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  1. According to the BBC/Comres, 45% of those south of the Border believe that they should be able to vote on the issue of Scottish independence, blocking it if they wish. I must admit I'm a bit taken aback as such a move (although it will not happen) would destroy the international reputation of the UK as a democracy and contravene the The United Nations International Covenant on Civil And Political Rights, to which the UK is a signatory. Surely that figure can't be right? None of my friends/colleagues from south of the border think like this, for them it's entirely up to Scots. Who on earth are these 45%? Looking at this, I would have thought this was done to muddy the waters, but the net effect is to portray a proud democratic nation in a poor light. I just can't believe that figure is correct. The saving grace is that 47% don't believe that they should have a say. These are the people England should be proud of; those who truly believe in democracy. http://www.bbc.co.uk...otland-13995097 For reference: http://www.hrweb.org/legal/cpr.html PART 1 Article 1 1. All peoples have the right of self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development. 2. All peoples may, for their own ends, freely dispose of their natural wealth and resources without prejudice to any obligations arising out of international economic co-operation, based upon the principle of mutual benefit, and international law. In no case may a people be deprived of its own means of subsistence. 3. The States Parties to the present Covenant, including those having responsibility for the administration of Non-Self-Governing and Trust Territories, shall promote the realization of the right of self-determination, and shall respect that right, in conformity with the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations. In reality, by opposing independence / fighting against it, the westminster government has already breached P1.A1.3, which requires them to promote self determination. If Dave C et al were democratic, they should help facilitate the referendum and play no part in any campaign against it. The SNP + greens are in contrast, following the UN covenant, by offering the referendum and promoting it.
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