The SNP cannot be decoupled from the fight to restore Scotland's independence. That must be understood from the outset. The independence movement needs a source of effective political power if its objective is to be achieved. For better or worse, the SNP is the political arm of the independence movement. It is so because we, … Continue reading Couplings
Tag: Yes Movement
The big day?
Think what you would like the march to look like. Now consider that it can't look like that unless you're there.
All the pieces
Scottish National Party leadership contender Ash Regan is among the latest people to deplore the divisions besetting the independence movement and issue a plea for unity. Nothing very surprising there. Everybody says the same thing. They all say we need solidarity. Which poses a bit of a conundrum. If everybody deplores the division and wants … Continue reading All the pieces
The People Say Yes!
What if that other voice we all know so well responds by saying, 'We say no, and we are the state'? Well, we say yes ─ and we are the people. Canon Kenyon Wright (Scottish Constitutional Convention, 1989) There will almost certainly be a referendum in 2023. Failing that, the SNP proposes to declare the … Continue reading The People Say Yes!
Do we need a new Yes Scotland?
If you are considering the matter of how the Yes campaign in a new independence referendum should be managed, I wouldn't bother reading the article in today's Sunday National which purports to address that very question. If, however, you're wondering what a desert of imagination looks like then the responses to the question from "senior … Continue reading Do we need a new Yes Scotland?
Are you angry yet?
Richard Walker isn't angry. And he doesn't want you to be angry, either. At least, not so as anybody would know. It's understandable that you might be angry. Your anger is justified. But if you want to be accepted as a genuine independence activist then you must not let that anger show. Inwardly, you may … Continue reading Are you angry yet?
We are not robots!
Now may well be "the time for us here in Scotland to start getting mobilised for an independence referendum", as Mhairi Black says. Some might say this mobilisation is long overdue. Nonetheless, it would be great if we were at last gearing up for an independence referendum. It would be great if there was an … Continue reading We are not robots!
Reading the room
I sense a change of mood in what used to be the Yes movement before it was 'improved' in the way software developers 'improve' their products until they become unusable. I doubt if anyone thought it would be a good idea to turn a mass democratic movement into a ramshackle assortment of squabbling factions. But … Continue reading Reading the room
Why Scotland's next White Paper must do more to involve other parties And there we have the problem. It is simply assumed that because there was a White Paper for the 2014 referendum we must have one for the next referendum. No stopping to consider whether this is appropriate or advisable in the light of … Continue reading Unforgiveable folly!
If, as Ruth Wishart persuasively opines, Scotland's cause depends on "a massive communal effort on behalf of the Yes family" then I fear Scotland's cause is lost. Ruth refers to "real politik" [sic] and her analysis is steeped in that - until it comes to the conclusion. I see a lot of this. An argument … Continue reading Moving people