As the song goes “All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go…” tonight I will sleep in my beloved Scotland.
I am really excited to get back home and see friends, drink a few pints of Tennents, get a fish supper a decent pakora and curry, ah the joys of being blessed and born a Scot.
Apart from checking out the flat and attending to a few ‘business’ matters I am home to march with my fellow independinistas at the Edinburgh AUOB on Saturday and on Sunday- Tuesday attend the SNP Conference.
I have not yet been to any of the AUOB Marches however my friends that have tell me I am in for a very uplifting experience and I cannot deny that I am very excited at the prospect and looking forward to meeting lots of friends old and new.
I have been to lots of SNP Conferences my first one being away back in the 1970s.
I have always enjoyed them and get an enormous buzz by just being there surrounded by like-minded souls.
In those far off distant days the boost of meeting other SNP believers from all over Scotland was incredible, we had a handful of councillors and one MP, the late great Donald Stewart MP for the Western Isles and it wasn’t until 1974 in the second election that year we managed to make a breakthrough and elected 11 SNP MPs then we truly believed that this was us on the way, independence was imminent.
Alas, that was not the case and as we all know at the 1979 election we were decimated and the tide of independence subsided temporarily.
I only share this with you to tell you that you should be very grateful that we are where we are today.
I know many of you are getting very impatient to have the referendum and get to hell out of the UK before the Brexit Apocalypse devours our people and our democracy.
I am a little more circumspect as I remember how far we have come in such a relatively short space of time.
I remember the struggle to get to this lofty position that we have been in since 2011 where for the first time in 311 years we, the Scots old and new actually control our own destiny.
Come Saturday I just have to take a train journey, get off and join the throng of fellow Yessers to meander through the streets of our beautiful capital and that way I make my contribution to the cause.
On Sunday I will pick up my delegate card take my seat and soak up the atmosphere it is all very pleasant and easy for me to do.
It is not quite so easy for our First Minister, she won’t boogie onto the stage to the strains of an ABBA tune looking like a pregnant duck just about to give birth that kind of stunt we leave to moronic Tory leaders.
Nicola will as always arrive with dignity she will conduct herself as a true leader of people she does not need gimmicks.
Her words will be measured, they will cover all the bases, however be assured of this, the forces of darkness will analyse every last word, every nuance for anything they can use to attack our FM, attack our cause, attack our voters, attack our nation.
I do not expect Nicola to give us a date for the upcoming referendum.
I do however expect her to give us a strong indication that it will definitely happen, just the date will be missing.
I agree with that tactic we should not give our opponents any idea when the day of liberation will be just that it is coming, we are ready, we are committed and we will not be diverted or prevented from having our moment at the ballot box.
Even now there are people amongst us that are pretending to be on our side they are the ones that are trying to sow the dissent within the movement.
They are the ones that will agitate the most for a specific date, they will suggest that the SNP have no desire for a new referendum and that we should abandon the SNP and find another vehicle to achieve our aims.
These people are lackeys of the British establishment sent to deploy that favourite of all British subterfuge, the famous divide and rule.
Ignore the naysayers, the negative voices, we are on the cusp we have never been stronger, more united, more determined and never before have we been more ready than we are at this time in history.
Nicola and her top team will have a plan, they will have a date, they will have a strategy and we need to trust their judgement.
We have to keep, doing what we are doing, marching, organising, leafleting, street stalls, talking, convincing, debating.
Remember this, the Britnats do not have the vision or ambition for our nation beyond us being a colony and a cash cow for London.
We have all the ambition for our nation we need to share that vision with our friends, our neighbours and fellow countrymen and women, if we do that properly we will prevail and we will be an independent nation once again.
Just think how much better it will be to be live in a country led by a true leader instead of being in a colony that is led by a daftie that has to boogie on to a conference platform to deflect from the paucity of her politics.