By Ian Hamilton
There are no more important laws than these governing an election. These laws are made at Westminster.
Despite Scotland’s recognition as a separate country the BBC has denied us a place in the electoral debate. Coverage has been given to the three Unionist parties. No equivalent coverage has been given to us. This makes the election a sham.
The Atlantic Charter of 1941 set out the war aims of my generation. Among these was the right to self determination of small nations.
As a result many young Scots, I among them, volunteered for armed service to sustain this right. I have never forgotten this nor swerved from it. We disdained conscription.
The three Unionists Parties offer us their brand of financial management. None offers us a principle.
The right to be heard in free speech is a principle. This is particularly so at election time.
Let the law decide.
If London made law decides against us then let us, who get free TV licences, picket the BBC entrances. On arrest let us refuse to be bailed and go on hunger strike. If released let us resume our pickets.
The right to be heard at election time is a principle worth fighting and dieing for. We who have only a little time left should lead the way.
Is there any support for such direct action?
I posted this second thought as a comment on the day the SNP action was due to be heard.
Whatever the result of today’s court case I realise that there is no hope of organising a demonstration outside the BBC between now and polling day.
To be effective this would need to be at the weekend which gives only three days. Everyone I could turn to for help is busy working fior the election.
However civil disobedience of one sort or another is something that must be prepared for in advance and I shall be writing about it in a future post.
I bit off more than I can chew here. But I would rather bite off too much than not bite at all.