Saturday 18 September 2022
The eight anniversary of the independence referendum
This is a posting I wrote 8 years ago, the day before we went to the polls in the 2014 Scottish independence referendum. Everyone in the yes Bus team and all the other groups had put in an amazing amount of work in the months leading up to the referendum.
We were not successful, but we left a fantastic legacy for the SNP to take forward.
This was shown 8 months later when we sent 57 out of 59 MP’s down to Westminster. Unfortunately, Nicola Sturgeon had become the leader of the SNP and therefore the independence movement by then, and she failed to capitalise on the legacy we had handed to her on a plate.
Since then, she has all but destroyed the independence movement and I for one am bitterly disappointed that all of that work and goodwill set out on the streets of Dundee has been wasted.
Only when that awful woman leaves office can we get back on the road to independence.
Later today Scotland decides whether to take its destiny in both of its hands and wrest its independence from the grip of Westminster or remain a junior partner in a failed Union which has passed its sell-by date. all the arguments have been aired on both sides and we have been on a journey with independence as the final destination. we will find out tomorrow whether we have arrived at that destination.
I have had the privilege to have worked with a dedicated team made up of both members of my own family and a band of brothers and sisters, brought together by a common goal, that goal being the independence of our country. We formed one of the many grassroots teams which sprung up all over `Scotland and we worked hard, boy we worked hard. We made a difference, there is no doubt about that. Dundee has been named the Yes City.
Tomorrow everyone must place their vote as they see fit, taking into account all of the arguments as they see them. I feel the argument for independence is unanswerable and it will simply put Scotland in the natural state for any country. I feel we will make the right decision, but either way, we must get on with the task at hand and that is making Scotland a land fit for our Children and their children.
On Friday morning I have to look my three wonderful Grandchildren in the eye and say, ” I tried my best, I tried my very best “.
I would like to thank all the wonderful people I have had the privilege of knowing whilst on this tremendous Journey. It is them who have made this all worthwhile.