Yes Scotland Mk2 needs a counter-media strategy

bbc liesIf the Sunday Herald is to be believed, Nicola Sturgeon’s ‘summer initiative’ aimed at persuading No voters to change their minds and switch to Yes, is set to be launched.  The news was revealed days after it emerged Elaine C. Smith is once again to take the helm at the relaunch of the Scottish Independence Convention.

All good and all in keeping with the ‘Yesurrection’ that has been ongoing since the SNP swept Labour out of the way in the aftermath of the first indy vote.  Local Yes groups are recharging their batteries and the excellent National Yes Registry project is set to launch a new Indy App aimed at ensuring grass roots volunteers can communicate effectively.

There’s no shortage of people offering ‘advice’ on how best to achieve a Yes success in indyref2.  I myself pitched in last week when I argued that local grassroots Yes groups should not be used as vehicles in order to push political agendas, or specific left/right policies.

In all the discussion and debate over the issue of strategy for the next Yes campaign, one subject is always noticeable by its absence.  I’m talking about the media.  Nobody, at least none of the ‘respected voices’, ever seems to want to acknowledge that the media in Scotland is a problem for the independence movement.

Sure, let’s allay the fears of the six percent of voters we need to persuade over to the Yes side.  But let’s not forget the role played by elements of our media in promoting Project Fear so uncritically.  The media, with the BBC in the vanguard, became the No campaign so compliant was its promotion of Better Together.

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.‘ says the ancient Chinese proverb.  The Yes movement certainly knows its enemy, the first indyref forced the media to reveal itself.  We also saw at first hand the tactics used by that media in order to help its Unionist paymasters win the first indyref.

I know why the SNP can’t openly challenge the media as strongly as the party might want.  Look what happened when two MPs brought the social media exploits of an STV editor to his employer’s attention.  But there’s nothing to prevent a non party-political organisation from directly challenging and exposing pro-Union untruths.

For example, during the first independence campaign it was claimed that a newly independent Scotland could be barred from using the pound.  It wasn’t until late in the day, during a televised debate, that Alistair Darling under pressure from Alex Salmond eventually conceded that the claim was a lie.

Other nonsense claims such as a newly independent Scotland being unable to remain in NATO because it scrapped nuclear weapons, were allowed to sit basically unchallenged despite the example of post-Franco Spain proving it to be a lie.  Spain joined NATO after ditching nuclear weapons following a crash in 1966.

The list of lies goes on.  Most went unchallenged because the very media, which should have challenged them on our behalf in the first place, was actively promoting them.

Any resurrected Yes Scotland campaign cannot afford to make the error of trusting the media a second time.  A counter-media strategy will be required.

scottish_papersAny story that appears in the press or broadcast media and that can be shown to be untrue, should be exposed as such before it gains traction.  Challenges to reporters guilty of promoting demonstrable falsehoods, should be unforgiving and relentless.  The second Yes campaign needs to send out a message that says blatantly corrupt journalism will not be tolerated.

Newspapers are of course partisan and should be allowed to publish editorials and opinion pieces accordingly.  Debate and disagreement should be embraced.  But let’s not kid ourselves that these outlets won’t stretch the truth to the absolute limit.

The next Yes Scotland organisation could well determine whether Yes breaks the magical fifty per cent or falls tantalisingly short of a majority come indyref2.  Challenging lies head-on won’t harm the prospects of success.  Indeed it may be necessary.

media pollMost online activists, if the twitter poll to the right is to be believed, would appear to agree.

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24 thoughts on “Yes Scotland Mk2 needs a counter-media strategy

  1. William Bryan

    How can we challenge the MSM when so many people read and watch it? Worse believe it.
    We have all the web sites that we commonly use,the National and the Sunday Herald both print.
    How can we encourage interest in them with the people that don’t read them because they have been led to believe that laughingly the are propaganda?
    Possibly the hardest part is actually getting people to question their media and engage in the debate instead of being led by the nose by the MSM.

    1. Norman Ross

      “How can we challenge the MSM when so many people read and watch it? ”

      That’s exactly what we must be thinking about – YOU can’t go on leaving others to do the thinking for you – all ideas welcome.

  2. Andy Borland

    I couldn’t agree more with this point. It’s absolutely crucial for indyref2.

    I said a few months ago that we’ll require an aggressive rebuttal unit the next time to challenge the lies, the red herrings and false narratives from the media.

    “But you said that last time and it was a lie”, should be the starting point for every slaying of Project Fear bullshit second time around.

    I’d be more than happy to offer my services to participate in that endeavour. Infact it would be a pleasure!

    1. Ian stewart

      Andy I a 100% agree with you and indeed the article. But in what medium for general consumption do we rebut challenge the lies. The MSM won’t entertain us ! What do we use (thats different from the last time) to challenge. That’s the bit I don’t understand

      1. Peter A Bell

        Bear in mind, Ian, that the anti-independence campaign we’ll be fighting in the next referendum will not be the same as it was in the first one. There is unlikely to be a Better Together/Project Fear reunion any time soon. Not necessarily because British Labour has learned lessons, but because there simply aren’t the people available and willing to front a formal alliance such as there was last time. The British parties will still cooperate, of course. But it will be more like a continuation of the sort of thing we’ve seen since 2014 – a low-level coordination born of a common interest in preserving the union, rather than the formation of a single campaign group.

        Also, we have seen the media break ranks with the Sunday Herald and The National both being nominally pro-independence. We may be justified in suspecting the motives behind this and being dubious about the sincerity of their stance, but it represents a potential chink in the media armour which previously protected the No campaign from proper scrutiny.

        And that, I think, will be one of the more significant differences between the first referendum campaign and the one which is now looming. It is going to be very difficult for the British nationalists to peddle the same lies and scaremongering given that these have now been so comprehensively exposed and debunked. Where before the UK Government, the British parties and Better Together/Project Fear could say whatever they liked confident that they would never be challenged by the media, that will not be the case in #indyref2. At the very least, there will be a tendency for even some of the media to question repetition of claims about jobs, for example, in the light of what has happened with HMRC and the shipbuilding industry.

        The Yes side always dominated online social platforms and alternative media. That presence has been strengthened. Where previously we had the numbers, we now have authority as well. It’s all relative. As people have learned to put less trust in the mainstream media, perceptions of alternative media have changed. More and more people now look to social media and online news and commentary, if not as a primary source of information, then for a different perspective.

        Our biggest challenge is the broadcast media – by which, of course, I mean the BBC. Countering the inherent pro-British establishment bias of the BBC is always going to be a mammoth task. But web technology offers possibilities in this area. Facilities such as live streaming on Facebook offer a form of alternative broadcasting which has the potential to replicate the impact on the traditional print media of alternative news and blogging sites. We can all be broadcasters now. As with other forms of alternative media, the best will rise to the top. Think in terms of a livestreaming equivalent of Wings Over Scotland or Common Space.

        Imagination and innovation are our most potent weapons; along with commitment and enthusiasm. It’s not all about media in its various forms. There is still a need for knocking doors, delivering leaflets and, most importantly of all, just talking to people. Because people are now more ready to listen. among many other things, Brexit has opened minds to questioning of the status quo. The coming campaign will be at least as much about inducing previous No voters to reconsider their assumptions and preconception about the union as about selling the idea of independence. The task of alternative media is to provide the foot-soldiers of the grass-roots Yes campaign with ammunition. Independence campaigners should know where to look for the information and arguments that will arm them for their interactions with those who may now be open to persuasion – whether this is face-to-face or at meetings or through social media or in the letters columns of newspapers.

        There is one further thing which I think must be different this time in order to ensure success. We must be openly supportive of the Scottish Government. They are the ones we, as a nation, have elected to represent our interests. While we will be on the streets and on the doorsteps and in the village halls and making our presence felt at marches and rallies, it is Nicola Sturgeon and her team who will be at the political sharp end confronting the might of the British state. To be effective as our agents in securing independence, they need to have the weight of the people behind them. That means everybody who aspires to independence, regardless of party allegiance or ideology. Some people are going to have to bite their tongues and put the sniping aside until after independence day. The British political establishment is well aware that independence will not be achieved without the SNP in a strong position. They will put a massive effort into undermining the de facto political arm of the independence movement. last time, there were far too many people prepared to go along with this. Let’s do that differently this time.

      2. Andy Borland

        I agree it’s tricky Ian, seeing as the media will seek to suppress our own narrative.
        But surely it’s not beyond the ken of the motivated, intelligent, media savvy bunch that we are?

        I guess I’m imagining an actual group of folk who issue rebuttals every morning to the media at large, backed up by the Yes online community disseminating the rebuttals online.

        Backed up by the insistence that every politician, campaigner and strategist who’s in front of a camera or microphone makes immediate and consistent reference to the rebuttals.

        The point is it has to forensic, aggressive and unrelenting. Happy clappy, wishful thinking and crossing our fingers ain’t gonna cut it.

        1. Ian stewart

          Thanks to Peter and Andy for their replies.

          They both mention social media.And I understand the value of social media and alternative media. But the one group we really need to win over is the older generation many of whom do not want/have access the internet. How do we stop them being spoon fed by the BBC and Daily Mail/Express ?. I would suggest us the foot soldiers pay particular attention to this group perhaps a free copy of the National through the letterbox every day paid for and delivered by Yesers very own paper boys and girls.

          1. Anne

            Yes that is my thinking. We tried for a while a daily delivery into Doctors , dentist, library, supermarket canteens and every popular waiting place. Also bought up and binned many DR,DM,Express.

            Some of us now gently working local clubs & community gardens. Every little helps!

  3. Tony Little

    I agree with the posts above. The issue is well known and understood, but HOW to expose a media when the media have no interest in publishing anything that detracts form its message. Control the media and you control the message and how it is presented. This is especially true of the BBC and its target audience of the 60+ demographic many of whom (not ALL, we know this) simply accept whatever political guff is broadcast into their living rooms.

    I don’t have an answer to this. I agree about a rebuttal unit, but how and where can they get the exposure to Rebut?

  4. Kevin

    There’s no magic bullet for this problem. I think the Yes movement should encourage its members to engage with No folk, particularly soft Nos, and particularly when THEY raise an issue or comment on a news/opinion item because it means they are receptive then. We should also engage in below-the-line comments on newspaper sites because people who read them will not necessarily go to political sites. I think the potential benefit far outweighs the idea that we helping newspapers to survive.

    1. Piotr

      We must not aggressively target Soft No’s. I am not even sure bombarding them with facts will swing it. We are knee deep in facts.

      Project Fear is based, well, upon fear. Frightened people are not really open to listening, just to worrying.

      Enticing the curious, creating confidence, being open are all important. We also need to be able to provide answers to fears, in simple, calm language. I think laughing and gentle humour is important.

      Opponents paint all independence supporters as SNP members, many view SNP members as deluded, some view SNP supporters as NAZI’s. Defying these stereotypes is important.

      The Leave campaign taught us that facts do not win an argument necessarily, which is not to say we should be mendacious. But emotional appeal IS important.

      Project Fear Mark II will, albeit with weakened resource, aided and abetted by the considerable influence of the UK media, try to repeat the success they had first time around. Psychology is important. Folk hate change. Change brings uncertainty, uncertainty brings ruin. Because the impact of Brexit is down the line and will be a shared slow numbing of the UK, we are not experiencing Brexit as ruin just now, nor will we when we vote. We are the proverbial frog in a pan of increasingly hotter water. The dream, remember, is to return to the past. As a consequence, many will feel secure in a sinking ship where everyone is “doing the best they can in the circumstances”. War time spirit and all that. Jumping the ship (like rats?), risking a life raft available only to some if us, will not be easy. They don’t speak english there, in the land we can see, do they? Jumping ship is a coward’s option. We can save the ship. Too many films have dwelt on this subject.

      The ties that bind the UK together, despite the fissiparous atmosphere, still have considerable traction, hence the outcome of Indyref1. We are a divided country.

      Persuading soft No’s will really not be easy. We need a compelling emotional counter narrative with broad appeal that can be communicated through community. We need to be emotionally clever. Any ideas, anyone?

      Playfully, I thought a “Soft No’s day” might be fun. Invite the curious in. Listen. Chew the fat. write down the fears. Share them. Provide FAQS, if requested. You could have a “Hard No’s Day” too. Wear a tin hat. Distribute blue and red noses.

      I also thought an “Imagine Scotland” project with a massive whiteboard where anyone could share what they would like Scotland to be could open minds to our potential and supply visions that could be shared.

      Of course the Rebuttal Unit is vital, but maybe more because it will bolster the spirits of YESSER’s rather than persuade the doubtful.

  5. Sandy

    Couple of thoughts:

    1. Time for a co-ordinated, concerted campaign of licence fee non-payment to draw attention to the widespread dissatisfaction with the BBC. As you point out, the SNP can’t organise that, but give it some high profile backing and it could catch on. The BBC may well be very nervous of this spreading to Corbyn supporters down South too.

    2. The Sun has no readership in Liverpool after Hillsborough and, as I understand it, it is rarely stocked in newsagents. I don’t know whether this was organised or occurred spontaneously but it would be good to try and get something similar going against the Unionist press. Stopping friends or colleagues (or even strangers in the newsagent queue) and saying ‘I notice you’re reading the [Unionist Paper]. Do you like being lied to? Let me give you an example…’ might help.

  6. Norman

    A multi-pronged rebuttal is whats needed to counter our slanted malicious media, including whats already been outlined. However, I recently seen a suggestion which is quite novel. At least as far as I know it is. The suggestion that we have a freeview channel to counter the unionist bias, especially the BBC`s. It would, of course be expensive, but with advertising and contributions it might be viable. When I first read this proposal I was very skeptical, but having chewed it over i`m not so dismissive. I look forward to seeing what others think.

    1. tarisgal

      Norman… I’m in complete agreement that a ‘freeview’ channel would be a real benefit to the Indy movement. Expensive? I’m guessing yes (I admit I have no real idea of technical equipment). But I think it would prove invaluable and well worth the money!

      HOWEVER, I came by this article a few months back and don’t know much about it – only what’s on the site. But I do hope it means Scotland WILL INDEED finally have a channel of her own – giving REAL news, and covering all things that SCOTS want in a daily TV schedule! Have a look…

      http://www.sbctv.co.uk/

  7. William Bryan

    Unfortunately there a lot of people out there who I feel we can never engage with.They are indifferent and expect everything to be laid on a plate before them,they want other people to do the work for them.They want to be told who to ,or what to vote for.The soft no’s scared of change unable to think of a better future trapped in the past.Or the unionists unable to see that Scotland, as an independent country can offer so much more than we have under a Westminster government.These people have been sorely misled by the MSM which actively works to denigrate Scotland and its government in it’s attempt to keep Scotland’s resources for Westminster.They are now scared of losing us especially after the close call in 2014.We will have to work our collective arse’s off to win against them this time for I fear we will never get an other chance.We need to take a more aggressive stance against MSM and denounce the lies and misrepresentations as they happen and convince the frightened and the waverers
    that their future can indeed be brighter in an independent Scotland.

  8. Born Optimist

    We know how the Unionist parties and media broke all the rules in the final weeks of the Independence campaign in 2014. There is therefore not the slightest chance they will do play fair next time, nor should the Yes campaign. Our politicians need to stand up in whatever venues they can (including Westminster and Holyrood) to point out the truth. Supporters of independence also need to make their point clearly on the streets.

    Opponents steer clear of anyone at street stalls willing to discuss matters or hand out leaflets but they can’t ignore headlines in very large print along the lines of old fashioned newspaper boards and hoardings. Present them daily with the truth as they pass by street stalls or hoardings offering alternative interpretations of events and positive policies.

    The National Collective ought, without doubt, to be encouraged to reform to produce imaginative means of reaching out to the general public. Bearing in mind the age groups who need information and persuasion the most they could offer free public shows, travelling minstrels. For everyone else how about Yesbuses and Yestaxis. Forget that their might be a loss of revenue to publicly run bus companies for a few months and offer free lifts to anyone at bus queues. For safety and peace of mind – and also implanting an idea in the mind of the smartphone user – ensure that someone in the queue takes a photo on their smartphone of the driver and vehicle.

    As Unionists won’t be abiding by the rules let’s be a little bit devious. Stationed at places where passers by might be likely to stop for a cup of tea and a gossip, set up tea stations that show little sign of being an Independence promotion spot. It could help sway the undecided and uncertain. Or, if that doesn’t appeal, be a bit more up front and call them Indy Tea Stops (ensuring headlines such as ‘Storm in a Teacup’).

    The younger generations need also to put more effort in persuading their elders. There was a ‘Talk to your Granny’ promotion, so far as I can retomember, in the final weeks of the 2014 campaign. This was far too late in the day but the lesson ought to have been learned: talking to Grannies and Grandads needs to start now. Women were also less Indy oriented than men. Yes Groups need to purchase copies of the Wee Black and Blue Books, issue them to kids coming out of school and encourage them to discuss the contnets with their parents, grandparents, and neighbours. It is, after all, their future that is at stake. This might even encourage non social media users to get on-line to follow sites such as this.

    More imaginative individuals than myself can undoubtedly come up with better ideas but the point I’m trying to make is Yes2 needs to think outside the conventional with a focus on the demographic groups most in need of convincing of the need for an Independent Scotland. And I’ll be the first to admit that one also needs to up the ante on ensuring the flags and public demonstations that raise the spirit and encourage many supporters also need encouragement. These demonstrations (small and large) also can surely be focussed to attract the attention of relelvant demographic groups by coinciding with events that appeal to them or in locations that have a large footfall though it might be easier to arrange demos to counter the likes of the BBC and the media i.e. less emphasise on the flags and more on banners denouncing misleading headlines and articles.

    Whatever, the rules were made clear in 2014 – there will be no rules and Westminster and the Unionist parties (such as still exist) will not play fair. The Indy campaign has to remain positive and oriented towards the future but it must also use every tool it can to counter what will be a devious campaign intent on grinding the notion of a financially independent Scotland into the dust.

    On a more positive note I can also envisage the Unionist campaign simply collapsing in ignominy once IndyRef2 kicks off – after all, think of the positives: new social media, new indy web sites, reformulated and reinvigorated campaign groups, collaborative arrangements via social media. Think of this site, Wings over Scotland, Bella Caledonia, CommonWeal, CommonSpace, Phantom Films, The National, Michael Greenwell’s podcasts, and many more, all waiting for the starting gun to be fired.

    There will undoubtedly also be new ventures that capture the interest of the committed but in the meantime let’s think of ways of peacefully and patiently directing all exisiting resources towards those who need persuading. We know ‘bubbles’ of self serving interests exist. These need to be burst to capture the soft No votes.

  9. Ian MacFadyen

    I agree, the media, the elephant in the room, and how well, they have shown their face.
    Our response will cost both money and time. The money, from crowd funding and Independence friendly business advertising, and the time to research the main newspaper headlines of the week, and print off a rebuttal type Newspaper at the end of that week.
    Peter A Bell can be credited with the next idea….A centralised 8 page document could be burnt to disk, sent to local branches/groups with the same vision, to add, say two pages of local information, keeping it non-political party, except for branch meeting info and supporting our own Scotgov. A printing token supplied with the disk would then enable production of the Newspaper, with local footsoldiers delivering to train stations, maybe someone could stand for a couple of hours with a collection pod during rush hour on a Friday. Something along these lines could start to negate any media “surprises”

  10. Escarii_

    ‘If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.‘ – this is the crux of the matter – I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately so appologies in advance for splurging here…

    Firstly we know them – that is, the msm. We know the journalists, presenters and reporters. We also know what they’re going to hit us with, at least initially. The important thing for them is to create an image of us as fringe lunatics. They are going to bombard us with new concerns over Brexit, the currency, defence, immigration (you can BET they’re going to poke that hornet’s nest), NATO, GERS and all the usual suspects.

    We can’t fight against this by becoming outraged or by complaining of non-stop bias (tho we all know it’s there) because it plays into their image of us. What we have to do to is break the media’s perception of us.
    – Be quick to remind them that near half the country are ‘Nationalists’.
    – Emphasise normality and broad spectrum of political opinion. How can the evil SNPCLONEARMY image be exploited if we have conservatives and liberals also campaigning for independence?
    – Have quick, soundbite, common sense rebuttals prepared for silly day-to-day issues (such as NATOmembership/nukes/hard-borders) and sensible, well considered popular responses for more complex issues(EU, Trade, Oil). Snappy and intuitive: eg – More Scots voted to stay with EU than UK. Trident contributions 5x GERS blackhole. We hold almost all of the trump cards, we need to be playing them in an effective way.

    I also believe we need more alternative media – videos are great at winning over young audiences. Podcasts better for older groups. And of course, we need a “Chat to your Granny” initiative! Elderly folk swung the vote in 2014 and they’re tradtionally much less engaged with new media, which is where most of the best YES circulation is.
    Strategies to get out and communicate to the elderly are vital.

  11. tarisgal

    I think it would also help to make up leaflets & distribute them, listing all the good things that have happened during the present Scotgov’s tenure in Holyrood, ie. more people registered with dentists, the hospital mortality rate down, crime down by 40%, Forth Bridge repairs finished before time and on budget, the new bridge being built without the use of PFI, etc. EVERYTHING that proves that the SNP know how to run their ship and to emphasise they run it exceedingly well on the little that WM gives us back to live on!

    I think they have to be, again – short & snappy. No long, convoluted explanations (though perhaps links to source the validity of the comments) but just lists of things that the Scottish government have done to prove to ‘soft ‘no’s’ that Scotland could manage her affairs very well and within her budget! The Scottish government hasn’t been in place long, and I think some people may well need to be shown that Scotland may not have had her own government a long time, but the list is proof that she’s picked up the ball and run with it, and achieved great results overall!

    It may well be prudent NOT to use the SNP ‘brand’ at all times but refer to these positives as coming from ‘Scotgov’, so that people who may not view SNP as their favourite party, may be inclined to think in a positive manner, of an Independent state with another party leading the new parliament. I am a definite SNP supporter but I’m being realistic and accepting that all who MIGHT consider Indy, are not. And while I don’t wish the SNP to be thrust into any corner, at the same time I think we need to be prudent as to when and how we use ‘SNP’ vs ‘Scotgov’ to gain what we want.

    Just some things I’ve been pondering on and my wee tuppeny piece…

  12. Lochside

    Totally agree with PIOTR re. the softly softly Brexit campaign making it difficult for soft ‘NOs’ to allow themselves to contemplate ‘leaving’ Britain. I had a similar chat last weekend with a nice Scottish w/class couple, Scottish and proud,(not Proudbuts), old labour, guilty at leaving fellow w/class English behind. Emotional reasoning at its most basic and toxic.

    SANDY..totally correct. I have urged for years a concerted campaign of mass non-payment of the BBC licence fee, and even better, public mass burning of the licences. Also , a mass campaign of non purchasing of Unionist newspapers, including the ubiquitous ‘Metro’ published by the same stable as the ‘Daily Mail’. This rag is distributed and read by tens of thousands of commuters, many who would and do not purchase a newspaper normally.

    I have accepted that the SNP cannot lead or even encourage these acceptable acts of civil disobedience. But YES Scotland could and should do it. In the way that mass protests during the REF campaign of 2014 alerted and galvanised up to 15% of our population to join the Independence movement, so this overt resistance on a mass basis will get through to the waverers and unaware.

  13. Alastair Naughton

    While overall I had a great admiration for Blair Jenkins, I thought he had APPALLING naivety in believing in steadfastly refusing to believe that the BBC was systemically biased against the independence movement. And this was from someone who used to work for the BBC! He always maintained that the BBC worked in a system of silos and one department never communicated with another, so if there was anti-independence sentiment in more than one department or in the case of more than one journalist, this was purely coincidental. I was flabbergasted at the naivety! This even went for MSM as well. I remember an event in Aberdeen and highlighting the Swastika cartoon in Scotland on Sunday (I think) and saying how appalling I thought the entire MSM bias was. He replied he thought we shouldn’t read too much into one-off incidents. I was shocked. However Blair did fantastically well in TV debates and was a marvellous orator, and excellent co-ordinator. It’s just this was a major blind-spot which MUST be addressed next time round!

  14. Proud Cybernat

    Hi GA.

    Hope you don’t mind me dropping this here.

    Peep the Beeb Campaign.

    It’s not yet been announced but everyone and their granny knows IndyRe#2 is on the table and will be announced in the not too distant. The SG is already preparing legislation for it.

    That means we need to use the time we have NOW proactively. I say that because I very much suspect two things will happen:

    1) IndyRef#2 will be called suddenly.
    2) It will be a very short campaign, 3-6 months max.

    So we need to use the time we have to start campaigning NOW.
    My first port of call is to tackle the BBC. IMO, they were the biggest contributer by far to YES losing last time with their relentless anti-indy broadcasts.

    We obviously cannot stop their BritNat propaganda from being broadcast this time (it has never actually stopped) but we do have the means to significantly dull its impact. The BBC may well control the airwaves but WE control the streets.

    We need to get stickers made with the simple message that you cannot trust the BBC.

    We get tens, hundreds of thousands, fucking MILLIONS of them printed and, my god, do we plaster them everywhere we can think: bus shelters, post boxes, lamp-posts, drain-pipes, post-boxes, phone boxes street bins, pavements, empty shop windows, back of toilet doors, Rooth’s Mooth, Kez’s forehead and Wee Willie’s arse. We get business cards printed with the same message. We leave them on buses, trains, planes, pubs, cafes, restaurants etc, etc.

    You get the idea.

    We get the message out there on the streets that the BBC cannot be trusted. We get it so that that State Propaganda Unit can broadcast all fucking day long but it is to no avail – the people will no longer be listening to them.

    That’s how we tackle the BBC.

    The campaign will need around 250 distributors all over Scotland to take 1,000 stickies each. If you want to help Peep the Beeb then send your contact details to the email at the foot of the page in the link below. The link also shows some ideas for the label. In your email also let me know your top TWO labels (numbered).

    The LINK:
    http://imgur.com/a/KUamE

    Together we can bring the BBC’s anti-Scotland propaganda down to a peep.

  15. James Cassidy

    There’s a lot of good ideas floating around here but there’s one I can’t agree with and that is to show support for the Scottish Government and bite our tongues where necessary; otherwise known as Wheesht for Indy.

    Let’s get something straight. We AREN’T selling the SNP manifesto for them. We are all selling OUR visions of an independent Scotland, and while there is much that we have in common there are areas where we will think differently.

    One thing we are selling is Scotlands’s ability to forge its own path, set the laws which benefit it and make our own decisions. To chose a government which suits us is an important selling point. Do we really think that touting the SNP manifesto will win over the No voters we badly need to convert? Most likely not, but, and this is important, we need to point to us being outvoted at every turn at Westminster and say to folk, Westminster is lost due to EVEL, but you can have YOUR kind of government here, be it Labour, Liberal or God-forbid, Conservative.

    We also badly need to counter the “Proud Scot but” folk who will be front and centre of the unionist campaign. We need to draw attention to them doing Scotland down at every turn. We need to make this plain: you can’t have two masters. Either you are for Scotland or you are for Westminster, you are willing to stand up for your country and make it better or you want to hand it to another country to run it for you.

    Last time it was played too nice. This time it must be made plain: you are either a Scot, or you’re not.

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