Let’s be a normal country. Let’s not ask. Sign the Edinburgh Proclamation

Pick a fight. Use the general election to send an End The Union message

If your goal is to restore our independence, who will you vote for in the upcoming general election?

Clearly, there’s no point in voting for any of the unionist parties. And sadly, there’s little point in voting for the SNP either. The SNP has proved over the years since 2014 that it is not serious about gaining independence for Scotland. It”s clear that its policies of a) blaming the Tories and b) asking for permission, will never restore our independence.

Asking the British State for a referendum to leave the union that created the British State is never, ever going to be granted. And even if it were, the conditions attached would be so skewed that we would never win.

In any case, the First Minister has just announced his prospectus for 2024, in which he will ‘use the powers of devolution’ to deliver ‘equality, opportunity and community’. Not a word about restoring Scotland’s independence.

There is nothing we will get from the Westminster election that will bring us closer to restoring our independence. For that, we need to focus on the Holyrood election in 2026.

So how should we vote? Should we just vote SNP anyway ‘to keep the Tories out’, as the FM urges? Or maybe we shouldn’t vote at all?

No! Do neither of these! Instead, send a message to the British State and the SNP. by repurposing your vote.

In the polling booth, write across your ballot paper:


That’s it. Fold your voting paper and pop it into the ballot box.

So how will that send a message? It’s a spoilt ballot paper, surely destined for the bin? No, it’s not. Here’s what could be achieved:

All ballots ‘repurposed’ with an #endtheunion message need counted, sorted and recorded, at each count.

Counting and adjudication takes time – it would disrupt and delay the count.

It would make big news in the press. In the 2007 Holyrood election, spoilt votes was all they could talk about

It’s an in-your-face message to the British State and to the SNP.

We need to pick a fight to restore our independence. Repurposing your vote would be a good start.

Take, don’t ask. That’s what this website is all about.

Take, Don’t Ask

How? How do we simply take our freedom without asking the UK, or without holding another independence referendum? That just sounds like some weird crackpot nationalist rubbish.

I grant you that hearing this for the first time does sound either a bit optimistic or hard to believe, depending on your point of view. Whether you’re excited by the prospect or you’re rolling your eyes at another cunning nationalist plan, stay with me, read a bit more and see how angry you get – I don’t care whether you voted Yes or No – at the way Scotland’s been treated over the last 300 years.

I say stay with me because we need first to look at our history. Sorry, but you need to understand the bit of history that covers union with England before you can appreciate that we really can just take our freedom without asking.

Scotland’s union with England began on 1st May 1707.

Nine words. Just nine words to describe the worst day in our history and one of the most momentous events for the whole of Europe at the beginning of the 18th century: the union of governments of two of its ancient countries. Yet today, if they think about it at all, people shrug at the union, perhaps vaguely recalling something about an ‘Act of Union’ that brought about the UK.

The union of Scotland and England was a far-reaching event of huge significance. But it did not put the nation of Scotland out of existence, any more than it made England disappear. What it did do was shackle Scotland to a United Kingdom that was under the complete and utter control of England.

So what exactly is this union – the UK? Why did it happen? How did it happen? How was it defined? Why on earth did Scotland agree to it? And how do we get out of it by not asking?

Start here > How the union came to be

The Edinburgh Proclamation

If we want to actually be a normal country again, then we’re going to have to do something to make it happen. What about just signing the Edinburgh Proclamation as a first step?

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