Surveying the wreckage of our constitution strewn across the landscape of this Labour-run political decade the understanding that it cannot be reconstituted comes home.
The existential imperative for the Labour junta and party to remain within the European Union ensures that no altered relationship between the UK and the EU can be expected. The ratification of the new Constitutional Treaty will be driven through, for ratification is an act within the powers of the Crown, ie., the governing regime's Executive, and all we are looking at in resistance to, and acceptance of, referendums, or parliamentary debate, is the window dressing.
Only by remaining within the European Union can Labour prevent Scotland's realignment of the United Kingdom's federal relations, if it is true that Scotland sees independence with European Union membership as the destination of its process of devolution. If Scotland opts for the Norwegian model of relations with the European Union, then the Labour regime can use the force of many other EU member states' opposition to encouragement of secessionist regions to restrain Scotland.
The European Union is essentially a federation of the regions, with power devolved to the lowest competent level and and only residual powers operated at federal level. Accepting this (which is not without advantage in correcting the improper level of centralization of power in the UK), then we could ask: how might the United Kingdom organize regions to reflect our history and regional cultural and economic unities, so that the continued centralization of power in the hands of an undemocratic political elite camouflaged by ostensible regionalisation like that currently in place, is avoided?
The separate nations of Scotland and Wales could be joined by Cornwall, Wessex, the Ridings of Yorkshire, Northumberland and the Borders, the ancient territories of the Iceni, (since Roman times recognised as a civitas of these islands), Lancashire, the Marches, together with other city states to join London - Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds...
Properly elected institutions of governance will drain authoritarian Labour of its central control, as Scotland has shown us. And attempts to retain central power would be undermined by the written constitutional arrangments and the practices of regional autonomy obtaining within Europe.
Labour's continued existence requires that it is European but with the United Kingdom federation frozen forever , deformed into irrelevant sectors, like a country defeated in war .
We need to embrace the advantages of Europe for local democratic responsiveness, the preservation and re-creation of whole culturally identified swathes of our country in the way we wish them to be and to be administered; and the destruction of the Labour Project as complete as their Project has been destructive of our past.
We need to be on the real battlefield, not the field that Labour, and its divide and rule socialism, chooses.
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