As campaigning hots up in the Rutherglen & West Hamilton by-election, our Greater Glasgow group decided to take their stall to Rutherglen Town Hall this week and do a bit of independence campaigning themselves. This is them on Tuesday. It was busier than it looks!
Yesterday morning the Yes Bikers escorted Sandy’s body from Govan, Glasgow down the M74 to the England border. Yes supporters were on some of the M74 bridges to wave him off.
The Scottish Independence Podcast team went along to Govan as the Bikers were gathering and watched them set off. Here’s their video of them. They’ve included some video from M74. And at the end you’ll see the Yes Bikers as they rode over the Kyleakin Bridge last month.
We have a good relationship with the Scottish Independence Podcasts team.
During the Covid lockdown when we moved to online meetings and talks, we asked them to take on producing podcasts from our events.
If you scroll down through our blog posts on this website you’ll find lots of really good talks and discussions from Glasgow and Edinburgh Groups. Those podcasts are also available on Google, Apple, Podbean and wherever else you get your podcasts. And if we recorded a video then the video is up on their YouTube channel. In all our talks and discussions have had over 5,000 downloads on these podcast channels.
All of that is down to the Scottish IndyPod team. So we thought we’d write this to say thank you and tell you a bit more about them. First thing to say is that they recently published their 800th podcast. And have just passed 250,000 downloads overall. Dedicated is the word that comes to mind!
This is a recent chat they had with Laura Pollock of The National
You can sign up to their mail-list for advance notice of the podcasts. Click here.
Scottish Independence Podcast YouTube Channel
Although their main activity is creating audio podcasts, they have a YouTube channel called IndyPod Extra where they upload any video footage that they take. Recently they have been tackling the joys of outside recordings. If you go to the channel you’ll find footage from rallies in Skye (wet & windy), Ayr (windy & sunny) and most recently from Edinburgh (sunny and gorgeous). There is some great content and chats, eg two of their collaborators went to Loudoun in Ayrshire with the Saturday Saltire Group and our of that came a great chat about the Battle of Loudoun and Bruce’s victory of the Earl of Pembroke. Click on the image and you can tune into that one:
They publish a new podcast every Friday. It’s great being able to tune into their weekly podcasts. And as well as making sure those are available widely online, their website operates as a resource and archive. You can browse through the categories on the website. So say you’re interested in defence, you’ll find all the podcasts touching on that topic in one playlist. If you want to find out about ferries or freeports – cos let’s face it, Scottish ferries and freeports are touchy subjects in some quarters – then just click on their Infrastructure Category. Click on the image and have a look.
In July, Sara Salyers of Salvo was the guest speaker at a meeting of our Edinburgh Group. What is Salvo? what are its aims? and how might those aims be achieved?
Sara spoke for about the historical context of the 1707 Treaty of Union in terms of related legislation in both the Scottish and English Parliaments. She also spoke about the role of the Monarch in England and Scotland. This is an important point to understand because the role and position of the monarch is very different in the two nations.
Salvo’s aim is to clarify Scotland’s constitutional situation.
Is Scotland a voluntary partner in a political union?
Did England annex Scotland? making us an annexed territory?
Or are we a colony?
Salvo’s position is that England annexed Scotland. And Sara went into some detail of how they have reached that conclusion.
The next step is to take their research and conclusions to an international body for clarification. Sara said that when and where that will happen will be announced nearer the time.
Questions from the audience
What gave the English Parliament the right to declare a Supreme Court above Scots Law?
What is Liberation.scot?
We’ve put up with this for a long time. How do we convince international authorities that this is a pressing matter? Comparisions between what happened in British Colonies re how people were treated and what happened in Scotland.
Our language has certainly be annexed
Will England pay attention to your efforts? Or just treat what you say as some historical anachronism?
Had the Brexit vote gone differently with the EU would we be in a stronger position or a weaker position?
Salvo and Liberation is about restoring to Scotland something that belongs to Scotland
Have you got any feelers out to other nations, Norway, Iceland maybe?
What are the actual next steps to move this forward?
Joanna Cherry has said that she thinks Salvo is not a viable option. What is your reply to that?
Can there be some debate / conference between Salvo and those who doubt your approach?