No doubt many of you have by now heard of the 80 year old Yes campaigner, James McMillan, who was shoved to the ground, breaking his wrist in the process. If you haven’t, here’s the Edinburgh Evening News article on it: http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/scottish-independence-campaigner-80-attacked-1-3077094
I’m sorry if this entry rubs anyone up the wrong way – and I know it will some – but I feel it’s too important. I’ve hummed and hawed about writing this entry, and I’ll tell you for why.
Whilst I absolutely do not condone the actions of the woman involved in the alleged assaulting of Mr McMillan, I can see why someone might have been greatly offended by his placard. To stand with a large sign reading ‘Time to get rid of the scourge of the Normans. Sign up to the Yes side’ would anger even me, and I’m wanting the same outcome from the referendum! It didn’t warrant physical assault, but it was offensive.
I’m in this referendum battle for equality, democracy and the chance to build a new, progressive Scotland – not for historical grudges. Frankly, I personally don’t care about what happened hundreds of years ago – we live now, not back then. History is useful for learning from, not as the basis for centuries-old division. Had McMillan’s sign read ‘Time to get rid of the scourge of the English…’, would that be acceptable? Or how about ‘Time to get rid of the scourge of the Asians’? I’d certainly hope not.
We independence supporters are often accused of having a huge chip on our shoulders, and McMillan has, I’m sorry to say, done nothing but bolster that image. We’re simply not going to win if this is the level of play. Sorry of you disagree, but that’s a fact.
Let’s keep both violence AND petty nonsense out of this campaign. ‘Better Together’ and their supporters are good enough at this sort of trashy campaigning on their own. Please, let’s not join them.