There have been a lot of positive and negative comments now that Wings Over Scotland has decided to move on to pastures new, personally I wish Stuart all the best and feel he has been vital to the cause of independence over the years as I have said in previous blogs. Social media has a lot of SNP members rejoicing in the isles and that tells you all you need to know about where they stand on the issue of holding unionists to account, they are unionists, they are hoping they are no longer going to be held to account. The official unionists are delighted as well as it means they believe they won’t be challenged like the SNP and their world will go back to normal. They control the power, they make the decisions, the small people are back in their box and all is well with the world, well if you ignore the poverty, empty shelves, lack of fuel, higher prices, failing services like health, education, economy etc.
Some people have been commenting on how we have lost a vital resource, we will struggle now, where do we go from here. The answer is actually easy, we go forward together, we go forward like the women and men who have fought for independence since 1707 to the 70’s when there were only a few thousand of them, we don’t give up, we don’t give the unionists or the New SNP an easy ride, we keep going until the end and we try to inspire the next generation to keep going, it is a cause we are fighting for not a fad like gender issues, or playing around with toilets.
If I have one criticism of Stuart’s final article is that while he deservedly moves on to a new chapter in his life he was not alone in his battles, he was not alone on social media, he inspired many and the new media community will continue, it will continue to challenge, it will continue to fight, it will continue to put the arguments for the return of Scottish Sovereignty forward daily and it will not stop. Barrhead Boy, Yours For Scotland, Grouse Beater , Scot Goes Pop, Random Public Journal, , Pete Bell, Munquin’s New Republic, the Alba Party, All Under One Banner We go on, we move forward, and while we are not liked, while many of the New SNP or the cult don’t want to hear what we have to say, don’t want to be challenged like the real unionists, can’t bare being questioned like Labour, and live in denial like the Tories, they really don’t matter like the Liberals, because we move forward.
Stuart says “there is no “independence movement” any more, just an independence industry. It provides a very lucrative living for perhaps a couple of hundred people – SNP MPs, MSPs, party staff and apparatchiks, special advisers, quango heads and favoured civil servants lavishly rewarded for their personal loyalty to Nicola Sturgeon despite track records of incompetence, bungling and impropriety that have cost taxpayers a vast fortune”. He is not totally wrong as we know but as I have noted above we are not finished, we will never be finished, some of us will come and go over the years, when someone drops out of new media a new and exciting voice will appear to take their place. That is the nature of things and we will move forward together, not the New SNP, not the cult, but those of us who are serious will keep going as long and as best we can, independence is not something we discard because it gets tougher when we hoped it would get easier by this point, we are fighting the British, the New SNP, the cultists, it was never going to be easy, but it is just.
Stuart goes on to say that “The SNP, and in practice the wider Yes movement, is now firmly under the thumb of Sturgeon and her tiny closed cabal”. No we are not, if we were they wouldn’t hate us as much, they wouldn’t be using the State arms to try to silence us, Craig Murray would not be sitting in jail, I wouldn’t be getting the levels of abuse I get from mostly SNP types via email and direct messages. Stuart is correct when he says “The pivotal Altamont moment for the Yes movement, it seems beyond any reasonable argument, was the failed fit-up of Alex Salmond on false charges of sexual harassment. In embarking on a desperately-escalating attempt to silence her predecessor, motivated by baseless paranoia, Sturgeon revealed her true self: a power-crazed careerist prepared to throw under the bus anything and anyone that might conceivably ever threaten her grip on the keys to Bute House”. I thank Stuart for showing many of us the real Sturgeon, he unmasked one of the greatest obstacles to our independence, he allowed us to see that the enemy within was as challenging as the enemy in front of us and you know what, that is fine too because we are not giving up, we are not going away, we are standing up as best we can and we will continue to fight as best we can with what we have, to give up now would be the greatest shame and we will win.
5000 people at least marched in Edinburgh at the weekend, in a pandemic, and yes while 40,000 went to a football match and many go to night clubs those 5000 did more than we know, they made a statement to the old and the new SNP unionists, they are not going away and neither should the new media. We may not have the resources, we may not be trained journalists, most of us don’t have inside links and contacts to feed us information but we will do our best, we will challenge when we can, we will argue for our independence, we will fight and we will not let down all of those who came before us and if need be we will leave something for those who come after us.
All the best Stuart for the future, it will be my turn in the future possibly as well to move on, but right now we are still here, we are never going away, and new media together will keep a light on, no matter how small that light is it will stay on and to the unionists and the new unionists in the SNP don’t get comfortable because we are going no where, we will still be standing when you have left to infect some other party, when Sturgeon and her invisible (husband) and cult followers have moved on after milking the tax payer for all their worth, we will still be here. You see there are times when holding your head high matters, when your self-respect matters, it might not to Sturgeon and her gender and anti-woman crusade, maybe Sturgeon is a unionist plant, maybe she always has been if some are to believed but Sturgeon will go down in history as a failure, the rest of us who keep going will go down as patriots who never gave up, I know what side of history I am going to be on. So as Barrhead Boy says “welcome to Through a Scottish Prism, the programme that is unapologetically pro Scottish Independence, and anti-Westminster rule” that is what new media is folks and Together we will move forward and tackle our greatest challenges.