A Force For Good's Thin Red Line saying says "Hello and Welcome to the Great British City of Glasgow" to the passing Scottish nationalist march in Argyle Street on Saturday 6 August 2022 when we counted 108 of them. See the true figures for all the Scottish nationalist marches here.
Scottish nationalists will say things like "If you believe in the UK, why be afraid of another referendum?"
They're trying to goad us into yielding to their demands.
Well, there are several reasons why we won't fall for that – regardless of the overwhelming fact that we've already had one and we won decisively!
The first thing that needs to be said, and is seldom heard through all the Scottish nationalist noise, is that Scotland has a Right to Stay in the UK!
They always say they have "a right to leave". Well, what about our Right to Stay!
We, the majority of people who voted to stay and who want to keep staying, have a perfect right to ensure our point of view is heard and that the future of our country is not being constantly called into question.
That's a fundamental philosophical point. We have a Right to Stay!
To do that, we depend entirely upon the Parliament and the Government of the UK to keep us together; to safeguard the integrity of the UK; to safeguard our Right to Stay!
The Parliament and Government of the United Kingdom has the absolute right, responsibility and duty to keep us together on behalf of the majority of the people of the entire United Kingdom – including in Scotland – who want to keep us together.
So this has to be said up front. We have a Right to Stay, and to do whatever is required democratically and constitutionally to ensure we stay!
Our response to their accusation of "fearfulness" follows from the fundamental principle that we have a Right to Stay in the UK!
OUR DUTY OF CARE TO THE UK
Firstly, we love the UK.
That means we have a Duty of Care to that which we love.
It is precisely because we believe in the UK so much, that we do not want to see its very existence being constantly called into question.
For the UK to function and prosper, its very life should not be always up for debate.
To keep calling for another referendum is intended deliberately to destabilise, and create anxiety and uncertainty about its future. It is deliberately to encourage break-up.
We do not encourage anything which threatens the integrity of the United Kingdom.
We do not casually risk the life of something we love.
WE HAVE NOTHING TO GAIN
Secondly, we have absolutely nothing to gain from another referendum.
Think about it!
a) Even if they got a Referendum, they wouldn't thank us
Do you think they'd be grateful? Of course not.
They'd do what they always do: Take what they get without thanks, bank it and then pretend like they never received it. That's their modus operandi.
The SNP/Greens are politically incapable of saying "Thank You" because that would destroy their Grievance Strategy.
They need to keep the grievance going if they are to generate the unhappiness which keeps their brand of politics alive.
b) And they'd still Accuse us of being Fearful
They would start new rhetoric about how the pro-UK people have been backed into a corner, and now "they're running scared".
c) And it wouldn't Stop them Complaining
All their grievance would quickly switch to complaining about the terms of the referendum.
For example, if the pro-UK side tried to apply any sensible requirements such as "only British citizens can vote" or if we placed a threshold such as requiring 60% of the entire electorate to vote for separation before the matter could be settled, then they wouldn't stop moaning about alleged "gerrymandering".
IT WOULD SETTLE NOTHING
And thirdly, here's the big one! Even if we won, it would settle nothing!
It would not "put it to bed" because none of the Scottish nationalists are going to go to bed! They're not going to shrug their shoulders and find another hobby!
Their approach to our victory in 2014, and their approach to the Brexit referendum in 2016 demonstrates clearly that they would not respect the result.
If it were the same result as 2014, or an even closer margin, then they would be motivated to immediately start campaigning for a third.
If we won by a greater margin, then it might put it to bed for a little while, but if the SNP/Greens remained in control at Holyrood then they would work to keep the idea alive.
So, even if we won, it would settle nothing, and might make things worse by encouraging them to go for a third.
So why go to all that bother?
Fundamentally, we have a Right to Stay in the UK and to do what is democratically and constitutionally required to stay. It is for our Union Parliament to stand up for the integrity of the UK on behalf of all of us who support the UK.
1. We have a Duty of Care to protect the United Kingdom. We will not risk it needlessly.
2. We have nothing to gain from a second referendum because:
a) they won't thank us;
b) they'll still accuse us of being fearful, and;
c) they'll find new things to complain about.
3. And even if we won, it settles nothing. They'll just campaign for another!
So, we're not "scared". We're just sensible!
We spoke about this in our weekly show, "Good Evening Britain!" broadcast on Wednesday 12 October 2022:
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