A Material Change of Circumstance

It seems just like yesterday when Nicola Sturgeon told all and sundry that the SNP and Scottish Government would not be pushing for a second Scottish Independence referendum in the foreseeable future, and that would only transpire if there was a material change of circumstance, and that there was a clear and sustained demand for it from the majority of Scots, somewhere around the 60% mark.

There were a number of good reasons for such an approach, namely that fighting a 2nd Independence referendum campaign and losing would be disastrous. It would ensure that it would be decades or longer before it could be raised again.
The second being voter exhaustion, namely from successive campaigns coming hard on each others heels. We have had a 2 year Indy ref campaign and vote,EU elections,Westminster election,holyrood election and EU referendum,to be followed shortly by council elections.
The third being that the SNP and the Scottish government needed time to analyse the Indy referendum just past, and learn the lessons from it, and devise a strategy for when the next Indy referendum came into being.

I don’t have confirmation of this, but I suspect from what I have gleaned in the pipeline that such a move was unlikely to take place until after 2020.
What neither Nicola Sturgeon or the SNP could have predicted and taken into account was the madness and mayhem that Westminster has inflicted upon itself and everyone else in the past couple of months.. Such insanity and self implosion after the Brexit vote could never have been predicted and planned for.
All of this has given Nicola sturgeon and the Scottish Government an unprecedented opportunity and I suspect a massive headache. No room now for the gradualist long term approach, that comfort blanket has been removed. Plans will have to be brought forward, diplomacy will have to be stepped up,
Whatever they had planned for the Summer campaign which was designed to be the start of a longer drive and process towards another Indy referendum will have to be ripped up, re planned, re written, and for that they need some more time.

The last thing that Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP can afford to do is fire the starting gun too soon. They have to be seen to genuinely make every attempt to try and find a solution to the Brexit situation within the present structures, which means playing along with the British government until eventually all avenues have been seen to have been explored and found wanting.
Westminster will do as it has always done, kick the whole issue around in the long grass for as long as they possibly can, which means we may have to wait a while for them to set Article 50 into motion, and until that happens, there will be no call from the Scottish government for Indyref2.
In the meantime, Nicola and the SNP are hoping that Labour Scottish branch will sort out their own internal conflict, at least sufficiently enough for them to hopefully see some sense for once and support Independence this time.
It has been noted that The Tory branch assistant leader Jackson Carlaw has written to Kezia asking her and her party to join with the Tories again in BetterTogether2 when Scots Independence referendum does come…. If Kezia and co have the collective brains of an earthworm, they will dismiss that out of hand or they can call in the undertakers!

As for a material change of circumstance? One needs only look through the BetterTogether back catalogue of broken vows, promises and lies. With more to follow.

In the meantime… we the people of Scotland need not wait while the political games are playing out.
We do not need to wait on the start of a partys political campaign.
To be Independent, we must be Independent of mind, and look beyond the political box and the establishments rules.
Where Social Movements mass and the people gather, governments quake!
Fire up the structures of the YES campaign, get the meetings going in every hamlet, village and town.
polish up the badges, have saltires flying in every street throughout the land,have the marches, get the speakers, the musicians, the writers,artists and the poets all contributing. And aim to have 1 million Scots gathering throughout the land.
Take to Social media, take to the streets, talk to everyone…and tell them the time is now.
Dont waste your time arguing with those who refuse to listen,cut them off, talk to those who will hear you out.
There will be those whose whole purpose is to deflect you, to distract you and take up your time in order to waste it… don’t give them breathing space.

We need wait no longer, our time is now, get to it!

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Why YES Is Not SNP

Now that headline ” Why YES Is Not SNP” may immediately get some some peoples backs up!
Bear with me though. I am not having a go at the SNP, I am simply saying things as I see them.
Seemingly the SNP have now 120,000 members, and that is phenomenal. Arguably considering the population of the British Isles and the proportion of the electorate in each of its constituent parts, it makes the SNP the most supported party in Britain, with a higher percentage of its constituent country than the UK as a whole. Given that the other major British parties stand for election throughout the UK and the SNP only stand in Scotland.

But while the SNP are the major driving force for Scottish Independence, and the main chance that objective can be achieved, they are not alone in that objective. There are many others who are not SNP members, who may not even support the parties policies who are equally as determined for Scottish Independence. There are just as many others, if not considerably more, who have never aligned themselves to a political party, and never will. But they too are in their hearts very much for Scottish Independence. Some of these want it, desire it, and wish for it, but have yet to be convinced that an Independent Scotland can and could and will survive in this big bad world.

There are many who would want it, but many who are still not convinced, and their reasons for not being convinced are manifold. The arguments over currency, over borders, over a multitude of things the nae sayers will come up with, are mostly immaterial to them. What they want to know when It really comes down to it, is if their standard of living will be effected. They really, much as lots would like to say so, are not terribly concerned about how their children or grandchildren will fare. That is brutal but it is true.. What concerns them most, and they do love their children and grandchildren, is not how they will survive, but how they will live.
How will Scottish Independence change my life, and I hate change!
How will I be better off?
How will I be able to sustain the standard of living I have grown accustomed to, If they are comfortable or well off.
How will I maintain my business?
What will happen to my pension?
I am struggling as it is, so will I be able to live at all?

The YES movement Is HUGE! .
Far beyond even what the SNP can reach, from all strata of society.
Unfortunately, Party politics come into play, and we saw it large during the past Holyrood election…Different parts of what was the old YES movement turning on each other!
All down to Party politics! SNP v Green v RISE, v Anyone but party.
That was not about Independence, that was Party politics.

The YES movement or Alliance , has never truly gone away… It has remained, just been waiting Its chance to rise again… ALL Together!

The YES movement and alliance goes well beyond party politics.. It is the Hope, the WILL, the Desire, the Wish, the Dream, of ALL those who would wish their Country to be a better place, to create the space and Country they want to live in, and to hand on.

Not Left, Not Right, Not Business, Not Socialist, Not Nationalist, Not Green,But ALL of these, where We can live, be socially just, can Aspire, can educate, can have knowledge that ALL can achieve and flourish… Can MAKE OUR OWN DECISIONS

YES is far more than political party, far more than SNP, far more than the EU.
YES is the Country you can Be.
You are the Country, and YOU can choose how YOU and I want to BE!

YES does not mean SNP, YES means You! And YES means US

We can shape Our Country however we want it to be

But to nick a phrase from Brexit….

YOU Take back Control
But Rather WE can take Control of Ourselves… YOU, ME, WE

In or out of the EU
Royalty or Not
Trident or Not
Austerity or Not

That and a multitude of other things are your choice

It Is YOUR choice, OUR choice…………. Are you willing to Choose for YOU…and Be Who You can Be, In a Country that YOU Make,WE Make? For it will be Yours, for Good or for Ill, It is what YOU make of it, What WE make of it, Nobody Else!


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When NO means Never

We have a new prime minister who seems to be channeling her internal Maggie Thatcher, or so that is how she seems to have begun.
First of all on her announcement of being the new PM , her initial address outside Downing street had a feel of Maggies twisted plagiarism of the Thomas Aquinas speech.

Her first actions were to take a machete to the old Tory cabinet, and in a manner which could be described as both decisive or ruthless, she shaped her first cabinet as being the most right wing cabinet in Tory history.

She proclaimed … “brexit means brexit” …. whatever the word brexit means, as it is not a word to be found in the dictionary as yet. But we all knew what she meant alright, as she confirmed that despite her supposedly being on the soft remain side during the EU referendum, she was definitely now firmly in the exit camp…and what is more, she intended that to mean for the whole of the UK, with no exceptions!

When May met Sturgeon, she was more than happy to say that of course Scotland would be welcome to be part of the Brexit negotiations, but there is no doubt that what she means by that, is that we can have an input in leaving, not as Nicola Sturgeon might wish, to find a way where rUK can exit and Scotland remain…. That is never going to happen… Not on Mays watch. One out All out!

Which leads us to Mays first Prime Ministers Questions….her put down of Jeremy Corbyn was classic Maggie….so much so, that with her mannerisms and lowering of voice…..I had the horror feeling of Maggie come back from the dead and taking demonic possession of May.

And of course….the Trident debate..
When asked by the SNPs George Keravan if she would authorise the use of this terrible weapon of mass destruction to kill 100,000 Innocent men, women, and children? without a seconds pause….she shot back “Yes” . No ifs no buts, no thought, no hesitation…..simply and decisively “YES”
Now…that is seriously scary, and shows how utterly ruthless and homicidal this PM is prepared to be.
To compound that worry….Labour are no opposition whatsoever, and are more intent on their own internal squabbles as they rip what was left of their soul out of the party .
70% of the Labour MPs voted against their own leader and sided with May and the Tories, leaving the SNP to be the main party of opposition to this government.

And then came the announcement that the 13 frigate orders which had been promised at the time of the Scottish Indy referendum, which had been reduced to 8 after it, were now going to be postponed indefinitely.

STRIKE 1… Indefinite Tory Rule
STRIKE3.. Trident Renewal
STRIKE4 …. Shipbuilding orders

How much material change of circumstance is required before Scotland decides enough is enough and we go our own way?

According to May and her government… not only does Brexit mean Brexit, but Scotland has had its say on Independence, and that issue is decided and done with. She is a One Nation Tory…and her idea of being One Nation is to hold onto ALL that she has got, with Scotland not a country but part of her Nation.
Scottish Independence?  No means NO, and No means Never.

I have got news for her…. We intend to make her NO mean YES, and YES means Forever

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Rule Britannia OK

You have had your say, and you chose to remain part of the UK, so that is it settled then, you are not getting another referendum, and we will not allow you to have one. So suck it up suckers! You will have to abide by what the British majority decide,as you are just another region like Yorkshire or Gloucestershire. The rule of parliament prevails.

Scotland voted that we should all be Better Together, and so it is that we have agreed to have a  Tory government, the say of the majority was for Brexit,so we shall leave Europe.We have agreed to Nuclear Weapons at any cost,the loss of shipbuilding,the loss of Steel works,the loss of HMRC jobs. We have agreed to ditch carbon capture, to our governments policy of Austerity,ATOS, Foodbanks,Sanctions and the Bedroom Tax and English votes for English laws…. What part of Better Together don’t we understand?

Even should we ever want another referendum on Independence again, we shall not have one, as the power to grant one is solely in the power of the Westminster government to provide.

We should stop our complaining and griping now, and be grateful for what Westminster allows us to do. After all it is only by Westminsters good grace that we are not all living in caves, such is our poverty. Without Britains beneficence we would all be beggars without a pot, as it is they that subsidise us and make up for the permanent state of debt we are in.

It is the least that we can do but host weapons of mass destruction for all our protection, in gratitude to Westminster providing such defense for our realm.

We should be overcome with appreciation that the Conservative government should so selflessly take on the burden and responsibility of government for the foreseeable future, and stepping up to the plate while that rabble called the Labour party make themselves unelectable to everyone, and save us from these nationalists who would surely lead us all down the road to a shortbread dictatorship

So hats off, and three cheers, hip hip hooray, Rule Britannia, Land of Hope and Glory, the new Jerusalem. and Keep out the Gypsies, Frogs and the Huns .

Imagine for one moment that all of the above was true? We could be facing an emigration of Scots akin to the Highland clearances, or the many who left during the 70’s and 80’s as Thatchers tory government set about destroying our industries, replacing jobs with dole qeues

Yet this is the picture that is constantly painted by the British press and media about us, and regurgitated by self loathing unionist Scots.

When we voted back in 2014, many who voted no believed the lies and promises of Better Together.
Some believed the scare stories on pensions, some the scare stories of getting kicked out of Europe, some the scare stories about loss of promised ship building orders. Some even believed the VOW and it’s promise of near Federalisation.

One by one, and at rapid pace, all the lies and promises have proved to be false, and the scare of uncertainty has turned into certain uncertainty at the hands of the union.

We shall have another Indyref, and this time, their lies, false promises and threats, will be seen by the majority of Scots for what they are, and the theme tune of Jackanory will be heard all over the land before we finally take our leave of this disunited kingdom.

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A Tale of Two Unions

Once upon a time way back in 1707 , 125 Lords and Commissioners outvoted 102 Lords and Commissioners to pass the Scottish Act of Union with England.
the Duke of Queensberry was largely responsible for the successful passage of the Union act by the Scottish Parliament. In Scotland, he received much criticism from local residents, but in England he was cheered for his action. He had received around half of the funding awarded by the Westminster treasury for himself. In April 1707, he traveled to London to attend celebrations at the royal court, and was greeted by groups of noblemen and gentry lined along the road. From Barnet, the route was lined with crowds of cheering people, and once he reached London a huge crowd had formed. On 17 April, the Duke was gratefully received by the Queen at Kensington Palace.

In Scotland, some claimed that union would enable Scotland to recover from the financial disaster wrought by the Darien Scheme through English assistance and the lifting of measures put in place through the Alien Act to force the Scottish Parliament into compliance with the Act of Settlement.

The Alien Act provided that Scottish nationals in England were to be treated as aliens, and estates held by Scots would be treated as alien property,making inheritance much less certain. It also included an embargo on the import of Scottish products into England and English Colonies – about half of Scotland’s trade, covering goods such as linen,cattle and coal

The Act contained a provision that it would be suspended if the Scots entered into negotiations regarding a proposed union of the parliaments of Scotland and England. Combined with English financial offers to refund Scottish Lords losses on the Darien scheme, the Act achieved its aim, leading to the Acts of Union uniting the two countries as the Kingdom of Great Britain

Many Commissioners had invested heavily in the Darien Scheme and they believed that they would receive compensation for their losses; Article 15 granted £398,085 10s sterling to Scotland, a sum known as The Equivalent, to offset future liability towards the English national debt. In essence it was also used as a means of compensation for investors in the Company of Scotland’s Darien Scheme, as 58.6% was allocated to its shareholders and creditors (Which became the Royal Bank of Scotland, at time of Union)

Even more direct bribery was also said to be a factor.£20,000 (£240,000 Scots) was dispatched to Scotland for distribution by the Duke of Queensberry, the Queens Commissioner in Parliament received £12,325, more than 60% of the funding.  modern research has shown that payments were made to supporters of union that appear not to have been overdue salaries. At least four payments were made to people who were not even members of the Scottish Parliament.) Robert Burns referred to this:

We’re bought and sold for English Gold,
Such a Parcel of Rogues in a Nation.

Some of the money was used to hire spies, such as Daniel Defoe; his first reports were of vivid descriptions of violent demonstrations against the Union. “A Scots rabble is the worst of its kind,” he reported, “for every Scot in favour there is 99 against”. Years later Sir John Clerk of Penicuik, originally a leading Unionist, wrote in his memoirs that,

(Defoe) was a spy among us, but not known as such, otherwise the Mob of Edinburgh would pull him to pieces.

Defoe recalls that he was hired by Robert Harley.

The Treaty could be considered unpopular in Scotland: Sir George Lockhart, the only member of the Scottish negotiating team against union, noted that “The whole nation appears against the Union”and even Sir John Clerk of Penicuik, an ardent pro-unionist and Union negotiator, observed that the treaty was “contrary to the inclinations of at least three-fourths of the Kingdom”. Public opinion against the Treaty as it passed through the Scottish Parliament was voiced through petitions from shires, burghs, presbyteries and parishes,as they petitioned against it.

That it is our indispensable duty to signify to your grace that, as we are not against an honourable and safe union with England far less can we expect to have the condition of the people of Scotland, with relation to these great concerns, made better and improved without a Scots Parliament.

Not one petition in favour of an incorporating union was received by Parliament. On the day the treaty was signed, the St Giles  Cathedral in Edinburgh, rang the bells in the tune Why should I be so sad on my wedding day?  widespread riots and civil unrest in Glasgow and Edinburgh resulted in Parliament imposing martial law.

And so it was that the Union of Parliaments began, with no agreement of the populace of Scotland, but through the machinations and treachery of a handful of Scottish Lords encouraged by English bribery, threats and the use of spies such as Defoe to spread their propaganda.
The same methods of achieving Scottish acquiescence are evident to this day, as witnessed during the Scottish Independence referendum of 2014 and its aftermath.

In no sense can this union have ever been described as consensual, mutual and equal, nor can it ever be.

In 1707 Scotland had 45 representatives out of 558.
Today Scotland has 59 representatives out of 650 in the commons.

“Since the Union was to take effect from 1 May 1707, the Treaty declared that the first Parliament of Great Britain was to last for the duration remaining of the current parliament at Westminster.   Members of the Scottish parliament who had opposed the Union pressed for a general election in Scotland to elect the 45 Scots MPs.  But it was agreed instead that the first Scots MPs should be chosen from, and elected by, the existing parliament in Edinburgh rather than run the risk of allowing Scotland’s small electorate an early opportunity to elect an anti-union majority.   Virtually all the peers and commoners selected had supported the Union and most could be counted on to support the Court in the new Parliament.”

“Scots MPs accustomed to the ponderous formality of proceedings in Edinburgh found it necessary to adapt to the cut and thrust style of debate at Westminster.   The general election in 1708 gave Scottish voters their first chance of electing representatives to the united Parliament.   But the years immediately ahead saw Scottish MPs frequently at odds with British ministers over failure to honour vital aspects of the Treaty.”

At no time since, has any majority Scottish opinion held sway, as we shall be reminded again of today on the vote for renewing Trident nuclear weapons, hosted at Faslane.
Only one Scottish MP out of 59 is certain to support this, the vast majority of Scots MPs and MSPs are implacably opposed, but it will make no difference.

Where Westminster claims that we cannot decide our own future, or to even vote on a Scottish Independence referendum without their permission, and where they take us out of the EU despite Scotland voting by a substantial majority to remain, this is no Union, but a prison, and we are the captives.

The EU is an entirely different Union, one that is voluntary, where if you wish to hold a referendum on staying or leaving, they will not Interfere, nor endeavour to Influence your decision, unlike the British government who stated that in 2014 it was for Scots to decide to stay or remain, then proceeded to do everything in their power, by bribery (The Vow) Threat (Old folks pensions) and propaganda (Media) to prevent such a thing happening.

As part of the UK Union, Scotland is limited to 6 MSPs to represent us, as an Independent country, based on size of population we would have 12MEPs , double the amount that we have now.
Under the UK for instance, we are not given any voice at all in government consultations,but are represented by UK government, which has led to us having no say on quotas etc for our fishing Industry which is the largest white fish producer in Europe. Our own Scottish Agriculture and fisheries minister in Holyrood has never been let in the room to argue our case, Instead we were represented by an English Lord responsible for farming who knows not very much about fishing, nor adequately express our fishermens  concerns.

How EU law is decided is consultative and not arbitrarily imposed.

EU law is divided into ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’ legislation. The treaties (primary legislation) are the basis or ground rules for all EU action.

Secondary legislation – which includes regulations, directives and decisions – are derived from the principles and objectives set out in the treaties.

How EU decisions are made

The EU’s standard decision-making procedure is known as ‘Ordinary Legislative Procedure’ (ex “codecision”). This means that the directly elected European Parliament has to approve EU legislation together with the Council (the governments of the 28 EU countries). The Commission drafts and implements EU legislation.

EU treaties

The European Union is based on the rule of law. This means that every action taken by the EU is founded on treaties that have been approved voluntarily and democratically by all EU member countries.

The Treaty of Lisbon increased the number of policy areas where ‘Ordinary Legislative Procedure’ is used. The European Parliament also has more power to block a proposal if it disagrees with the Council.

Regulations, Directives and other acts

The aims set out in the EU treaties are achieved by several types of legal act. These legislative acts include regulations, directives, recommendations and opinions. Some are binding, others are not. Some apply to all EU countries, others to just a few.

Application of EU law

EU law – which has equal force with national law – confers rights and obligations on the authorities in each member country, as well as individuals and businesses. The authorities in each member country are responsible for implementing EU legislation in national law and enforcing it correctly, and they must guarantee citizens’ rights under these laws.

The European Union is by no means perfect, but at least through consultation and working with allies with similar concerns, our voice can be heard. Nor are we tied into such a union under threat, coercion, blackmail, or bribery, nor subject to propaganda in the way the UK union has enfolded, and continues to enfold.

In a tale of two unions, I know which one I prefer, and I know which one it wouldn’t take over 310 years to get out of, if it doesn’t suit.

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Indie EU or out of it?

Can we draw breath for a moment? The political Insanity since the Brexit referendum has been off the scale!
The Tories having knifed each other to death, are now forming themselves back into the Tories we all know and love….Self Interest and Power tops everything, irrespective of how much carnage one does to everyone else in the process.
Thus we have Theresa May as PM in charge of the most right wing cabinet since Ghengis Khan, with Boris Johnson as the Court Jester and Foreign Secretary.

Labour have lost any sense of propriety and ceased to exist as democratic member driven movement, while also abrogating any semblance of responsible opposition.Precisely at the time when effective opposition to the Conservative government is most needed. Their Red Flag is no longer flying, it has been ripped up and trampled into the mud.

Meanwhile as Europe and the rest of the world look on aghast at the current lunacy of British politics, and while the Tories try to sort out the awful mess they made from their own infernal internal creation, we in Scotland are about to be faced with an Indyref2 which I doubt any of us were anticipating or prepared for quite so soon.

It is quite clear to me already how the arguments are going to be shaped this time, and they will be quite different from those used before.

May has already made clear from the onset that she will resist any attempt to have Indy2, but she will ultimately fail on that score.
Nor is she or her right wing cabal prepared to remotely consider exploring any avenue where agreement and cooperation can be made between Scotland and the rUK which would allow for Scotland remaining in the EU while rUK departs.
Brexit means Brexit, is her mantra, and that doesn’t include any dilution of Westminsters hold and control over Scotland.

The arguments already being floated as a sop to Scotland is Federalism, allowing Scots to have more say on our own internal governance, but ultimately answerable to the British government on Foreign affairs and Defence and Currency,and being outwith the EU.. Well, we know this argument very well….it has been used since 19canteen!

Remember the VOW, how could we forget? That old sop is now a complete non runner, but it doesn’t preclude them trying it. It might still work on sufficient of the cognitively challenged among us.

Actually, of far greater threat to Scottish Independence now is Europe, or the EU to be precise.
Not Europe or the EU in itself, but rather ignorance of what the EU is, and what our relationship to it would be.

It is precisely that ignorance of the EU which was utilised by the Leavers of the Brexit campaign, and also Ironically by Camerons government and the remainers.
I remarked during that debate that I wondered If Cameron and his government were trying to actually persuade the electorate to vote Leave? Such was the negativity of their argument for remaining in the EU whilst not endeavouring to put any positive case for the EU, that they rightly got called Project Fear. In effect they were putting into play precisely the same tactics that they had used during Scottish Indy Ref.
Their problem was that while these tactics worked before on sufficient Scots, the Leavers also used Project Fear tactics on immigration, and did it far better! Not only that, but they used worthless promises too, such as EU subsidies to farmers etc would be paid by the British government, and the NHS would receive 350million a week if we left.
The Leavers used the carrot and the stick, the government only used the stick on this occasion, no love bombing, and no Vows.
None of this worked half as well with the Scots, we had seen it all before.
The only positive case I heard for remaining in the EU came from Nicola Sturgeon, but she was really a lone voice in the British debate, and hadn’t really entered into it until a month beforehand, once our own Holyrood elections were out of the road.

So how does this all play into a forthcoming Indyref2 debate?

Circumstances have changed a lot since Indyref, and are about to change much more.

During Indyref…. both sides were arguing about who was better placed to keep us in the EU, with the British government claiming that a YES vote would see us cast out and adrift in the big bad world as Shuggie no mates. That we would lose our representation at the big tables of the EU, NATO, and everywhere else. Only a NO vote would ensure we stayed in the EU…..See how that one worked out suckers, could be our expression, but it is no laughing matter!

Interestingly and alarmingly enough, I have heard plenty of expression by some of my fellow Scots who voted YES to Indyref, that they would now vote NO to Indyref2, on the basis that they want out of the EU, and the SNP government would bring them back into it!

Contrary to opinion, not all Leave EU voters are racist, but plenty of them are. Don’t lets kid ourselves, we have our racists and bigots too.

Others would not class themselves as racist, but have serious concerns over turning into a country which with rampant immigration, because of freedom of movement in the EU, would flood us and our services, and employment and housing, and deny home grown Scots the standard of living which they aspire to, so they would rather stick with being ruled by an increasingly inward looking and xenophobic Westminster.

Others are of a type of Independence seeking Scots, who want to do pretty much what the Brexiteers have done. They conclude that there is no point in Scottish Independence if we are ruled by Brussels, therefore they will not vote for an SNP led Independence in Europe stance and will stick with the Devil they know in Westmonster instead. Yet they voted YES last time, when both Scotland and rUK would have remained in the EU…

Don’t get me wrong, I am not a massive fan of the EU, but it is not the Bogeyman some are making it out be!
Indeed, prior to the last Indyref, I would have advocated examining an Independent Scotland examining our relationship with Europe, with the possibility of considering leaving the EU and joining the EEEA or the EFTA instead, and having a referendum about that. I still consider that these options should remain, should Scotland decide to vote for Independence this time round too. First off though, we need to rid ourselves of the shackles of the British establishment, and if the price for that is remaining in the EU for the present, so be it! We will not achieve independence for Scotland, unless we vote for it first!

A major factor of an Indyref 2 will though be over the EU, and it is imperative for us to be educated and know just what the EU is all about.
The British establishment, press and media, are counting on us remaining ignorant, and they have used that ignorance to deliver Brexit, we cannot allow them to use that ignorance against us.

Ask the vast majority of men and women on the street what they know about how the EU works, and you will be met with a startling amount of incomprehension, and propaganda based misinformation.
This is absolutely no surprise whatsoever, consider the turn outs for EU elections and MEPs, these are attended by less than some community council elections,with very little information about what these MEPs do, apart from pick up expenses.

There is no doubt also, that the EU needs to be reformed, and there are certainly moves within the EU to do that now. But outwith the EU as Brexit will ensure, will not cease immigration, it will not stop EU laws impacting on our lives, but it will make life a dann sight more expensive for us, and it will make our foreign holidays more problematical, and it will stop us having any say on what happens in the EU governance.
The alternative is a lot more challenging to say the least… If Britain wants to trade with Europe, it will have to abide by EU rules, in the EEEA or EFTA like Norway or Switzerland…the British government will have to agree to free movement….so immigration will carry on regardless.

In the EU or out… If you want an Independent Scotland…. Educate yourselves!

Scotland and the European Union Policy document

EU Law

How EU decisions are made

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The Thistle


The Thistle

I grew a thistle but it died
Along with my hopes denied
For Independence, to be Free
for my Country and for me

I woke again this morn
With my hopes again reborn
Not one thistle on the ground
But a whole multitude around

the seeds my old thistle left
grew more children in its stead
Now there are thistles everywhere
And Independence in the air.

We shall reap that which we sow
A little faith is sure to grow
When we stand for what is right
All doubts and fears take flight

To stand tall and to be free
Social justice and liberty
Grasp the thistle if you dare
But of its thorns beware

For the Thistle has its pride
And it’s freedom shan’t be denied
It is a flower not a weed
and its independence it succeeds

Rod Macfarlane


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