NOW IS THE TIME AND NOW IS THE HOUR

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!

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About auldacquaintance

I am not a member of any political party. I am however a strong supporter of Scots Independence. Any views which I express in this Blog are purely my own. This Blog intends to be a place where I will be putting my views on Scots Independence. It will primarily concern itself with the upcoming Referendum In Scotland. However It will also be somewhat diverse in the range of day to day issues which are evident to me in modern day Scotland. Not all of it will be political, and indeed may take me off into avenues I am not even aware of yet. Please come and join in on this journey, and any comments are welcome provided they are not abusive! All the best from a new acquaintance! Rod
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6 Responses to NOW IS THE TIME AND NOW IS THE HOUR

  1. Bill Laing says:

    I think you are absolutely right, but to back these conversations that individuals might have there needs to be some kind of national campaign/resource informing people what devolution has achieved and how much more independence would bring. I like to ask “Is this as good as it gets?” and then talk about how it should be. Facts and answers to back that up would help a lot. Emotion helps but much better to have evidence.
    We also need to dispel the notion that it the SNP would automatically become the government of an independent Scotland. I have always believed that Scotland would have a left of centre government but that would be up to the electorate.

    • I agree with you Bill… but we already have the resources, goodness knows we had reams of the stuff leading up to Indyref….and much of that is still relevant.
      If YES groups get set back up properly then information can be shared, made and distributed.
      What else needs to happen is to go on the attack and get torn into the God awful policies and actions of the British Government and point out where that is now leading us.
      We are at a point where staying in the Union is far more dangerous and fearful for us than leaving it. So we need to strike out at that now. We have the means, we have the knowledge and if we don’t have all the resources we can make them.
      But first off…We need YES groups in every town and village to get active… Have events, have fetes, have ceilidhs…..make fun for people and get them involved.
      Your other points are absolutely valid, and need emphasised

  2. Here I was sitting moaning at nothing in particular and decided to open up the laptop.Now the first e-mail I read is from our Auld Acquaintance Rod you just made me happy dispelled those blues that had appeared from nowhere but somewhere.Aye glad to see your back on the horse and riding proud.I have had a thought wandering around my head about why are so many people blaming the SNP for not doing something and getting independence for us?Why had the SNP not done as each of them wanted and set up A/a bank (central of course) B/answered the questions on currency? just to name a couple,one a bank being set up to form our own currency,I think that would come under a “reserved matter” and not possible unless we were independent (not certain though) The questions on currency were answered so many times we could do it so many ways but again we would need to be independent to create our own currency Westminster might block it before independence! So many people waiting for the SNP to do it their way and cant get,as you said off of their bahookies,and do it,it wont happen by wishing.Thanks Rod,I wish I could get off of my bahookie and do something(different story) if you are fit and able and want independence not just for a wee while but for those Scots not yet born please stand up and do it you can save us save our country,from being sucked into being a shire of greater England,because make no mistake the English government don’t want to be British they want Britain to become England,and that has been their aim for hundreds of years.

  3. Reblogged this on charlesobrien08 and commented:
    Here I was sitting moaning at nothing in particular and decided to open up the laptop.Now the first e-mail I read is from our Auld Acquaintance Rod you just made me happy dispelled those blues that had appeared from nowhere but somewhere.Aye glad to see your back on the horse and riding proud.I have had a thought wandering around my head about why are so many people blaming the SNP for not doing something and getting independence for us?Why had the SNP not done as each of them wanted and set up A/a bank (central of course) B/answered the questions on currency? just to name a couple,one a bank being set up to form our own currency,I think that would come under a “reserved matter” and not possible unless we were independent (not certain though) The questions on currency were answered so many times we could do it so many ways but again we would need to be independent to create our own currency Westminster might block it before independence! So many people waiting for the SNP to do it their way and cant get,as you said off of their bahookies,and do it,it wont happen by wishing.Thanks Rod,I wish I could get off of my bahookie and do something(different story) if you are fit and able and want independence not just for a wee while but for those Scots not yet born please stand up and do it you can save us save our country,from being sucked into being a shire of greater England,because make no mistake the English government don’t want to be British they want Britain to become England,and that has been their aim for hundreds of years.

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