UCI World Championships Glasgow 2023

Showcasing Scotland – Glasgow World Cycling Championships

Mary McCabe from the Glasgow Group wrote this for us:

A bunch of us joined the Believe in Scotland demonstration outside the King’s Theatre on Sunday 6th August during the World Cycling Championships. The idea was to attract for our cause some of the global attention surrounding the races. We pinned a banner proclaiming “INDEPENDENCE IS NORMAL” to nearby railings so it was visible from the street or from the air. 

Activists of Just Stop Oil (on their own separate demonstration) glued themselves to the tarmac further on the men’s road race course in the Fintry Hills, blocking the track. They did this to protest against the Shell sponsorship sported by some of the competitors. So everything was held up for about an hour….

While we were waiting for the riders to come through, Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp came over to say hello and discussed his new plan for a “double majority mandate” for Independence at the next UK General Election.

Eventually the cyclists appeared and we stayed, waving our flags wildly, until several groups had passed. 

Another of our members recorded her own impressions from the championships.

It’s the first snippet in the August Bits & Piece podcast. Just click on the image to listen:

Our Greater Glasgow Group Out & About

Mary McCabe and her team of stalwarts set up their stalls twice a week in Argyll Street and another team set up another stall once a fortnight in Milngavie. Rain or shine or windy…. they’ll be there. And – they get themselves and their stall to marches, to demos, to events.

A few months back they organised a Hit The Road, Jack demo at the UKGov HQ in Glasgow. More recently they were at Bannockburn March. Mary was one of the speakers, and spoke about the 1800s Scottish Wars of Independence.

They’ve got some new banners for the stall, too. One is research from Ember-Climate Org about how energy flow across the UK are expected to develop in the next 6 years. In a nutshell, Scotland will be providing 40% of UK’s energy supply… all produced from nice clean wind and solar sources.

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Last week, the Glasgow Stall gang supported the Cost of Living Crisis demo outside Tesco in St Enoch Square. The demo called on the UK Government to use its reserved powers to tackle inflation by putting a cap on big business profits instead of focussing  everything on restraining wages. This year TESCO is expecting a profit of £2.3 billion.

Here they are.

I bet King Robert was impressed with their determination. And by the way, that wreath was in honour of Winnie Ewing.

Hit the Road, Jack!

Last week Greater Glasgow Pensioners for Indy staged a demonstration in Atlantic Square outside the UKGov Glasgow Hub. This is a substantial office building housing several thousand employees and known – in Indy circles – as Governor General Alister Jack’s Glasgow HQ. He has another HQ over in Edinburgh.

Mary McCabe and the Glasgow P4Indy Stall Team, who organised the demo, were pleased with the turnout. People came up from Dumfries & Galloway, over from Edinburgh, Fife and Hamilton. We got toots from passing traffic. The Polis even showed up and chatted to us!

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The Scottish Independence Podcast team and took some photos:

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Why Have the Demo?

Before the actual demo, the Scottish Independence Podcast team helped us record a chat with Mary McCabe about how the demo came about and why they were doing it. We were amused to discover that the video was banned by TikTok. Maybe TikTok decided we were encouraging a pensioners’ insurrection YouTube must be used to insurrections as they were happy to host us. Here it is:

Glasgow Pensioners take on the UK Governor General!

Our Greater Glasgow group are out on our stalls twice a week in the city centre in Argyl St, and every fortnight out in Milngavie. But later this month they have a different sort o action planned: a demonstration outside the UK Government Glasgow Hub in Atlantic Square, Glasgow, G2 8JQ.

The Scottish Independence Podcast team met up with Mary McCabe to find out more:

Everyone is welcome to join in. Just turn up at midday or thereabouts for an hour.

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UK Supreme Court Ruling – 9.30am, 23 Nov

The UK Supreme Court has announced that it will give its ruling on whether the Scottish Government has the power to run an independence referendum without Westminster’s agreement. You will be able to listen to the ruling on Supreme Court TV. It will begin at 9.30am Wednesday, 23 November.

If the ruling is yes, then we’re on for a referendum next October. If the answer is no, then it will be very clear that UK is not a voluntary Union and that Scotland is not able to pursue its own wishes as shown by its political choices. Either way, 23Nov will mark a tipping point in our Independence campaign.

At present there are eleven demonstrations set up around Scotland on 23 November. More are being added each day. So check the Time for Scotland website to see if there is one near you.

Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen, Inverness, Borders, Dumfries, Greenock, Inverurie, Perth, Skye….. You can find out all details of where and when to meet on Time for Scotland.

Lesley Riddoch has been the flag-bearer in setting up these events. Here is what she says about the importance of these demonstrations:

Why are we organising for Supreme Court decision day? 

The Scottish Government has made a reference to the Supreme Court to establish whether the Scottish Parliament has the power to hold an independence referendum. The case was heard on the 11th and 12th of October. 

The verdict will be made public on Wednesday 23 November. That day Yessers must turn out for media who are almost bound to be in Edinburgh and will otherwise do pieces to camera outside an empty forecourt at Holyrood. Will a rally outside the Scottish Parliament get TV coverage? Well, it did on Brexit Day 31 Jan 2020 when 2-3 thousand folk gathered to demonstrate our opposition to Scotland being hauled out of Europe against the people’s will. It was a significant date and the media were in Edinburgh to tell the story of Scotland’s very different reaction to finally leaving the EU. The rally ensured they got the message that Scots actually care with colourful, visual banners, home-made placards and pipes. Filmmaker Charlie Stuart made this short video showing just some of the 15 UK and foreign broadcasters he spotted that night. 

Really positive images of indy supporters went right round the globe that night. The chances are very high that we can do it again the day the Supreme Court’s decision is announced. But we need to gather that same day – not wait till it’s more convenient.