Robin McAlpine to talk strategy at our September 2016 meeting

On Monday 5 September 2016, Robin McAlpine will speak about Strategies for Independence and then answer your questions. All welcome! 5 Sept 19.30, Clermiston Inn function room (round the back, upstairs), 9 Rannoch Rd, Edinburgh, EH4 7EG. RSVP on our Facebook event page.

Robin has written regularly in Common Space that we need to target our independence campaigning very cleverly because we won’t persuade everyone. He also cautioned about putting too much store in the Brexit effect and this school of thought seems to be borne out by recent polling. For instance a recent YouGov poll found that although 12% of NO voters currently would vote YES in an indyref2, 13% of YES voters would actually vote NO! Continue reading “Robin McAlpine to talk strategy at our September 2016 meeting”

Livestream: The economics of an independent Scotland with Ivan McKee 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

Tue 2 Aug 2016 The economics of an independent Scotland with Ivan McKee (Kirkliston)

Our August 2016 meeting will take place in the Newliston Arms, 78 Main St, KIRKLISTON, EH29 9AB at 7.30pm on Tue 2 Aug 2016.

  1. Ivan McKee MSP: The economics of an independent Scotland
  2. Tony Sutton: Draft Vision, Aims, Objectives for our Strategy Development Team

Please RSVP on the Facebook event page.

Minutes from our post-Brexit meeting on 27 June 2016

Yes Edinburgh West meeting minutes
Clermiston Inn, 7.30pm Mon 27 June 2016

  1. Ian Grant opened the meeting by welcoming everybody, noting that it was scheduled within 3 days of a Brexit vote, to discuss the implications for Scotland, the Yes movement and particularly our own group.
  2. Gerry Mulvenna posted a video Livestream broadcast for the benefit of people who couldn’t make the meeting. Apologies about the level of background noise – we’ll meet in the function room next time!
  3. There were 43 attendees. Email addresses given will be added to the mailing list unless anyone objects.
  4. Continue reading “Minutes from our post-Brexit meeting on 27 June 2016”

Minutes from our meeting on 13 June 2016

Clermiston Inn, 7.30pm Mon 13 June 2016

  1. Ian Grant opened the meeting by welcoming everybody, and in particular Yes Inch and Yes Pentlands.
  2. There were 27 attendees
  3. Apologies: Morag Orr, Barry Haniford, Pauline Ward, Peter Lynch, Tony Sutton, Mary Knox
  4. The minutes of 18 January were proposed by Derek Mullin and seconded by Anne Donohue. As agreed, a bank account has been opened, and the Constitution and minutes posted on the website.
  5. Continue reading “Minutes from our meeting on 13 June 2016”

Livestream: The National Yes Registry go public with their vision for a network of Yes groups Dec 2015

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.

We’re meeting on Mon 13 June 2016

All Yes Edinburgh West activists are invited to attend a meeting on Monday 13 June 2016 at 7.30pm in the Clermiston Inn. The meeting will cover progress at a local level since our formalising meeting in January 2016 and developments on the national level, particularly with the National Yes Registry. Decisions will be made on what activity and campaigning we should focus on. Our shipment of Wee Black Books will be available.


  1. Mintues from the last meeting
  2. National Yes Registry developments
  3. Progress at the local level
  4. Social media presences for the group
  5. Future activities and campaigns
  6. Any other business

Yes Edinburgh West is formally constituted

On Monday 18 January 2016, members of Yes Edinburgh West met at the Clermiston Inn to adopt a formal constitution and elect office bearers in order to be fully prepared for the next stages in the campaign for Scottish independence.

Here are the minutes of the meeting, produced by Bob Glen.

Yes Edinburgh West meeting minutes
Clermiston Inn
7pm Mon 18 Jan 2016

  1. Ian Grant opened the meeting, stating our objective of getting organised locally so that we can get off to a flying start in the case of a second Indyref.
  2. There were 20 attendees
  3. Apologies: Anne Fernie, Ann Rayner, Melissa Murray, Sandy Ritchie, Gary Wood, Sheena Robertson, Peter Lynch, Bob Murray
  4. Anne Donohue gave a summary of feedback from Largs National Yes Registry conference on 5 December 2015: the Yes Registry – a local, grass roots level Scottish Independence supporting collective, i-Scot, a high-quality magazine, Independence Live and its events on Facebook, and the 6 questions raised at the conference, after which Ian asked for questions and comments from the floor. The first questions were about the functions of the National body – Bob Glen offered an apology, saying he had dropped this item from the agenda in the interests of time, and offered to provide a summary of this with the minutes. The route to a second Indyref was raised, and the need for another Indyref – there is no policy on this, and the ethos of Yes Registry is to allow members to raise whatever questions they deem important, discuss and pass through views and recommendations nationally.
  5. Everybody introduced themselves – a mixture of SNP, Greens and “no party”
  6. The draft Constitution was discussed, and the following amendments made:
    1. The name will be Yes Edinburgh West
    2. Remove the details of the contents of the Equality Act
    3. Remove geographical limitation on membership
    4. Conduct clause added (guidance provided by Martin Riddell)
    5. A bankers order facility on the Facebook page/ website for donations and a small annual subscription and membership card – decided to defer till AGM
    6. Role of Vice Convener added
    7. Notice of meetings was discussed
    8. Decisions are to be made at meetings by a simple majority, with no quorum specified
    9. In the event of split decisions, the Convener will have the casting vote
  7. Election of Office bearers (till AGM in October 2016)
    1. Convener Ian Grant
    2. Vice Convener Anne Donohue
    3. Secretary Bob Glen
    4. Treasurer Gerry Mulvenna
  8. It was agreed that a bank account be set up for Yes Edinburgh West by the Treasurer
  9. Name for national body: neither Yes Registry nor Yes Forum were favoured – Yes Network seemed most supported, though Yes Scotland, Yes It’s Time, Yes Campaign, Yes Future, Grass-roots Yes, Yes We Can were also proposed.
  10. It was agreed to commit to the Declaration of Support, and contribute £180 to the National body, conditional on a widespread approval of the concept and declaration of support.
  11. It was agreed to hold meetings initially as required, preferably on the 1st Monday of each month
  12. Notify Yes Registry of the meeting’s decisions Bob Glen
  13. Next meeting: after Holyrood election, Mon 6 June 2016, Clermiston Inn, 7.30pm Bob Glen
  14. AGM: Mon 3 October 2016, Clermiston Inn, 7.30pm Bob Glen
  15. AOCB
    1. A collection was open, and £93.75 was donated – many thanks for your generosity. Added to the £27 from last meeting, and £45 provided by Mary Knox from the funds left over from the Referendum, a few more donations will ensure that we can meet our stipend to the National body.
    2. Please join us on our Yes Edinburgh West Facebook page and Yes liaison