Well? What are you waiting for? Some magical independence fairy to come along and wave a magic wand, or the Ghosts of Bruce and Wallace and Calgacus to appear among us and drive us on? It is not going to happen.
Nor is it going to happen if we sit on our bahookies and moan at each other or sit behind our laptops and ipads and prattle away endlessly in multiple on line groups with many of the same people saying the same things to each other while those who are the undecided are left not spoken to or listened to out of our cosy little loops.
Nor is it going to happen if we leave it to the chattering classes in the media and on self opinionated online magazines or the couple of Indy friendly newspapers we do have direct our thoughts.
Nor is it going to happen if we had a couple of mass marches in the Cities waving flags and then standing about listening to some of the chosen few making speeches.
Nor is it going to happen If we leave it to the political strategists, politicians and political parties.
None of these things will gain us independence.
Only YOU and I can manage to do that! How do we do it? By bloody well making it happen!
If YOU really really really want Scotland to be Independent, It will not happen by merely wishing for it. It has to be grasped. It has to be taken. It is not going to be handed to us on a plate, far from it.
Now I am not talking about rising up and declaring UDI…. that is the route of desperados and can only lead to civil unrest, particularly given that we still have half the country to absolutely convince.
What I am talking about is making it Our business, Your Business, to work at it every day.
Talk about it…In your work, to your neighbours, where you socialise.
Get the YES Grassroots Movement going again… Arrange meetings, have events, have stalls, have ceilidhs, do what will make YOUR community sit up and take notice and want to be part of it all.
Get the YES Groups up and down the country to talk to each other and learn from each other.
The Official politically filled YES campaign packed up as soon as the last referendum finished, they had other things to do.
What should not have been allowed to happen was for the grass roots YES campaign to wither and lose interest. Just because we narrowly lost once, should not have meant we then said oh well that was that, and slunk off ourselves. Take the lesson of Bruce and the Spider…. If at first you don’t succeed…. don’t run off greetin.. try, try, try, try, try, try and try again until you do succeed!
For too long we have sat back and let the SNP do everything, we have rested it all on their shoulders and we have not ALL done our bit. If we had been doing so, the SNP would not have lost 21 seats at the last General Election. And yes I do know they never exactly helped themselves by not recognising and acting on what the Unionists were doing. That mob played on the basest of instincts without any policies whatsoever, and that was because they had not been fighting a General election up here, they had been re running the anti independence campaign. They were making the emotional irrational campaign and working together like Better Together to maximise their collective results.
They never officially stopped like the official YES campaign, they kept on going from the day after the referendum and never stopped going on about Independence and blaming that on the SNP. The whole idea was to sicken ordinary people of hearing about it…..and it worked.
I know of at least 3 people in close proximity who voted YES and now hate Nicola Sturgeons guts…… They are all older and don’t use the internet, so they get their news from ……..The BBC and the papers.
We should have all of us been combating that.
If we found it hard going before….you had better believe it will be harder now, despite Brexit. If we want this…. WE HAVE GOT TO MAKE IT HAPPEN…… and YES I MEAN YOU too!
In the words of Calgacus when faced with the largest Empire the World had ever seen in the Grampian Mountains.
“Making concessions and being moderate isn’t going to save us from their tyranny. They rape the whole world. When they’ve finished devastating the land they turn their attentions to the sea. If their enemies have wealth they want it; if they’re poor, it makes no difference, they still hunger for power. Nowhere, east or west, is enough for them – they’re the only ones who lust after everything alike, rich or poor. Abduction, massacre, plunder they misname ‘law and order’. Where they make a desert they call it ‘peace’.
Our children and families, the people we love above all others, they’ve conscripted and carried away to serve overseas. Our wives and sisters, though they’ve escaped the enemy’s clutches, are tainted by their claims of friendship and hospitality. Our possessions and wealth are eroded by forced taxes, our fields and crops compelled to yield contributions. Under threat of blow and insults we’re put to work clearing woods and ditches. Most slaves are bought just once, and then maintained by their masters, but every day we pay for our own slavery, every day we feed it.”
Calgacus lost that battle… and he lost it badly, with thousands being slaughtered.
But they never gave up…. they may have lost that major battle but they regrouped, changed their tactics, and harried and hassled and drove the Empire back until they had to build 2 Walls to keep the proud natives of ALBA at bay, and then finally they left these shores forever.
It took the Caledonians 400 years before they were rid of the Romans and free for a while at least to be at peace.
We have only been in this Union for just over 300 years…… Is it not something we finally brought it to an end?
We cannot rely only on the politicians, and we cannot rely on self interest groups as we have only seen too clearly recently. We can only rely upon ourselves, and only ourselves can make Independence happen.
If you want to be Free….Be Free
GO OUT AND GET IT and stop feeling sorry for yourselves and being passive observers to a train crash and do nothing but stand around looking on…. Get Involved and Get Going!