"Would you like to join me?" on Hole Ousia
This is an invitation to join me on a peaceful protest to be held on
Monday 21st August 2017 at the Martyrs Monument, Calton Hill Burial
WHAT THE PROTEST IS ABOUT:
It is a protest for anybody who has had difficulty communicating with
high public office in Scotland. For some this may have been with the
Scottish Government – but it need not relate to any particular
This protest is for anybody who has felt that those in a genuine position of power may have acted unfairly.
Professor Walter Humes, writing in Scottish Review, 21st September 2015:
“For some time I have been copied into email exchanges concerning
how complaints against public bodies are dealt with. I have no
personal stake in any of the specific sources of concern (which include
patient care in the NHS and responses by Police Scotland, the
Scottish Government and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service
(COPFS) to requests for formal investigations). I do, however, have
a long-standing interest in issues of public accountability and am
familiar with the various techniques used by bureaucratic organisations
to avoid responsibility when things go wrong: these include silence,
delay, evasion, buck-passing and attempts to discredit complainants.”
THE FIRST MINISTER’S “INTENTION”:
The First Minister for Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon said: “I intend that we will be an open and accessible Government” 26 November 2014
Prof Walter Humes, 21 September 2015:
“Those who hold high office in public bodies are very adept at
defending their own interests. They may claim to support openness and
transparency but those principles are not always translated into
practice. Bureaucratic Scotland often falls short of the democratic
ideals which are said to underpin civic life”
WHY GATHER AT THE MARTYRS’ MONUMENT:
This film by me, “The Friends of Liberty“,
explains why the Martrys Monument has been chosen for this protest. The
location is next to St Andrew’s House, the seat of the Scottish
Government. The Martyrs Monument rises higher and has a wider view than
St Andrew’s House. The Martyrs Monument was raised through public
The Friends of Liberty from omphalos on Vimeo.
WHY the 21st of AUGUST ?:
Reason 1: The foundation stone of the Martyrs’ Monument was laid on this very day, 1844.
Reason 2: on the
21st August 2017 there will be a full solar eclipse (sometime just
before 8pm) revealing the power of one orb over another and our shared
need for light.
THE PERSONAL STORY MATTERS:
Here is my experience
with Scottish Government. I have been, and continue to be, an active
advocate for ethical considerations in all aspects of healthcare in NHS
Scotland. I am proud of what I have done and of who I am.
So if you have your own story please come along and share it. Together we can make a difference.