We have never been all under one banner. The Yes movement has previously gathered under a confusing profusion of banners. Increasing factionalism has weakened the movement. Division and dilution and diversion and distraction have rendered us ineffectual. The evidence for this is that we have had no effect. Approaching seven years on from the first constitutional referendum and Scotland’s cause is no further forward.
It is easy to blame the SNP for this. But the Yes movement must accept some responsibility. Only when we accept our own part in this failure will we recognise our failings. Only when we recognise our failings will we be able to rectify them.
If the Yes movement is to march march under one banner it must be a banner that everybody is prepared to march under. It must be a banner which concisely expresses our common cause. It must be a banner which purposefully excludes all subsidiary causes. Causes which, forgivably in most cases, seek to hitch a ride on the cause of restoring Scotland’s independence and in doing so hamper and hinder that cause.
We demand nothing of the British state because the British state has nothing to give and nothing we want. Only our democratically elected Scottish Government has the rightful authority to act on behalf of the people of Scotland. Only the democratically elected Scottish Parliament can legitimately speak for Scotland.
The Yes movement has one demand. We can express this demand in two ways. If we are to gather under one banner, it must be a banner which addresses Scotland’s entire political establishment. There is only one thing the Yes movement as a whole has to say to our political leaders. We instruct them immediately to initiate the process by which Scotland’s rightful constitutional status will be restored
The banners under which we gather must carry this message and no other.
WE DEMAND THAT THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT ACT TO END THE UNION.
WE DEMAND THAT THE SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT SPEAK FOR
THE CAUSE OF RESTORING SCOTLAND’S INDEPENDENCE.