Stronger than fear

A guest post by Samuel Miller

I’m guessing that over the next few days there’s going to be an awful lot of hot takes on what First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said in her keynote speech yesterday. There’s going to be what she said. What she might have said. What others think she said and what some folks wish she would have said. Also? Fairly sure yer mainstream meeja will be doing their usual level best to bring you all the news that’s fit to wipe your nether regions with.

Me? I’m not going to do any of that. Nope. No siree. Nuh uh! For those of you who missed it though, I’m just going to link you to the actual words spoken and you can make up your own mind. That’s a bit of a theme with me as you’ll have gathered by this point. You come to your own opinions.

You’ll find the text of the speech HERE

Probably worth bearing in mind as you search the usual mainstream suspects for their words of wisdom (cough). The SNP are what? The second largest party of the UK by membership. The third largest party by representation in the HoC and the popularly mandated government of the devolved Scottish parliament.

Let’s see just how much coverage and more importantly, how prominent that coverage will be. After all, we are equal partners.ย  Aren’t we?

38 comments on “Stronger than fear

  1. Frank Gillougley says:

    I was fortunate enough to be able to listen to the whole speech, rather than to a collection of unionist-weighted soundbites. It was all good solid stuff.

    Nicola’s speech reminded me in a way of Alisdair Gray’s, ‘work as if you live in the days of a better nation.’ Interesting with the passing of time how this is coming to fruition through sound government and the Yes movement.

    Regarding the unionist meeja, if i could offer a more precise description than ‘(not) fit to wipe your nether regions with’ then it’d have to be in the words of Frank McCourt,, ‘not fit to wipe the hole in me arse with.’

    Ther. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Anne Martin says:

    If you prefer to hear the lady herself:


  4. Cubby says:

    The British Nationalists have been trying to wipe out the existence of Scotland for a long long time. It ain’t going to happen. In fact it is the opposite. More and more people see Scotland as their nation and the number grows every year. The Britnat media and politicians have shot their bolt and it has failed.

    Family of nations. What a joke. Why would any sane person want to stay in a family that robs you blind, treats you with contempt and tries to wipe you out.

    We may be England’s colony now but Scotland will finish off the British empire in the near future.

    • gordie says:

      Marches like Saturday keep the pressure on.

      • Illy says:

        You mean the one where we had 1 in 50 of the whole Scottish population in attendance?

        Yeah, they certainly keep the politicos scared ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Weechid says:

          Nothing to do with scaring the politicos. The more people seen to accept independence as normal, the more others will come round.

          • Graham Niven says:

            “Independence Is Normal”

            Just can’t say this enough.

            It should be the slogan on massive billboards in every prominent position in every village, town and city across Scotland.

            It should be boldly emblazoned on postcards shoved through every letterbox in Scotland.

            Get it on badges, print it on t-shirts, get it on flags, parade this message boldly at AUOB marches.

            Independence Is Normal: indisputably correct and simply cannot be argued with.

            • Cubby says:

              Independence is normal.

              Advocating dependency like the Britnats in Scotland do is very very abnormal.

              Glad we are improving the mental health services in Scotland because there are a lot of people suffering from Stockholm syndrome brought on by British politicians and their media over a prolonged period. The poor souls desperately need treatment. Their abnormal behaviour needs treatment.

  5. Andy Anderson says:

    Listened to her speech last night. Excellent.

    The political broadcast was good also, an updated version of the previous one.
    I know a few people wish to start an official indy2 campaign now. ‘Go on then’, is my answer. Help get the numbers up.

    Nicola’s recurring word was’independence’. She clearly stated why we have to wait. We, the YES movement need not wait though. Get out there. My local group is doing stuff now. Also leafleting to get new active members.

    • Andy Anderson says:

      On a different topic Paul’s article in today’s National was good. He merges personal hope to that of the country.

  6. deelsdugs says:

    Succinctly and elegantly put Sam. We are all dancing in the streets…๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Illy says:

      I had a dumb shower thought about that:

      What do people think the impact of a pro-indy ceilidh all the way down the royal mile would be? Castle to palace.

      AUOB marches already feel like a street party, so why not take that a step farther?

      Though we might have to veto an Orkadian Strip the Willow.

      • Weechid says:

        Strip the willow was the dance that came to mind – could be exciting:-)

      • Geordie says:

        Pedant alert! Orcadian. You need to know the correct spelling if you’re going to bandy around hardcore ceilidh terminology.

        • Illy says:

          The island is called Orkney. I assumed that since the two commonest forms of Strip the Willow are Orkney and Shetland, the spelling would transfer.

          At least, I think the Shetland one is the one done in 6-8 person sets. Could be wrong on that one’s name – I always preferred the Orcadian.

  7. smiling vulture says:

    ITV – 19 secs of speech

    Newsnight – no mention beginning sequence

  8. m biyd says:

    the problem is Nicola keeps dancing to the maybot tune

  9. scandoonyeah says:

    Having watched her speech and her interviews before and after the conference something has changed within her. She seemed much more in control, at peace with herself and very contented. It was like a weight had been lifted from her shoulders and she radiated a calm, steely confidence. It was quite beautiful to witness. It was like all the bullshit her and the SNP and the people of Scotland have had to endure over the years is finally coming to an end.
    A person in total control of her own sense of self…

    She knows and we know……… its coming

    • Robert Harrison says:

      Blackford out of character at pmqs today says to me the snps got something cooking behind the scenes because they usually go for the conservatives at pmqs but shocked them by making may feel comfortable today if they was trying to lure may into a false sense of safety it’s definitely worked today.

    • Mbiyd says:

      Or she is bluffing and carrying us along like Ally Mcleod on a voyage of false expectation without any substance. It’s the last throw of the dice for her. Muck this up and Sturgeon should go.

  10. Andy Anderson says:

    Off topic but worth a read. It relates to UK breaking apart and gives Scotland a good write up.

    • Welsh Sion says:

      And wee Wales doesn’t get a single mention. Nor is anyone allowed to make any comment on the Grauniad piece. I will continue to support the noble cause of Scottish independence on this site and on others, but I would hope that feelings on here are reciprocated for my home country – which I live in exile from.

      • scandoonyeah says:

        When it is Wales’s time, we will be standing by your side…

      • Jason Smoothpiece says:

        We could arrange the next independence march in lovely Wales as our work is almost done here, give us a call.

        Have they got pubs in Wales?

        • Welsh Sion says:

          Sure we do, Jason and you (all) would be more than welcome. They *do* open on Sundays now, too. (Thanks to that nice Mr Hague โ€ฆ ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

          • Jason Smoothpiece says:

            Sion my round mate .
            Quite effective a few tens of thousands of us kilties decending on Wales encouraging independence.
            Worth a thought.
            Now that would give WM wind.

      • Andy Anderson says:

        I did notice Wals was missing. I think many in England feel Wales is just part of England. Once we depart I wonder what they will call rUK. Nothing comes to mind.

  11. Jason Smoothpiece says:

    Sam you could have titled your piece “The Smell of Fear” because it appears there is a bit of pressure on the Regime .

    I have always been concerned about this point as Scotland begins to stand up and become a normal country the Regime like many before starts to become unpredictable and may lash out.

    Could get messy before the beast is finally put out of it’s misery.

  12. Stookie says:

    Mr Price, the new leader of Plaid, gave an excellent address to conference I thought
    Hopefully things are on the up for your country!

  13. Eck fae E.K. says:

    If I was a foreigner and had read/heard Nicola’s speech, I’d want to move to Scotland.
    “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” (Helen Keller)

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