Right now I am beginning to wonder if the YES campaign a wee bit wobbly?
Ok the Better Not mob are probably worse, but they don’t need to be any better in order to convince people of their argument. The fact that they are entirely negative is only par for their course.
But my worry is where the SNP led YES campaign is going, or rather where it is yet not gone.
We hear of the SNP trying to play a safe game, trying to be everything to all people. Unfortunately, you can please some of the people, some of the time, but you will never please all of the people, all of the time. Yet this is what the SNP seem to be trying to do.
They want to retain the monarchy, they want to share sterling, they want to share armed forces, In fact the way that they are playing it, is that in not wanting to scare the horses, and really not a lot will change, they are defeating their own goal! The people of Scotland certainly do not want more of the same, else what is the point of being Independent, if not much changes?
They need to get away from responding to the charges of the Better Not mob, and start actually making the running, and really start to engage with the people of Scotland, about what our hopes and dreams and visions are for an Independent Scotland.
Why are they even bothering to get bogged down with issues like the monarchy? Why are they stuck in the mire of shared currency and the levers of the economy? That is not what we need to hear right now.
If we do find ourselves voting for Independence, all these technicalities can be argued out and discussed as we disengage ourselves from the UK. Sure we need our government to have a plan on how they are going to go about things, its what they are there for, but the ordinary people need to know what real difference it will make to their lives!
Where is the real vision, and where are the aspirations for the people, and for our country? I am not seeing any, and If I am not seeing any,as a dedicated supporter of Scottish Independence all my days, how are those who don’t even think about it going to have a vision to inspire them?
The Better Not campaign don’t need people to come out and vote for them, as much as they need people not to vote at all! So far, they are ahead on that score, because the YES campaign is not really engaging where it matters.
When I initially started this blog, I wrote about giving the people voice, and not allowing this to be done as a party political campaign. It is the people of Scotland that need to speak and to be heard, and right now the political chattering classes are hogging the lime light and going round and round in ever decreasing circles, with the help of the media.
In short, The YES campaign needs to start really engaging people and get a head of steam up, get them talking about it, and what it will mean to them, in order to get them enthused about the prospect.
Take a look at the huge amount of ordinary people talking about the farce which is Scottish football at present. Look how they are getting passionate about it, and not being prepared to just let the administrators have their own way,as they have been accustomed to. Supporters are really giving their club chairmen it in the neck, and demanding to be heard!
This is what needs to happen with the Independence campaign, and it is a far more important thing than Scottish football by a long chalk! People need to really get their teeth into this, and really make their feelings heard, but thats not ever going to happen unless you fire them up!
When I started this blog, another of my earliest article was about how the Icelandic people had made their voice heard, dismissed a government, got themselves organised and changed their whole electoral and government system, so that they would always have a voice, and have their concerns met. I suggested something similar should take place in Scotland post Independence, because surely we can’t go on with the same old political structures once we run our own country again. People have to be part of the political process, and to own it.
The SNP may be the governing party, and as such they do need to take a lead in the Independence campaign, but lets make this absolutely clear…It is not the SNPs campaign, It is not Alex Salmonds campaign, It is the peoples campaign, it is our campaign!
An Independent Scotland will not be run by the SNP in perpetuity, It will be shaped and changed to our wishes. It is not going to be just more of the same, we will aspire to better things, and we will shape our country the way we want our country to be.
So lets have much more of the Vision, and get people talking about what they want to see Scotland being like. Let them discuss their ambitions, how they want to see their country, what they want to happen. Get them thinking about it now.
Stuff this wasting time responding to the negativity of the Better together mob, and lets take the lead on how we want people to aspire, and what our visions are.
If I am getting heartily sick of the political chattering classes, then goodness knows what most other people are thinking, if they even think at all about it?
Lets have real talk, and lets really engage, and lets make this YES campaign for everyone, equally!
Lets get enthused!!