Friday, 19 September 2014

Why the Scot referendum is a turning point

The Scots have voted 55 per cent to 45 per cent to reject restoration-of-independence in their Thursday 18 September 2014 referendum. The Scots must be commended for voting democratically to decide their future in the outcome they have chosen. Thankfully, this process of democratic participation and affirmation on the crucial question of a people to exercise their right to decide for freedom is not restricted to Scottish history and geography but is indeed universal ( 

Many across the world have rightly acknowledged that this recent Scottish process is a turning point. The genie is out of the bottle. Many more of these freedom referendums will surely follow across the globe, but especially in Africa. Even if a people ends up saying “No” to restoration-of-independence, as the Scots have demonstrated, they would have had the right, inalienable, to make that decision – themselves.

 (John Coltrane Quartet, “The last blues” [personnel: Coltrane, tenor saxophone; McCoy Tyner, piano; Jimmy Garrison, bass; Elvin Jones, drums; recorded: Van Gelder Studio, NJ, US, 10 June 1965])

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