I was honoured to be asked to speak at the #AllUnderOneBanner march in Glasgow today, estimates of over 80,000 people seem to be accurate and are being widely reported.
Here is what I said;
Wow – what an amazing sight today, around 80,000 people marching, who believe in Scotland.
I am so proud to be part of our civic, internationally focussed, welcoming and inclusive, grassroots led movement for Scottish independence.
Contrast this to the atmosphere created by the politicians that sold Brexit to the rest of Britain. They are driven by nothing but old fashioned, unreconstructed, sometimes xenophobic British nationalism.
And that is not welcome here.
If the Scottish media want to know what a separatist looks like, then look no further that Johnson, Gove, Davis, May, Farage and yes, even Corbyn.
Some people still have the guile to suggest that there is a political answer to Scotland’s problems within the UK, but the UK is Scotland’s problem.
It’s not about the Tories – UK Labour are just as distant, disinterested and dysfunctional – they don’t understand the brilliant vision we share for our Scottish nation.
In the last General Election the Tories fielded the worst candidate for Prime Minister ever – they ran the worst campaign ever and Jeremy Corbyn still couldn’t win. Now we have the worst Government ever – openly at war over Brexit, openly racist over Windrush, openly incompetent on the economy, and UK Labour can’t even make progress in the English council elections.
Imagine what would happen if the Tories replaced Theresa May with someone vaguely competent, or even vaguely human. Labour would be destroyed.
So what is Labour’s big plan to stop independence – The Vow2 – they say we should have a federal system, but federalism would have to be voted on by the whole of the UK. England doesn’t wan’t Federalism and it won’t vote vote for it, so it won’t happen.
Labour can’t even tell us what Federalism is, so I challenged one of them on it, and she told me it would be the devolution of everything except Defence, Welfare, International Relations and Full Fiscal Powers.
So they want to keep for Westminster the ability to renew trident, to cut benefits, to wage illegal wars, and to keep Scotland from investing in its own future and creating a more prosperous society.
Folks – those are not the last four powers Scotland needs those are the first four powers Scotland needs.
They are trying to sell us a policy they can’t deliver, can’t define and that they can’t win a general election with, but we are supposed to believe that once again Labour are the party of home rule!
Kier Hardie must be turning in his grave.
I have dedicated the last 6 years of my my life, full time, to delivering independence for Scotland, and Business for Scotland never stopped campaigning we never stopped making the business and economic case for Independence.
But in the next few weeks BfS will announce our new Scottish independence campaign. The first initiative will be the launch of our new Independence Ambassador Programme, but this time it’s not just for business people, we want to make our training, our resources, materials and funding available to everyone in the wider Yes movement.
This year we are going to arm 1,000 activists with the skills, the arguments, and the campaigning materials to convert past No voters to Yes, and to convince undecided voters that with the powers of independence. We can create a fairer, more prosperous, healthier, happier, greener and more positive nation than London rule will ever allow us to be.
Now the First Minister is on record as saying that the people of Scotland will decide when the next independence referendum will be. BfS are going to take her at her word and field an army of independence ambassadors, to hit every town and city in Scotland and drive support for independence into the 50s, so we can first call and then win an independence referendum next year, and Scotland will be an independent nation once more.
I hope you will join us
Thank you for marching for Scotland – thank you.