Scotland’s Future History and The Wey Forrit: Mon 11 March 2019 19.30 Function room Clermiston Inn.

Stuart McHardy believes that there is evidence that Scotland’s history has been badly distorted. He will talk about Scotland’s Future History, Scotland’s Future Culture and The Wey Forrit for Scotland, and answer your questions. 11 March 2019 19.30 in the function room of the Clermiston Inn. All welcome!


Energy in an independent Scotland 19:30 Mon 3 Dec 2018

Function room of Clermiston Inn 9 Rannoch Road, EH4 7EG

Iain Wright will cover the 3 pillars of energy policy:
* Physics – Energy mix and reliability
* Economics – Energy pricing and Grid connection charges
* Politics – A publicly-owned energy company?
and answer your questions.

All welcome!


Free film night – Lesley Riddoch’s new films on Scotland’s small, successful Nordic neighbours

Free film night: Lesley Riddoch’s new films on Scotland’s small, successful Nordic neighbours

What can Scotland learn from Norway, with a very similar population, climate, landscape and resources?

Iceland has become one of the most successful societies on earth. What can they teach Scotland?

What can the Faroes (with a population of 50,000) teach Scotland? They don’t think small.

Monday, 5 November 2018 from 19:30-21:00

Function room of Clermiston Inn, 9 Rannoch Road, EH4 7EG


The 3 pillars of energy policy Mon 3 Dec 2018 19.30 Clermiston Inn function room







Iain Wright will cover the 3 pillars of energy policy:
* Physics – Energy mix and reliability
* Economics – Energy pricing and Grid connection charges
* Politics – A publicly-owned energy company?
and answer your questions.

19.30 Mon 3 Dec 2018 Clermiston Inn function room
All welcome!


Film night – Lesley Riddoch’s new films on small Nordic nations Mon 5 Nov 19.30 Function room Clermiston Inn

A FREE film show: Lesley Riddoch’s new films on small Nordic nations – the Faroes, Iceland and Norway.

What can they teach Scotland?

19.30 Monday 5th Nov Function room of the Clermiston Inn, EH4 7EG

All welcome!


Swing/Jazz night. The Colin Steele Quintet with Ali Affleck: Fri 9 Nov 19.30 Function room Clermiston Inn

9 Nov at 19.30. World renowned Colin Steele quintet, featuring award winning swing vocalist Ali Affleck and Peter Curran on sax, will be performing music from the great American Songbook in aid of ICUSteps Edinburgh at the newly refurbished function suite of the Clermiston Inn EH4 6HH. Everyone welcome! £15 including buffet – tickets from Eventbrite. Why not join us for what promises to be a very special evening, with all profits going to a very good cause!


Yes Edinburgh West meeting minutes, Clermiston Inn 1 Oct 2018

1. Ian Grant was in the chair.

2. The speaker was Philippa Whitford MP, on “Brexit and the NHS”. There is a Livestream for people who couldn’t make it on the night. Scotland has had 2 recent referendums – we were told to vote No to stay in the EU and keep the NHS in 2014, and we voted to Remain in the EU in 2016. Circumstances have now changed dramatically – we are heading out of the EU against our will, and the Tories are pressing ahead with their privatisation of NHS England. People are bored with talking about Brexit, and hope it won’t apply to them – but it will. The media talk as though Brexit is only about trade, but it’s about a whole lot more:

  • Workforce – there are 40,000 nurse vacancies in England. There is a 90% drop in EU nurse applications. 14% of doctors are from the EU, and could leave. The situation in social care is even more dramatic. The NHS runs on people.
  • Reciprocal healthcare – what you get with your EHIC card, will be lost. Retired in Europe, without ever having paid taxes in that country, yet you expect virtually free healthcare after Brexit?
  • European Medicines Agency – at the moment, we get US drugs released in Europe almost as quickly as in the USA – there will now be delays before we get them. Pharmaceutical companies and pharmacies are expected to stockpile drugs – at no cost to the consumer? Quality control of drugs must be carried out in Europe, so jobs and investment will be lost. Quitting Euratom may lose us access to radioactive isotopes used in cancer scans and treatments.
  • Research – the EU is the biggest research unit in the world, and depends on EU funding, collaboration and freedom of movement. The EU has made more progress in child-related research than any other union – partly because, with a 500 million population, you get better research results.
  • Public Health – the EU has been a driver in improving water quality, air pollution, beaches, acid rain etc.
  • Erasmus – students will no longer be able to study easily in Europe
  • Travel – will be more difficult, and more costly
  • Level playing field – has been an EU goal. That’s not the case in the UK.

Brexit is being used by the UK to drive through a power grab from devolution. Why does that matter?

  • Food labelling – the USA is totally against this, and we will need a trade deal from them. The UK will negotiate on behalf of England – so Scotch whisky can be made in the USA.
  • Food regulation – it’s virtually certain that EU protection against chlorinated chicken etc will be lost.
  • Agriculture – at present, 17% of farm subsidies go to England, 80% go to Scotland. Unlikely to continue.
  • Fracking – is likely to be forced through, as it has in England.
  • GM foods – are likely to be forced through.
  • NHS procurement – will give the UK leverage to privatise more of NHS Scotland.

Section 75 of the Health and Social Care Act in England mandates that all contracts must be put out to tender. This makes the NHS competitive rather than collaborative – but collaboration is the secret behind the success of NHS Scotland in improving healthcare, in areas such as cancer treatment. Allowing a situation where Virgin can drain £2 million out of the NHS by taking them to court will not lead to improved healthcare.

1 in 5 people in Scotland (and 1 in 4 children) are living in poverty (it’s worse in England). Poverty is the biggest driver in health and mental health, and Westminster is not going to improve things – it’s deliberate.

We’re approaching a fork in the road with Brexit – we have to campaign NOW. Last time there was the choice of a status quo – this timethere isn’t.

3. Future meetings

  • Oct 6 All Under One Banner march in Edinburgh – please attend if you can. They also need stewards (contact Manny Singh on 07939211814).
  • Nov 5 A film evening and discussion – Lesley Riddoch’s NATION films on Norway, Iceland Faroes
  • Dec 3 Iain Wright on “Energy in an Independent Scotland”
  1. AOCB:

4.1 Condolences to Bob and Adrienne Murray on the loss of their daughter Caroline.

4.2 Ian Grant is working with SIF (Scottish Independence Foundation) – monthly donations always welcome.

4.3 We are working with Yes2 Edinburgh and Lothians on a leaflet promoting Edinburgh as capital of an Independent Scotland.

4.4 We are working with the Scottish Independence Movement on a “Clean Currency” leaflet.

4.5 We have “NHS for Yes” leaflets.

4.6 We have “Scotland the Brand” leaflets.

You’ll find us on Yes Edinburgh West website, Facebook , National Yes Registry and Twitter. Have a look at our Eflets, book previews, film previews and our Library of topics on Scottish Politics, including Independence.

4 June 2018 meeting, Shandon Snooker & Pool

  1. Anne Donohoe was in the chair. The speaker on “Living Rent” was unable to attend.
  2. We discussed the information available on Mailchimp – compile an analysis and contact responders with a view to preparing lists of the various activities that they have indicated they can help with.                     BG

Thanks to Gerry, we are now GDPR-compliant

A large proportion did not re-subscribe – try a follow-up                             GM

  1. We discussed the venue and format of the monthly meetings
  • Check the possibility of a return to the Clermiston Inn                                   BG
  • It was agreed that we should have a summer break, and restart meetings in September
  1. We discussed possible topics for future meetings
  • A film evening and discussion – Lesley Riddoch’s new film on the Faroes (ask David Henry to advise on how to get a film to the general public)  MK
  • Stuart McHardy on History
  • A social night (Peter Curran is considering another jazz night)
  1. AOCB:

5.1 Peter Curran has had some success with a letter-writing campaign (to local/national newspapers)

5.2 Ann Rayner has attended several “Scotland the Brand” market events, and could use some more volunteers

5.3 Contributions were requested to cover the venue hire of £30.

5.4 Full version of NYR IndyApp has been launched                                    BG

5.5 SNP street stalls at Drum Brae and Corstorphine had a positive reception – we should consider taking a table next year

5.6 There is a rising wave of activism, particularly with the Glasgow and Dumfries rallies, which a number of us attended. Bannockburn, Dundee, Inverness and Edinburgh are being planned.

We should obtain a Yes Edinburgh West banner                                          GM

5.7 Yes Edinburgh and Lothian have a meeting on June 11 to discuss how to publicise campaigning events

You’ll find us on Yes Edinburgh West website, Facebook , National Yes Registry and Twitter. Have a look at our Eflets, book previews and film previews. There is also a  Library of useful information on Scottish Politics.

What is the Living Rent Campaign? Our June 2018 meeting

We’re back at the Shandon Snooker Centre (99 Slateford Road, EH11 1QY) for our June public meeting at 7.30pm on Mon 4 June 2018 with a speaker from the Living Rent campaign in Edinburgh. Maddie from Living Rent will speak on the campaign’s activity in Edinburgh followed by a Q&A discussion.

RSVP on Facebook.