“Let your “yes” be Yes, and your “no” be no”. Its a biblical statement, but one which is very apt, not just for our every day lives, and yes indeed for the independence referendum. But before my radical atheist friends start kicking up a stink, I had best explain that I am not suddenly donning my old ministerial preaching bands,and about to start sermonising on religion. Merely that there there is a very clear and profound message in these words,whether you believe in the “sky pixie” or not.
These words,amongst other things, basically mean that you should stand firm in your convictions.Don’t go saying one thing and meaning the opposite,but stand up for what you believe to be right.
However, just because you firmly believe in one thing, doesn’t mean to say that there can be no differences of opinion about what that thing is,or that everyone will see things exactly the way you do. What is of most importance though, is that you firmly hold onto your convictions,and set out to achieve them.
Along that path, you will meet many others, who also share your main conviction,and are just as determined to see the main shared aspiration achieved.
However,they may have quite different views from you,about what it is that goal will mean to them. They may want to do radically different things with it, than what you want. In fact, you may find yourself at odds with them over many things. The most important thing,at this part of the journey, is to work together in order to achieve your joint main goal, for without achieving that, neither you, nor they, will get anything of what you want from it.
Once you work together, to make that main goal happen, then, and only then,can you set about negotiating how you are going to make it work,and do the other things that you want it to do,and get what you want from it.
I had been meaning to write about this recently, but had kept it on the back burner for another time.
That all changed last night, when I saw an article by Hamish MacDonell in the ironically named “Independent” newspaper,which appears to be trying to stir up division in the YES camp,or at the very least suggesting that all is not well,and the natives have started bickering amongst themselves again.
This is palpably untrue, and it is not for the first time we have seen these tactics of division used by the Britnat media. They tried the same thing when Patrick Harvey personally signed up for the YES declaration, but couldn’t commit the Scottish Greens to it, because his party had yet to vote on the matter.
In this instance, he was trying to stir up division,or suggest it, by saying that the Radical Independence Conference taking place in Glasgow today, is a break from Alex Salmond,and the SNPs Independence campaign and a threat to it!
He sets out in his argument that this Radical Independence conference, involving Scottish Greens, Scottish Socialists, Scottish republicans, CND,former SNP Msps,”militant trade unionists” are openly challenging Alex Salmond and the SNP’ more “moderate approach” which they have adopted for the campaign.
So let me challenge Mr MacDonell and his ilk directly. You may attempt to stir division in the YES campaign, but you will not succeed. The YES campaign is all about shared conviction,with participants from all sectors of Scottish Society,differing political hues, different visions for an Independent Scotland,including the ordinary non political citizens, trade unions, voluntary organisations, and yes political parties and movements. We do not absolutely agree on everything we wish for an Independent Scotland, we may differ in our visions of what we want Independence to achieve. But one thing we ALL agree on, is our collective shared conviction and determination for Scotlands Independence, and we are unshakeable in this!
The British State and its Media will continue to make out that Independence is Alex Salmonds and the SNPs baby..It aint! That is why we have a YES campaign, and that is why we who support Independence are all in it together. They will try and sideline our voices in the press, or make out that we are at odds with the SNP, we are not! The SNP are the senior partner,by sheer numeracy,and is our main political vehicle, but that does not mean that everybody shares exactly the same vision on the minutiae of Independence, we do not.
It would actually be quite useful, if Alex Salmond and the SNP politicians slapped down the unionist media when they take this divisive approach.
I can see why the SNP don’t argue it too much, because they want as many as possible sharing their same boat..but by making it absolutely crystal clear,that we and they,are all part of one much larger movement,and others from even the Lib Dems and Labour are with us,and even some conservatives, our absolute conviction,whatever our small differences of vision may be, is resoundingly for Independence.
When we finally get there, we will sort the rest out. So it is perfectly fine, indeed very desirable, that we should all be, just like todays Radical Independence conference,thinking about what we want to do with Independence once we have it. Just because we are thinking about these things,and talking about these things, doesn’t mean we are divided..far from it, we are focussing on our dreams, hopes, aspirations and visions, and how we would like our Independent country to be.
We are ALL in this together… and our “Yes” means YES !