scottish politics

Marching On

The National ran a story yesterday regarding the next big Indy March in Glasgow…

ACTIVISTS planning a pro-independence march face a five-figure security bill after council bosses ordered them to pay professional guards.

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Organisers say 5,000 people attended the last March for Independence organised by All Under One Banner (AUOB), which travelled from the west end of Glasgow to the city centre in July, though official estimates put the number at 3,000. There was no trouble and no arrests were made. However, after the event, Glasgow City Council told organisers they would in future have to pay for professional security guards to ensure public safety and moved to refer further applications to the Public Processions Committee, which normally only deals with bids by groups like the Scottish Defence League. 

Costs will now be extremely prohibitive given that they will need “one steward for every 10 people attending, with the group projecting a turnout of as many as 10,000”.

With no arrests and no trouble at all at the last march, this does seem to be far too heavy-handed. You could be forgiven for thinking that Glasgow City Council do not want the next March to go ahead. It’s up to us not to let them stop it.

Nor can we allow it to pass without comment that they are lumping the Yes movement in with groups like the SDL.

To illustrate, the photo here is of an SDL “march”.

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And now here is a little timeline of the events of the Indy March in July which I was at and was covering live as well as doing interviews for a podcast special.

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A fearsome bunch as you can all see.

I even made a video to let you see the savagery.

Funnily enough, the only bother actually came from the unionist side…

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If you want to hear the only bit of bother coming from an SDL type, it’s at around 11 minutes in the episode I made.

Scottish Independence Podcast 146 – Murray, Orr & Harvie

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Episode 146 of the Scottish Independence Podcast continues the series of talks given at the recent Scottish Independence Convention and has a couple of little bonuses thrown in too.

There are another two talks featured. The first was given by Lesley Orr of Women For Indy, and the second by Patrick Harvie, and this was his speech to round off the conference.

Before we get to those however, there is a little excerpt of a talk given by Craig Murray, in which he explains we he thinks for Indyref 2 we need to get international observers.

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The Scottish Independence Podcast 140 – Robert Somynne

img_6585For the 14oth episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast I invited journalist, vlogger and self-confessed foreign policy obsessive Robert Somynne to come on the show.

Obviously there isn’t much going on around the world at the moment so we had to talk about that wee thing that happened over in the USA a couple of weeks back.

I think it involved these people, although there have been furious denials about a couple of things.

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