Feb 2018 meeting livestream – Audrey Birt

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.

5 March meeting – How we can win our Independence

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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5 Feb meeting – How to speak about independence in the future

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.

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7 Jan Film night – Atlantic

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.

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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”

December 2016 meeting: Andy Wightman on Land, Democracy and 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)
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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”

A national anthem for Scotland – Bob Murray gets us all thinking

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”

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.