Just like another 100,000+ people on Saturday I had the great pleasure of walking down the Royal Mile into Holyrood Park to exact my democratic right and to show my desire for an Independence Referendum for my country.
Although many have tried to relay the intensity and sheer joy of the entire day I think it is impossible for anyone that writes to truly express all the emotions, colours and joy of the Saturday afternoon stroll in the capital, as they say “ you really needed to be there.”
The crowd was as diverse as our entire Scottish nation, old Scots, new Scots, tall Scots, small Scots children, pensioners, grand children ,mums, dads, brothers, sisters, cousins, aunties, uncles, straights, LGBTs, white skins, brown skins, coffee skins, black skins, Christians, Muslims, Jews, Atheists, Humanists, you name it they were there all with one common aim, to back their country of birth/choice in its quest for self-determination.
We walked, talked, laughed and waved back at the people lining the streets, tourists and people who just wanted to watch and not walk, it was joyous.
People were singing and ringing bells and blowing whistles and enjoying the entire happy event, then about 45 minutes into the march we arrived at the tiny group of hate filled shouty unionists, it wasn’t hard to collate their numbers,17 brave but somewhat pathetic souls all wearing scowls and waving union flags all the while looking as if they had all been force fed a couple of angry wasps to chew on to get their faces contorted enough before the nasty nats arrived.
The holocaust denier was doing his best to whip the loyal 17 into a frenzy, unfortunately 3 of them had forgotten their hearing aids so couldn’t hear a word he was screaming, one had remembered but her batteries had run out, six of them didn’t know if it was New Year or New York and six of them truly believed that they were taking part in a Danny Boyle documentary about care in the community.
The march held a great deal of significance for me it was my first AUOB however that was not my main motivation.
I had made a promise to a group of Yes supporting Rangers fans sometime ago that if they made a banner supporting independence I would proudly march down the street holding the banner aloft.
I have to admit that as the day arrived I was a little apprehensive and a little unsure if my bravado of a few months ago was something that might come back and bite me on the bum.
I wasn’t bothered about the threats of violence I received all the previous week from Britnat House Jocks on Twitter that had seen my tweet of the said banner and they had assured me I might start the march but I would never finish it, or that I should bring my banner to Ibrox on the Sunday so they could administer a damn good British thrashing to one for being such a recalcitrant.
Many of those that threatened and attempted to intimidate me had convinced themselves I must be some Celtic supporter that was doing this just to annoy them much in the same way as Ruth Davidson has convinced herself that there is no appetite for independence.
(Note to Ruthie.. Independinistas 100,000+ Unionists 17.)
All of that I laughed off, I was more concerned about the reaction we would receive from the other marchers on the day.
I need not have worried the reaction was actually quite overwhelming so many taking pictures of the banner even before the march began, then the entire way down the Royal Mile and beyond many more taking photographs, giving us the thumbs up smiles, waving showing their appreciation of the gesture.
Most pleasing to us carrying the banner was the amount of fellow Rangers fans that came up and said “I thought I was the only one” if we heard that once we heard it several hundred times.
The amount of fellow fans, and fans of other clubs that wanted a pic of the banner when we stopped in the park was quite incredible .
I am sure many of you have now seen loads of those pictures, however the most important thing in all this is it has started a debate between the Britnat Rangers followers and the Indy Rangers fans.
This gesture has emboldened the ones that like me support both the team and independence however up until now they had failed to come out openly and tell the naysayers they are wrong to assume and portray our support as rock solid Brit Loyalists.
I have noticed some saying they wish we hadn’t brought football into the movement, the funny thing is that the majority of those saying that are the Britnat Rangers supporters because they are scared that if this is seen and becomes a feature it just might encourage others in the Rangers support to realise it is fine to support the team as well as support self-determination for their country of birth.
Just as it is with unionists like Ruth Davidson, Richard Leonard that want no SNP discussion on independence while they bang on about it all day every day.
You see it is not the talk of independence they want stopped it is the positive talk about independence they want stopped.
Likewise the Rangers fans that don’t want ‘politics’ brought into the Rangers family actually mean they want to keep banging on everyday and in every way about being loyal Brit voting loyalists and how the entire support actually hate the SNP and Independence that is perfectly ok they just do not want anyone talking about being loyal to Scotland, Rangers and voting SNP.
They, like the unionist politicians have Cognitive Dissonance when it comes to Scotland and reality, the things all Unionists have in common are double standards and hypocrisy.
To those in the Yes side that perhaps feel a little uncomfortable with this let me just try to explain how important football is in the physce of many Scots.
“Scots have both the largest attendances and watch more football than any other European nation proportionally to their population. The city of Glasgow itself, which has a smaller population than Leeds, yet it has three stadiums which can hold more than 50,000 people. Celtic and Rangers enjoy fantastic support, as do the Scottish national team. Both at club and international level, Scotland are not currently the force they once were, but the Scottish people’s love of the game is undying”
This demographic is important and if the actions of myself and my fellow Rangers supporters on Saturday makes a difference then it was an action worth taking.
The British Union is teetering on the brink of self-destruction an independent Scotland and a United Ireland are about to become a reality and all the Union has to offer is 17 sad souls and a load of keyboard warriors led by two rather pathetic Unionist politicians and a demented bus driver from Fife.
Keep the faith and maintain your patience my fellow Scots the day of deliverance is very close now.