#IndyRef: this weeks vote for Scottish independence

In 3 days time the people of Scotland will be voting in a referendum on whether Scotland should be an independent country. A year ago most people and the polls said the YES side (those wanting full independence) had not a hope, but a week ago the YES group went ahead in the polls for the first time. Now it seems as if it is going to be a very close call, on friday morning we will know what is Scotland’s destiny..

scots flag

Im hoping Scotland will vote YES and with that, break away from the Union of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. This democratically elected act would act as a catalyst to further political change in the “British Isles”… Perhaps soon we might see the statelet of “Northern Ireland” also leaving the UK and joining its southern chunk of landmass, the “Republic of Ireland” to form a United Ireland. Also, If Scotland votes yes, it prompts very interesting questions for Spain, will it lead to Catalunya and the Basque country leaving the Spanish union? To Britains democratic credit, at least they are allowing the Scots to make up their own minds on the matter, back in Spain there is no such openess with Madrid still forbiding the Catalans to carry out a similar referendum on the 9th of November. Interesting times in Europe.

A week ago (Saturday 6th September) the YES side edged ahead in the polls for the first time, following its continued rise… in the excellent documentary “Scotland Yet: a film about independence” one can see why this is the case… On the YES side an amazing culture is growing, including art, dialogue, dreaming and vision… it has opened up a collective dialogue about what sort of country the people really wish to live in. It seems to have been a spark, far more than what has been portrayed by the other side… It seems more people are swinging to YES, they have hope and have dropped fear, they are PARTICIPATING in the collective process… This is what democracy should be about, an open invitation for all to share in the processs of making the world they wish to live in… Great to see.

More and more of the radical / progressive groups from England, Ireland, Wales and further afield are also supporting YES, in the hope that if and when it happens, that the spirit of HOPE bursts beyond Scotland, that the passion takes hold in more communities, where normal people start to take control of their own lives and destiny… That they start to engage in the creative process of making spaces and systems that allows their dreams to shape the reality..

This is a very special time, perhaps even the end of a very dark chapter in British and European history, that of moving from the politics of fear and apathy to one of passion, creativity and hope….

Alba abu (come on scotland, in gaelic)

LINKS: Radical Independence CampaignYes Scotland – National CollectiveWomen for Independence – Srsp AlbaJames Connolly SocietyCelts for independenceCeltic Fans for Scottish IndependenceRangers Supporters for an Independent ScotlandEnglish people for Scottish independence

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Scotland YES supporters fill the streets of Glasgow

ARTICLES:

– George Monbiot (English radical + eco activist): A yes vote in Scotland would unleash the most dangerous thing of all – hope
• Independence would carry the potential to galvanise progressive movements across the rest of the UK

Scottish independence can galvanise progressive movements across the rest of the UK.

Already, the myth of political apathy has been scotched by the tumultuous movement north of the border. As soon as something is worth voting for, people will queue into the night to add their names to the register.

If Scotland becomes independent, it will be despite the efforts of almost the entire UK establishment. It will be because social media has defeated the corporate media. It will be a victory for citizens over the Westminster machine, for shoes over helicopters.

It would understand that hope is the most dangerous of all political reagents. It can transform what appears to be a fixed polity, a fixed outcome, into something entirely different. It can summon up passion and purpose we never knew we possessed. If Scotland becomes independent, England – if only the potential were recognised – could also be transformed.

Paul Mason: Something incredible is happening in Scotland. And if the result is a yes vote the shock to the UK will be extreme
The Scots may vote no to independence this time. But history shows these movements intensify until something gives

Something incredible is happening in Scotland. The little pin badges – Yes or No – that people wear are sparking open conversation: in the pub, the swimming baths, the post office queue. An entire country of 5 million people is asking itself, sometimes quite vociferously, what it wants to be.

Independence has become a narrative of the people against big government; about an energised Scottish street, bar and nightclub versus the sleazy elite of official politics.

– Red Pepper: Win or lose, the Scottish people have built an incredible mass movement for Yes

Whatever the outcome of the Scottish independence referendum on 18 September one thing is certain: the campaign waged by Yes has electrified large swathes of public opinion and reinvigorated democratic debate.

Night after night, in public halls and housing schemes, communities and trade unions, debate has been joined in an open and democratic spirit of enquiry, charged with optimism that an alternative Scotland is possible. Even on rainy nights it has been common to find audiences of 50 to 200 turning up.

For those on the left seeking a sustainable, socially just Scotland, this mass movement – certainly the biggest since the poll tax protests and arguably broader, deeper and more numerous – is a development of the utmost significance.

Red Pepper (English based radical activist network and magazine): Train to Scotland in support of the radical case for independence
We’re heading North to meet the Radical YES campaigners and to learn what we can from a vibrant atmosphere of fresh political ideas.

– Fintan O’Toole: It is not that Scotland might become a new state but that it might become a new kind of state
Fintan O’Toole is literary editor of The Irish Times and the author of many books on culture, history and politics

Why Scotland’s women are swinging towards yes in independence vote

Scottish independence: Poll shows yes side in the lead – as it happened
• Poll for YouGov shows yes camp ahead with 51 percent, with no on 49 percent

Scotland independence referendum: what’s the mood around Scotland?

George Monbiot: Scots voting no to independence would be an astonishing act of self-harm
England is dysfunctional, corrupt and vastly unequal. Who on earth would want to be tied to such a country?

– Mike Sabot (Edinburgh Anarchist Federation): Beyond the Scottish referendum

– Justin Kenrick (September edition of Transition Network paper): THE dawn of a new Scotland

Irish republican take on Scotish situaion, via An Phoblacht, paper of Sinn Féin Ireland:

Scotland – Win or lose in the independence vote, Scottish politics is set to be changed irrevocably
• All to play for this year

Scottish Independence No Campaign Given Savage Mauling On Twitter, The Best Of ‪#‎PatronisingBTLady‬

RADIO:

Joe Duffy: Liveline Monday 1 September 2014

Irish and Scots talked about the issues on Joe Duffy during the week: The forthcoming referendum on Scottish independence was the subject of the calls to Liveline today . Irish people living in Scotland and Scots living in Ireland gave their views.

VIDEOS:

Scotland Yet

…A feature length documentary that takes a radically different approach to the debate on Scottish independence.

Blissfully free of sound bites, politicians and statistics, Scotland Yet examines the sum of several personal stories from across the nation to explore the many reasons why we find ourselves at such an historic impasse.

Precious Few Heroes: The case for Scottish independence (on Youtube here)

Whether you’re for or against an independent Scotland, or maybe you’re not entirely convinced either way, this film makes the positive case for Scottish independence in a light-hearted, self-effacing fashion.

Forget the historic grudges, the ancient battles and the unjustly romanticized idols, Scottish independence isn’t about “us and them”, it isn’t about anti-Englishness, it isn’t about ownership, it isn’t even about the SNP!

Noam Chomsky on Scottish Independence

“International capital isn’t going to like it and there may be some harsh reactions but it may be another step towards the gradual fragmentation of the nation state system in Europe.”

The Proclaimers – Cap In Hand(Yes Scotland)

SCOTLAND YES

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4 Responses to #IndyRef: this weeks vote for Scottish independence

  1. fuspey says:

    24 hours to go… some tweets:

    ie;

    #VoteYES

    vs #VoteNO

    and from Scotland, perhaps greater autonomy, devolution or outright independence for more countries / “nations” (depends on how you define entitities..)

    and in catalonia too…

    and “northern ireland”..

    and radical creativity from people, both big and small efforts for change…

    and did you know the YES side now has a super hero on their side…

    and finally a word on how pleasent and positive the whole process has been, well done scotland…

  2. fuspey says:

    a half year on since #indyref…

    In Scotland, an era when people, lazy and acquiescent, were happy to have their politics handed down to them pre-packaged in manageable chunks is coming to a close. How long will it be until England’s great and neglected northern regions too awaken from their slumbers?

    Scotland’s SNP revolution terrifies the main parties
    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/apr/05/scotland-snp-revolution-terrifies-main-parties?CMP=share_btn_fb

    …indeed living through a revolution.
    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/29/irish-home-rule-scotland-snp-westminster-nicola-sturgeon

  3. fuspey says:

    UK elections today, votes just starting to come in and all the talk is about todays polls… HUGE gains for SNP in Scotland, latest poll is saying they will win 58 of 59 seats.. lets see. SNP on course to become the third largest party at Westminster…

    Could we also be seeing a centre-left alliance build into a British / UK wide anti austerity alliance, like something we are seeing with Syriza in Greece and Podemos in Spain.. Who knows, there seems to be a whirlwind gaining force, starting up in Scotland, beginning to inspire similar re-engagement with political activism…

    Many radio commentators have already said “No matter happens, this is the start of the end of the union..” What might that mean for the island of Ireland?

    Guardian: SNP poised for greater influence at Westminster after election gains
    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/may/07/snp-greater-influence-westminster-election-gains

    …Sturgeon is expecting to cement already close relations with the English Greens and Welsh nationalists Plaid Cymru to create a centre-left alliance to amplify their influence…

    ***

    Something new is happening in British politics. This image captures it
    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/apr/17/tv-election-debate-new-british-politics-image

    Yet this painting – sorry, photograph – has other echoes that are even more suggestive. Sturgeon approaches Ed not alone but as one of a triumvirate of leftwing women (to ignore the gender of that Latin word for a political union of three leaders). They move towards him together, and the picture captures a rhythmic, dynamic strength reminiscent of one of the most radical of all European paintings.

    They are interleaved like the ancient Romans who swear to the common cause in David’s painting The Oath of the Horatii. David took this way of showing three figures in a layered congregation from ancient Greek art: it is a very classical moment. But it is revolutionary, too. The Oath of the Horatii, painted in the 1780s, expresses the idealism and intensity that led to the French Revolution. Is Britain, too, on the brink of its own kind of revolution?

    ***

    SNP surge divides opinion in Celtic and Rangers heartlands
    Scottish National Party set for gains in one-time Labour strongholds
    http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/uk/snp-surge-divides-opinion-in-celtic-and-rangers-heartlands-1.2202576

  4. fuspey says:

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