The literal meaning above tells us that we have the power to control our own government, but in practical terms this is not reality as we know it. Here we can see that the UK constitution states that:
Parliamentary sovereignty is a principle of the UK constitution. It makes Parliament the supreme legal authority in the UK, which can create or end any law. Generally, the courts cannot overrule its legislation and no Parliament can pass laws that future Parliaments cannot change. Parliamentary sovereignty is the most important part of the UK constitution.
In contrast, the Declaration of Arbroath 1320, states:
Yet if he should give up what he has begun, seeking to make us or our kingdom subject to the King of England or the English, we should exert ourselves at once to drive him out as our enemy and a subverter of his own right and ours, and make some other man who was well able to defend us our King; for, as long as a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be subjected to the lordship of the English. It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself.
We celebrated the 700th Anniversary of this Declaration less than three months ago, waving our flags with pride and determination in our resolute commitment to the wording of the declaration and the protection of our rights that stem from it. It is our understanding that this right was upheld by all recipients back in 1320 and is further upheld by recent a recent debate at Westminster confirmed in the Claim of Right motion. Passed unopposed at Wesminster on 4th July 2018 it states:
“That this House endorses the principles of the Claim of Right for Scotland, agreed by the Scottish Constitutional Convention in 1989 and by the Scottish Parliament in 2012, and therefore acknowledges the sovereign right of the Scottish people to determine the form of government best suited to their needs.”
If you believe that we hold Sovereignty within ourselves as our fundamental right and the UK and Scottish Parliaments also believe this to be the case, it stands to reason that we have the power to exercise that right as and when we see fit. Therefore, We the people of Scotland, reserve the right to end the Acts of Union whenever we want, without requesting permission from Westminster or Holyrood to do so. As the definition above states, we have the power to control our government and we don’t remember choosing to give that power away, do any of you?
All eyes are on Martin Keatings, leading the Forward as One Section 30 case on our behalf. All arms, legs, fingers and toes crossed for even more clarity of our sovereignty and the right to use it will result from this case. With the outcome expected in late summer, We do believe in the possibility that we will still get IndyRef2020……………….but not necessarily in the way you might be thinking!
All we need to do now is find a way of registering our collective sovereignty to maximum effect, but hang on a minute……how do we do that currently? We suppose you could say that by voting in Elections we are exercising our sovereign right. However, throughout this process we are not in control of when or how we get to vote, what we can vote on or how often we can exercise our right to vote. All Elections or Referendums held within the UK (including devolved administrations) are under the direct control of our government and we continually allow them to make these decisions for us without consultation. Does this sound like we are using our sovereign right to maximum effect? Do you feel empowered by this process? We certainly do not and by all accounts we believe this to be unlawful control of the Sovereign Scottish People.
By definition, we are the only ones that have control over our government and what it does. So why do we have to wait for permission from parliament in order to exercise our Sovereign right and hold a vote on what we want and when? We’re not sure about you, but this seems a little back to front to us!! In practice the sovereignty of Scotland is no longer exercised by its people but rather by the UK parliament instead………when did we agree to this, we don’t remember, do you?
If there was ever a need for us to find another way to express our sovereign right out with the confines of the current political establishment, then that time is now! If only we had a system designed for us where we could register as Sovereign Scots and exercise our right to self-government through a pledge or statement of instruction to take back control.
Well we need wait no longer, we have a system that we can use for this right now, its called The Scottish Digital Covenant. Overcoming all political differences, the Covenant pledge (detailed on the website) seeks to end the Acts of Union and instructs our elected representatives to action this immediately on our behalf. By signing this pledge, we can exercise our right to instruct any form of government best suited to our needs and at a time of our choosing.
“Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front” ― Nelson Mandela
In 2018, when our claim of right was reaffirmed at Westminster, a group of professionally recognised IT specialists within the grassroots Yes movement started talking about the possibility of using Blockchain technology to introduce a new way of delivering real and true democracy for the people of Scotland. They also recognised that first and foremost, we need to find a way of declaring our independence to the world that will be accepted as legal and binding in both domestic and international law.
It’s all very well to gather support for the Covenant pledge, but if we cannot prove that the signatories are a legitimate representation of eligible voters registered and living in Scotland then we will not succeed in ending the Acts of Union. So, how can we prove that we are who we say we are and that we want our independence right now?
The only proof any of us have to show that we are who we say we are is our government issued ID (passport, drivers licence, young scot card, etc). We use it all the time to travel abroad, to purchase expensive items, to buy a house, enter a finance agreements or to gain employment. Now we can use it to secure our independence……..it really is that simple!
This is the ONLY reason why proof of your Name, Age and Post Code are requested as part of the Covenant signing process. Your data is already held by the Scottish Government on the electoral register and we will have to provide them with a direct match of that data from our records in order to gain recognition that the true will of the Scottish people is to withdraw from the United Kingdom. If we cannot prove who all the signatories are, then we cannot claim our independence using the Covenant pledge and the system will not succeed without it.
We understand why many are reluctant to submit their data to people they don’t know, but in reality we do it all the time without question. In recent years, the hype around new GDPR law in workplaces across the land sent panic and fear into many of us (on a personal note, I know this only too well as this responsibility was passed down to me in 2018 so that I could teach my colleagues how to work with this very lengthy new policy whilst dealing with personal data on a daily basis). As an organisation the penalties are extremely high if you are found to have misused data and also very costly indeed, some fines for previous breaches run into millions of pounds!!!
No stone was left unturned during the design stages of the Covenant and Blockchain implementation plan, and the very ambitious target of gathering 3 Million Signatures in order to declare our independence was set at this stage. Why do we need so many signatures in the first place we hear you asking……..it was one of the first questions we asked ourselves!!
The number of eligible voters in Scotland is currently estimated at 4.4million give or take, so we can reasonably estimate that 3,000,000 equals 68% of voters in Scotland. This number also represents in excess of two thirds of eligible voters in Scotland, putting any challenge to our Covenant pledge signatories beyond any reasonable doubt. All we have to do is gather enough support amongst yessers to register their vote by way of signing the covenant.
So do you really think we can do this………of course we can!
And that’s not even the best part of the process………its only just the beginning of what we can build together…..
Each and every signatory of the covenant once verified and committed to the blockchain, will become a member of the Scottish Digital Assembly. For the moment, any signatories that have already been committed to the system have started to gather and chat amongst each other in one coordinated group, the temporary Assembly Hall. We don’t talk about whether we are left or right, socialist or capitalist, SNP or Tory, we just ask questions and debate the answers. We welcome all views and encourage everyone to get involved in the conversation. It’s quite clear that Scotland knows what it doesn’t want, but we don’t actually know yet what we do want.
Until we are all in one place, we cannot possibly begin to know what we all think or want for the future of Scotland. There is a lot to think about and all we hope is that enough people with ideas and knowledge come on board to help us grow. As we gain more pledges and add members to The Assembly we will gain more consensus and begin to establish what we want to see happen in an Independent Scotland. We are united in our support for the covenant pledge and with nothing else to divide us we will be much more likely to succeed. We are some of the first in what we hope will be a very long line of members to come, we cannot rebuild Scotland without you and we don’t want to do it alone either!
We know that we have the right to take back control of our own government whenever we want to, so when you are ready to stand up and exercise your own sovereign right, please sign the covenant and we will look forward to seeing you in the Digital Assembly…………..
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