It’s been a tough couple of days, we were close to achieving a better Scotland, but we didn’t get there, yet were so close. We should all be proud of the work we have done, what we have achieved so far. And some of you may feel more demoralized after the First Minister announced he was stepping down in November, as I know a lot of activists were inspired by his example. But on Monday, we must dust ourselves off and organize. The scenes at George Square last night of Fascist Unionist bigots rioting, assaulting people, burning the saltire, throwing Nazi salutes everywhere, show that we are needed more than ever. We can not give legitimacy to these groups and allow them to poison the spirit of hope we have built up over these last 2 years.
We must now also organize against the Unionist parties who have already broken their ‘Vow’ as we predicted they would. There was supposed to be a motion in Parliament yesterday to begin the process of more devolution, it never happened, and the programme for more powers has already been blocked, the promise didn’t even last 24 hours. We must now show them that we will not forgive or forget this betrayal and will hold them to account on the streets, in meetings and at the Ballot box.
The Labour Party in Scotland has also broken their word, and must be brought down democratically, they represent no one anymore and are an utter disgrace. We must hold them to account by our activism and our votes and show them that Scotland will not be taken for granted anymore.
I therefore urge all of you to think about joining the SNP, SSP or Greens. And maybe also the Common Weal who is meeting soon to plan the next move. The Radical Independence movement is holding a conference on the 22nd November in Glasgow to organize and plan, so think about joining these groups. Join community groups, volunteer your time for political causes etc, don’t slip back into the shadows.
We the 45%, the 1.6 million who supported independence can not wait for a new Scotland anymore, we have to build it ourselves by organizing and getting active.
The democratic fight back starts now.