The importance of being earn-yes

In less than three weeks time, the voting will take place in the Tory leadership campaign, otherwise known as the EU referendum. As a side effect of the Conservative party deciding whether or not it wants to be led by a different Old Etonian clown to the Old Etonian clown it’s currently led by, the United Kingdom could very well find itself voting to leave the European Union. If the opinion polls are anything to go by, this prospect is becoming more likely with every day that passes, and with every new headline about benefits claiming immigrants who cause cancer and rape teddy bears that appears in the Daily Mail. The same opinion polls also indicate that Scotland remains one of the most pro-EU parts of the United Kingdom. In a fortnight from Friday, Scotland could wake up to find that the Westminster Parliament is committed to taking us out of the European Union even though a clear majority of Scots will have voted to remain.

Irrespective of your views on the European Union, safeguarding Scotland’s membership of the EU was one of the key promises of the Better Together campaign during the independence referendum. In a couple of weeks we could find that that promise wasn’t worth a harrumph of the tuba playing breath of Blair McDougall. Arguments about the EU were central to the campaign to keep Scotland in the UK, not some off the cuff remark made by Alistair Darling in an interview. Yet strangely we now find that the personal opinion of Alex Salmond in an interview has been transformed into the only promise that must be kept. The Unionists must be kept to their promises and commitments too, or the already cheapened and devalued democracy in this so called United Kingdom is worth nothing at all.

It could be argued less than three weeks from now that Scotland would have voted twice to remain part of the EU, once in the independence referendum and again in the EU referendum. And it is quite likely that Scotland will vote to remain a part of the EU by a considerably larger margin than we voted to remain a part of the UK. Yet if Scotland is to find itself being taken out of the EU against the twice expressed will of the Scottish people, it won’t be merely that Scotland sits at the back of the Westminster bus being taken to a destination that we’ve said we don’t want to go to. It will be far worse than that. Scotland will be being taken to that destination despite the fact that the drivers swore blind that they wouldn’t take us there. Material changes in circumstance do not come any more material than that. Scotland will need a new chance to assess its place within the UK or there will be no justice in this land.

Ruth Davidson and her pals harp on about the divisiveness of Scotland’s independence referendum, but that is as nothing compared to the divisiveness of an EU referendum in which Scotland’s will is ignored and traduced. If we wake up on the morning of June 24 to discover that the UK as a whole has voted to leave the EU but Scotland has voted by a convincing margin to remain, there must be another independence referendum. In May 2016 the people of Scotland voted for a Parliament in which there is a majority of pro-independence MSPs, we voted that way for a reason. This EU referendum and the prospect of Scotland being taken out of the EU against its will is that reason. The tank girl can have all the militaristic photo ops that she likes, but she cannot stand in the way of the democratic will of the people of Scotland.

This is why the initiative of the National Yes Registry is so important. We could find ourselves facing another independence referendum far sooner than many have anticipated, and we need to be ready for it. The Yes Registry allows yes groups and pro-independence organisations to share information and ideas, to develop tactics, to build on one another’s experience. We need this. We need unity. We need common purpose. The Yes Registry provides this. It’s a forum for sharing, for building, and for developing a message for yes that’s going to resonate in the parts of Scotland that are already for yes, and in those that were less receptive last time. We cannot sit back and rely on our political leaders to do this, we need to do it ourselves.

Party politics might have got us to the point where we get another referendum, but party politics won’t win it for us. Winning an independence referendum requires a broad based and inclusive national movement. We need to take the arguments into the streets and towns, we need to demonstrate that independence is not about the policies of any single political party. It’s not about the SNP, it’s not about the Greens, it’s not about Rise. It’s about you, it’s about me, it’s about our neighbours, our families, our friends. It’s about all of us. It’s about our right to choose and our right to decide the path that Scotland takes. It’s about driving the bus.

We need to earn yes. We need to put our divisions and our egos to one side, and unite for the common cause, the common good, the common weal. We have a lot of work to do, because if there is another referendum soon, and we lose it, we have lost Scotland for generations. We will have accepted our place at the back of the bus, accepted that we have no say over the journey this country is taking, accepted that we are meaningless and powerless.

Yet hundreds of thousands of us refuse to accept that. We have built so much already. We know that we have the skills and the talents and the ability. We will be the masters of our own land, we will drive our own bus, we will determine our own destination. This is why it’s so important to earn yes.

We need to be ready for the final push. We need to earn yes.

Find out more at the National Yes Registry website

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15 comments on “The importance of being earn-yes

  1. says:

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  3. Macart says:

    Couldn’t agree more and as of this point neither HMG or Better Together’s promises and statements have fared too well.

    Broad shoulders in times of economic hardship? There are now several thousand people across a range of industries who would beg to differ.

    Nothing off the table in terms of devolution? FFA proposed and binned. A naked attempt by HMG to completely ignore the no detriment clause of the Smith Commission proposals and the watered down settlement based on same. The Scotland Bill debates in commons exposed as a farce.

    Respect agenda? Basically check out any PMQs, FMQs or the UK media. What respect? On a daily basis their output ranges from SNP bad to naked anti Scottish bigotry.

    Now? Now we have the very last cornerstone of Better Together’s campaign rhetoric, the EU. Scotland could only secure membership if it voted NO to independence. In or out, that case has already been debunked. A vote to leave would merely be the finishing touch.

    So many commitments and not a single one kept.

    And before some wit says ‘it would have been so much worse if we’d been independent’?

    Two things.

    1. We’re not independent and any such argument is relegated to the realm of whataboutery.
    2. Why have a referendum when you have no intention of living up to the commitments you make or the consequences of the result?

    In short we are where we are and we’re still waiting on better togetherness happening… at all.

  4. Jan Cowan says:

    I agree totally. There’s no other way.

  5. Gavin.C.Barrie says:

    C’mon folks, seek out your local Yes group. If there isn’t one, start one. My group is signed up with the National Yes Registry.

  6. maxi says:

    Don’t waste your energy about a non event. We will not be allowed to leave Europe under any circumstances, so all this in/out talk is irrelevent.
    Don’t be so sure that most Scots want to stay in either, as the ones that have been left with nothing only see Ba*****s in suits at both top tables.

  7. benmadigan says:

    “We will not be allowed to leave Europe under any circumstances, so all this in/out talk is irrelevent”.

    I could also add ” We will not be allowed to leave the UK whatever the results of the Referendum” – which to be honest I am rather afraid of . . .

    However, let’s vote Remain and take it from there

    PS paul – loved the last 2 articles supporting the new Yes forum. Think it’s a great initiative

  8. Steve Asaneilean says:

    ‘nough said and already on it

  9. fudgebuttons says:

    How can we trust the outcome of any election/referendum with WM standing to lose so much? Perhaps Scotland should hold its own EU referendum – on a day WM are particularly busy – to be counted by a non-Tory owned company? I’ve experienced rigging firsthand, though I’m always told to put my tinfoil hat away – namely, the back of my ballot for the Scottish independence referendum had no barcode, this was in Dalgety Bay, Fife. There isn’t a single day that goes by that I don’t kick myself for not having known about how a proper ballot should have looked like and phoning 999, I reported it to the Police after the fact and nothing ever came of it.

    We’ve seen corruption time and time again, I mean aren’t the Tories in England (29 constituencies, I believe) being investigated by Police for election expenses fraud? How the hell can they be trusted! How many times must we get burned on the flame before we just blow out the candle? The UK is like a moth flying around a flame, never learning a damn thing!

    We KNOW they are not to be trusted, yet we choose to trust them on the result of the most important part of the democratic process, unbelievable and beguiling.

    A Yes collective is a great idea and one that I wholeheartedly support. We must solidify our numbers, so we know when a result is utter nonsense and don’t just suspect it.

  10. broadbield says:

    “To lose one referendum may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose two will look like carelessness.”

    Robin McAlpine has an article in today’s National (from his new book) on strategy for the next one.

  11. I’d say that if we’re going to place any credibility on the results of the EU Referendum as an expression of Scottish will then an awful lot of work requires to be done in the next few weeks.

    Perhaps due to voting fatigue, in part caused by Cameron’s push for an early date, and considerable turn off due to the paucity of the cases put by either camp I’d be surprised if the voter turn out in Scotland reaches near 50%.

    That cannot be used as a determining vote for either the EU decision or as a marker for another Scottish Referendum.

    The silent majority who don’t vote will be used by both camps in different ways to back their case.

  12. John Edgar says:

    There is talk in the msm about Remain MPs reversing Maastricht if there is a Brexit!? It is like a vow?
    If there is a Remain yes will the Brexit MPs try to move to have it annulled? A vow reverse?
    We must plan for Scotland’s Parliament, MPs,MSP’s and MEPs to uphold the result of the Scottish nation if it votes to remain in the event of a Brexit. They must take the necessary next steps through contact with the EU Parliament, Commission and Council of Ministers ( which will be bereft of the UK PM) to continue our current membership.
    I would imagine that some tentative soundings will already be taking place. After the vote in England, things will get nasty as the Tories and Labour there will descend in chaos! The current accusations and counter accusations within both parties ate an indication of nastiness to come.

    • John Edgar says:

      I do not often reply to myself. But I read this in the Guardian, June 6 re reverse Maastricht.
      The upper case letters are mine for emphasis. The conclusion we take from the quote is that the Westminster set up dominated by English MPs can do what they want and that Referenda are not legally sovereign.
      It states: ” it is LEGALLY correct to say that the Referendum is only ADVISORY ON PARLIAMENT. There is an ACCEPTANCE that politicians would be REQUIRED TO TRY TO act on the decision of the British people.”
      Note : Only require to try to act on… Not legally or constitutionally bound to act!

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