived changes to the constitution of this country. Separatist constitutional change has been decisively rejected. It is now crystal clear what the correct path to take is. The UK  has demonstrated that it desires more unity, not separatism and that the devolution experiment has failed to deliver good government. As a consequence, Blair's constitutional reforms need to be scrapped. Legislative devolution should be abolished and a better system put in it's place. A system that delivers localism and decentralization of power(where necessary) but maintains the integrity of the UK.

One way of doing this would be to replace legislative devolution with administrative devolution-abolish the Scottish parliament and Welsh and Northern Irish Assemblies and give their powers to local councils or create new sub-national bodies. This way such bodies have powers relevant to their area de-centralized and localized to them but the integrity of the UK is safeguarded as they would have no power over constitutional matters so they would have no ability to break up the UK as the SNP have abused their devolved powers by doing. It also avoids the travesty of unrepresentative, minority extremists gaining power and forcing through their unwanted agenda against the manifest will of the majority(the SNP gained 17% in the 2011 Holyrood elections-hardly a democratic mandate in anybody's book).

Unity and shared values are the key to framing a successful, viable, practicable and fair UK constitution. Separatism and nationalism, whilst appealing to the short sighted and selfish aims of pedagogues and extremists(like the SNP and Paid Cymru) never produce anything of enduring value. We can make the governance of the UK much better by making it smaller and more efficient and responsive to it's citizen's needs, not by adding more layers. Bloated administrations lead to slow to respond, inefficient, overly bureaucratic and sometimes even corrupt government. Look at the EU.

Whilst emphatically not advocating the centralized imposition of values from one part of the UK, there has to be certain shared values between all parts of the UK. Not the values of one dominant group but certain values that can be subscribed to by the reasonable consensus of the majority of UK citizens, based perhaps on shared history and the outlook that follows from that shared narrative. Within that set of shared values the various traditions of the UK can co-exist. There is a great danger, inherent in regionalism of breeding an insular attitude, which leads to the much greater danger of balkanizing the UK and encourages national fragmentation. Local traditions are important, but not to the point that they sponsor antagonism toward other parts of the country as this promotes national disintegration. Regional devolved  assemblies would greatly promote such balkanization. Third, regional devolved assemblies lead to overly ambitious politicians abusing local issues to make a name for themselves(like Salmond and Sturgeon have).They only interest themselves in local matters that further their careers and ignore other important issues, leading to a decline in shared national values, aiding the break up of the UK. All in all devolved regional assemblies create problems and promote division.

It's time to realise this and remedy the situation by abolishing the root cause of the problem-devolution.

 

Stephen Bailey is a History graduate and lives in Surrey.

 

 

 

 

Article 1

Published by commonrepresentation.org.uk 27th May 2015

 The General Election

Decides the Union Not a Referendum.

 

The unity or separation of the United Kingdom is decided legally and peacefully at every General Election.

In Scotland 59 out of 59 MP’s took their seat’s (including 6 SNP MP’s). To go and sit in Parliament is to accept the valid and binding

authority in law of the British Parliament.

 

It is not open to MP’s who have been sent by their constituency electors to sit in the British parliament to then embark on a

referendum and then claim the referendum is a counter authority even a superior authority to parliamentary authority. The

referendum is a blatant attempt to bypass the electors authority expressed at the previous general

election. The Union must be decided by the electorate. It is always open for MP’s who change their political opinion (become

abstentionist) to offer themselves as  abstentionist candidates at a by election or the next general election.

 

 At a general election electors in each constituency must decide first and foremost if they wish to be part of the whole – the United

Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, if they do then they elect an MP from those candidate’s who indicate that they will

take their seat’s in the British Parliament. For most of the electorate, this decision is largely taken for granted but for many across the

United Kingdom it is matter of high importance, and rightly so. If they do not wish to be part of the United Kingdom then

they must give their vote to an abstentionist candidate and if that candidate wins then the new MP can refuse to sit in the British

Parliament in the knowledge that he represents the expressed electoral authority and political will of his constituents.

 

Abstention is the price that a separatist must pay (willing pay) in order not to belong to the whole. Abstention provides a

parliamentary, representative, democratic and peaceful means for those opposed to the unity of the nation to legally campaign for the

reconfiguration or complete ending of the nation. Representation and abstention are the opposite sides of the same parliamentary

democratic coin. It allows those who favour union and those opposed to union to use a common singular authority (parliamentary

representation/abstention) in order to measure legally and peacefully where power should be exercised (London or Edinburgh). The

referendum mechanism cannot represent an elector as the elector has already exercised their authority in the previous General

Election by placing their authority in their MP. No second authority exists or can be invented for a referendum.

 

Those who wish a referendum on the Union are advocating the existence of two authorities in the United Kingdom: Parliamentary

authority versus referendum authority. This is a dangerous road, one that eventually leads to ruin. Our parliamentary nation

state cannot contain two separate claims of authority. Such a contest leads to political decay and public disorder. We need not and

must not travel that road. 

 

Our British Parliament must confirm it is the exclusive authority in this nation and that the British people as recently as last May, will

together a whole nation as Edmund Burke MP for Bristol in 1774 said “…Parliament is not a congress of ambassadors

from different and hostile interests, which interests each must maintain, as an agent and advocate, against other agents and

advocates; but parliament is a deliberative assembly of one nation, with one interest, that of the whole….”.

 

Parliamentary Election is the method the British people recognise, accept and exercise as the valid and binding authority in our

nation and the foundation of the rule of law. It is the means of how we govern ourselves.

 END

(c) Copyright 2012 Stewart Connell

 

 

 

ARTICLE 4

STEWART CONNELL

SPEECH TO DUMBARTON SOMME ASSOCIATION

14TH JUNE 2015 (MEETING CANCELLED)

 

A New Unionist Party.

 

 

The General Election of May 2015 saw an historic shift in political opinion and in votes not seen in 100 years. 

It was a 100 years ago that the newly formed Labour Party emerged and began to push the Liberal party to the political

margins and then replace it as one of the two principal parties of state.

 

The General Election result must not pass without comment. For 50 years the Conservative Party and the Labour Party  

have taken the British people down the road to national ruin.

The General election result is a signal from the British people that they have had enough. From 1945 until the early 1960's the United Kingdom worked,

it worked well, it worked very well: morally, economically, socially and politically.

 

There was a solid common identity and cohesion that bound the British people together in our common national endeavour

to rebuild, in peacetime after wartime.

This could be seen in an outward way, simply in the roll call of our great and mighty industrial organistion's:

British Railways, British Steel, British Shipbuilders and British Airways to name just some.

 

Then in the early 1960s - one generation after the end of the second world war, the Conservative and Labour

parties both began a revolutionary journey, one that would take us away from the elements that had made us a Great

Nation including our established Christian religion the foundation of our country.

 

 

It was a journey that would demolish large parts of the old British way of life: our steady, rough and ready way of getting

on with it, a working compromise between: the old and the new, order and dissent, stability and eccentricity, tradition and

progress.

 

Even into the 1980s, this common British bond and it's reach delivered a strong imprint across our national institutions and

life in general even though by then substantial parts of our industry had gone.

 

By the early 1990s the bonds were let loose and the fabric torn.  Today the Nation is in ruins.

For many British people across the United Kingdom there is a familiar sentiment, that the country's "gone to pot" - "the

country's going down the drain" or "the country's in a mess, I want to get out. If I had the money I would go to Spain or

Canada or perhaps Australia."

 

 

Today our established church is in full retreat from an aggressive secular movement. The latest social fads and

fashions are now endorsed by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and the General Synod of the Church of

England.

  

Our national public infrastructure and our heavy industry has been shut down or sold to foreign powers and our coal pits and

our coal fired power stations (our natural sources of power) have been closed or are closing. We use about 60 million tonnes

of coal a year in the United Kingdom - today, we import about 50 million tonnes of it. In 1985 after the strike we still

produced about 100 million tonnes with about 100,00 miners.

 

British men have been pushed out of serious work and activities while British mothers are pushed into work while

their children are sponsored by the state to be placed into the "childcare industry".

Meanwhile our Nation is ripped apart and one part set against the other through devolution, our island fortress is opened up  

to mass immigration and our ancient  liberties are surrendered to the Eurostate.

 

How did we get here ? To national decay and dis-integration? Why did we not continue on the steady road of renewal that we

 

were on in the late 1950s? Why did we divert and go down the road to ruin?

 

 Some historians say it was the carnage of the Somme and the  Great War - the first industrialised, mechanical war that

 claimed thousands upon thousands of young men from across the United   Kingdom, from all classes, from all walks of life,

 from all trades and all professions. A generation of British youth, character, loyalty and dedication was lost.

 

They never came back and had families and passed on and transmitted their courage and traits and talents into our

national British Story of the 20th century. Perhaps if they had came back we could have stayed on the right road.

 

 

Others say the loss of Empire, the rise of America and the bankruptcy of the United Kingdom at the end of the second

 world war led the political class to doubt our very existence as a Nation.

 Some say we just took our parliamentary democracy for granted, preoccupied with material wealth we couldn't be

 bothered tending to our history and our most precious possession, our British Parliament and the rule of law. We neglected it.

 

Other recent contributions suggest that the first generation after the second world war, growing up in relative 

peace and prosperity went "overboard" and they became addicted to selfishness and then sought to break down

national authority which emphasises the opposite of  selfishness: it emphasis's selflessness, personal sacrifice for the

common national good.

 

Day in, day out we are told (not least by the BBC) that the British way of life, our ways, our traditions, our methods and

systems must be replaced by the new, a new morality, a new economy, a new social dispensation and a new political system,

not British, not Christian, not united, not purposeful, not independent, not territorial, not free, not ours.

 

I take the view that all these factors played some part in the country going down the road to ruin.

 

It is now 50 years since we started the journey, the  passage of time allows us to look back and examine the effects.

The revolutionary policies of the 1960s have failed. There can be no doubt they have failed.

The evidence of failure is in front of us today in every area of policy.

 

Nothing is working.  The Nation is dissolving before us. There is an almost tangible sense that the United Kingdom is

closing down. That is because it is closing down.

 

The 2015 General Election has given us a last chance. One chance. A chance that will not come again.

The Conservative and Labour parties have torn our country apart. We must put it together again.

 

This can only be done through political action. I believe it can only be done through the formation of  a new United Kingdom wide unionist political party.

 

It can only be done by such a party offering a broad manifesto of national restoration.

 

We must do it.

 

We must do it now.

 

END

(c) Copyright 2015 Stewart Connell