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    Subject: Radical Scotland for Independence

    Got in a wee article from David Thomson about this meeting in Inverness...

    Saturday we took a trip to Inverness to join the meeting there of radical groups in favour of Independence. The gathering in the Mercury Caledonian hotel, was well attended, - packed to the door with some workshops full beyond capacity. The morning session ended with music by a gifted radical buskar who had some rare lyrics lampooning the unionist parties and politicians !

    There were MSPs who had left the SNP over its commitment to NATO. Most of the groups were against nuclear weapons and want to get away from the English party concensus on permitting the current banking rip-off of the general public; they oppose the SNP wish to stay in the EU; and the policy of making the poorest and most vulnerable in society pay for the austerity measures.

    The MSPs who had left the SNP were John Finnie and Jean Urquhart, - both powerful speakers. Also present were Patrick Harvie of the Greens and Miss Cat Boyd, a powerful trade unionist who spoke well. She has flaming red hair and the Daily Mail had named her "The Scarlet Woman" - which only served to amuse her. She also said that the Labour Party had tried to expose her as - (wait for it) - a "dangerous socialist". MSP John Finnie was a splendid speaker. He had been a colleague of both Margo and Jim Sillars. Jim was mentioned several times, and his book "In Place of Fear" was highly recommended.

    The other notable speaker was my friend Alastair Mcintosh, - author, academic, poet and activist. He recited with remarkable power and eloquence that thrilled the whole audience, a couple of his poems on Scottish identity and nationhood. Then there were workshops on energy, land ownership and communities. The BBC broadcaster Lesley Riddoch arrived later to lead the workshop on building a new democracy.

    It was an eye-opener for me to see the number, variety and strength of the radical groups all working for a YES vote. The unionists simply have no grass roots support to compare with the zeal and commitment of Radical Scotland.

    Cheers,

    David

    Interesting meeting it seems.

    Alastair

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    Re: Subject: Radical Scotland for Independence

    It's groups like this that convince me even more that we should vote "No".

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    Re: Subject: Radical Scotland for Independence

    I get the feeling that we could be heading for a Yes vote. My problem is that I am not happy with the SNP and they are going to be the first Government of an Independent Scotland.

    I've talked to people that are also against the SNP but are going to take a chance at Independence figuring eventually we'll get it right.

    To me the EU question hasn't been raised at all. It's all about how easy or difficult it will be to remain in the EU or will we need to apply to join and how easy or hard will it be to apply. The question on whether we should even be in the EU has had little coverage. And there is to be no referendum on this question if we vote Yes.

    There are also too many assumptions that all will be ok on the day but I foresee many difficulties ahead in negotiations and suspect they will take a lot longer than anyone is anticipating.

    At the end of the day whatever is decided won't affect me personally so I am usually reticent on making my thoughts known as I can't vote.

    Alastair

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    Re: Subject: Radical Scotland for Independence

    Al, there is plenty of coverage about the EU 'question' over here.
    There are NO answers being given, mostly flavours of "trust us, it will be fine on the day".
    Actually your comment about the SNP forming a possible first independent gov't is again pure conjecture. There will be a general election so nothing is guaranteed.
    Most polls still indicate a "NO" vote - as long as we all get out and vote. Apathy is the only reason the SNP is in power today.
    Sandy

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    Re: Subject: Radical Scotland for Independence

    Quote Originally Posted by sandyc View Post
    Al, there is plenty of coverage about the EU 'question' over here.
    There are NO answers being given, mostly flavours of "trust us, it will be fine on the day".
    Actually your comment about the SNP forming a possible first independent gov't is again pure conjecture. There will be a general election so nothing is guaranteed.
    Most polls still indicate a "NO" vote - as long as we all get out and vote. Apathy is the only reason the SNP is in power today.
    Sandy
    Sandy, this is probably about the 3rd time I've said that the SNP will not answer the question as to what will happen after a yes vote. I've asked it of a SNP counciller in this web site.....I think she was a counciller in Aberdeen. I never got a satisfactory answer.

    Elda

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    Re: Subject: Radical Scotland for Independence

    Elda, they don't do answers...
    Sandy

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    Re: Subject: Radical Scotland for Independence

    Are not politicians ALL cloned from the one model????? regardless of political affiliation. One size wallet and personal benefit fits ALL

    Gordon.

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