This was a very valuable meeting for us and Audrey’s advice is essential for all activists for Scottish Independence. Ultimately support for independence is increased and imaginings of a new nation are created, one conversation at a time. “People follow people”, Audrey said and ultimately it will be one-to-one conversations, which will shift the balance towards independence. Changing one’s point of view on an issue is a process which can sometimes ebb and flow, so listening to the fears and concerns of others in conversations related to independence is an important first step to establishing a relationship, where any cycle of change has room to proceed at everyone’s individual pace.
Watch what Audrey had to say in full in these livestream videos.
7.30pm, Monday 5 March 2018
A panel of 3 speakers from the SSP (Hugh Cullen), Greens (Maggie Chapman) and unaffiliated to any party (Bob Murray) will give their views on “How we can win our Independence” and answer your questions. All welcome! Function room of the Newliston Arms, 78-82 Main Street, Kirkliston EH29 9AB.
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Audrey Birt will speak on “How to speak about independence in the future” and answer your questions. All welcome! Function room of the Newliston Arms, 78-82 Main Street, Kirkliston EH29 9AB.
Narrated by Emmy-award winning actor Brendan Gleeson, Atlantic follows the struggles of three fishing communities in Ireland, Norway and Newfoundland, as they battle with the oil explorers and international fishing companies for control of the resources in their waters. Venue The Banshee Labyrinth.
Andy started with a quick summary of his book “The Poor had no Lawyers” and its 6 land grabs:
- Robert the Bruce – a murdering medieval warlord
- To spoil the Kirk of Christ of her Patrimony – theft of lands of the Church
- The Palladium of our Land Proprietors – involving the lawyers
- A State of Possession beyond the memory of Man– theft of commonties
- Mere miserable starved caricatures – theft of Burgh commons
- I hereby take possession of this island of Rockall – Colonial adventures
Continue reading “Andy Wightman: Land, Democracy & the Economy”
For our final meeting of 2016 on Mon 5 December, we are delighted to have Green MSP, Andy Wightman, to speak on the extremely topical subjects of Land, Democracy and the Economy. A few days ago on Wed 30 Nov 2016 in the Scottish Parliament, Andy proposed the following motion on local democracy (with splendidly plain wording)
The Final Report from the Commission on strengthening local democracy was published in August 2014 and can be downloaded from their website. At the time it was widely endorsed by political parties including the SNP and the Conservatives. However both these parties put forward “wrecking” amendments to Andy’s motion on Wednesday. Continue reading “December 2016 meeting: Andy Wightman on Land, Democracy and the Economy”
On the 28 November 2016 we gathered at the Clermiston Inn to enjoy a special performance of Bob Murray’s one-man show: A National Anthem for Scotland, in which Bob performs a selection of potential anthems for Scotland and examines the pros and cons of each one alongside discussion of more general issues around national anthems.
For instance what makes a good anthem? Can it be sung easily by amateurs with average vocal range? How will it sound in different settings, e.g. pipe band, small ensemble, a crowd at a stadium, orchestra? How will we choose our anthem? By committee, referendum, TV show? Is copyright an issue? Once you start pondering these questions, the whole concept opens up into a very thought-provoking area. Continue reading “A national anthem for Scotland – Bob Murray gets us all thinking”
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.