‘Wee’ First Minister pledges to raise £1200 for Scottish Independence


Makki Ahmed Tahir, known as the ‘Wee First Minister’ was First Minister of Pollokshields Primary School, Glasgow.  

Last Thursday evening at the Scots Asians for Independence (SAFI) Dinner, he pledged to raise £1200 for Scottish Independence.

Addressing a packed audience at the 2012 SAFI Dinner, he said:

“My name is Makki Ahmed Tahir and I am 12 years old.  I was First Minister of Pollokshields Primary School’s Pupils Parliament.

“I would like to say few words about Scottish Independence.  William Wallace defeated an English army at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297, and was Guardian of Scotland, serving until his defeat at the Battle of Falkirk.

“In 1305, Wallace was captured in Robroyston near Glasgow and handed over to King Edward I of England, who had him hanged, drawn, and quartered for high treason and crimes against English civilians.

“This was not treason, he was fighting what he believed in, he was the voice of the voiceless.

“Independence is not something that Alex Salmond thought of 3-4 years ago, it was what William Wallace fought for all his life until King Edward of England brutally murdered him.

“In 2010, I have raised £2500 for Pakistan floods and now I would like to take William Wallace’s cause forward and I would do that by raising funds for Scottish Independence.”

Tahir, who pledged £12 from his own pocket money then cheekily challenged First Minister Alex Salmond who was a guest at the dinner: “I would like to start with Right Honourable Alex Salmond the First Minister, soon to be Prime Minister of Independent Scotland.”

The response saw the young man achieve well over fifty per cent of his goal raising £672 on the night.  Tahir will also take part in 2012 Bank of Scotland Junior Great Scottish Run.