Lessons the Yes Campaign must learn to win Indyref2 with Dr Iain Black

Yes Edinburgh West meeting minutes, Clermiston Inn, 7.30pm Mon 6 February 2017

  1. Ian Grant opened the meeting by welcoming everybody.
  2. Gerry Mulvenna posted a Livestream broadcast for the benefit of people who couldn’t make the meeting.
  3. There were 27 attendees. Email addresses given will be added to the mailing list unless anyone objects.
  4. Ian introduced Dr Iain Black, Associate Professor in Marketing at Heriot-Watt University, who spoke on the Lessons the Yes movement must learn for Indyref2 from a Marketing perspective – which is all about persuasion. He noted that over-zealousness doesn’t persuade – you have to allow people to make their own decisions. Continue reading “Lessons the Yes Campaign must learn to win Indyref2 with Dr Iain Black”

Social Justice with Dr Lesley Orr

Yes Edinburgh West meeting minutes
Clermiston Inn, 7.30pm Mon 9 January 2017

  1. Anne Donohoe opened the meeting by welcoming everybody.
  2. Gerry Mulvenna posted a Livestream broadcast for the benefit of people who couldn’t make the meeting.
  3. There were 20 attendees. Email addresses given will be added to the mailing list unless anyone objects.
  4. Anne introduced Lesley Orr (a member of the Women for Independence National Committee), who spoke eloquently on “Social justice in an independent ScotlandContinue reading “Social Justice with Dr Lesley Orr”

Andy Wightman: Land, Democracy & the Economy

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Andy started with a quick summary of his book “The Poor had no Lawyers” and its 6 land grabs:

  1. Robert the Bruce – a murdering medieval warlord
  2. To spoil the Kirk of Christ of her Patrimony – theft of lands of the Church
  3. The Palladium of our Land Proprietors – involving the lawyers
  4. A State of Possession beyond the memory of Man– theft of commonties
  5. Mere miserable starved caricatures – theft of Burgh commons
  6. I hereby take possession of this island of Rockall – Colonial adventures

Continue reading “Andy Wightman: Land, Democracy & the Economy”

United Nations vote to begin negotiations on a global nuclear weapons ban

At our November 2016 monthly meeting, we welcomed Janet Fenton, Secretary at Scottish CND and the parliamentary liaison for the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). Janet spoke about the United Nations resolution vote she attended in New York in October 2016 and put this into a context of what Scotland’s contribution can be towards a global ban on nuclear weapons. You can watch Janet’s presentation here.

Livestream from our Kirkliston meeting on 2 Aug 2016

Our Kirkliston meeting on 2 Aug 2016 was livestreamed using Facebook Live Video so that people at home could watch and we have a full video record of the discussion. The meeting is called to order about 8m48s into this video.

Video running order

0:00:00 Video starts in advance of meeting
0:08:48 Meeting called to order, introduction
0:12:43 Ivan McKee speaks
0:37:23 Ivan McKee Q&A
1:20:29 Other business with Bob Glen
1:26:10 Tony Sutton on strategy
1:46:55 Tony Sutton Q&A

The National Yes Registry go public with their vision for a network of Yes groups

With clips from the December 2015 conference in Largs and an interview with Jason Baird, the latest video from the National Yes registry sets out their vision for achieving a working network of grassroots YES groups by 18 September 2016.

We, the undersigned, collectively urge all other likeminded groups and individuals with a belief in the need for a powerful non-party political grass-root voice in the campaigning direction and timing of Scotland’s next strides toward full Independence, to join us in creating this collectively owned, self-organised re-formation and continuation of Yes’s urgent grass-root driven demand for a return to full Scottish Independence.