Thousands of people flocked to the centre of Glasgow today, for a rally in support of Scottish independence. The Hope Over Fear event, organised by the socialist campaign for an independent Scotland, attracted supporters of all ages from across the city and beyond.
The five-hour rally in George Square was aimed at maintaining the momentum of the Yes movement, following its defeat in the referendum just over three weeks ago.
As hundreds of Saltire flags were waved, Mr Sheridan, now co-convenor of Solidarity Scotland, rallied the crowd, "Some of you who are old enough will remember the last titanic battle with the British establishment that was taken to the brink - the 1984/5 miners' strike. I remember the South Wales miners' marching back to work in March of 1985 with a banner that is applicable to us here today. That banner read: this is the end. The end of the beginning. "This is the end of the beginning."
Gordon Brown, former Labour leader has insisted his timetable for more powers, will be maintained he said on BBC News.
The broadcaster has stepped in as concerns are growing over the failure of the parties involved in the Better Together campaign to honour a vow given to the
Scottish people in the days leading up to the independence referendum including the front page of Daily Record .In his speech, broadcast in full by the BBC, Mr Brown told
those watching "The timetable we set out, will be delivered"Insisting that promises made "will be upheld" he claimed that the leaders of the three Unionist parties had signed a resolution to deliver to the promised timetable.
He said agreement had been reached: "That a command paper will be published by the end of October. That the heads of agreement between the parties, on further devolution, will come in November and that the draft legislation - the laws that will form the Scotland Bill, and eventually the Scotland Act - will be ready by the end of January."
Mr Brown's speech was rushed out after it emerged the so-called timetable pledged by Labour and the Conservatives in the last days of the referendum campaign, appeared to have been ditched by both David Cameron and Ed Miliband.
On September 8th, the Better Together campaign pledged that draft laws for inclusion in a Bill would be drawn up by January which would be tabled in the Commons in the first legislative week of the new parliament in June.
Speaking at the time, Labour leader Ed Miliband welcomed the timetable, saying: "I make this commitment as Leader of the Labour Party: if we win the general election, we will move with utmost speed in our first Queen's Speech to enact this legislation."
However yesterday Mr Miliband appeared to backtrack on the pledge by announcing any new powers for Scotland would be defined only after a constitutional convention to be held in the autumn of 2015.
Yesterday, First Minister Alex Salmond revealed that in a phone call to Prime Minister David Cameron after the referendum result had been announced, the Conservative leader had said he would not commit to a second reading vote by 27th March on a Scotland Bill, something that Gordon Brown had claimed had been agreed.
It has also emerged that a promise of a motion on more powers for Scotland issued during the final days of campaigning by the anti-independence campaign group Better Together had already been broken.
THE UK Treasury has been accused of running a "political dirty tricks department" spinning against Scottish independence after it emerged sensitive information about Royal Bank of Scotland plans to leave the country in the event of a Yes vote was leaked by a civil servant in charge of "referendum communications" within the department.
The email, sent to journalists the week before the referendum, stated RBS had plans to move its base to London in the event of independence, triggering headlines viewed as a blow to the Yes campaign. It was issued while the RBS board was meeting to discuss the matter, and before the bank had made a statement to the financial markets - a breach of trading rules.
Co-Convenor and National Spokesperson of Labour for Independence.
I would like to begin this statement by offering a huge thanks to all of our activists, members and supporters over the last 30 months. With your support we were able to grow from a Facebook page to a political organisation whose logo, name and political view made it’s way into the very heart of the referendum campaign.
The people of Scotland have spoken, with the highest turnout in a generation, while we are disappointed, devastated and grief stricken at the result we must accept it as the will of the people of Scotland, who at this particular moment in our nations history have decided to vote no. We must follow the words of Margo MacDonald and come together as a people to ensure that we enforce Westminster’s pledge of more powers for Scotland. We cannot let the outer fringes of our national debate work to destroy our national pride.
If I can be permitted to speak personally in this official statement. The most difficult part for me in the fallout of this vote was to have to face my three sons yesterday morning knowing that we have let them and their generation down. I picked up my 5 month old son and whispered an apology to him with tears rolling down my face. Instinctively he leaned in to comfort his dad, for about 3 seconds, then he leaned back and slapped me across the face as babies do. I took it in the spirit I hope he meant. Your 3 seconds of grief are over, it’s time to continue the fight.
I consider my family to be fortunate, we do not have riches, but we are not one of the 800,000 living in poverty in Scotland. My children do not have everything they want but they are not one of the 1 in 4 living in poverty in this country. While often we have endured tough times we are not one of the thousands who have had to use food banks in Scotland this year.
These issues are why we campaigned for a yes vote and they are still the issues we will fight for. We have not been alone in this campaign. I am proud that we have shared a platform with Jeane Freeman, Jim Sillars, Colin Fox, Jonathon Shafi, Carolyn Leckie, Cat Boyd, John Finnie and Jeane Urquhart. We consider them and the great many of their parties, groups and individuals who follow them as brothers and sisters in our cause. This also includes a great many of our comrades throughout Yes Scotland’s local areas. It comes as no surprise that the regions who voted yes have real Labour values and traditions running through their core.
This is why the sights and sounds from the Labour leadership during this campaign have been particularly difficult to swallow. From Johann Lamont’s ‘something for nothing society’ to her smiling outside Asda at the claims that their prices would rise after a yes vote, inflicting more hardship and despair among the working class and poor. From the high fives with Tories at many counts to Jim Murphy’s embrace with Annabel Goldie in Clydebank of all places. I am fully aware of the dejection and despondency many Labour members and supporters feel at this time. I fully accept the personal decisions of all our supporters to re-examine their affiliations with not only the party but also Labour for Independence.
It is for this reason that I, my fellow Co-Convenor Deborah Waters, invite our executive, prominent Labour supporters of LFI and delegates of each of the 32 regions which voted in Scotland to a meeting in Glasgow on October 4th. This meeting will decide what, if any future Labour for Independence will have and how we move forward. I also invite those names I mentioned above to a separate meeting that same day to discuss how we can maintain the solidarity shared throughout the left in this campaign moving forward.
Our wounds are very raw at this moment, now is the time for reflection and renewal. It is through our endeavours that Dundee, West Dunbartonshire, North Lanarkshire and Glasgow voted for the opportunity for change. It is why many in our nation, the 45% yearn for a better way. We owe it to them to come together and consider our future choices, for the betterment of our nation.