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An Open Welcome to the Prime Minister

Boris Johnson on the Isle of Wight, 27-6-19, courtesy of

Pic: Boris Johnson on the Isle of Wight 27-6-19 courtesy of

The Prime Minister visited Scotland on Monday 29 July 2019, for the first time in his premiership. We sent him this letter by hard copy:

Dear Prime Minister

A Force For Good – Scotland's premier pro-UK unionist campaigning organisation – welcomes you to Scotland today on the occasion of your first visit as Prime Minister. This is an Open Welcome which we are publishing on our Facebook page.

We are a non-party organisation, and we have supporters and activists who are members of all parties and none.

We believe in the United Kingdom, we love being British, we want us to stay together, we respect our British Institutions and those who uphold them; and we wish you the very best in your role as Prime Minister of our wonderful country.

We have been campaigning for over 7 years now, and we would like to share some knowledge.

Firstly, please do not be bothered by the SNP and those who say that "an Englishman" or a "posh boy" or an "Old Etonian" cannot represent Scotland. The SNP would criticise you regardless of who you were, how you spoke or where you were educated. The fact that you are the British Prime Minister is enough for them to dislike you.

Secondly, do not fall for their claim that they represent "Scotland". The SNP does not speak for Scotland any more than any other political party claims so to do. At most, the SNP speaks for itself, and some of those who vote for it. It does not even speak for the one third of its members who voted for Brexit!

Thirdly, do not be intimidated by the SNP's claim to be Scotland's "Government". Unfortunately, the previous Scottish Secretary of State went along with this facade at the ongoing risk to our unity. Going forward, Scotland cannot have "two Governments" (see our article below). The UK body cannot survive if it has two heads!

The reality is that Scotland has one British Government, and it has a devolved arm of the British Parliament, which is based at Holyrood. The latter is more correctly called the Scottish Executive or Administration.

There cannot be stability until this proper constitutional relationship is understood, explained and re-established. From this understanding, we also emphasise the danger of allowing the British Civil Service to promote the SNP's agenda!

Fourthly, be aware of those who say that you must give the SNP more power. There are those in the metropolitan political class who know nothing about Scottish politics – or how to hold Britain together – and who think their obsession with "devolving to the lowest level" is relevant here. Their theory may work for a Parish Council in Wiltshire, but it is not appropriate when dealing with an anti-British nationalist movement which aims to draw all power to itself.

Finally, not only are we Scotland's foremost pro-UK unionist campaigning organisation, but we are also its foremost theorists on maintaining our Unitary State and One Nation. We have recently published "12 Ways the New Prime Minister can Strengthen British Union". We enclose a copy, along with our latest magazine.

Most respectfully

Alistair McConnachie

Secretary and Director



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