By Ian Hamilton
Of the millions of words spoken by Charles Stewart Parnell
less than twenty matter.
These are the words.
No man has a right to say to his country,
Thus far shalt thou go and no further.
The referendum is only one day’s opinion of those who bother to vote.
It cannot bind our children.
In 1942 the membership of the Glasgow Young Nationalists was three. I was one. We were told we were daft.
Look at Scotland now.
The march of the nation continued. It continues today.
We do not seek isolation.
There is no such thing as separatism. There is only the right to
choose our friends.
England will always be one of them. But we seek the right to change the terms of our friendship.
If we don’t our children will.
In our long history the referendum is only an incident.
No man has a right to say to his country, ‘Thus far shalt thou go and no further.’