A Force For Good stood up for the Union today, Saturday, 5th Oct, in Edinburgh as the marching wing of the SNP, 'All Under One Banner' (AUOB), held its Separatist Shuffle up the Royal Mile.
Of course we counted them all in order to reveal their down-right lies and exaggerations. We did this from a vantage point which enabled an easy count.
We counted 11,286 marchers, excluding any bikers.
The entire march lasted 100 minutes. The march was also held up several times in order to allow traffic to pass along North Bridge, which cuts across the Royal Mile.
We are performing a public service in releasing these figures because the Scottish print and TV media is not challenging AUOB on this vital matter. As we said today, their lies are causing the Police and Council to be misinformed and to potentially mis-allocate resources. That's a serious matter in itself.
Director of A Force For Good, Alistair McConnachie said:
"At last year's Edinburgh march, the organisers claimed 8 times the real figure. They said 100K, on a march which lasted for 110 minutes. We counted from our video evidence available here and found 12,789.
"At this year's march, they claim 200 K, which is over 17 times the real figure of 11,286.
"Newspaper editors should be mindful - as we at A Force For Good are mindful - of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) Editor's Code, specifically Clause 1 (Accuracy), paragraphs i-iv, which states:
i) The Press must take care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information or images, including headlines not supported by the text.
ii) A significant inaccuracy, misleading statement or distortion must be corrected, promptly and with due prominence, and – where appropriate – an apology published. In cases involving IPSO, due prominence should be as required by the regulator.