Sarwar accused of anti-democratic values

(c) Daily Record

The son of an unelected governor in Pakistan cares little for the democratic will of the Scottish people? Who’d have thought?

From SNP Media today:

The SNP has challenged the Labour Party to “stop denying democracy” and back a post-pandemic independence referendum, to give people in Scotland a choice over their future.

It comes as former Labour First Minister Henry McLeish urged Anas Sarwar to ditch the party’s opposition to a referendum because it “will happen some time” and Labour’s decision to side with the Tories has “never been a vote winner”.

Commenting, SNP Deputy Leader Keith Brown said:

“The Labour Party must learn from its past mistakes and stop denying democracy by siding with the Tories, yet again, to block a post-pandemic independence referendum.

“Bluntly, Labour risk being on the wrong side of history the longer they persist with this anti-democratic stance. They are entitled to oppose independence itself, but they have no right whatsoever to try and block a democratic mandate for a referendum.

“The central issue at this election is who gets the right to decide what sort of country Scotland becomes after the pandemic – people in Scotland or Boris Johnson? People in Scotland must be able to determine their own future – and Labour will not be forgiven if they hand control to Boris Johnson.

“By working hand-in-hand with the Tories, backing austerity cuts and a hard Brexit, the Labour Party has destroyed its reputation in Scotland. If they won’t listen to their own party members, and leading figures like former First Minister Henry McLeish, Labour will fall into terminal decline.

“By casting both votes for the SNP on 6th May, people in Scotland can re-elect Nicola Sturgeon as First Minister, secure a strong, fair and green recovery from covid, and guarantee that Scotland’s future is in Scotland’s hands – not Boris Johnson’s.”

9 thoughts on “Sarwar accused of anti-democratic values

  1. The Labour Party is funded from London. They will never agree. The best thing is to vote them out. Get rid of Labour. Take the fight to the Tories. Get another to vote. Independence.


  2. Ciaran Martin, the lead civil servant on the Edinburgh Agreement, which laid the groundwork on the first referendum, stated that by discounting SNP election victories (and mandates) , Downing Street was suggesting there was “no lawful, democratic path” to secession.

    The Scottish politicians and media which agree with the Downing Street veto on the democratic path to independence are ignoring the lessons history teaches us with Ireland as an example.

    Starwars, DRossy, Hi Jack and Wee Wullie are a disgrace.
    Scotland deserves BETTER, not BITTER!

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    1. Indeed! Many here already know of what Mr Martin is expressing. However, reading this written in such stark terms SHOULD be chilling for ANY democrat, even a Unionist! What follows I hope may help to reinforce gavinochiltree’s valuable alert on this matter.

      Ciaran Martin is writing today in The Times under the headline ‘Denying a referendum will change the Union – Despite assertions that the UK is a voluntary partnership, No 10 refuses to let the people decide again on independence;.


      Martin writes: ‘In the middle of the noisiest election since the establishment of the Scottish parliament, there is one crucial, overlooked fact.

      ‘The position of the United Kingdom government is that THERE IS NO LAWFUL, DEMOCRATIC PATH to achieving Scottish independence for an UNSPECIFIED number of decades.” (my emphasis)

      ‘That’s REGARDLESS OF HOW SCOTLAND VOTES next month or beyond. Various ministers have speculated about the length of “QUARANTINE” that must elapse from 2014 before Scotland is allowed to choose its future again.

      ‘For the Scotland secretary, it’s not until at least 2039, a quarter of a century from 2014. For the prime minister, it should be the same gap as between the two votes on Europe, taking us to 2055.

      ‘This marks an extraordinary change in our understanding …..”/paywall

      Many here will be familiar with what now follows but in the context of Mr Martin’s article on the attitude of the Westminster government, it cannot be communicated too often. The extracts are from the text of the Good Friday Agreement:

      “1. … the commitment made by the British and Irish Governments that,…, they will:
      (i) recognise the LEGITIMACY OF WHATEVER CHOICE is freely exercised by a majority of the people of Northern Ireland with regard to its status, whether they prefer to continue to support the Union with Great Britain or a sovereign united Ireland;” (my emphasis)

      And crucially on the matter of the timing of a border poll:

      “2. Subject to paragraph 3, the Secretary of State shall exercise the power under paragraph 1 if AT ANY TIME it appears likely to him that a majority of those voting would express a wish that Northern Ireland should cease to be part of the United Kingdom and form part of a united Ireland.

      “3. The Secretary of State shall not make an order under paragraph 1 earlier than SEVEN YEARS after the holding of a previous poll under this Schedule.”

      Even a seven year wait, if imposed without agreement with the Scottish Parliament, would be a denial if the electorate of Scotland took a different view. A Secretary of State for Scotland’s role? An irrelevance.

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  3. The Labour Party at creation compared to the Party in existence today is pointless.
    Would the Party of Home Rule and the abolition of the Lords recognise Sarwar the shareholder in a company paying minimum wage while he takes half a million in dividends this year?

    The name “Labour” is just boiler plating. The term Red Tories is far more accurate.

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  4. Forcing economic and cultural harm on Scotland, is simply not compatible with democratic theory, or the Treaty of Union. As such political action denies Scots the right to “internal sovereignty”. Especially give Scotland resoundingly rejected leaving the EU. So I think your man Starwars needs some remedial training in what democracy entails.

    Sovereignty, Human Rights, and
    Self-Determination: The Meaning of
    International Law


  5. The fact that a former Labour MP ( Sarwar Sr ) accepts the appointment by a Right-Wing Party as Governor after an absence of many decades from his country of birth is testament to his ”principles ” !
    I take it that these are reflected by his offspring ?


  6. Bit sick of seeing Sarwar ads on youtube quite frankly, can skip after about 3 seconds, but 2-3 seconds of his smarmy lies is enough. I wonder how much it costs to put ads on YouTube…


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