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A Blether with Peter A Bell

Julia Jaurie, convenor of Edinburgh & Lothians P4Indy group, writes:

In our recent online meeting well known blogger, Peter A Bell, was kind enough to join us for a blether. Peter’s blog is called ‘I have Questions’ and he has a Facebook page White Rose Rising. Peter prefers to have an interactive Q&A with his audience, rather than talk, so he gave a brief introduction of the current political situation in Scotland, then off we went!

Within minutes we were inundated with points and questions of concern to our members:

  • should the S30 process be dumped? why give Westminster control over what should be our Referendum, well and truly made in Scotland.
  • will there even be a Scottish election next year? or might it be postponed?
  • is the SNP prepared for an election or a referendum?
  • how should we shape the referendum campaign? Peter thinks that we should reframe the issue so that we campaign against the Union rather than for Independence. In 2014 there was no scrutiny of the Union. Instead of us justifying Independence, let Unionists justify the the Union
  • Scottish Government needs to show no hesitation of weakness in negotiations with Westminster .

I really hope you enjoyed listening to our blether as much as we did taking part, and Peter will possibly come back and chat with us again in December, and then March 2021, as so much changes, and we all love a blether!

Finally, this is Peter’s Manifesto for Independence:

  • Renounce Section 30 process
  • Assert competence of Scottish Parliament in constitutional matters
  • Recall MPs to join with MSPs in a National Convention
  • Propose dissolution of Union subject to referendum
  • Call referendum entirely made and managed in Scotland
Click on the image to find out more…

So what do you think? We’d love it if you leave a comment here on the post.

Cliff Purvis: A UK Forces Veteran for Indy

Cliff Purvis served in British Army for many years and saw active service in war zones all over the world, sometimes as part of UN Operations. He helps runs the Scottish Veteran for Independence 2.0 Group. And he speaks to Yes Groups all over Scotland.

Here he talks to our Edinburgh Group about what he knows of the support for independence amongst both veterans and those who are still member of the UK Forces.

He also answers questions on topics like:

  • what will a Scottish Defence Force look like?
  • do we even need a defence force? Iceland doesn’t have one.
  • has the Scottish Government ever asked him for his views?
  • do we need submarines?
  • how long would it take to rid Scotland of nuclear arms?
  • What about NATO?
  • do many current Armed Forces members support independence?
  • you hear stories about veterans ending up homeless and on the streets. How would he like to see veterans treats in an independent Scotland?

UK Internal Market Bill – Implications for Scotland

This week Edinburgh P4Indy invited Heather Anderson to talk to them about the controversial Bill currently going through Westminster – the UK Internal Market Bill. After the meeting, their our oldest campaigner, Olive, commented “I thoroughly enjoyed your talk, but it has frightened me to death!”. We all felt the same!

Heather was involved with Farmers for Yes and continues to have an active interest in rural economy regeneration, and meeting environmental targets. She is an organic farmer at Whitmuir Organic Farm near West Linton.

Her talks are witty & interesting. In this recording she is talking about what the Internal Market Bill really means for the future of agriculture. The effects it will have on our standards for everything we grow, sell, eat, use. Unless of course we become an Independent Nation.

Heather talks for about 30 mins and then takes question and points of view from the group.

View and download the slides which Heather used in her presentation. And listen here:


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More About the 1820 Rebellion – Open Doors Digital Festival

Last month we drew your attention to some recent events around the Bicentenary of the 1820 Rebellion. after which three men were executed and many more deported to Australia for treason. One of them was James ‘Purlie’ Wilson :

By Elliott Simpson, CC BY-SA 2.0, WikiCommons

Since then one of our members Mary McCabe has written and featured in an excellent video about the events of 1820 for Glasgow Open Doors Digital Festival. That video then became the basis of a zoom discussion led by Mary for around the thirty of us who tuned in. One person who zoomed in was a descendant of one of the rebels who was deported to Australia!

Here is Mary’s video:

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ScotGov Coronavirus Updates …. My Letter to the BBC

Marlene Halliday, of Glasgow Pensioners for Indy, writes:

A few weeks ago, BBC announced that they will no longer include live broadcasts of the Scottish Government’s Coronavirus updates. I submitted a complaint and received a response from BBC which I was not satisfied with. I have just submitted this second letter, called a Level2 complaint.

Dear BBC Scotland

During public health emergencies, World Health Organisation (WHO) Guidelines advise that people need accurate information, provided early, often, and in channels people understand, trust and use, to make choices that can protect them from health hazards threatening their lives and well-being.

WHO have praised ScotGov’s handing of the coronavirus pandemic.

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