Just before I go off on my Sunday run, I thought I would tell you how the AUOB Rally went yesterday.
There has been a concerted effort to dampen any attempted by the Scottish people to hold rallies in support of independence, Nicola Sturgeon’s government can not stop the marches but she can make it as difficult as possible to hold them as displayed this weekend.
All Under One Banner had submitted their proposed route from Carlton Hill in Edinburgh to the Parliament Building at Holyrood, as long ago as last January. At the last minute the route was rejected, a second proposed route was rejected, again by Edinburgh Council, even although it was acceptable by Police Scotland. All this was taking place only hours before the march was due to start. The final meeting by the Edinburgh Council was held behind closed doors, no public, and no press present, they did finally grant permission for a march, not through the streets of Edinburgh, but form the Commonwealth Pool through the great park below Arthur’s Seat and in by the back door of Holyrood.
Now we hear that approval has been sot asking the Westminster government to rule against any political gathering outside the Holyrood Parliament Building.
Oor, Nicola will of course wash her hands in public. It was not me; it was Edinburgh Council that made that decision, not me. It was the body that looks after the Parliament Estate that submitted the request (to a foreign power) for rallies and political gatherings not to be held outside the Scottish Parliament, not me
“My hands are clean” Aye right.
Sorry, Nicola, that will not wash, you are the First Minister of Scotland, what influence have you brought to bear in stopping this request, to a foreign power, to take away the freedoms of the Scottish people. And since the SNP make up almost half the councillors in the Edinburgh Council, Well Miss Sturgeon, the air is filled with the smells of rotten fish, and as Lenin said
“There is no profit in last week’s fish”.
Despite all the log jams, despite the real fears still hanging over us from coronavirus (3,261 cases reported in the UK on Saturday), yet still, they came. The numbers were small, in comparison with the 200 thousand that marched AUOB before lockdown, I estimated a little over two thousand, but still significant. This was especially telling when other independent marches were taking place across Scotland on the same day, a sign, that coronavirus is having an impact, ‘small is beautiful. I saw on the internet today that five thousand had watched the march on U-Tube or Facebook.
I stayed for the speeches outside the parliament building (and the music) they were passionate from activists of all colours, and yes, an MP from the Alba Party, good on you for sticking your head above the parapet.