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.


# Seagetagrip 2012-08-28 14:58
Well done Tahir!
It is worth noting that real history is now being taught in Scottish schools. Well done Mike Russell!
# xyz 2012-08-28 15:41
Fantastic, well done Tahir!
# Mei 2012-08-28 17:07
How about votes for 12 year olds!

Well done son.
# karamojo bell 2012-08-28 18:10
Well done Makki! It's great to see the youngsters getting involved! Saor Alba!
# CharlieObrien 2012-08-28 18:11
That is another real Scot.
Some by choice others by birth.
# Mr Rational 2012-08-28 18:11
simply outstanding!
# cjmjr 2012-08-28 18:19
Very well done son, good on you and more power to you..
# cjmasta 2012-08-28 18:21
He may not be able to vote in the refeferendum but if he manages to convince just one person that a yes vote is the way to go then he has in a round about way voted for what he believes in. I'm sure that he will convince many.
# thomsor 2012-08-28 18:26
Inspiring young man. Well done Tahir.
# Zed 2012-08-28 18:42
A big well done !
# banditti 2012-08-28 20:27
What an example to us all, well done.
# fynesider 2012-08-28 20:27
Nice one young man..!
# Giles 2012-08-28 21:29
Inspiring. I hope he is invited to speak more and more, where ever he goes.
# gopher3 2012-08-28 21:47
We could get him to talk at conference
# mealer 2012-08-28 22:32
Well done.Thanks.
# MAcandroid 2012-08-29 06:57
A big well done to Makki, his school and Mike Russell.
# brusque 2012-08-29 10:15
Well done young man. I wish he had been part of the YES Campaign launch, it is heartening to hear the views of "ordinary" Scots. Although, in fairness, this lad is far from ordinary.

A pat on the back to Pollockshields Primary School too, our History is so important for young Scots.
# proudscot 2012-08-29 10:27
Maybe Ian "Who cares!" Davidson will invite this wee champion of independence to address his "separashun" committee, to get the views of a real Scot for a change. Just a thought ...
# Caadfael 2012-08-29 11:11
Weel daen laddie!
I can see a great future for him and for Scotland with this kind of thinking!
# the wallace 2012-08-29 16:35
Well done wee man,keep up the good work your country needs you.
# ButeHouse 2012-08-29 18:13
Well played M.A.T. It's great to see Scots Asians for Independence on the move already for our cause.

Asians all over the world prove to be immensely hard working and without question our success as an Independent country will be partly due to the hard work of this community and no doubt M.A.T. will be out there playing his part to the full......and who knows, we may be looking at Scotland's first Asian PM.....sorry Humza, you can be his Chancellor.


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