Today it is my pleasure to be revealed as the lead in the organisation known as the Butterfly Rebellion. Until now we preferred to remain anonymous, to protect the people involved in this post Scottish referendum movement of civil disobedience from outside influence and attack. It has become clear that remaining anonymous has caused our intentions to be misconstrued and misrepresented in various places on and off line. I present myself as one of the founding members and as the now elected chair of the Butterfly Rebellion National Executive.
I am Cheryl Scott. Who am I? I have worked all of my life for Scottish independence. I was born in Irvine, brought up in Ayr and now I am resident in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, where as part of the Yes East Ayrshire group I canvased as hard and as often as I could in the run up to the referendum. I have been part of the Anti-BBC Bias protest organisation in Glasgow and have helped to organise and co-host the George Square gathering of the 17 September. I was also the East Ayrshire convener for National Collective. Professionally, I am an IT consultant and a musician.
During the referendum count at East Ayrshire, which I walked out of disgusted with what I was witnessing (dubious procedural behaviour to say the least) I realised that we had to follow the example of Gandhi and Mandela in a course of civil disobedience and more direct action against Westminster and its method of operation within and without Scotland. We advocate peaceful action to win independence as we doubt that Scotland will ever get a fair chance through the ballot box. It was the overwhelming amount of evidence that this referendum was not carried out properly that convinced us to seek to challenge Westminster in alternate ways.
It has not taken long to attract significant numbers to our side and we aim to “hold Westminster’s feet to the fire” as our First Minister Mr. Salmond said on Friday 19 September, through our network of local Butterfly Rebellion groups. We will work with all who wish to see the freedom of Scotland and I now ask for all those with that same aim to let us work together in common cause to that goal. All the organisers of Butterfly Rebellion are Scottish, and were activists in the lead up to the referendum and are still active. We are funded by no one but our own pockets and have no links with organisations outside of Scotland. We are a Scottish movement for the Scottish people.
We do not advocate violence but peaceful, direct civil disobedience from opting out of BBC licence payments to encouraging the people of Scotland to do business with any business that did not actively speak out against Scottish freedom. We support the coming together of the YES movement under the SNP banner for the 2015 election for Westminster and will assist where and when we are asked to and where we are needed. If you have questions please direct them to our mailing account and I will reply in good time.
Saor Alba gu Bràth
– Cheryl Scott for the Butterfly Rebellion
On Friday 17 October 2014 the provisional board of the Butterfly Rebellion elected its first National Executive. Previously it was directed by the consensus of thirty-two members from all over Scotland. Of this number seven were nominated and duly elected to full board membership. This Executive is the administrative body that will ensure the smooth running of our website, social media platforms and expanding social activism. In the coming week it will continue this process in order to clarify the roles within the board and the direction that the Butterfly Rebellion will take in the course of our ongoing campaign.
A butterfly rebellion is coming close to winning Scotland away from the forces of the British state. I think we’ll do it, but either way, they can’t beat us. We are already half of Scotland and we keep growing. They are weak and we are strong. When the people of Britain see their titans defeated by a rebel army who used infographics and humour, what is there to stop them following?
– Roblin McAlpine, Butterfly Rebellion: 14 September 2014
We have been inspired by the words of Robin McAlpine, yet we are wholly independent of him and other pro-independence groups within the wider Scottish Independence Movement.