Alex Salmond calls for the cause of independence to be heard by international authorities


ALEX Salmond called for the cause of independence to be heard by international bodies.

During a tour of Catalonia, the former Prime Minister asked both Scotland and Scotland to prepare new presentations on their arguments for independence with international authorities, as part of a an attempt to mobilize international support for both causes.

Salmond argued that this practice had been “done throughout history”.

He added: “Scotland has presented its case to international authority since the Arbroath Declaration of 1320, while Catalonia made a sustained attempt to gain UN recognition at the very dawn of the United Nations. in 1945.

“However, neither Scotland in 2014, nor Catalonia after the October 1, 2017 ballot, were able to muster substantial international support. In contrast, the Unionist governments of both countries have been able to use other countries’ state networks as part of their campaigns of fear and intimidation.

“This must change before the next electoral tests in both countries. The new independence movements should prepare their solid legal and political arguments to bring before international authority and world opinion.

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Earlier last weekend, Salmond addressed the 54th International Conference of the Universitat Catalana d’Estiu.

During his speech, he spoke of the progress made by Catalonia, Scotland and Ireland towards their goals of full independence over the past century.

Salmond said: “A century ago Ireland was ruled (at least in its titular form) by the last Lord Lieutenant, as it had been more or less since the Norman invasion of England. Fifty years ago Catalonia emerged from fascist repression and twenty-five years ago Scotland had a quasi-colonial administration made up of politicians from the country’s worst performing parliamentary political party.

“This Catalonia is autonomous, Scotland decentralized and Ireland independent, although still divided. In all three countries the struggle for full independence continues, but that should not prevent us from seeing the progress that has been made. »

Salmond then outlined seven requirements that would make possible the eventual success of these moves.

Salmond’s Seven Requirements

  • To build and develop a vibrant national culture is something Salmond says all three nations have been successful in doing.
  • Stick to a peaceful constitutional path to finding independence, regardless of state provocations.
  • Develop a detailed picture of what independence will mean for each nation and its society, rather than justifying it as an act in itself.
  • Build as wide a network of communication as possible between independent organizations to build capacity to assert democracy against state power. Of all the three nations, Salmond says Scotland is the worst placed to achieve this goal due to Unionist influence on the mainstream media.
  • Keep national movements responsive to social and economic changes so that they can continue to offer alternative solutions to major problems. He cited as examples the economic recovery after the pandemic, inflation, climate change and the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
  • Maintaining faith in decentralized politics as structures that can allow pro-independence parties to develop the capacity to run a state.
  • Hold leaders accountable for providing the strategy and circumstances where success of independence goals is possible. Salmond asserted that “nothing is worse than raising expectations and not carrying through”.

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