Sunday, 18 September 2011
Scotland first then Wales and Quebec?
Today Radio 4 broadcast an excellent documentary on the lessons that Scotland could draw from Quebec's experience of independence referendums. The main lesson being 'don't lose' as one contributor explained the No vote in the 1980 was seen as a sign of Quebec's weakness and allowed Pierre Trudeau to introduce a more strident from of federalism to Canada. It is obvious that the current UK constitutional settlement cannot continue as it is, but we must ensure that reactionary forces do not use the Scottish vote encroach on the momentum of Welsh devolution. Whilst there many important lessons to be learnt from Quebec it is important to remember that Scotland is very different to Quebec and there is every chance that Scottish people will vote to take possession of their national destiny.