A Dream to Keep

Eva Comrie posted this first on Iain Lawson’s site Yours For Scotland

Each of us has our own part to play in creating the future Scotland deserves; for that reason and a few more outlined below, I have resolved to stand as an Independent candidate for the constituency of Alloa and Grangemouth at the forthcoming General Election.


My home is in the wee coonty of Clackmannanshire and that’s where my heart lies. Like so much of Scotland though, Clackmannanshire is riven by poverty and deprivation – unnecessary in a land of plenty. Threatened closure of the Grangemouth oil refinery comprises continuing de-industrialisation of our country; other than Kenny MacAskill, few Scottish politicians have raised their voices let alone fingers to prevent it; only with independence and competent government can we rebuild and thrive. Devolution is at risk and Scotland’s voice is rarely heard let alone respected at Westminster. The time to remove Scotland from the Union is now. Not next year, 2026 or some indeterminate date in the gift of a ‘benevolent’ PM.

A few days before the 2014 referendum, Robin McAlpine wrote “The British state has sent its big guns to Scotland and found them overwhelmed by a movement of a thousand butterflies.” On the eve of the referendum Tommy Sheridan addressed thousands of optimistic Scots in George Square – “ Scotland may have only 40 years of oil left; Westminster has only 40 hours.” Had the butterflies succeeded in dodging the impact of the big clunking fist and its pugilistic companions, what different a Scotland might we have created?

There are children as yet unborn whose future potential will be enormous when we are independent with full economic powers to address our country’s ills and unleash our greatest resource – the potential of the Scottish people.

Eva Comrie

We’d hoped for a compassionate country addressing poverty and inequality, encouraging and supporting all, with access to the best of services, from cradle to grave. A country where we’d right the wrongs of centuries of unnecessary hardship for too many. A nation participating on the world stage as an equal partner, peace loving, warm and egalitarian, welcoming and a positive force. Freedom come all ye.


We can have this and we must make it happen. Those of us in Scotland determined to see independence in our lifetime must show that we have the spine so many others lack. Don’t wait for others – ask what you can do for your country and do it today. There are children as yet unborn whose future potential will be enormous when we are independent with full economic powers to address our country’s ills and unleash our greatest resource – the potential of the Scottish people.


Today approaching the tenth anniversary of the dress rehearsal, Scotland doesn’t need persuaded to support independence; Scotland cannot afford the alternative. Scotland deserves a government of inspired, inspirational, driven leaders, visionaries in tune with the needs and aspirations of our people. Not rule by remote control from a foreign country. As Jim Sillars said, but some suspect Margo told him to, ‘it’s our purpose to wipe every unnecessary tear from every Scottish cheek.’ That is what we will do with our freedom.


Despite setbacks support for our country’s independence remains at least at 50%; this is why there is unremitting diversion of offshore resources south, manipulation of statistics by GERS, blatant purloining via instability arising from the Freeports fiasco and the refusal to consider for Scotland the provisions gained for Northern Ireland following Brexit. It is why the British presence in our cities increases. It is why there is ridicule of Scottish efforts to create and maintain international connections and friendships.


Westminster maintains its imperial control over Scotland because we are ill-served by representatives able and willing to challenge this. A campaign providing for one independence supporting candidate in every constituency was offered by Alex Salmond and rejected by others. It remains the key to unlocking Scotland’s democratic right to choose independence. With that, Independence supporting victors will be in the majority as will be the popular vote ; we will create an internationally recognised mandate justifying negotiations on the independence settlement. Recognition that regaining independence will come from all efforts, cross party and no party, is fundamental. Quietly today the people can mobilise and begin with mass voter registration. Door chapping and street stalls by and for the benefit of the ordinary people of this country, not the elite –just the majority who have been silent for too long; the folk who answer appeals online for donations to baby banks, food banks, school clothing banks or a whip-round for an electric blanket or a sleeping bag for a pensioner sitting shivering in her house in Fife within sight of a windfarm but too feart to turn on the heating.


That movement populated by those with the most to gain from our country’s freedom, linked with a national surge, a petition, declaring our intention to become a free country once more, supported by political parties united in their determination to deliver that independent status – that is how Scotland will take her place between Saudi Arabia and Senegal – and not a moment too soon.


Butterflies signify hope, reincarnation and the tender aspirations of something indescribably precious. The women, the men and the children of Scotland deserve those aspirations and thought. Their dreams and values have been fractured but with common cause and purpose can heal, thrive and overcome. Those wings can fly again. Let’s make it happen.


When Scottish hearts unite
And we demand what is our right
We’ll stand together, strong and free,
And make our dream reality

Eva Comrie posted this first on Iain Lawson’s site Yours For Scotland