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Alf Baird: The Determinants of Independence

The case for independence has to be as watertight as possible. Alf Baird's meticulous methodology has produced something special...

Sunday, October 8, 2023
20+ mins

'Doon-Hauden'

'There is an increasingly urgent need to provide a better understanding of the phenomenon that is Scottish independence.

Many commentators assume general policy matters remain key influencers of voter decisions on whether to support or reject Scottish independence. This may grossly underestimate and misunderstand the real complexity of the matter.

Here, the author uses his academic expertise to ‘ground out’ an analytical framework which helps to identify, based on analysis of key environmental factors, the fundamental determinants of Scottish independence. It is argued that the framework, entitled ‘The Socio-Political Determinants of Scottish Independence’, permits far deeper analysis and understanding of the Scottish independence challenge. Collectively, the nine socio-political determinants which the author has ‘ground out’ of the data collected and analysed, help to explain and underpin the quest for, and outline the barriers opposing, Scottish independence.

Each of the determinants is analysed using appropriate and relevant theories and supporting data. It is argued that this work represents a new, comprehensive, robust, and scientific way to approach the subject of Scottish independence.

It is an approach that has arguably never been taken before in any of the growing mass of literature concerning the subject of Scotland’s independence, and hence represents an important and unique contribution offering new and provocative insights into Scotland’s quest for liberation. As such the book will be of interest to those interested in Scotland, in Scottish independence and to self-determination of peoples and nations more generally.'

'Amazon' blurb for 'Doun-Hauden'

From'Claim of Right Special'  with #ProfAlfBairdand  @ILawson27of

@TheScotCongress

&http://salvo.scot

"I think the three successive majorities, Scotland majorities in favour of independence, was surely enough, even with the 'Claim of Right' information we have now, for a 'Convention of the Estates' to be set up, including not just the MPs, but also MSPs, councillors, other groups of civic Scotland, and individuals as well."That was the time, and that still is the time, to do this. It's not difficult to do, to set up a Convention of the Estates, an assembly of the peoples, as it were, to look at these things, especially in light of Brexit, and other violations of the Treaty."And we have a democratic deficit. We still have the democratic deficit we had when Canon Kenyon Wright was talking about it."But we also have this additional barrier (which) is the nationalist administration and elected government, holding back the independence movement, and paying lip service to the actual Treaty itself, the Treaty of Union, which provides the mechanism for Scotland to withdraw from the Treaty."If a treaty has been violated, then the signatory party to that treaty has an obligation and a right to withdraw from it. We have majorities of elected politicians, nationalist politicians, in Westminster, and in Holyrood in Scotland, that are in favour, ostensibly, they claim to be in favour of independence, but they're not asserting that sovereignty, that the Treaty and the Act of 1689, the Claim of Right, gives them the right to do."We've elected politicians that, the first thing they do, is set up constituency offices and 'bed in'. But what we need in independence is not a normal political party with the usual British kind of design of political party structure, and so on."What we needed, was an independence movement party that represents the people, in that sense, to deliver independence as the fundamental. So these politicians that we've elected don't seem to understand what they were there to deliver, to do."They were not there to set up constituency offices and to argue on this, that and the next thing, they were there to deliver independence. And they have the mechanism to do that with the Treaty and the Claim of Right, but they're just ignoring it all."

ScotNews on Twitter: "From 'Claim of Right Special' with #ProfAlfBaird and @ILawson27 of @TheScotCongress & https://t.co/x6rSHHsj3J "I think the three successive majorities, Scotland majorities in favour of independence, was surely enough, even with the 'Claim of Right' information we have now,… https://t.co/pdleciebGY" / Twitter

PAPER ONE IN THE 10 PART BAIRD SERIES – YOURS FOR SCOTLAND (wordpress.com)

PAPER TWO. THE DETERMINANTS OF INDEPENDENCE – YOURS FOR SCOTLAND (wordpress.com)

PART THREE: DETERMINANTS OF INDEPENDENCE DEMOGRAPHICS – YOURS FOR SCOTLAND (wordpress.com)

PART FOUR: DETERMINANTS OF INDEPENDENCE COLONIALISM – YOURS FOR SCOTLAND (wordpress.com)

PART FIVE: DETERMINANTS OF INDEPENDENCE NATIONALISM – YOURS FOR SCOTLAND (wordpress.com)

PART SIX: THE DETERMINANTS OF INDEPENDENCE INSTITUTIONS – YOURS FOR SCOTLAND (wordpress.com)

PART SEVEN: Determinants of Independence Constitution – YOURS FOR SCOTLAND (wordpress.com)

PART EIGHT: DETERMINANTS OF INDEPENDENCE ETHNICITY – YOURS FOR SCOTLAND (wordpress.com)

PART NINE: DETERMINANTS OF INDEPENDENCE SELF DETERMINATION – YOURS FOR SCOTLAND (wordpress.com)

PART TEN: DETERMINANTS OF INDEPENDENCE SYNOPSIS AND STRATEGIES - ScotlandSpeaks.com | Stop the world and be heard

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