CLIFF EDGE

The end of the United Kingdom. Figuratively and literally. Beyond the cliffs, over the water, Europe and the rest of the world.

The court has spoken. Scotland has no say, the Scottish Parliament has no say, the Scottish people have no say. London will rule. There will be no self-determination.

It feels like democracy is dead, or at least dying, balanced on a cliff edge, waiting to be blown over the edge and tumbling into the darkness.

The argument will go on, the bonds of Union will strain further. At some point they will snap. And what then?

Copyright Sandra Crook

Written for Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above).

Apologies for a bit of a political departure this morning after the Supreme Court in London determined that Westminster has the right to block a Scottish Independence referendum, despite the elected Scottish government having a mandate from the people to hold one. Another blow for Democracy.

To read more stories of 100 words based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

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33 responses to “CLIFF EDGE”

  1. Scotland needs a revolution! And I do agree democracy is in its dying days, but that will be a long drawn out death.

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    1. I fear it will turn even nastier now. Who knows what will happen next.

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      1. It certainly is a highly volatile political environment in the UK. Perhaps the reign of Charles III will echo one of his namesake predecessors….

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      2. Wouldn’t that be something!

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  2. I share your outrage, though I feel it’s not the court that’s wrong

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    1. Absolutely. They only interpret the law. It’s the original law and, more, the parliament in Westminster that are in the wrong – they could legislate for a referendum, they are refusing to allow it.

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  3. That’s an infringement on the rights of the Scottish people

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    1. I agree wholeheartedly Sadje.

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  4. Dear Iain,

    Your outrage is understandable. Well written in any event.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks Rochelle. Democracy very much not in action at the moment.

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  5. Hari Om
    Hear! Hear! It just plain stinks… YAM xx

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    1. I don’t blame the court itself, they have only interpreted the law as it stands. It’s the law itself, and those in power in Westminster that stink.

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    2. My sympathies go with the Scottish nation. Ugh!

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  6. Sadly so true. On the other hand, do you believe the EU will itself continue to exist for more than ten years? ;-/ Best wishes, Michael

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    1. Thanks Michael. I hope the EU will survive, and would welcome Scotland rejoining as an independent country in the future 🙂

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  7. If I was Scottish I would be more entitled to an opinion but, without trying to be controversial, two things occur to me. One, there are a lot of Scots in what they call the ‘English Parliament’ and two, will NS keep asking for referenda until she gets the vote she wants, like those who deny the validity of the Brexit vote?

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    1. Sorry Liz, but that is the sort of statement that infuriates most Scots. No one calls it the English Parliament, it’s the UK Parliament, and is supposedly based on being a Union of equals. In other words, if one member nation wants to have a referendum, how is it right that another ‘equal’ member can block it? The Scots that are there are, by a vast majority SNP Scots. The SNP have won every election in Scotland since 2010. Scotland has not voted Conservative since 1959, and yet we have suffered under Tory rule – and Scotland has suffered far more than most parts of England. If the Scottish people continually return a majority of independence and referendum supporting MPs, MSPs and Councillors, then why should they not be entitled to have a referendum on Scotland’s status? That would surely be the definition of democracy. Using Brexit to prove a point – Scotland voted overwhelmingly to stay in the EU and against Brexit, and was pulled out of the EU by the English vote. And I would welcome any way to reverse the horrendous Brexit decision, which has done nothing but harm to all of the UK in every way since it happened. No one argues the Brexit vote wasn’t valid, more that it was conducted under a lot of false information and false pretences, without a clear understanding of the repercussions that have happened since then.

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  8. Ugh, so much of the time it’s the Ugly Americans and the Ugly Russians who are in the limelight. So sorry London is playing Big Brother. Seems like the battle Scottish, Irish, and Welsh have been fighting for so long will continue?

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    1. Yes, it’s not going to be resolved for a long time yet!

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  9. O Iain, I don’t want to see you go, unless Yorkshire and Lancashire go with you. You see London is worried that the whole of northern England would prefer to be one with Scotland, whilst leaving the south to become French ! 🙂

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    1. Stranger things have happened!

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  10. Been that way for a long time.

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  11. Democracy seems to be more of an illusion and catchphrase these days.

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  12. Well done, Iain. And your voice is spot on.

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  13. Indeed, what then? Your piece captures the blow to democracy well. 👍

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  14. Yes I hear you with this one 🙂

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  15. i felt sad visiting the culloden battlefield. never again, but then again nothing is certain.

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  16. I don’t always understand the finer points of British politics, but this seems to me to be a return of imperial control. Sad.

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  17. More strife is bad news whoever on the planet it occurs. But what a timely use of the photo prompt to bring it out.

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