A notorious independence activist has been called “despicable” for his latest coup which saw him unveil an anti-British banner at Edinburgh airport.
Sean Clerkin of the activist group Action for Scotland has been condemned by politicians and aviation authorities after yesterday displaying a sign proclaiming ‘England Get Out of Scotland’ near the terminal of the country’s busiest flight hub.
The activist, who is used to organizing small-scale protests, said his group wanted the border between Scotland and England closed for non-essential travel in order to “protect” the Scottish public from Covid-19.
Borders MP John Lamont said: “It is racist and disgusting. Nationalism at its height.”
Alex Cole-Hamilton, MSP for Edinburgh Western, said: “I’m leaving to have a 20 foot banner made saying ‘Racist bams – Get out of West Edinburgh. “
And Conservative adviser Thomas Kerr said: “It is time we called these people out for who they are, racists.
“Their poisonous views have been allowed into mainstream Scottish politics for too long – enough is enough.”
Clerkin said: ‘Our protest today is yet another call to reasonable men and women south of the border to make their stay south of the border and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Scotland.
“There will be other protests in the days and weeks to come.”
An Edinburgh Airport spokesperson said: “It is a despicable act.
“This group knows their brand of hate would be challenged by thoughtful people and chose to sneak and perpetrate it away from the terminal.
“They do not represent the Scotland in which we live and work nor the Scotland which is known for its friendliness and tolerance around the world.
“We condemn them wholeheartedly and will not accept it.
“We have contacted the Scottish Police and asked them to pursue this matter urgently.”
Action for Scotland describes itself as “a group that wants Scottish independence” that worked to highlight the ways the Union was lacking in the country.