SO, there’s no further argument then.

Scots inhabit a democratic prison.

The Supreme Court has decided the Scottish Parliament cannot hold a lawful advisory independence referendum because the result would "possess the authority of the democratic expression of the Scottish electorate", and thus "strengthen or weaken the authority and sovereignty of the Westminster Parliament." We agree.

An advisory independence referendum would have massive democratic clout – that’s why the UK Government won’t allow it and why the Scotland Act made it almost impossible to go further than a devolved settlement that’s been revealed a feeble and completely subject to Westminster whims.

We also agree that the issue is essentially political not legal. Rishi Sunak could repeat the precedent of 2012 and simply transfer Section 30 powers making this legal wrangle completely unnecessary. He won’t because he’s scared of losing.

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The judges’ decision proves the ‘world’s most powerfully devolved parliament’ – as the UK Government describes Holyrood – is nothing of the kind and cannot act lawfully on its own account, if the sovereignty of Westminster is even remotely threatened.

It proves the ‘union of equals’ is nothing of the sort and the ‘voluntary union’ of the UK is not voluntary at all. Indeed, with this verdict, all the claims made for devolution by all pro-union parties – Tories, Labour and Lib Dems – stand exposed as utterly hollow.

If Westminster decides to ignore repeated mandates from the Scottish people in election after election, backing pro indy and pro indyref parties, there is nothing Scots can legally do about it.

So how does Westminster suggest Scots CAN lawfully determine their own future?

The answer is patently obvious – they don’t give a damn. Democracy really isn’t their thing. And that’s precisely why 50% of Scottish people want out of the UK strait-jacket, before any campaign has even begun.

There is one avenue outlined by the First Minister about turning the next General Election into a de facto indyref. There’s a call by Joanna Cherry to convene a Constitutional Convention asap to recreate the consensus across civil society that produced the Claim of Right and ultimately the devolution settlement.

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These are grand.

But there’s something that can happen tonight.


Despite the ruling – and maybe because of it – myself and other Time for Scotland organisers expect big turnouts at the fifteen rallies taking place across Scotland – the largest outside Holyrood starting at 5.15pm.

The Scottish rallies will be held in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Perth, Dundee, Greenock, Inverness, Inverurie, Portree on the Isle of Skye, Kirkwall on Orkney, Lochgilphead in Argyll, Selkirk in the Borders, Dumfries, Fort William and Stirling.

Six small European rallies will also be held by members of Europe for Scotland - campaigning for Scotland to be accepted back into the EU (should Scots so choose) after independence.

A message of solidarity with Scotland will be read out at Brussels near the European Parliament, in Berlin under the Brandenburg Gate, in Rome in front of the Colosseum, in Paris at The Auld Alliance, in Munich in central Marienplatz, Dublin, at the Dáil, Kildare Street and at the main Edinburgh event.

I’ve seen the statement. The power of the language and sentiment would make you greet.

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"Our message is simple. Scots are not alone. Europeans support Scotland’s democratic right to choose its own future. And Europeans would love to welcome our Scottish friends back into our European family and build a better Europe together."

That’s an unprecedented amount of co-ordinated activity – more than occurred on one day at the height of indyref1.

Why? Offered the tiniest bit of leadership and organisation Yessers are ready and willing to get out there and demand a lawful way to determine our own future.

There are lots of legitimate questions about what we do next - but let’s not overlook what we can do tonight.

Get to a rally if you can and scotch the myth that Yessers are armchair activists who don’t really care. The international media will be watching. More important we’ll be watching.

So let’s give ourselves a pleasant surprise – the Yes movement has the organisation, energy and agency to step up the campaign for independence.

If you want it enough.