It is April 1 2011. Just under a month ago, the Welsh Assembly was awarded primary legislative powers, in an overwhelming victory for the Yes campaign.
After having read a letter in the South Wales Evening Post a few months earlier, Sean Connery pours his millions into hiring the best lawyers to fulfil his independence dreams. The Supreme Court, considering UK and European constitutional law rules that because Wales and Scotland are unicameral nations, needing only permission of the Queen to make a law, they should be considered sovereign nations and therefore independent.
Panic strikes Downing Street. Depty Prime Minister Nick Clegg frantically calls his Prime Minister David Cameron: â€˜Dave, Dave, weâ€™ve lost control of Wales and Scotland â€“ the Courts said we canâ€™t control them anymore, what can we do?â€™. â€œCalm down Nick, calm Nick, Iâ€™m sure thereâ€™s somethingâ€ â€“ â€œYou could be right Dave – YES THERE IS! I remember learning at my exclusive school in Westminster that when people elect a Parliament it can do whatever it wants, and overrule the Courtsâ€™, â€˜So Nick, we can put a Bill through Parliament and reverse the decision? But wonâ€™t the public hate us?â€, â€œDonâ€™t you worry yourself Dave, Iâ€™m fully prepare for this â€“ I did a degree in Social Anthropology at the elite Cambridge University, there is nothing about manipulating the people I donâ€™t know aboutâ€, â€œOk, but what about Churchill, he sent in the troops, I donâ€™t want to be as hated as he isâ€, â€œHe was both Conservative and Liberal Dave, only hated in his time â€“ the silly sops voted him their greatest Briton recently, so theyâ€™ll forgive usâ€
Days later, emergency legislation is in Parliament. The news hits Cardiff â€“ The Plaid/Labour administration goes into disarray. There are mass protests on the streets. Government buildings are trashed, police are hospitalised as they lose control, refuse goes uncollected for weeks, sewer systems burst, filling the streets with sewerage, there are sounds of children crying, dogs howling, and police sirens wailing.
The Prime Minister declares a State of Emergency, but continues to push his legislation through. The House of Lords does everything in its Â power to stop it, from making amendment after amendment, debate after debate, but each time the old Etonian and Westminster boys send it back. They make no changes, after the third attempt it goes through and becomes law. Wales is now under full control of the Secretary of State for Wales.
The Government send in the Army, for many people it is like the Tonypandy riots and miners strikes rolled into one, but with greater intensity. The UN gets involved and issues a resolution against the United Kingdom. David Cameron, using every trick he learned on the playing fields of Eton clings to power. Peace keepers enter the UK, trying to restore order.
The UK is in disarray, the whole world is watching. Iran place sanctions on all UK arms imports. China dismisses the repressive nature of United Kingdom politics as the most abhorrent in history. All Northern Ireland parties issue a statement calling on the people of Wales and Scotland to cease their violence and engage in peaceful negotiation.
In the mists of what might be Wales and the UKâ€™s darkest hour since the Second World War, two businessmen, from modest backgrounds consider the implications. One of them, Lord Alan Sugar, upset and disgusted about how powerless he was to stop the law going through Parliament, because of a centuries old Act of Parliament that didnâ€™t even go through the Lords before getting Royal Assent. Feeling in a state of guilt, he looks through all the news to see what started it all, and whether there was anything that could have been done different. He comes across a report of how Sean Connery used the Supreme Court to change things, and thought that he could try to do the same.
He contacts his friend, Michael Moritz, fellow state-school educated entrepreneur and millionaire. They hire the same lawyers, who worked on Sean Conneryâ€™s case. Some of them were graduates from former polytechnics, only getting as far as they could because Labour introduced tuition fees so their university was able to provide more places on their law courses. Some of them had only got as far as they did, because they went to school when the Assisted Places scheme was in place, so even though their parents were poor, they could have access to private education, which made it easier for them to get into Oxford, without the snobbery that they went to a state school that others experience.
Months later, after argument after argue, legal case citation after legal citation, the Supreme Court rules that for the reason that one House of Parliament has no greater supremacy than the other and in considering the balance been conflict case law and precedent, that the decision that manifestos carry â€˜no legitimate expectationsâ€™ should be reversed, and the rule that one House cannot obstruct the other if there is a manifesto commitment should be interpreted to mean that an Act of Parliament should not be passed unless it is part of a manifesto commitment.
As both Houses are now equal, the Queen calls upon Baroness Thatcher and asks her if she wants to form a government â€“ she agrees. Both Chambers quickly agree a Constitutional Reform Act. A referendum is held in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, on whether the House of Lords and Commons should be merged and called the â€˜House of Representativesâ€™, which consider of citizenâ€™s appointed on the basis of the national parliamentâ€™s individual criteria for recognising the people who have made the greatest contribution and sacrifices for society. Parliaments are proposed in England, Scotland, and Wales, and their Bills have to be pass both the national legislative and Westministerâ€™s House of Representatives, with Northern Ireland staying unchanged. It also proposes that ultimate sovereignty should reside in the Supreme Court, not in the national legislatures, House of Representatives, nor or the newly created directly elected Executive, who canâ€™t transfer any power to Europe or any other international body, without the treaties first being scrutinised by the House of Representatives, and only then after an resolution being passed in each of the legislatures in Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England.
There is a resounding â€˜Yesâ€™ vote. UN peace keepers leave, and early elections are held, for the first ever directly elected Prime Minister, the first cabinet appointed by proportional representation, and elections to legislative bodies. For the first time in history, power is given to the judiciary over politicians, control to the British nations and Northern Ireland who are affected by the decisions is consider by the European Court of Human Rights as the level at which margins of appreciation are assessed. The public are granted protection from each legislatureâ€™s politicians and the Prime Minister and his Executive, through all laws having to be agreed by the ordinary people at the House of Representatives in Westminster and subject to interpretation ofÂ the Supreme Court in Middlesex Guildhall on London’s Parliament Square, under the principle of â€˜proportionalityâ€™.