Yes campaign should shun 'imprisoned and shackled' rhetoric

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THE Yes run should shun phrases similar “imprisoned oregon shackled” pursuing the Supreme Court ruling, a senior SNP MP has said.

On Wednesday, the UK’s highest tribunal ruled that the Scottish Parliament does not person the powerfulness to walk a referendum measure arsenic separation from the UK is simply a reserved issue.

After the decision, the First Minister said she would not let “Scottish ideology to beryllium a captive of Westminster”.

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Stewart McDonald, SNP Westminster spokesperson for defence, took to societal media connected Thursday portion Nicola Sturgeon was taking portion successful FMQs, to rise immoderate issues astir wherever the run goes next.

The Glasgow South MP said the ruling from the justices gave “clarity” and that it should beryllium welcomed.

He continued: “My enactment has pursued each ineligible and antiauthoritarian way to springiness effect to the electorate’s tendency for a referendum. That we are committed solely to a legal, antiauthoritarian way remains our strongest ground.

“We should ne'er contemplate demurring from that position.

“Scotland is not a colony and our radical are not oppressed. We didn’t request the tribunal to archer america this - it was successful the Scottish Gov’t achromatic insubstantial successful 2013.

“That information was close past and remains close today.”

McDonald added that the run “must truthful bespeak this”. He continued: “We are a question that’s inclusive and outward looking, conscious of our past and with a keen oculus connected the future.

“So though the tribunal has made wide the consent facet of the national lies with Westminster, we indispensable shun speech of being imprisoned oregon shackled.

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“Our run is not a liberation struggle, but 1 of democratic, societal and economical renewal, and empowerment.”

Suggestions that the planetary assemblage could intervene to assistance Scotland determination guardant is “a roadworthy to nowhere”, McDonald added.

Following FMQs successful the Scottish Parliament, McDonald’s presumption was enactment to the First Minister’s authoritative spokesperson, with the proposition that the words helium had pinpointed were akin to what Sturgeon had been saying successful the aftermath of the ruling.

The spokesperson replied: “Neither myself nor the First Minister tin apologise for describing it arsenic a denial of democracy, that’s precisely what it was.”

So though the tribunal has made wide the consent facet of the national lies with Westminster, we indispensable shun speech of being imprisoned oregon shackled. Our run is not a liberation struggle, but 1 of democratic, societal and economical renewal and empowerment.

— Stewart McDonald MP (@StewartMcDonald) November 24, 2022

Asked to respond straight to McDonald’s comments connected the phrases “imprisoned” and “shackled”, the spokesperson replied: “Well he’s upset, evidently astir a batch of…well he’s successful the gathering you tin inquire him astir it, I talk for the FM.”

The FM’s spokesperson was asked to clarify if helium believed absorption parties successful Holyrood were denying the past predetermination effect successful 2021.

He said: “Well they look to be, there's a wide bulk for a referendum successful parliament, they look to beryllium successful immoderate mode questioning oregon denying that.”

After a tense speech with journalists implicit whether oregon not Unionist MSPs person denied the result of the past election, the spokesperson said: “Part of a antiauthoritarian strategy is scrutinising what radical say, truthful person you asked them about, person you challenged immoderate of their rhetoric successful the mode you situation each azygous syllable of what the First Minister oregon what we say, person immoderate of you really asked them?”

“I’ll instrumentality that arsenic a no,” helium said, aft a abbreviated play of silence.

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