Handing out Union Jacks is "inappropriate behaviour"
Even when it happens at a rally to honour our Olympic athletes.
So said Glasgow SNP Councillor Mhairi Hunter to me in a tweet on Saturday.
I was a bit fearful as I clicked on the link, worried that it was going to be a sorry tale of some anti independence idiots beating up a nationalist. No, it was to this Facebook page from the No to Scottish Independence and Protect the Union where they said they handed out 1000 union jacks to people who went to the Olympic and Paralympic parade in Glasgow on Friday.
Hanging around with violent revolutionaries is fine, until you're found out
Scotland on Sunday reports that the Scottish Republican Socialist Movement had been invited to a rally for independence which takes place in Edinburgh next weekend.
A quick glance at their website finds exactly how they wish to achieve their aims:
The ruling class must be completely overthrown to achieve true Scottish Independence and freedom. Because the ruling class will not relinquish power without their use of armed force, this revolution will be a time of violence as well as liberation. Unions by their very nature cannot become vehicles for the revolutionary transformation of society.Now that the papers have found out, the SRSM have been barred from the match. If they had not found out, our First Minister would have been at the same event as this charming bunch.
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:
For months the SNP have been more than happy to receive support from these extreme groups with their menacing message. This just shows the ragtag company Alex Salmond is prepared to keep to split Scotland from the UK.
This group wanted to violently smash up society as we know it in order to achieve independence. What other unwanted groups have the SNP attracted to their campaign.