Are we frightened of ourselves?
Does our confidence in the ability of those who advocate on behalf of the normal and perfectly natural proposition that Scotland is its own country, and therefore should be governed by those within it, to convince others with no fixed opinion on the subject, hinge on polling and perceived public opinion which has been poured through the British state media strainer first?
I get it. We can’t fully start an offical campaign against something until we know what that something is. Hard Brexit, Soft Brexit, Brexit in name only (if by some miracle Brussels stops laughing and actually gives ground to the bunch of zoomers and vaudevillian fire-engine passengers that run our country from theirs, in London).
Does anybody really fully understand what is going to happen come the day and hour that EU membership is no more?
Does anyone even fully understand what any of these bland ‘ hard’ or ‘soft’ soubriquets actually mean? I doubt it. We still, even after all this time, don’t have enough information available to us in the public domain for us to completely understand what is a series of complex intertwined relationships and how various scenarios will impact them.
As my dear departed Gran used to say ‘ you’d need to be a Philadelphia lawyer to work that out’.
With a Whitehall civil service straining under the load do you think the likes of Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Liam Fox and Lord Snooty have the intellectual capacity to work their way through these complexities to develop workable strategies which benefit the whole of their precious UK, or even just protect the City mothership? Ooft!
What we can do though is start once again campaigning ‘for’ Scotland. Start to provide a vision of what Scotland can be. Start to put forward projections of the impact renewable energy, the proposed national investment bank, continued and enhanced investment in the social contract, the withdrawal of nuclear weapons from our country, the introduction of a Scottish defence and coastal service, capital investment proposals, and loads more, can have as an independent country.
Being up front and public about what we believe I think is part of it too. The natural and rightful self government of our country is not, and shouldn’t be, party political. Even the simple communication of a small YES badge on a shirt or jacket makes the point that we have courage in our convictions.
I would urge everybody, if they can, to get along to the ‘All Under One Banner’ event in Glasgow on Saturday 5th May. Last year over 20,000 advocates for Scottish independence took part. Let’s smash this figure. The media can ignore and spin as they like but the Scottish public are no’ daft. They can see what their own eyes tell them
By the way, where is this now fabled Scottish government growth report that we’ve been waiting for? Did I miss it’s final publication? Is it strategically being held back for the right moment to publish, perhaps when the final publicly released nail is hammered in to the ‘you’ll have had yer devolved powers in fishing and agriculture half-inched’ debate of these farcical joint ministerial committee meetings (they’ve fair racked up the chocolate Hobnob expense for the taxpayer on these endless and pointless get togethers).
Also what has happened to the formation of an offical non-party affiliated Yes Movement following a couple of talking shops around the Scottish Independence Convention and some future planned similar events?
I wrote a blog update a while back entitled ‘ Get on with it’ describing some of the facets I’d like to see such an organisation demonstrating, the usual stuff probably most of us would like to see (a professional rebuttal unit to shoot down Project Fear, clear and open flows of useful campaigning material for grassroots campaigners, training, a clear recognisable good communicating media savvy figurehead etc)
At that time a well known, and respected (I respect him) advocate of Scottish independence, who most definitely would know more about such things than me, wrote in response that the organisation I described would be coming very soon. What happened?
We don’t need to wait for Nicola Sturgeon to name the date for a referendum for us to start to positively campaign for Scotland. If we get that right then the path is laid for our country folk to be better informed when they make a comparison between what an independent Scotland can offer them against what an insular backwards looking remainder UK is becoming.