I’ll be there. I’ve already booked my ticket for the Scottish Independence Convention conference on 14 January. I won’t be among the speakers. Which is maybe just as well as what I would have to say would probably not go down well with most of those attending.
They probably would not want to hear that, going into indyref2, the independence campaign should learn lessons from Better Together/Project Fear.
They probably would not want to hear that the vaunted diversity of the Yes movement can be a fatal weakness.
They would probably react rather negatively to being told that the entire Yes movement should acknowledge the SNP as the de facto political arm of the independence movement.
They almost certainly wouldn’t like being told that they must recognise how crucial the SNP is to reaching our goal; or the extent to which the entire Yes movement must commit itself to the SNP as the agency by which independence will be achieved.
They certainly wouldn’t want to be told harsh truths such the fact that, at any given time during the first independence referendum campaign, as much as a third of the Yes side was taking its cues from the unionist media and doing Project Fear’s work for it.
I’ll be there. I’m just not sure I’ll be entirely welcome.Views: 2018
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