Hit the Road, Jack!

Last week Greater Glasgow Pensioners for Indy staged a demonstration in Atlantic Square outside the UKGov Glasgow Hub. This is a substantial office building housing several thousand employees and known – in Indy circles – as Governor General Alister Jack’s Glasgow HQ. He has another HQ over in Edinburgh.

Mary McCabe and the Glasgow P4Indy Stall Team, who organised the demo, were pleased with the turnout. People came up from Dumfries & Galloway, over from Edinburgh, Fife and Hamilton. We got toots from passing traffic. The Polis even showed up and chatted to us!

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The Scottish Independence Podcast team and took some photos:

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Why Have the Demo?

Before the actual demo, the Scottish Independence Podcast team helped us record a chat with Mary McCabe about how the demo came about and why they were doing it. We were amused to discover that the video was banned by TikTok. Maybe TikTok decided we were encouraging a pensioners’ insurrection YouTube must be used to insurrections as they were happy to host us. Here it is:

Glasgow Pensioners take on the UK Governor General!

Our Greater Glasgow group are out on our stalls twice a week in the city centre in Argyl St, and every fortnight out in Milngavie. But later this month they have a different sort o action planned: a demonstration outside the UK Government Glasgow Hub in Atlantic Square, Glasgow, G2 8JQ.

The Scottish Independence Podcast team met up with Mary McCabe to find out more:

Everyone is welcome to join in. Just turn up at midday or thereabouts for an hour.

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Lobbying for Indy?

Might lobbying techniques be useful for Indy campaigners? And now that ScotGov has fired the starting pistol for the indy campaign, maybe a lobbyist sympathetic to Scottish independence could give us a few clues as to what might be worth considering? So in July, our Greater Glasgow group asked Grant Thoms if he’d talk to us about lobbying.

Grant Thoms

Grant is currently a part-time lecturer in public relations at the University of Stirling and runs his own communications consultancy working with social enterprises and small businesses. Previously he was the  Vice Chair for Political Engagement on the Board of the Scottish Training Federation where he led on STF’s involvement with MPs, MSPs and councillors. 

The video of the meeting will be broadcast as one of IndependenceLive Media’s Indy Jigsaw Series in September. We’ll add to that when we have it but in the meantime, here is the audio of the talk and discussion.

When Grant talked to us, he was recovering from a bout of Covid, so bear with him when his voice gets a bit croaky.

Grant had a few slides which he referred to during his talk:

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All of Our Futures

Scotland’s Ageing Population

Craig Dalzell and Bill Johnson talk to Glasgow Pensioners for Independence on the topic of Scotland’s ageing population. Topics include ageing well, pensioner poverty and pensions, older people as a national resource to be valued and much more.

Bill and Craig share ideas from their book All of Our Futures which is available from the Commonweal shop: https://commonweal.scot/shop/publicat…

If you’d rather listen to the audio version here it is:

Scotland’s Ports – Who Owns Them?

Possible answers to the question of who owns our ports might be

  • the Scottish Government,
  • the London Government,
  • the Local Authority ….
  • the Queen

All reasonable guesses. Well maybe not the Queen!

But all wrong. Our Ports are mostly owned by hedge funds and run for their benefit and profit.

How did this sorry state of affairs come about? what can we do to remedy this? All this you’ll find out in this excellent talk by Alf Baird and his discussion with Glasgow Pensioners for Indy.

You can watch the video

Or listen to the audio podcast: