Today is the day the Saltire Strikes Back! In order to counter Boris Johnson’s declared intention that as the world’s eyes turn to Scotland for COP26 they should see only Union flags, White Rose Rising is today asking everyone who calls Scotland home to put a Saltire in their window. Let the world see Scotland as a proud, assertive nation not content to be the annexed territory of England-as-Britain. Let the world glimpse the Scotland we aspire to rather than the Scotland that has been made less than it might be by three centuries of anti-democratic political union with England.
The Saltire Strikes Back campaign was conceived as an action which could gain mass participation and be highly visible. Unlike marches and rallies it requires negligible investment of effort, time or money. All we ask it that from the start of COP26 on Sunday 31 October and at least for its duration every independence supporter publicly display a Saltire. Boris Johnson has stated that he wants COP26 branded with the emblem of British nationalism – the Union flag. The Saltire Strikes Back aims to thwart that effort by flooding the nation with Saltires.
The Saltire Strikes Back is also a revolt against the ‘unionjackery’ in supermarkets with goods being plastered with Union flags. It is also a revolt against Britification in general – attempts to eradicate Scotland’s distinctive political culture as for example in the recent listing of the Scottish Parliament under section 129 of the British Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (SOCP 2005 s129).
Everybody can participate. White Rose Rising recognises no factions and acknowledges no tribes. To be part of The Saltire Strikes Back action is to proclaim support for nothing other than Scotland’s cause – the end of the Union and restoration of independence.
It is hoped that this action will bring the Yes movement together in a show of strength which will give politicians pause for thought.
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