In 2014, Scots voted 55-45 to remain in the UK. Many of us voted ‘No’ to independence because we were told – by UK politicians and EU officials alike – that remaining within the UK was our only hope of remaining EU citizens. Some of us actually were those very politicians! As it’s turned out, exactly the opposite was true. With Brexit, the pre-Brexit economic and cultural arguments against Scottish independence, which some of us accepted, have been completely undermined. England has gone off on a journey to the political right and to the margins of Europe. Scots have to choose between that English Tory vision for the UK, and a social democratic future in Europe through Scottish independence.
Soon, ‘FromNotoYes.Scot‘ will be live at a new site. Our aim is to play our own small part in helping move the figure for Scots supporting Independence to well over 50%. We believe this will in turn help to assure Scottish independence in Europe before the UK as we know it leaves the EU.
We’ll post at this page until the new site is up. Please read us and do let us have your comments beneath each piece which we’ll cross-post here. We’re also organising events in support of helping people move from NO to YES – do let us know if you’d like to be involved.
Article One – SCOTTISH UNIONISTS ARE ALL BREXITEERS, NOW
Article Two – BRITANNIA IS DEAD – England rules, but not for long.
Article Three (below) – SIX GROUPS WHO’LL HELP MOVE SCOTLAND TO ‘YES’
Podcasts and other media – Here’s an interview carried out with well-known Scottish broadcaster Derek Bateman for the excellent Newsnet.Scot radio/podcast. We’ll have another third-party podcast soon, then we’ll have a go with our own…… In addition, here’s an interesting article by the Sunday Herald’s Iain MacWhirter which discusses the timing of indyref2 and mentions the purpose of FromNotoYes.Scot.
Article Four – SCOTTISH LABOUR’S EXISTENTIAL CRISIS – and its importance for independence
Article Eight – BORDERING ON FARCE – the unionists don’t believe their own claims of a ‘hard border’
Article Nine – FOR THE ENGLISH TODAY, UK POLITICS DOESN’T INCLUDE SCOTLAND
Article Eleven – THE FAR RIGHT (below, or click on title for better res)
All most recent articles – here
Yesterday article – here
Today’s article – below and in better resolution here
Yesterday’s tweet about Trump’s UK state visit drew some surprise from folk that the Scottish government would have a role at all. Today, though, here’s today’s Evening Standard (and to be fair, yesterday’s Daily Record which we’d missed) following up on the strong possibility that Scotland might well be used as a neat way of avoiding too many difficult protests on the streets of London. Here’s Angus MacNeil MP anticipating just this possibility back in November.
Alex Salmond is quite right, up to a point, to say we should respect the office but not the office-holder. Perhaps, though, we should respect the US just that bit less for now as that nation’s moral mandate takes a tumble via discriminatory travel bans, federal policy imperatives with strong racial undertones, a president whose business interests appear to inform his executive orders and much else besides.
Not that long ago, we spoke to a senior minister in a foreign government which occasionally shoots citizens extra-judicially and extra-territorially. “We get a lot of stick for that”, he said,”but we hardly ever do it. Whereas look at the US – they do it all the time”. Ah, but the US is a superpower protecting the democratic way, right? Under Trump?
Let’s stop calling the chump ‘the leader of the free world’, for God’s sake. He’s the leader of the reckless, the right-wing and many folk who feel abandoned by modernity. For now, the institutions of the US are being turned into instruments of regression, not progress, by a truly nasty bunch. They deserve a bit of dis-respect for once.
It would be a fine thing if the Scottish government gave minimum assistance and recognition to any putative state visit to Scotland by Trump. And although, as Alex Salmond says, there are logistical challenges to mounting protests in and around places like Balmoral, it’s nevertheless definitely possible. Suggestions please?
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