Mr Mark Magee has posted the commentary below challenging British democracy in action and particularly where changes to the Constitution are concerned:
“Please share, like (eg on Facebook) and vote to campaign for equality for all UK citizens to vote on British constitutional law referendum changes such as Scottish Independence on 18th September 2014, and not exclude 800,000 Scots from that vote.
I myself enquired about voting but was denied the right to vote in a constitutional referendum change on the Good Friday Agreement, due to the fact that I was living on the UK mainland at that time and despite the fact that I am a British Northern Irish citizen, living in Britain. Yet as part of that arrangement Southern Ireland had to vote on changing its constitutional law claim to Northern Ireland , thus influencing the British Constitution in Northern Ireland. Yet if neither vote had been passed then the NI Assembly would not have happened.
In 1974 all UK citizen’s were asked to vote in a referendum vote to join the EU which was passed as a yes vote, thus changing UK constitutional law at that time and then with subsequent EU treaties to date. Now in 2017, David Cameron has legislated to ask all UK citizens whether to remain part of the EU, whilst signing a memorandum of understanding with Alex Salmond allowing the Scottish Independence Referendum on 18th September 2014, excluding 800,000 British Scots in the rest of the UK from that vote, whilst lowering the voting age to 16. How can that be both democratic and equal in terms of human rights, the very things that politicians claim they want from the British public electorate, participation and expression in political life?
I have also enquired with the Ministry of Defense concerning UK force’s entitlement to vote in all types of elections including referendums today and was informed that all UK forces can vote when they are stationed outside the UK provided they register to do so by postal vote. One of the reasons given by the Scottish government for denying 800,000 Scots the democratic right to vote in the Independence Referendum was it would be to difficult to organise. However, if you can prove where you were born, are able to postal vote just like the armed forces can whilst not being in residence in the Uk at the time, then I have to ask what’s the problem?
On the subject of suffrage in the early part of the 20th century, Emily Pankhurst campaigned for political equality of voting right franchise for women as for men which was eventually achieved. Yet in the 21st century, we have politicians denying 800,000 British Scottish citizens the opportunity for democratic expression on their own constitutional status and that smacks to me of discrimination and is 100 percent wrong.”