A guest post by The Digital Scottish Covenant team
The purpose of a Referendum is to formally document a verifiable majority in support of a particular course of action, but it is not the only way to do so – The Digital Scottish Covenant 2019 (“the Covenant”) will deliver the same end result, a verifiable majority of the Scottish People in support of ending the UK Union.
The Digital Scottish Covenant takes its inspiration from the Scottish Covenant of 1949, signed by over two million Scots, expressing the right to determine their own future. That right was recognised in the Court of Session in 1953 and again, recently, in 2018 by parliamentary vote in the House of Commons. Furthermore, it has been accepted by every UK government.
Until recently, that is.
The advent of the Scotland Act has created a situation of confusion over the Scottish people’s right to self-determination. UK governments have taken it upon themselves to decide if we should be allowed to exercise a right which has existed for over three hundred years in UK law and exists by UN charter in international law. We have to take that right back and we have to do it now.
This is the sole purpose of the Digital Scottish Covenant. The blockchain platform we have created exists for the purpose of registering everyone’s right to have a say in Scotland’s future and to do it securely and in as tamper-proof way as possible.
How do we do that? Well, the straight answer is: you do. Every signatory to the Covenant becomes a member of the People’s Digital Assembly and it is that Assembly which will decide the agenda. The core team at the heart of the Covenant are not politically motivated in any way, they are fellow Activists who have dedicated their time and effort to build this facility for the movement – they will not be telling you how to vote on any issue nor will they be giving you the issues to vote on. As signatories, you will decide what you want to happen.
Of course, the core team do have a role to play. Primarily it is to protect the integrity of the platform. This is most important because the Core Team may need to offer incontrovertible proof to the international community that what comes out of the Covenant ultimately is the verified will of the Scottish people. In this respect, it is necessary for each and every signatory to prove that they are who they say they are and that they are domiciled in Scotland.
We have seen a number of wild accusations on social media to the effect that the core team are part of some shadowy organisation out to do the movement harm, or that the information supplied by signatories is just lying there ready for anyone to abstract and use for their own purposes. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Once a signature is registered, the information supplied is used in the verification process at the end of which a unique blockchain ID is issued. All other information, being of no further use to us, is destroyed once it is no longer required for Verification purposes. No database is kept, no opportunity exists to hack, download or sell your information to or on behalf of third parties and no reason exists for any of the core team here to keep information in an accessible form. All that remains is your ID which in itself is proof of your existence.
Personally, I think we have left it very late to exercise our right to determine the future of our country and the core team behind the Digital Covenant and Assembly believe that big changes have to happen before the end of this year or we may all find ourselves dragged down into the sewer along with the rest of the failing state that is the United Kingdom. The Covenant is here to give form to this most urgent necessity of making our own decisions before it is too late. It is here for every citizen of Scotland and I urge you all to use it, for the future of your country.
As the Covenant gathers support, we will provide a facility for those who have signed the Covenant to take their Seat as a Member of The People’s Assembly (“the Assembly”) using their Transaction ID from the Blockchain to verify they have Signed the Covenant – the Admin Team will provide regular progress updates to the Assembly and members can use that Platform to co-ordinate activities to push the Covenant forward. We will also launch and facilitate other pieces of work on how Scotland will withdraw from the UK Union, and The People of Scotland can work on these Transition Plans together, as one, through the Assembly.
As the Covenant begins to head towards majority support from the Scottish electorate, we will provide a facility for Assembly members to register as candidates for The People’s Commission (“the Commission”) and campaign for votes from the Assembly to represent the people of Scotland after completion and submission of the Covenant. The structure of the Commission is still being worked on, but the 1951 Covenant started with 1200 ordinary people and we are aiming to finish the 2019 Covenant with the same number, ensuring that every single constituency and region across the whole of Scotland is represented.
This year, 2020, is shaping up to be a very eventful year now that the most right-wing version of the Tories imaginable are back in power at Westminster, and Scotland could conceivably find itself facing a cliff-edge hard Brexit.
It is critical that Scotland leaves the UK Union as early as is practicably possible, therefore we urge you to please spread word of this Engagement to every corner of the Land, impress upon your fellow Scots that We CAN do this, We MUST do this, We SHALL do this, for Scotland!
Signing this Covenant will, for the vast majority of eligible individuals, involve three simple steps – input some details on a secure form, upload the required documentation and submit your “Digital Signature” for Verification.
Once a Digital Signature has been received, the Covenant Admin Team will complete three simple checks – Age, Residence and Double Signature – and then commit your (anonymised) Digital Signature to the Blockchain. All individuals resident in Scotland and born on or before 5th May 2005 (thus making them of voting age at the next scheduled Scottish General Election on 6th May 2021) will be eligible to affirm their Signature to this Covenant. All data, including document uploads, are transmitted via a Secure HTTPS Protocol Connection on our Domain DigitalCovenant.Scot. All data and documents submitted will be used for Verification of Eligibility to Sign the Covenant ONLY, then taken OFFLINE by the Contracted company in preparation for Handover.
You can learn more about the Digital Covenant here https://digitalcovenant.scot/
You can add your name to the Digital Covenant here https://sign.digitalcovenant.scot/