I hear AUOB is calling for a “emergency” march in Glasgow next Saturday. If I were to attend this event how would I signal which of the things listed as the reasons for the march I’m demonstrating about? I don’t give a damn about Boris Johnson. Removing him might allow some shallow-minded people to feel good about themselves for however long it takes them to realise that his removal has made not the slightest difference to anything. If I were to turn up at George Square next Saturday it would not be as part of any effort to get rid of Johnson. How might I indicate this?
I feel much the same about the Tories. So long as the Union persists Scotland cannot be a truly democratic country. That is true no matter what name the governing party at Westminster goes by. Besides which, the British state is a Tory state. You might be able to vote the Tories out of office but you can never vote them out of power. Why do you suppose British Labour leaders strive to make their party as like the Tories as they can? Or dare! Only Tories get to wield power in the British state. If you want to wield power, you have to be indistinguishable from a Tory.
If I go to the AUOB “emergency” march in Glasgow it won’t be for the purpose of supporting an anti-Tory protest. I would need a way to make it clear that I am protesting against the Union. What arrangements will be in place that might allow me to make this clear?
I’d march for independence. I have done so many times over the past few years. On pretty much every occasion the march has been ‘hijacked’ by groups and individuals whose causes bore little or no necessary connection to the constitutional issue. Some of them were fine causes. But they were not the cause for which I was participating in the demonstration. Nonetheless, any of those groups or individuals got to claim my support by virtue of my presence. Even if there cause was one about which I was seriously dubious or one which I actively opposed, they got to claim my support.
I don’t want to do that any more. I will march against the Union. I will march to demand the restoration of Scotland’s independence. If there is anybody out there organising such events I’d be obliged if they’d let me know.
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