When I took to the stage at Glasgow Green after the magnificent All Under One Banner march from Kelvingrove Park on Saturday, I spoke without notes. The following is partly a transcript of my address based on Martin Hannan’s report in The National, and partly the speech I would like to have made. Little of it is based on personal recollection, as I confess to having been quite overcome by the immensity of the occasion.
I have supported independence all my life. I joined the SNP as soon as I was eligible. That was in 1962. when I was aged 12. A lot has happened in the fifty odd years between then and now.
I remember Winnie Ewing’s stunning Hamilton by-election victory in 1967.
I well recall the hard graft of the two UK general elections of 1974 – both winter campaigns.
I remember the British Labour betrayal of Scotland…
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