‘K the Unionist’ is a member of Scottish campaign group British Unity, which operates the largest ‘Vote No’ Facebook page. He authors his own blog and can be found on Twitter @KtheUnionist.
The build up to the Scottish independence march was gaining momentum on social networks all week. I saw the Scottish Nationalists on twitter claiming of 10′s of thousands of people will descend on Edinburgh in support of breaking the United Kingdom. What we saw in reality was a few hardcore Nationalists strut their separatist agenda in Edinburgh to the likes of Alex Salmond and a few other pro-independence speakers in the Meadows.
It was really nothing special. I thought that I would maybe see 10,000 independence supporters take to the city. Instead we saw an estimated 5,000 Nationalists waving their Saltires to their Dear Leader, Alex Salmond. Estimated number of attendees came from Lothian and Borders police.
This march was meant to show Europe and the world that Scots want to break away and be an independent sovereign state separate from the rest of the United Kingdom, it never achieved that goal in any way shape or form. It only aired the views of a small minority, nothing the world media could ever pick up on.
It never achieved the momentous figure we saw in Barcelona, where numbers of Catalonia independence supporters reached 1.5 million. If we want to compare a separatist movement in Spain of 1.5 million to a mere 5,000 separatists in the Edinburgh Meadows then it would seem laughable.
Some Nationalists were dubbing the movement the “Scots-Spring”, comparing it to scenes we saw in Libya and Egypt. I can’t comprehend how idiotic and pathetic it sounds to hear Nats compare something like the Arab-Spring to a few kilt-wearing loonies in the centre of Edinburgh. If I never knew there was any sort of movement on that day I could have just thought it was some Scotland fans heading to Murrayfield to see a rugby match.
There was reportedly some trouble at the event in which couple of people showed up waving the Union flag. The two unknown Unionists were both attacked by marchers on the ‘YES’ side. The pro-independence people pulled the the Union flag from the man’s hands and starting assaulting him, this then led to the police arresting two people.
Nationalists seem very narrow-minded, they can only see as far as “North of the Border”. Both sides need to respect others peoples views and opinions. Yes maybe it was not right that those two men showed up and started provoking some sort of reaction, though they were entitled to be there. This is what annoys me about a few individuals on the ‘YES’ side; they seem to think they own the place and no one else is allowed a view contrary to their own, it has to stop.
When put in prospective of how many showed at the “Yes” march it highlights why the United Kingdom is so important. The ‘Yes’ side felt 5,000 was a lot of people for their march. Though should think about the 10,000 people who rely on the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence for shipbuilding contracts. If we look at the 11,000 across the submarine/Naval bases in Scotland – then we can see a real beefy number of Scottish people that depend on this United Kingdom for their livelihood. I’ve picked out one example of 21,000 people who rely on a United Kingdom. If they feel 5,000 show a mandate to break the Union then they really are deluded.
We are stronger as part of the United Kingdom. If Scots felt so strongly about wanting separation then they would have showed up today in Edinburgh in their millions and not just a few thousand. 20% of the Catalonia region was in Barcelona unlike less than 1% of the Scottish population in Edinburgh.
The difference between the United Kingdom and Spain is that we in the UK encourage national identities, we do not hide them or oppress them. We Scots are encouraged to feel proudly Scottish and British. In Spain they do not encourage any identity but the Spanish one and that will come back to bite the Spanish government hard in the very near future.
The reasons for staying in the Union are clear and recent opinion polls show Scots are reluctant to splitting up the United Kingdom. People in Scotland will not be fooled by the likes of the SNP and their lies of creating a so called “Social Union” – it is either supporting a United Kingdom or going with the SNP and breaking the Union we have. The Union is vital for social, economical and political security. I feel that the majority of us Scots can see through the lies of Alex Salmond, we will vote “No” and secure our country.
Thank you for reading, see you again soon.