I recently watched a favorite war movie of mine The Longest Day it was one of those huge war epics filmed in the 1960s with a cast of real Hollywood super stars, the film itself was shot entirely in black and white to add authenticity and allow actual film of the invasion to be integrated in a factumentary style.
The premise of the movie was all about the timing of the Normandy Landings in 1944.
Everyone in the world knew an invasion was imminent what was not known, except by a very few was the exact landing spots and timing of the invasion.
Very early in the film we see General Eisenhower wrestling with the decision of when to go, the weather is not perfect, indeed it is atrocious with unseasonal storms in the Channel.
There are over 200,000 allied first assault soldiers on over 4,000 ships and landing craft at the Channel ports suffering in these storms.
There were 1,108 Allied Camps crammed full of 3 million men machines and supplies.
The Navy was on a holding pattern. The paratroopers are at their bases waiting on the signal, the commandos are straining on the leash.
The largest armada ever put together, along with the largest ever sea based invasion wait on one man making the decision to say GO!
The fate of the entire war rested firmly on the general’s decision, if he goes too soon the storm may wreck the entire invasion, wait too long and the location and timing of the assault would be known to the enemy.
He had taken the precaution of writing two letters for publication, one with the news of a successful invasion, the other his resignation and acceptance of sole responsibility for any failure.
We now know the outcome, in the early evening of June 5th 1944, General Eisenhower gave the green light and as they say the rest is history.
I am sure by now most of you can see where I am going with this, our General is wrestling with a similar decision, when to call the referendum, go to soon and it could fail, wait too long and the moment could pass.
Just as in France in 1944 where with every day’s delay the Nazis were able to improve their defences for the inevitable battle,so our enemies top up their defences for our anticipated assault on their corrupt union.
We may not have begun our ‘invasion’ however our enemy is already fighting the battle, every day they do all they can to weaken our resolve and break our will.
We all know the transfer of powers from Brussels will result in a Westminster power grab, those repatriated powers might get back to Edinburgh however it will be to Leith, not Holyrood on that we can be sure.
The might of the British Establishment is mustering all its forces to assault and assail the will of the Scottish people.
We in the YES Movement have been ready to go again since Sept19th 2014.
However there are many reasons why people remain cautious and want absolute certainty on the outcome.
In life as they say there are only two certainties, death and taxes I do not envy Nicola Sturgeon and her associates who ultimately will make the call on the exact date.
Personally I would have gone long before this, in 2014 our membership rose from 25,000 to 125,000 almost overnight, these new members did not join to see us govern competently in Holyrood or ‘speak up for Scotland at Westminster.’
When the General Election came in 2015 our referendum membership momentum carried us to a magnificent result with 56 out of 59 seats and just 3 for the collaborators.
When Cameron called EVEL on September19 th that should have told every Scot all they needed to know about Brits and their vows.
When every single one of our suggested amendments to the Scotland Bill were refused by sheer force of numbers at Westminster it is my belief that we should have withdrawn our MPs and begun the necessary steps for a referendum.
We still had momentum on our side, and the unionists were not yet organized in any way to oppose our movement.
In the interim we have given them valuable breathing space to organize and plan against our self determination, in 2016 and again last June they showed they have improved their defences.
Each and every day we wait they can make further preparations and plans to thwart our ambitions.
Every day we read in their propaganda sheets and see and hear from their broadcasters a constant drip drip of SNP Bad, Scotland useless stories.
We need to call the referendum at a time of our choosing I believe that should be by September of this year.
I believe by that time the Brexit discussions will have faltered completely and that the reality of a hard Brexit will give us all the information we require to go to the Scottish people.
I actually believe these talks will end in failure in the next few weeks, the Irish Border question was fudged earlier this year and the reality is about to descend when Brits are asked to sign the accord from the first round of talks.
We should never forget the only negotiating the Little Englanders have ever done since 1066 has been to merely dictate terms.
This is all new to them and they cannot bully or demand anything, everyone except them seems to realise they have no leverage in these talks.
I have said many times over many years that whenever it suits London the most British of the British, The Ulster Protestants will be sold down the river.
That time is fast approaching and it should be a signal to our people that the time to strike is then.
I would hope that at Spring Conference, Nicola has all she needs to know to call the referendum, we then have a short sharp summer campaign which suits the side with the most footsoldiers.
We can and will prevail however it will take courage and lots of hard graft we need to be ready and we need to be ready soon.