The following Speech by Alistair McConnachie, Founder and Director of A Force For Good was presented at AFFG's "Dundas Will Stand" event, in St Andrew Sq, Edinburgh, at the foot of the monument to Henry Dundas, on Saturday 20 June 2020, at 12.30pm.
It is our response to the desecration, and advocated destruction, of our British Built Heritage.
We have a Message for the People of this country, our Politicians, and the Protestors, and we end with a positive suggestion moving forward.
There were 40 supporters of AFFG present, and around 150 protestors on the other side of the Square who called themselves "BLM" and who were opposed to the presence of the statue.
WHO WE ARE
My name is Alistair McConnachie, and I am a Founder and a Director of A Force For Good, which is Scotland's premier pro-UK organisation.
WHY WE ARE HERE
And you may ask, why are you involved in this here today? Why are you and your 40 friends here today? And I will tell you why we're here today. And I've put it together in something that will go down in history as "The Dundas Declaration".
We are here because we at A Force For Good see the United Kingdom as much in moral terms, as we do in political terms.
We develop the idea of the United Kingdom as A Force For Good in the world. And so we are always awake to attacks on the country, whether on history, attacks on institutions, or attacks on its people, or our forebears. And we stand by our forebears!
If some misguided people can make people ashamed of our forebears then they can ensure that people will not stand up for them, and they can ensure that the memory of the past is, quite literally, dismantled; in the way that some people want to dismantle the physical structures of our past.
And if they can do this successfully, then they can change the mind and they can change the nature of society.
So we understand the importance of studying our ancestors and getting history correct.
And we do not seek to attack them on the basis of false ideology or on the basis of false history. And goodness me, in the last 2 or 3 weeks, this man at the top of this 150 foot column has been subjected to many unfair smears which we will put right in the course of this afternoon.
OUR PURPOSE TODAY
Our purpose here today is to defend and esteem, and educate around, Henry Dundas.
And by doing so, we will also be seen to live by our words – to stand up for the examples of our Scottish and British history – whether they are monuments, or plaques, or street names or statues or any other representation.
We do this in order to push back against what some are trying to do; to push back against this psychological warfare with knowledge.
By doing so, we give courage to the majority of people in our Great City of Edinburgh, and throughout Scotland and in the United Kingdom who are, today, being hurt by those smears on our country's reputation; and by implication, each one of us, including yourselves.
So we have a 3-point message to the People of Scotland; to the Politicians of Scotland; and to the Protestors – those who perhaps in their innocence, and understandable idealism, would inadvertently destroy our cultural Heritage, and who would remain unaware and ignorant of our precious Inheritance, which we enjoy today.
Let us begin with our Message to the People of Scotland and the United Kingdom...
[You can also view the entire 23-minute Speech on our YouTube Channel here.]
1. OUR MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE
This is our Message summarised: Don't Fall for the Guilt Trip!
When someone is trying to "guilt trip" you then they are trying to control you; trying to make you feel guilty for something that you are not needing to feel guilty about.
In this case, people are trying to guilt trip us into accepting their false view of history; trying to make us feel ashamed – not only of our ancestors, but of ourselves – how absurd!
The fact is, that all the young people here today, and all the people throughout our United Kingdom have nothing to "feel guilty" about as far as things like slavery is concerned. Because every race in the world has enslaved every other race. And many are still being terribly enslaved today.
And we in Scotland and in Britain have paid in blood for slavery – and I'll get to that in a moment. And it's certainly the case that the USA has done so with its Civil War.
Furthermore, complaining about things which are patently not true will only increase bitterness and anger – as we often see unfortunately on social media.
What can we do?
It was Alexander Solzhenitsyn who said, "The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie."
When you can see that you are being lied to, you must remove yourself from that lie. You should switch off your television. Refuse to listen to the false debates built upon false premises.
2. OUR MESSAGE TO THE POLITICIANS
We can summarise our message to the Politicians of Scotland and the United Kingdom thusly: Britain is what it is, and what it is Needs No Excuses!
But it seems unfortunately that our politicians on all sides are so afraid of being called nasty names. So afraid, that they may surrender the entire cultural heritage of the United Kingdom – the entire cultural heritage of the past – simply for fear of being called a nasty name.
Well, that's weak, and that's appalling, and it's pathetic, and it has to change!
You know, our politicians in Scotland and in the UK, they need to stand up for this country's moral integrity – the inherent rightness and righteousness – of British society; and they should reject the aggressive lies which constantly imply tha