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Wednesday, 26 November 2014
Our Future Free from Racism
2014 has been a great year for
Scotland, and one where we have celebrated and embraced diversity. Over the
summer 71 teams from 53 members of the Commonwealth came together in Glasgow
for the best ever Commonwealth Games, which saw sports successes alongside
It is quite right that Glasgow,
where we made the pioneering decision to grant Nelson Mandela the Freedom of
the City and James McCune Smith studied at the University of Glasgow, who was
the first African American to receive a university medical degree, celebrated
diversity at the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games. We all came
together for that anthem of universal brotherhood – Freedom Come All Ye, as
sung by the South African singer Pumeza.
As people embrace diversity, it
is disappointing to hear the hostile political rhetoric coming from certain
political parties. There has been the terrible spectre of the ‘Go Home’ vans
and the use of dangerous and inflamatory language from senior politicians such
as ‘swamped’ and ‘inundated’ to describe immigration.
The two Westminster parties are
fighting each other to out-UKIP UKIP. Politicians of all political persuasion
have a responsibility to ensure that they don’t succumb to the temptation of
populism for cheap political gain.
I am the proud son of immigrants,
and am pleased that the Government I am part of and the party I represent
believes that migrants from across the world have made outstanding
contributions to Scotland and will always be welcome to our country.
It is vital that we all stand
united in defiance of racism, and the St. Andrew’s Day rally is an integral
part of this country’s anti-racism effort. I would like to say to all the
elements who wish to divide us and cause hatred – you will never be welcome to
Scotland, not now, not ever. No Pasaran.
Humza Yousaf Minster for External Affairs and International Development