Siol nan Gaidheal

The Scottish Cultural & Fraternal Organisation

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Statement - 28/06/18

A lot of accusations have been thrown at Siol nan Gaidheal over the past few days. Most seem to have been drawn from the ludicrously inaccurate Wikipedia page, or from a few articles on the Siol nan Gaidheal website itself, which for years now has been merely an archive of the past history of the movement. Most of these articles were written in the 1990's, and these days are somewhat unrepresentative of the current Siol nan Gaidheal. They have been left in place merely to record the processes the organisation went through during its various manifestations. They were written in far less politically correct times, and the language used has to be seen in that specific context. Times change, and people mature, coming to look at the practicalities of Independence from more rational and reasoned viewpoints. Many folk bring up the proscription of Siol nan Gaidheal by the SNP at the Ayr Conference in 1982, whilst conveniently glossing over the proscription of another group at the same time – the '79 Group'. Perhaps it's time for them to reflect just what the members of that particular group went on to achieve.

The one article which truly represents the current ethos of Siol is – Citizenship in the New Scotland, written in March 2001 by one of the original founder members of the organisation. We in the continuing organisation adhere to this ideology wholeheartedly. We also refute the allegations that we are in any way, shape or form, fascists. The vast majority of our membership is far to the left of the British Unionist Labour Party (Scottish Branch Office), most vote SNP (with a few Solidarity and Green members), and have no overt political desire for anything other than a free and Independent Scotland. Our Constitution clearly states that “We leave the party political struggle for Independence to the pro-Independence parties and independents who are well able to destroy the Unionist argument in the electoral challenges to which they are periodically called.”

Now, the banner which has caused so much fuss. The first time it was carried was in Glasgow, on the 16th September last year. Reaction seemed to be positive, and no complaints were relayed to us. It was carried again in Glasgow on 5th May this year. Reaction from the onlookers was overwhelmingly positive, but a number of complaints were passed to us, and these concerns were discussed. AUOB asked that we not take it to the Dumfries march, and we complied. It was brought along to the Stirling march, laid out with the others, and we discussed its presence with one of the AUOB organisers in the presence of an independent witness. He clearly stated that he had no problem with it being carried, so it was. If we had been asked not to carry it, then back in the bag it would have gone. Therefore it came as a surprise to us when the AUOB Twitter complaining about its presence appeared, when this could have been sorted before the march began. We're quite happy to limit its use to political rallies in future (though a march for Independence is inherently a political one) so as not to allow the Unionist agitators to further divide the movement.

Siol nan Gaidheal

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