An Alternative May 19

by Jeggit

On May 19 the British state will be using the spectacle of yet another royal wedding as a neurotoxin to distract the public from what has clearly become a Brexit crisis. Royal weddings do not happen at the discretion of the happy couple. These are state events invariably used by the monarchy and the state to some political end. In this case the purpose is quite obvious. Brexit has become an unmitigated disaster for the London government, and as the economy continues to veer into the abyss the idea is to have this event at a time when the public’s mood will be low and confidence in the government’s abilities lower. This is a standard British tactic of distraction.

By April-May 2018 the shape of Brexit – how the finished deal will look – will be crystal clear. Naturally this will be a difficult time for the Westminster government, and so all hands will be on deck across the media to keep the general public occupied with bread and circuses. The last thing London wants is for us to be politically engaged at this crucial moment.

We are not going to let them anaesthetise Scotland. Spring-summer next year will be perhaps the single most important juncture in the history of our nation since 18 September 2014. Our government and the people of Scotland will have to – really have to – be thinking of an escape route from a United Kingdom that will by then be in a full and uncontrollable tailspin into a catastrophic economic dead end. The royal wedding, a time when the media will be saturated with nothing but bubble-gum and confetti, is precisely the time we have to keep Scotland awake.

Our intention is not to ruin the wedding. No one wants to do that. We can be pretty sure the Saxe-Coburg und Gotha family will have a wonderful day without us being glued to our television sets in worshipful adoration. No, we wish them all the very best on their big day. What we plan on doing is launching an alternative plan for Scotland. For a start we’d like to encourage independence supporters to switch off their television sets for the day as part of a #NoTVDayScotland initiative. But there’s a wee hitch: This will also be Scottish Cup and FA Cup finals day. So for those into their football there will have to be an exception or another alternative; maybe large screens at events? The rest of us can think of ignoring the truth box for the day.

Then we want to think about putting on a highly visible show of our own. By “our own,” we don’t mean a massive Butterfly Rebellion rally. No, we mean “we” as in all of us. Let’s be thinking about getting people into Glasgow and Edinburgh, and a few other places to boot, and having the mother and father of all pro-independence events. Of course we want this to be a rally – a RALLY. London will be having its own wee display of “flag waving nationalism.” So let’s give them a run for their money. But we want more than this. It’s a special day remember. We want a whole day and night of pro-independence events – talks, workshops, the works; whatever we can think of.

Brexit has become an unmitigated disaster for the London government, and as the economy continues to veer into the abyss the idea is to have this event at a time when the public’s mood will be low and confidence in the government’s abilities lower.

No one’s going to be in charge of this but all of us together. Over the next couple of months we will be reaching out to our friends in the many local Yes groups around the country, talking to as many of the big names as we can, and seeing what we can get moving. We have feck all resources to speak of, but others do – and, of course, there’s all that each and every one of us can contribute in terms of time and money. If we have everyone motivated, there is nothing to stop us from having the day of our lives. This can be Scotland’s Big Day.

As you can guess, this is only at the ideas stage. Nothing so far is written in stone. All we know is that it will be huge, and that it will be on the 19 May. We’re putting this out there as an invitation to get involved. After all, this won’t come together unless we all come together to bring it together. Have a think about what you would like to see happen, let us know, let each other know. Organise yourselves and get people up and raring to go. We’ll start talking to the glitterati of Scotland’s independence revolution and see what they want to do. In the meantime please share this message with everyone – absolutely everyone – you know. Make this your own and let’s have a ball.


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The Butterfly Rebellion
Jason Michael
Ayrshire, Scotland

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