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Scottish Independence and Scotland's Future
Article by Dr James Wilkie
16th March 2015

Politics has been classically defined as "the art of the possible". The SNP clung to its "all or nothing" approach to independence for years - for so long, in fact, that the achievement of "the possible”, in the shape of the present restored Scottish Parliament and Government, is primarily the achievement of the Scotland-UN Committee. See the representative selection of its archive material at:

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Not only the entire London political establishment is trying to suppress this story, for very good reasons, for the SNP also has no interest in publicising the fact that the Scotland-UN Committee, and not the SNP itself, was the first home rule organisation in 300 years to have achieved concrete results in the shape of the present devolved system.

Whether Holyrood is the achievable limit to "the possible" we will see. I think myself that constitutional independence will come, probably accompanied by the establishment of a confederal association of sovereign states within the archipelago of the British Isles, including the whole of Ireland. How far removed this will be I cannot say at the moment, although it could come sooner than we think, but without the pioneering work of the Scotland-UN group it would not be coming at all, because without devolution the SNP would never have got near the levers of power.

So the ball is now in the court of Nicola Sturgeon and her colleagues, and I wish them well in their endeavours. The SNP has a long way to go before it will be capable of mastering the diplomatic and international aspects of independence that were the basis of Scotland-UN's success. The crucial stage will be after independence is achieved, which is the SNP's raison d'ętre, but there are others coming up behind, including the Scottish Democratic Alliance (SDA), which has effectively taken over Scotland-UN's diplomatic role, to play their part in governing an autonomous Scotland that is firmly integrated into the new global political and economic system that is now developing.

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