WARNING: Stormy Weather Ahead

First of all, before I proceed, I would like to make it clear that what follows is from my own particular Individual and Independent perspective. I am neither a member nor supporter of any given political party or movement, simply a supporter of Scottish Independence.

By all accounts the Westminster government are set to action Article 50 around January/February next year. This will be the starting gun to Britains Brexit from the EU.
It will also be what triggers the second Scottish Independence referendum when it becomes clear that Scotland is to be sidelined and exit from the European Single Market is in the offing.
But let us forget Brexit for a moment, we will come back to that later.
What else follows in the coming year will be decisive with regards to Scottish Independence and to the whole shape of Scottish politics.

In May 2017 we see the Scottish Council elections taking place, and If the Indyref2 date has been decided by then and the campaign for Independence has begun, we could be conceivably looking at the unionists best way of disrupting it, and we may even see serious conflicts among YES party political supporters, which would only play into the hands of those who are against independence.

The British Empire and State were past masters of conquering by the tactics of division. Divide to Rule being their motto. The British State still uses that well worn tactic today, and they will utilise all the infighting among Scots to achieve their aims.

We only need look back to the recent Holyrood election to see how corrosive and divisive that was among pro Independence parties. We also see as the result of some of the tribalistic party conflicts over the second vote how easily previous YES unity was binned and torn asunder.

If Indeed the new Independence Referendum has begun prior to May next year, we must be careful to avoid all party political rancour among Independence supporters otherwise the new YES campaign will be seriously and perhaps terminally disrupted. Which indeed would suit the Yoons right down to the ground and play right into their hands.

Everyone that is an Independence supporter must put Independence before Party!
Country before Club so to speak.

Make no mistake about it, divisive tactics will be used by the other side, using every means possible, without being assisted by our own side.
It can be no accident that even this early on we see an increase of activity on social media by new accounts purporting to be pro Scots Independence coming out with very divisive and abusive comments. We have enough hot heads of our own to deal with on social media being downright unpleasant to those on the same side who espouse different views without adding in the trolls to egg them on.
Using words such as traitor, quisling etc is not going to win any argument, and is not going to change anyones mind, in fact using abusive words to someone you disgree with will only entrench their views. It is self defeating.

Given that the YES side won conclusively in the cyber debate, expect the Brits to have learned from this, and expect more of an online presence of negativity from them.
Particularly noting that the Intelligence services are recruiting up to 2000 new recruits exclusively for the Internet! Scottish independence is a major threat to the British State, expect everything!


With regards to the Council elections… The Pro Indy vote needs to get out in force.
Council elections are historically low turn outs, we need to make sure that we have a huge drive to make sure the pro Indy vote gets out, as every vote will be needed.

By the nature of the system for allocating seats in Council elections, we need to ensure that none of your choice preferences go to Unionist parties. It has been seen recently in Council by elections how the Unionist side is playing it. Tory votes are going to labour in second preference and Labour votes for Tory in second preference, ensuring that they gang up to keep the SNP out, even where the SNP have the most 1st preference votes. In order for the SNP to be assured of the win, they need 51% of 1st preference votes, and that is a huge order for any party!

What we do not want to see is the Indy sides all having a go at each other letting the Unionists in! So be smart.

The Councils are the last bastion of Unionism in Scotland….We need to win them!

In saying all that…. The SNP in turn need to realise that while they are the major party of Independence, they are not the YES campaign, but part of it. There is another section of society which holds far more YES votes than they have. That is all those like myself who are not party members and who vote for Independence.

For the new YES to be effective, everyone must be included, not just the party political bods…but everyone!

There are difficult waters ahead….let us make sure that we are in the best shape possible to steer through them all safely and successfully to our destination of Independence.

About auldacquaintance

I am not a member of any political party. I am however a strong supporter of Scots Independence. Any views which I express in this Blog are purely my own. This Blog intends to be a place where I will be putting my views on Scots Independence. It will primarily concern itself with the upcoming Referendum In Scotland. However It will also be somewhat diverse in the range of day to day issues which are evident to me in modern day Scotland. Not all of it will be political, and indeed may take me off into avenues I am not even aware of yet. Please come and join in on this journey, and any comments are welcome provided they are not abusive! All the best from a new acquaintance! Rod
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10 Responses to WARNING: Stormy Weather Ahead

  1. Too right….there was far too much squabbling at the Holyrood Elections earlier this year over “holding the (SNP) government to account” thereby splitting the vote and not enough getting behind the SNP to ensure a majority and keep steadfastly on track for independence first and foremost. (I am also not a member of any political party. Time enough for that malarkey later).

  2. fynesider2 says:

    Shared widely ..North, South, ……. Indy, SNP..YES, BELLA..


  3. Mike Jeffress says:

    We should all be aware of the “bread and circuses” effect. Panum et circences as described by the satirical Roman poet, Juvenal, in about 100AD. Keep the proletariat happy by giving out free bread (something for nothing), amused with spectacular and expensive sporting spectaculars, entranced by displays of military might, with claims of safety and security for the populace, illustrated by victory marches to the sound of loud martial music and finally, encouraging a sycophantic worship of the ruling elite. Sound familiar?

  4. bringiton says:

    The SNP are the only vehicle for independence and the other groups which have piggy backed on it need to haud their wheesht for now.
    There will be plenty of opportunies to put forward a variety of policies and individuals once that is achieved but not before.
    We have big enough problems with the massed ranks of HM press and the Anglo political structures without independence supporters doing their job for them.
    Just please let’s all get behind a single unified message for now.
    Only with independence can we make our own decisions.

    • The unified message has to be under YES not the SNP…. That was part of the problem last time…which Alex Salmond has recognised too…

    • Stuart says:

      Speaking as an SNP member since the 1990s I can say comfortably that we are NOT the vehicle, we are PART of the vehicle. The idea of independence does not belong to us alone; many in the Labour Party would like to see an independent socialist Scotland, the Greens want an independent environmental Scotland – god knows, even some tories might like a free market economy where people aren’t sacrificed for a quick buck.

  5. Malcolm Gardner says:

    Next May for your councillor in your ward cast 2 votes only, these have to be a vote for the Scottish Greens and a vote for the SNP, whichever order you put them in 1 and 2 or 2 and 1 matters not. I’m not a supporter of any party only Independence and, no matter what any political party tells you, this works.

  6. Paul says:

    Given the greens voting with labour in Glasgow, you’ll have a hard job persuading snp supporters to back the greens here.

    • This attitude is something we have to get shot of. Much of the division and infighting among Indy supporters in the Holyrood election has to be put to bed.
      All Indy supporters should be supporting each other, and not attacking each other over party political matters as far as Independence is concerned… Which means working together!
      Divisiveness only plays right into the Unionists hands… We don’t seem to see much problem with Labour and Tory giving each other second preference…. We should not be cutting our own throats by arguing with each other..
      Just dont give any of your preferences to Yoons in the Council elections… SNP 1 Green 2 or the other way round if you are a Green…
      No preferences at all given the Cons LAb 0r Lib

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