Uploaded on Jun 26, 2008
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Banning MSPs from parliament is undemocratic.
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Well I note that yet again there are moves afoot to ban an MSP from parliament for a time - this time Wendy Alexander.
Although only a one-day ban is being proposed, other MSPs have been banned from parliament for longer periods.
Colin Fox MSP, Frances Curran MSP, Rosie Kane MSP and Carolyn Leckie MSP were given a one-month Holyrood ban, July 2005
Mike Pringle MSP was given a five-day Holyrood ban, September 2006
Brian Monteith MSP was given a five-day Holyrood ban, March 2007.
Now, as I have explained in my webpage "Why it is wrong to ban any MSP from the Scottish Parliament."
- these bans are wrong in democratic theory and would be held to be unconstitutional under a democratic constitution.
I also argue in my webpage that there are very serious consequential derogations to the democratic command authority of the officers of the state during the period of such bans.
Even someone deemed to be a convicted murderer, who nevertheless was elected to parliament - should be brought to parliament - with a police escort if necessary - in order to carry out their duties in parliament.
Now I do not know if Bobby Sands, elected as an MP, but who was imprisoned for terrorist crimes in Northern Ireland (by the UK state) would have wanted to go to Westminster - but he should have been allowed and facilitated to attend parliament when in session.
Now sadly and to our severe disadvantage, we Scots do not live under a democratic constitution but democrats still should insist that there should be a duty on the state to defend elected parliamentarians' rights to attend parliament - therefore legal and military action to uphold those rights is very much in order, now today and at any time, and the bans themselves are very much "out of order" in democratic theory.
These bans and the associated suppression of elected representatives are some of the most serious failings of the UK state rule in Scotland.
These bans are very damaging to the nation and so Scots should put their minds to putting a stop to these bans which have hugely damaging consequences to Scottish democracy.
Peter Dow, Scottish National Standard Bearer
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