In it to Win

mcgurk inittowinFrom the SEADH Blog by Tam McTurk - an avowed "Independent for Independence" Tam is not affiliated with the SDA. Reprinted with permission.

Ah the joys of waking up on a lovely spring morning in Leith.

The main party in Scotland that opposes self-determination, the Labour Party, had its last conference before the historic, once-in-300-years independence referendum at the weekend, a democratic vote they did not want to hold and one they have not debated internally. It looked to me like an absolute shambles. Nothing new was proposed, the same old faces spouted the same old, and the same old internal divisions were plain enough to see.

Ripe for pulling apart by the BBC? Or at least some heavy questioning?

I must have missed that programme. What I woke up to was the once esteemed state broadcaster providing a platform on its main radio programme in Scotland for one of the Scot Lab leaders to once again hammer home the message that Scotland’s economy, uniquely among all nations in the world, will fall apart if its people vote for self-determination, a principle cherished by the self-same Scot Lab for every other nation in the world except for their own.

Watch out for a severe outbreak of negative campaigning this week. The polls are narrowing, the Labour-Tory-Liberal Pact is getting a bit twitchy and in its infinite wisdom and unity has decided that the medicine is more dollops of fear.

Careerist after careerist will patronise you from media outlet to media outlet, telling you that after 300 years of Union, our economy is not fit to stand on its own two feet, and that the solution is (self-evidently) more of the same. All of the companies who threatened to leave Scotland in 1979 and 1997 when devolution was on the cards – because of course the economy would fall apart if the Westminster Treasury didn’t retain full control over Scotland – will be wheeled out again to tell you the same thing and the BBC will not put them on the spot and ask any hard questions (like why are you still heare if devolution was such a disaster waiting to happen?).It would appear that the No campaign has no plan B. The outlook is for another six months of fear and negativity, a constant harping on about Scotland being the exception to all international economic, social and political norms and being uniquely incapable – of just about anything.

But remember, there is a reason all of this is coming at you from media outlets and not being put to you on your doorstep by hundreds of enthusiastic campaigners salivating over the glorious prospect of another few centuries of Union.

Scottish exceptionalism and the wonders of the Westminster system are, quite simply, hard to sell on the streets and doorsteps where real people ask real questions and have real memories.

Maybe I am wrong, maybe you can just put the fear of everything up everybody all of the time. But while the Labour-Tory-Liberal anti-independence clique ratchets up its negative campaigning from radio and tv studios nowhere near you, the antidote to this nasty medicine consists of the many different parts of the Yes campaign continuing with the millions of one-to-one conversations on the streets and doorsteps of the country, the strategy that has been closing the gap in the polls and making various parts of the anatomy twitchy in Lab-Tory-Lib circles.

So if you are not already involved – join the campaign. Knock on doors, leaflet, join street hubs, attend one of the many hundreds of packed public meetings the length and breadth of Scotland. Or, if circumstances dictate you might prefer just to donate to Yes Scotland, Radical Independence, Business for Scotland, the National Collective, etc.

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