Our P4Indy group based in Selkirk have had their stall up and running for a few months now. they are reporting lots of positive conversations. though quite a few people have understandably been in ‘wait and see’ mode while the Brexit drama plays out.
But they reckon the results of their poll – even if it is total unscientific – are definitely encouraging!
Fortunately for us, some of the Clacks Women for Indy recorded the Q&A with Alyn Smith at the inaugural meeting of Stirling & Clacks P4Indy last Sunday. Alyn is the prospective SNP candidate for Stirling in the general election next month and he dropped into the meeting to offer us his encouragement and express how pleased he is that P4Indy is becoming active locally.
On Sunday 10 Nov around 25 people assembled in the Dunblane Centre to discuss setting up a local Pensioners for Indy group. Some of us who are engaged in the Greater Glasgow and Edinburgh & Lothians groups went along too. Our National Coordinating group can support new groups starting up with campaigning advice – if needed – and we can also give some financial support using funding which we have from the Scottish Independence Foundation. We even resided our National Convenor to model our T-shirt!
On Saturday 20,000 people (according to the organisers) or 10,000 people (according to the police) squeezed themselves into Glasgow’s George Square to listen to an array of speakers on the theme of Scottish Independence.
As is usual it was all videoed by the IndependenceLiveStreaming team and if you missed it, or couldn’t hear it, you can listen again now.
It was quite a line-up:
To help you find each of the speakers here are the timings in the video:
@ 18mins: Mhairi Black MP
@ 34mins: Maggie Chapman, Convenor of Scottish Independence Convention
@ 44mins: Valentina Servera Clavell from Catalonia
@ 1h 6mins: Patrick Harvie MSP, Scottish Greens
@ 1h 16mins: Paul Kavanagh of Wee Ginger Dug
@ 1h 26mins: Suzanne McLaughlin, Women for Independence
@ 1h 34mins: Janey Godley, Isa MacNamee and a’ the Sandras
@ 1h 42mins: Mike Russell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Government Business & Constitutional Relations
@ 1h 51mins: Humza Yusaf MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice,
@ 2h Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister of Scotland
And look – Glasgow Pensioners for Indy were there too!
Glasgow P4Indy group invited John Drummond to their August meeting today to talk about a Scottish Constitution. John, along with Canon Kenyon Wright, was one of the founders of the Constitutional Commission, back in 2005. And on the Commission’s website you find these three principles underpinning how they have tried to progress the idea of a written constitution for Scotland:
The work of the Constitutional Commission starts from three axioms. Firstly, that legitimate sovereignty in Scotland resides in the “whole community of the realm”, and not in the Queen-in-Parliament at Westminster.
Secondly, that a written and entrenched Constitution, endorsed by the whole community, guaranteeing the rights of citizens, and delimiting the powers, duties and responsibilities of the institutions of State, is necessary in order to establish the right relationship between the State and the people in a liberal democracy.
Thirdly, that liberal democracy cannot exist merely in procedural terms, but must be sustained by civic, humane and democratic values.
you can find out more here: Constitutional Commission John is currently giving this talk to Indy supporting groups all over Scotland so if you’re interested, contact him via this website.
The video below is John giving the talk a few months back. It’s approximately what he said in Glasgow today. But because since this version from March 2019, the UK is in the grip of a constitutional crisis, we heard a lot more about the current attempts by Boris Johnson to prorogue Parliament and what that could presage for the Scottish independence movement.