On yet another day when the headlines are not going to be about the rightful claim of Scotland’s people to self determination, but are going to be about individual politician’s behaviours, alleged or otherwise, which will be used to try and undermine the independence movement, it is becoming apparent that a Yes Campaign must become clearly distinct, and identifiable as such, from the SNP, or any other political party.
Much as the SNP are pushing through, upping the gradualist momentum, and opening the constitutional gate ever further in a tactical and strategic game of constitutional snakes and ladders, and will be the political hammer that will drive in the final nail on the Union, more of our not-yet-convinced folk need to start to be able to recognise that identifying with independence is not party political, and is genuinely grassroots focused.
I would advocate for a lean and mean structure to such a campaign group, with the emphasis on bottom-up decision making rather than top-down, the grassroots groups letting the centre know what they need to get the job done, and the central administration working to provide those resources.
It’s now my view that any central structure should be focused mainly on providing support.
There should be a fundraising team, an adaptable rebuttal team created to counter media unionist propaganda with facts in a timely and structured manner, and an administrative and technical team, funded to support any requirements local groups have for the provision of campaign literature or equipment, technical expertise for sound, lighting and stage facilities, mobile and flexible to short notice requests, depending on what has developed politically at any given time, and be able to help meet the costs of meetings, marches, rallies, conferences. Any management within this structure should be focused solely on these functions.
And then? Let the grassroots groups get on with it, doing the great work that they have been churning out for the last few years, but with the ability to do more, with the proper support, resources and financing behind them.
No central figureheads, no stairheid rammies or ego trips about who is in charge, no politicians directly associated with the structure of the movement (targets to be brought down by scandal, their personal behaviour used disgracefully by the media to try and undermine the independence movement as guilty by association).
Obviously, as has been seen by the great support and work of the likes of Philippa Whitford and Joanna Cherry, independence-minded politician’s are we always welcome to support the movement, make speeches at rallies etc, these folk are committed to the cause, but I would suggest that they not be members of any board or committee associated with the grassroots movement whilst in political office.
The many and varied grassroots groups across the country are doing a magnificent job, all of them. Let’s give them the support to take us over the line. Let’s help them to convince and reassure, and build confidence in our country’s ability to return to governing itself. This is way beyond party politics.
#Independence is normal. Being governed by another country is not.