The Scottish Claim of Right

Is this as special a document and idea as some people say it is? 

In May and June I presented two Indy Jigsaw programmes on the the theme of creating a Constitution for an independent Scotland. There are moves afoot to to draft a provisional constitution which would safeguard us immediately after independence until we have a fully discussed and formulated Constitution in place. Our two main guests were Mike Russell, former Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, and Dr Elliot Bulmer a constitutional expert well-versed in working with governments abroad to strengthen their nations’ constitutional foundation. You’ll those two programmes in our Indy Jigsaw playlist.

The Claim of Right 

In the process of making these programmes we found ourselves in discussions where the Scottish Claim of Right came up. Sometimes it came up very strongly as when Fiona and I were chatting to activists over in Edinburgh who told us in no uncertain terms that we didn’t need a Constitution because we have the Claim of Right already in place.

Now that struck me as likely to be a bit of an over-statement. The trouble was that I didn’t really know very much about the Claim of Right. So I did a bit research and got my head round the basics. And then had a chat to Fiona about it. Here we are: 

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