I must admit that amidst all the traditional broadcasting, print and social media reporting, and impact, of the splendid day that was Saturday’s march for independence in Glasgow I may have missed seeing any responses or feedback to Robin McAlpine’s weekly column piece last week “We must start a campaign now – or accept that it isn’t going to happen”(3 May 2018l Commonspace).
In his column Robin advocates for ‘a professional non-party Yes organisation to drive support for independence now’. This in the same week as a non-party Yes march attracted the highest number of Scots on to the streets since the Iraq conflict.
Anyone who reads this blog will not be surprised to hear that I agree wholeheartedly with Robin’s sentiments regarding a structured funded non-party professional organisation, a public face for the Yes movement, with the benefits I think that would bring, (it’s a recurring theme revisited several times on itisintruthnotforglory).
I also agree that we should be getting started on this now, without delay.
I do disagree however with Robin’s view that if we don’t commence a campaign now we won’t be able to do so again until after the 2021 Scottish Elections. There’s a lot of water to flow under the bridge between now and then. Who could have predicted the political events in Scotland and the UK of the last four years.
Anyway, if you haven’t seen it, here is Robin’s article. An interesting read.