If no one is going to save you, you have to save yourself

Well that’s me back from the USA with a ring on my finger. And thanks to Theresa May and her hostile policy for immigration, I’m married with all of the consequences that brings for better or worse, richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, but without actually being able to wake up next to my spouse in the same bed. Or indeed the same continent. Next year we hope to start on the onerous and stressful process of applying for a visa for him to come and live here in Scotland. He works in IT, so if anyone has a job opening for a computer whizz kid – don’t hesitate to let me know.

First off, I’d like to send a huge thank you to Sam for looking after the blog in my absence. He’s done a fantastic job. I’d tell him to start a blog of his own but then I’d have no one to keep you all entertained in my absence, but I’m sure you’ll agree that he’s a great writer. And of course I’d like to thank everyone who sent me and my new husband Peter messages of congratulations and best wishes. We got married on October 26 and then my new in-laws came to Scotland for a week, so we’ve been doing the tour guide thing. Sadly my husband and his family have now returned to the USA and I’m left here without my new spouse. But my loss is your gain, and it’s back to regular blogging again.

So what did I miss? I was kind of hoping that there would be an independence referendum while I was away and then I could come home to an independent Scotland, but no. It’s still the same auld Brexit crap. And still the same auld crap with a Scottish media and British nationalists who refuse to acknowledge the impending disaster that’s about to be inflicted on this country by that British establishment which they assured us that we were better together with. All the terrible things that they warned us were going to happen with independence, being out of the EU, job losses, economic disruption, isolation from the rest of the world, all that is happening because Scotland is a part of the UK.

When I left to go and partake in a real union of my own with my partner Peter, as opposed to the pretendy union that Scotland is currently stuck in, there had just been a massive demonstration of support for independence in the shape of the Edinburgh march and rally which attracted tens of thousands onto the streets of the Scottish capital. We cannot allow that momentum to dissipate. We have to keep up the pressure. We have to keep demonstrating that there is a demand for a Scottish People’s Vote, that the people of this country have a right to decide the future of Scotland irrespective of what happens in the rest of the UK.

What was clear from viewing the Scottish news from the distant perspective of the other side of the Atlantic is that the media in this country doesn’t want to recognise that pressure and that demand. They’d far rather distract us with a series of SNPbad stories, stories about the fitba, stories about cute kittens and murrdurrs. Stories about my local MP whose accent was impenetrable to some random Tory in the Commons, when in fact it wasn’t David Linden’s accent that was the problem. It was Conservative ears. That’s surely a metaphor for Scotland within the UK. We get all sorts of stories, stories about anything other than the reality of the powerlessness of a Scotland within the UK to have any say at all in shaping its own destiny. We are told we are parochial by people who refuse to look beyond their own garden fence. We are told we are small by people who can’t rise to the occasion. We’re going to have to do this ourselves.

With the honourable exception of the few valued pro-indy outlets that we have, the media in this country is not going to support and nourish the right of the people of Scotland to have a say in choosing our own path. The fine words of the Claim of Right, that the people of Scotland have a sovereign right to choose the form of government best suited to their needs, need to be more than a meaningless incantation to serve the short term interests of those British nationalist politicians who signed up to them. Sovereignty doesn’t rest in words, it rests in deeds. So we, all of us, need to act. We need to keep up the pressure. We need to maintain the visibility. We need to shout out our refusal to be silenced and sidelined, because that’s the only way to ensure that the rest of the people in this country, those who are not already active and committed supporters of a Scotland that chooses its own path, will hear the message. The British nationalist media in Scotland is sure as hell not going to do it for us. We need to do it ourselves.

Brexit is looming. Just this week EU officials have said that there’s a 50/50 chance of striking a deal on the Irish border. A 50/50 chance, a coin toss, of the UK falling out of the EU without any deal at all. And if there is a deal it’s likely to be some fudge that kicks the issue down the road for a few months more while the swivel eyed xenophobes in the Tory party conspire to destroy all the employment and human rights that membership of Europe has brought us in order to transform the UK into a low wage right wing dystopia where the rich can clean up while the rest of us languish in the filth. And all this, let us not forget, on the basis of a referendum which is mired in illegality.

Brexit is due to take place at 11pm on Friday 29 March next year. That is when the UK will officially leave the EU. We need to ensure that the following day, Saturday 30 March, Scotland witnesses the biggest, the loudest, the most energetic and enthusiastic demonstration of support for Scotland’s right to choose its own destiny that this country has ever seen. It’s a day when there are going to be a lot of upset people, people who have been betrayed by a British establishment that has let Scotland down. It’s a day when no one will be able to pretend that Brexit isn’t happening. That’s the day when we have the potential to mount an event which could potentially dwarf even the massive march in Edinburgh in October, an event which can’t be ignored.

I’ve been privately sounding out a few people within the indy movement, and there seems to be support for the idea. It’s early days yet, but we have several months to make this happen. Let’s get working. If no one is going to save you, you have to save yourself, and if anyone has the skills, the talents, and the resources to do so it’s the people of this remarkable country. Let’s get loud. 2019 is going to be the year that the Scottish lion roars.

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59 comments on “If no one is going to save you, you have to save yourself

  1. Time to show our unity and purpose across the whole spectrum of the movement – organise a venue and everyone and every group can organise to be there.

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  3. Welcome back Paul and many best wishes to you & Peter. Great idea for coming together as “ONE” after our exit. Let’s get working….

  4. Amanda McGinley says:

    Congratulations to you both , what a loathsome Tory shitehole that keeps husbands apart. Shame on them but full marks to you both, am sure itl be worth it in the end xxx #trueloveconquersall #eventhetories

  5. #IndyScot 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 (@west_views) says:

    Congratulations to you both. In an independent Scotland your husband will be welcome without visas etc.
    Love the idea of everyone gathering as one after Brexit. I just hope that’s not going to be too late. I don’t trust WM not to change the law to make referendums on independence unlawful. Actually, I don’t trust WM on anything!!

  6. Peter Barlow says:

    26th October is a brilliant date to get wed, I can assure you from 26 years’ experience.

    Working as we then did in English Language Teaching and examining we saw the way things were going, and my spouse got UK citizenship (although an EU citizen anyway) just before the prove-you’re-rich clause kicked in.

    We wish you both luck, health and happiness.

  7. Bigdemo says:

    I have put the date in my diary. (30 March 2019) for BIG demo. See you there, wherever it is. Congrats also to you both. X

    • Illy says:

      Why does it only have to be in one place?

      Why not have it everywhere in Scotland, all at once?

      I don’t think Edinburgh could handle much bigger than the last one.

      We might need to look at having simultaneous marches in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and maybe a couple of other cities. Which would also help get even more numbers out, as some people can’t afford to travel as far.

      • weegingerdug says:

        It doesn’t have to be all in one place. One of the reasons for mentioning it in this blog was to get feedback from readers. A number of folk have suggested simultaneous events in different parts of Scotland – I think that’s a very good idea.

        • Sal Clynder says:

          Some other forums have been discussing simultaneous events.
          We should ask the Yes groups to agree regional locations.
          Many people who can’t travel far would then participate!

      • Molly McC says:

        Not just the bigger cities, but the towns, villages, housing schemes.
        A Mass Gathering….street parties, cakes and cups of tea…..a venue, a day out, a rer terr!!

  8. Andy Anderson says:

    Welcome back from me too Paul. Sorry to hear Peter had to return so quickly to the States. I assume he has work to go and sort out. I hope your parents in law enjoyed there visit also.

    I like the idea of a big March/s on 1 April or thereabouts. The Edinburgh March for me was very uplifting, I enjoyed the Stirling walk but Auld Reekie was so much better.

    I keep mouthing of about converting people now. Amazing to me is the negative reaction to this action from so many Yessers, some think we need to wait for the SNP to fire a starting pistol. Weird.

    Although Yes groups and Business for Scotland with their ambassador program are on the case this is not enough. All must convert people particularly No, Remainers, as Brexit helps make the case for us.

    The next six months or so will probably be even more chaotic at Westminster. Good as this helps us too.

    If we all go for it, all of us, we can do this. Can you imagine our first Independance day.

    Nice to have you back.

  9. Macart says:

    Welcome back and PHEW! (Not necessarily in that order)

    A bittersweet situation, but I’m guessing you know the support you and Peter have already around here. 🙂

    And yes, I’d say that’s a very fitting idea. Anyone who recalls Cameron, the day after our indyref, unveiling plans for EVEL should appreciate that turnabout is fair play. That was his statement of intent. A mass rally telling Brexit and Westminster politics tae get tae should be ours.

    I’m upfurra bit of a walk in the spring. 🙂

  10. ksbeth says:

    may you be together sooner rather than later. ❤

  11. panda paws says:

    Congratulations on your wedding and a plague on the Home Office for keeping you both apart.

    What a fab idea for 30 March. I wonder if it might be an idea to have mega rallies in both Glasgow and Edinburgh? I know that would split the numbers but given the transport infrastructure it might be gridlock for folk getting to one place. A thought anyway.

  12. Luigi says:

    Fantastic idea, Paul. I’m wondering though if it wouldn’t be more effective if it was held slightly earlier, sometime between the announcement of the (non) deal and the 29th March. If the purpose is to sow the seeds, then why not make it a premptive strike?

    After all, with the absolute Brexit chaos that is likely to overwhelm everything on the 30th March, may result in marching being the last thing on people’s minds.

    Great idea, but go 1-2 weeks early, I say. 🙂

    • benmadigan says:

      I agree Luigi – if it’s a No Deal brexit (and we should know before Xmas),

      Any and all protests would need to start in the New Year.

      If there is a Deal and a 20-month transition, there’s a brief space for respite but . . . .

      Remember: The UK brexits in any case on 29th March, so Scotland’s voice in Europe will be silenced after that date. Our MEPs will return home, jobless.

      Scotland will be in a very weak position, at the mercy of Westminster, from 30th March 2019 onwards.

      • Illy says:

        This is a point to remember – the way of least harm to the people of Scotland is to secure independence before Brexit day, so we maintain seamless membership of the single market, and Westminster cannot take advantage of any time outside EU regs to damage us farther.

      • Tol says:

        If sovereignty is about actions not words…then once Westminster decided to toss Scotland’s actual vote (as their voice) asunder – the deed was done.

        It is arguable if this point was triggering Article 50 against the wishes of Scotland, or the attempt to over rule Scotland’s parliament. If you are waiting for Brexit to occur for your big day out, you are only re-acting on the downstream consequence of actions and not attacking the actual threat to Scotland’s sovereignty.

        I doubt YES has the luxury of waiting until after Brexit and agitating needs to be gathering steam now. YES needs to make the public case for Nicola Sturgeon to take action. YES needs to both give cover to but also make the very visible public case for Nicola Sturgeon to take action.

        • Tol says:


          If you trust Scotland’s institutions will remain unchanged until Scotland gets its act together and calls for a vote to dissolve the union…I have a bridge to sell you.

          Why do people think Ruth and the London based parties in Scotland have been incessantly trying to downplay any referendum since Brexit? Westminster is OH SO happy for you to wait.

  13. Alison Lindsay says:

    I will keep the 30th. March 2019 and hopefully spread it far as the day Scotland’s citizens gather together in Holyrood Park. We should be too many to march through the High Street alone but will fill Holyrood Park next to our Parliament, coming from many city destinations ( eg.from Leith, from Princess St. Gardens, from the Meadows, The Grassmarket, Costorphine Hill, through Liberton and Morningside from the bye-pass etc.) in our many many thousands. We could gather in millions.

  14. Albis says:

    Welcome back, Paul! Love your idea of a huge demo next March. The 30th is a Saturday and would be ideal. Keep us posted!

  15. X_Sticks says:

    Congratulations to You and Peter. I hope the dug won’t be too jealous!

    30 March march. I’ll be there.

  16. diabloandco says:

    So where are the pics?

    Really sorry to hear that you have such an uphill struggle to be together – I hope it is a short struggle.

    I’m definitely up for a large walk in the spring.

  17. Thomas Widmann says:

    Congratulations, Paul and Peter! I sincerely hope you’ll get through the visa application process quickly and without too much hassle!

    I think a march just before Brexit might work better. “We Won’t Leave!” rather than “We’re Angry That You Made Us Leave”.

  18. Caroline Grant says:

    Congratulations Paul. I wish you & your husband well & hope you will be together in Scotland soon. I think that there are some people who will never change their minds, what we have to concentrate on is mobilising our vote, but still keep trying to change hearts & minds.

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  20. Archie Hamilton says:

    I’d say that it would be better to arrange coordinated marches on that date, in Glasgow Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness. Possibly a difficult thing to achieve but it would enable more people around the country to attend at their place of choice and show the feeling of the people around the country to a greater extent.

  21. JGedd says:

    Welcome back, Paul, but sorry to hear that Peter has had to return so soon. What a mean-spirited country the UK is to keep married couples apart like this. Hope that it will be resolved sooner rather than later but independence would fix so much for all of us. ( And you are right about Macart – an excellent blog-sitter. )

  22. 99% of British media seems to be controlled from Westminster.

  23. Congratulations to you both and welcome back. I hope Peter manages to join you very soon. the idea for 30th March is brilliant. We need something to hold on to. There is only one certain thing at the moment in my opinion.. Tory Brexit dishonesty. Sitting on our hands while that lot dig us into a very bad very dark hole is not an option. Scotland needs to get out.

  24. Prince harry never went through this separation, did he? One rule for the top 1%. We are returning to Dickensian times. The right wing in this country have been slowly dismantling our liberties & rights for the last 30 yrs. Labour cares not a hoot as it only wants into power to better itself, not to better the people, as it’s craven tax breaks to the rich this week have proven yet again.

    Do Ginger & Peter get on? Hope Ginger’s not jealous. Just tell him it’s not halve the love. It’s double the love.

  25. Alba Laddie says:

    I know of someone in similar circumstances who married abroad and was sweating on his partner being granted a visa. I think they’ve finally got it and they’re both together now, but the whole process wasn’t without its travails.

    What a narrow, insular, fleg-waving, nostalgic for the “good old days” shithole Little Britain has become and I for one want no part of it.

    On a related note, my partner has tweeted Dominic Raab about what implications there are for UK citizens who travel abroad on the 28th/ 29th of March, and plan their return in early April, i.e. leaving and re-entering this sceptred isle either side of Brexit.

    That was three weeks ago…yup you’ve guessed it, no reply yet.

    • Busted Flush says:

      Your partner’s question makes no sense. If U.K. citizens are travelling outweigh the EU then Brexit makes no difference. Any impact on travel within the EU will be the responsibility of the foreign country visited. Tweeting Raab is justifying to be a smartarse.

      • Alba Laddie says:

        You reckon? Oh and I take it you mean “outwith” and not “outweigh” ?

        I maybe should’ve nuanced it by saying travel “within the EU”, but then trying to make some sense of your subsequent impenetrable guff will be similar to unravelling the practical implications of Brexit such as the one my partner tweeted Raab about.

        Not for you though obviously, you’ll be too busy celebrating leaving the EU with “other Indy supporters”, in the nearest phone box , I suppose?

  26. Davie Oga says:

    Congratulations. I too had the temerity to fall in love with one of those dastardly foreign people. When my masters educated, barrister spouse, was refused entry, we made our way to the Republic of Ireland. Two years later, we are settled, prosperous, and nearly half way to Irish citizenship. I live six miles from the British border in Ireland, but it may as well be a million. Proud to live in a country of people with self respect and self belief. The general opinion around here is that the Scots were shitebags that Sept. 14th and “Scotland the Brave”, is humorless parody. It will take independence to change that perception. Until then, we are content to continue our miscegenation unimpeded in our adopted homeland. Keep up the great work.

  27. Busted Flush says:

    You should be able to beat the October march figure,after all 20,000 is not that many. However what will we be marching for?.Personally I’ll be celebrating leaving the EU, like many other indy supporters.

    • weegingerdug says:

      Celebrating a Tory Brexit that’s being carried out without any reference to Scotland’s needs or concerns and despite the fact that only just over a third of Scots voters supported it. That’s a stupendous respect for Scottish democracy you have there.

    • Illy says:

      20,000? Who’s reports are you reading? The number reported on the day was closer to 150,000 than 20,000.

    • Andy Anderson says:

      Hello Busted Flush.

      My view and those of most Scots is that we are better in the single market. You are entitled to your opinion however.

      Pity your desires obtained via Brexit will in time damage the UK economy with loss of jobs and a weaker currency. So far Brexit has reduced the economy by 2.2% costing £46bn and that is the negotiating period. Only another 7% drop to go based on UK Gov projections.

  28. tarisgal says:

    Congratulations to you and Peter! Loved the photos you posted! You both looked sooo happy! I wish you well in getting that covetted entry Visa for Peter to join you! It’s HORRIBLE that you can’t be together!

    I love the idea of a march on that date and will make sure nothing will interfere with that day in my calendar, so in spite of dicky knee & aw’, I’ll be there! After a bit of a think, my inclination leans to separate marches in different places, though a HUGE one in our capital, Edinburgh, would really make our intentions crystal clear. So I’m leaving it for those arranging it, to make the decision. But whatever, I’ll BE THERE!

    Welcome home, Paul! Bet Ginger gave you a FAB WELCOME! He’ll have missed you! Again… sorry you and Peter can’t be together. Hopefully it will not be for long – if Scotland can help it!

  29. Macart says:

    Brexit: What the nation really thinks – on channel 4 this evening? What an utter waste of time and so misnamed as to be beyond a joke. What the nation really thinks…. What nation? There ARE 4 nationalities comprising the current United Kingdom. (Only two of whom have a signature on a piece of paper that hangs this whole sorry mess together.) Representation from three of them was more than a bit thin on the ground.

    A survation poll which showed independence for Scotland was a bit up, but nothing to worry about according to the UK’s only psephologist apparently. (sigh) Hardly worth mentioning at all really. Oh, and on current voting intentions the Essenpee would gain approximately another seven seats in commons. Which is nice. (bangs head on table)

    Let me be very clear on this. There is no good Brexit. There is no UK where devolution or mitigation by the best intentioned, or most able, party in power will avert economic, social or political hardship. You could fill Holyrood basement to balustrade with SNP representation and likewise the Scottish benches at Westminster. If people refuse to vote to empower a Scottish government fully, the outcomes will be unavoidable and only too predictable. The grant will be cut. Budgets will be slashed. People will lose their jobs. Holyrood will be circumvented. Human and civil rights will be repealed and abused.

    A sympathy vote for the SNP whilst we are still members of the UK won’t do a damn bit of good under those circumstances. A vote for anyone else is beyond idiotic. A lemming level event. The best the population of Scotland could hope for, is that central govt. legislation is slowed a bit. And that’s from a Scottish govt. that actually cares. Akin to throwing deckchairs in front of a runaway steamroller.

    They’d try, because it’s what they do. They’d also fail, because partial control of taxes and the ability to licence air guns doesn’t cut the mustard.

    If no one is going to save you, you have to save yourself. That means a population voting to take your powers back. That means voting to control your own future. That means no waiting on someone ‘great’ to come along and do something extraordinary for you.

    You get to do the extraordinary bit.

    • Andy Anderson says:

      Agreed. Please convert people to Yes now. Please do not wait for the SG to start a formal campaign. Those current No voters will be harder to persuade. Find the No Remainers and then the No Leavers.

    • First of all. Congrats to Paul: I’m sure that he and peter know what they are letting themselves in for choosing to settle in Scotland.
      Sam, I firmly believe that the Establishment and their puppwts WM, May Corbyn and Cable, will trundle through November, with nothing resolved, merely by not engaging with the EU 27 (and Scotland and the North Of Ireland), to arrive at the Season To Be Jolly, December and the seemingly endless Christmas ‘celebrations’.
      Our local Tesco has packs of artificial ‘Xmas’ trees piled high at the window already.
      There is quite literally no news on the progress of Brexit tody, but plenty of Scotland Shite on BBC Pacific Quay Breakfast 90 seconds today.
      Michellin is closing in Dundee in 20220 with a loss of 850 jobs.
      It’#s a French Company of course. The Brexit ‘dividend’ because of cheap tyre imported from Out There in the wilderness.
      The Trussell Trust blame UC for the increase of Food Bank use, but the UK Government denies it, so there.
      Four tagged hen harriers have ‘disappeared’.
      And the Southern General, sorry the Saddam Hussein, sorry, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital is to get a AI Health Research Centre, and it’s chucking it down today.

      Scotland is Shite 3
      Scotland not 1

      Scores so far this week

      Scotland Shite 6
      Scotland Not 2

      There is no one ‘great’ coming along to recue us from this unrelenting Scotland Shite/ SNP Bad Brit Establishment propaganda.
      We must rise up soon now.
      On the 30th March 2019 we will be at the mercy of England’s parliament.
      We can’t wait ’til it’s too late.
      May and Co., are delaying the bad news hitting the streets as long as possible.
      No Customs Union, no Single Market, no Freedom of Movement, No European Passport, no protection from WM Blue Tory rule when out of the ECJ, are realities, and start next Spring no matter what version of Brexit, or none, May negotiates.
      Take heart, friends.

  30. Clive Scott says:

    Would it not be better for a rally in Edinburgh to mass at Mundell’s “UK Government in Scotland” offices in Leith on a weekday? After all, this is where “the enemy within” spread their malign control of our country.

  31. wm says:

    Welcome back Paul, congradulations to you and Peter, I like the idea of a demonstration around the country although it would be difficult to organise, and are we no lucky to have a Sam on hand when needed.

  32. grizebard says:

    Welcome back, Paul.

    I followed your article all the way up to that damnable date of 30th March. Dang it, has anyone not realised, that’s a complete contradiction to what went before? All that fighting talk and then… putting it off until it’s too late.

    If we only wake up and start standing up for ourselves the day after we’ve been shafted by the Tories, what does that say about ourselves? Waving a few flags again and thinking that’ll sort it out? How pathetic is that? The Irish will be jeering at us all over again.

    We turned up for the fight but it happened already? Whit? Oh dearie me, I’ll just away and have a wee cry in a dark corner then… blub, blub…

  33. Jan Cowan says:

    Congratulations, Paul, to you and Peter. Good photograph in the National and great that Peter is happy to become Scottish. May you have many, many years together.

  34. Alba woman says:

    Many congrats to you both….the best is yet to come….

    As for that lot down south in the tunnel of love ( not) with the EU they haven’t a clue, unlike your dear selves, what a decent well lived life is…..haud me back!

  35. James Mills says:

    What do we want ?
    Freedom ( from WM )
    When do we want it ?
    Long before the 29 March 2019 !!!

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