Democratic evolution in UK governance

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Alex Salmond speaks about the future of Scotland. Credit@scottishpoliticalarchive

This Thursday Scotland aims to cast a vote for independence moving away from the United Kingdom and forward into its own leadership. The outcome of the referendum has been vastly documented as a historical event that may unprecedentedly alter the UK. Scotland and England’s union might seem to have aged after the 307 years it has existed, however alongside this union democratic evolution followed. The referendum may be seen as a display of democratic advancement by UK governance in acknowledging free speech and national opinions.

Led by Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond, the referendum has given Scotland an opportunity to cast their vote and decide their future through liberal UK governance. Since whispers of the referendum began, England’s outlook of its Scottish neighbours has been a desire to remain as one. David Cameron and opposition parties have recently travelled to Scotland to advocate the necessity to remain intact as a nation. England’s endeavours to continue as a union have been openly vocal and seemingly sincere in its aim to persuade Scottish voters to stay within the UK. Individual interests between the Conservatives and Labour parties have yielded, substituted by a willingness to listen to Scotland’s sentiments.

David Cameron is publically attentive to the importance of Scotland and the historic union they have grown into. The referendum that aims to take place this Thursday may lead to different changes within the union.  This might be an opportunity for both Scotland and England to nurture and progress into a new, more open, relationship.

David Cameron and Alex Salmond discussing Scottish independence. credit@No10downingstreet

David Cameron and Alex Salmond discussing Scottish independence. credit@No10downingstreet

The UK government exists based on democracy whereby all individuals are granted the capacity of free speech and it is this capacity that permits the referendum to take place. It is this democratic aspect of politics that allows change to flourish. For any nation to consistently expand into a productive entity, the opinion of all individuals may need to be objectively assessed, building a dynamic government based on equality. The UK government aims to take productive steps towards building a dynamic and transparent nation; with the correct implementation the referendum could progress UK democracy.

The underlying presence of democratic and liberal attitudes makes UK governance eager to address national progress. This may constructively permit a balanced nation of shared values. The Scottish referendum has held the attention of a remarkably large portion of the nation, constructively shifting the UK into a nation of shared interests.

The present referendum is the result of a liberal evolution of current, predominantly Scottish, national interests and indicative of productive modern attitudes to free speech in Britain. A positive opportunity for growth, the referendum is a display of leniency and understanding towards national sentiments. Hopefully in the time after the referendum, whichever way the vote is cast, British and Scottish governments aims to continue to endeavour to grow together.

The Scottish Referendum aims to bring exciting new developments to the UK. This may offer Scotland the independence they wish to experience and opportunity to develop their national and international identity. Through their independence they collectively share national values and strengths, moving forward as a single entity. There are democratic changes developing around the globe and the Scottish Referendum may be seen as part of a progressive global movement for democratic change.

What strengths might Scotland and England gain from this referendum?


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