We were very happy to get back out on the streets in Edinburgh after so long away. We had a fine day near the farmer’s market beneath the Castle. We attached our banners and posters to the railings and stood socially distanced, showing our flag to many passers-by.
We had leaflets available but rather than approach people we kept the leaflets a transparent bag also hung on the railings.
I don’t think we got any converts, but I had three long very interesting conversations with supporters, including a couple of visitors from Worcester, England.
We also got our first Donations!
And from Mary of the Greater Glasgow Group:
I’m starting up our Thursday Argyle Street stall again on 24th June. If you are in the city, come and have a chat! Also our mini-stall (with the Grassroots Oban banners) will be out on Tuesdays beginning 22nd June.
The Glasgow Group stall had a few outings last summer but had to stop when Covid restrictions were re-introduced. Here is our mini-stall with our banners at Alexandra Park:
….. is a well-known peace activist. She was a founding member of the cross-party Campaign for a Scottish Assembly in the early ’80s paving the way for the Constitutional Convention and, ultimately, the Scottish Parliament itself.
These days she is a member of the Scottish Independence Convention and has written a paper on Security for their set of Transition Papers. Isobel met (online) with Glasgow Pensioners4Indy to speak about that paper. She laid out the main Security issues which will need clarified before independence. And with that clarification in place, we’ll be able to achieve a smooth transition and over a shorter time-scale after independence.
The Greater Glasgow group invited Tony Grahame to speak about how the D’Hondt system is used to calculate who wins List MSPs in the Holyrood elections.
Tony took us through the Glasgow List vote from 2016 explaining how the List seats were allocated. He also compared overall Scottish list results from 2016 with those from 2011. And he showed how a small rise or fall in a party’s proportion of the list vote can result in large changes in number of seats gained or lost.
You can listen to the talk, followed by questions, here, and scroll down for the slides that Tony used in his talk:
This is the time of Covid. It’s not the time to assume we’ll be able to vote at our local polling station 6th May. We know that any of us might have to self-isolate at short notice. So have a backup plan in place : register for a postal vote.
Is Postal Voting trustworthy?
Ah, but maybe you’ve got doubts about the safety of postal voting? Maybe you’ve heard scare stories about postal votes being interfered with? Or that get misplaced? Even that they get sent down south to be counted?
If you do have doubts and they are stopping you signing up for a postal vote, now is the time to find out if any of these and other concerns are valid. Perhaps they are valid but perhaps they are just myths perpetrated and circulating on social media.
Our discussion with Yes Stirling members, Greg and Gerry
In January 2021, our Greater Glasgow group invited journalist and commentator Ruth Wishart to our meeting. As well being a very talented writer and broadcaster, Ruth is of our generation. She spoke for about 30 minutes on the the topic of why our generation – the Boomers – is important in the campaign for independence. But also why we are not important. If that has intrigued you, listen to her here.
And just to give you a taste of the questions to Ruth after the talk, here are some of them: