So, initially I had prepared this as a letter and sent it across to The National newspaper. During this time of all things COVID and a lack of positivity flowing through the Yes movement, I thought it would be great for readers to hear about the hard work being done by our very own Yes grassroots movement. These activists have never asked for praise and do not want or need this praise, however, I’m sure we can all recognise how much hard work is required in order to win back our Country once and for all! I was a little surprised to find that The National did not feel the same way and of course disappointed that they did not see fit to promote the grassroots of the movement…….after all where would they be without the support of the movement in the first place?
Amidst the COVID 19 chaos, a lot of heated discussion has been taking place in recent weeks across the wider Yes movement about many things that are beyond our control. From the Alex Salmond case and its ramifications for the SNP, the controversial Gender Recognition Act and Hate Crimes Bill, the new Pro Indy parties intending to stand on the regional list at Holyrood 2021, and of course whether or not the Scottish Government have handled the COVID crisis adequately.
Unfortunately for us all, there is very little that we can do right now during this crisis to advance any of these issues, so what can we do from the comfort of our own surroundings?
It’s now over five years since the 2014 referendum and since that day the 45% have worked tirelessly to build a grassroots Yes movement across the length and breadth of Scotland, the result of which has seen the creation of close to 2,000 different Yes/Pro Indy groups. Each and every one of us fully united in the drive for Scottish Independence, we all agree on one thing………self-determination for our country.
Yessers across the country have shown unity and strength from their activities in recent years including the growth of the AUOB marches, bloggers a plenty, countless street stalls, canvassing, rallies, and unique challenges such as #500 miles walk and the NC500 convoy. We have collectively shown strength, creativity and passion in getting our message across to anyone willing to listen.
Whilst the SNP have done a great job in proving their competence governing Scotland with one hand tied behind their back in recent years, the election of the Conservative Party with an eighty seat majority in December, coupled with the events that have since followed, it’s clear that Independence is no longer at the forefront of the current political sphere. Many of us now agree that the SNP cannot fight for our independence on their own and why should they? Whilst it is perceived in some circles that the approach taken by the SNP in the pursuance of the S30 gold standard is very commendable, it is completely infuriating to others, instead calling for UDI. The SNP are in effect only the political tool of the Yes movement and whilst they have led us so far, which I’m sure we all thank them all for hugely, I do not believe that they can jump the final hurdle alone.
We must not forget that in Scotland, we the people are Sovereign and not our parliament, therefore, only we the people have the power to take back our country. We have passed the first hurdle so far in the Forward as One: People v The UK Government case, with the court finding in our favour, giving us a much needed boost of positivity in such dark times. All credit to Martin Keatings for taking this forward and keeping us informed along the way, his work on this has shown that we are more than capable of paving our own path to Independence, we do not need to wait on our politicians to do all the work for us.
Lead from the back – and let others believe they are in front…….. Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)
Another huge positive for the Yes movement to get on board with right now is the launch of the Scottish Digital Covenant back in January 2020. All Covenant signatories will automatically become a part of Scotland’s first Digital Assembly, with each and every signatory issued a unique digital ID which can be used to participate in discussions and decisions on the future of Scotland, anonymously or not, you can choose! This provides us all with a unique opportunity to gather as Sovereign Scots and build the country that we want to see. All we have to do is agree to the following statement:
We the People of Scotland who subscribe to this Engagement, declare our belief that reform in the constitution of our country is necessary to secure good government in accordance with our Scottish traditions and to promote the social and economic welfare of our nation.
We affirm that the desire for such reform is both deep and widespread through the whole community, transcending all political differences and sectional interests and we undertake to continue united in purpose for its achievement.
With that end in view we solemnly enter into this Covenant whereby we pledge ourselves to do everything in our power to secure for Scotland a Parliament complete with all powers of State and with full legislative authority in Scottish affairs, both domestic and international, and hereby call for the Treaty of Union to be ended forthwith.
For all our differences, I am sure we can all agree that the above statement is a great starting point from which we can build upon. We can put all current political differences aside and unite ourselves with this pledge. Imagine if we all took the five minutes required to sign the Digital Covenant, we can in effect create one large independent movement free from anything that can divide us, whilst proving to the rest of the world that we are big enough, strong enough and passionate enough to stand on our own two feet. We can instruct our Scottish Government to end the Union as is our sovereign right and work together to be the change we want to see.
It’s like the Yes movement have been handed a golden ticket to the endless possibilities of the future…….all we have to do is sign at www.digitalcovenant.scot. If we truly believe that we have majority support for an Independent Scotland right now then this is the way to prove it beyond a shadow of doubt.
What are we all waiting for, together we can still have our say in 2020.