MIA WRITES ABOUT THE SSRG LETTER.

An article from the Yours for Scotland regular columnist Mia.

I was one of the many who on 10th November 2021 read with excitement the open letter sent by the Scottish Sovereignty Research Group (SSRG) to Scotland’s pro-independence party leaders.

After the crushing disappointment of watching for 6 years some of those pro-independence leaders doing nothing to progress independence and instead proactively sending it to the bottom of their list of priorities, the brave initiative taken by the SSRG brought back the warm feeling that things may finally start to move forward.  I agree with every word of that letter and their reason to send it.

For the last 6 years the corridors of power in Scotland have been making the yes movement feel like a hamster running on an exercise wheel searching for a carrot deliberately placed out of reach outside the cage.  Running constantly and burning considerable amounts of energy and hope, but going nowhere.

Before the 2021 election we watched in despair how those in the corridors of power wasted our majorities and democratic mandates doing nothing to progress independence other than complaining about the Tories.  Complaining about the Tories may be easy, cheap and handy to fill in pages in the National, but it is totally futile as strategy to pursue independence.  Actions is what is required but action from Nicola’s political circle and followers comes none.

The thing is those Tories Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP spend most of their time complaining about are not sitting on their hands.  For all those 6 years the Tories have been very busy at finding ways to regress our autonomy.

The most incongruous part of this situation is that Sturgeon and some of her SNP MPs keep telling us that the way to escape the damage the Tories are doing is by ending the union.  But despite the electorate of Scotland having given Sturgeon and the SNP in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2021 the tools to do so, those tools have been locked in a cupboard somewhere and left to rust instead of being put to use.

6 years of stasis have taught us a bitter lesson. Scotland cannot trust Sturgeon or her SNP to do what needs to be done in order to escape the continuous abuse Scotland is subjected to within this union.  And that is why this SSRG letter was so timely and so welcome.

Personally I think those pro-indy leaders who the letter was sent are just a section of the audience that should receive the letter.  I think the letter should be distributed more widely because it is not only pro-indy leaders who are reluctant to accept the democratic will of the people of Scotland and to recognise the legitimacy of all those democratic mandates to terminate the union issued since 2015.  The overt anti-independence leaders, their branch managers in Scotland and of course the crown are happy to brush the inconvenience of Scotland’s democratic will under the carpet.

I think SSRG’s powerful letter should be sent to each and every representative of Scotland in the Parliament of Scotland; in the Scottish councils and in the Parliament of the UK union.  I think it should also be sent to the leaders of the main England’s parties in the UK union parliament; the leaders of NI parties in the UK union parliament; the leaders of Wales’ parties in the UK union parliament and the crown.

After 6 years of being led up and down the hill too many times and realising that Nicola Sturgeon is not up for it, it is time somebody else started the conversation that should have started on the 8th May 2015.  I am delighted and thankful to the SSRG for having taken the initiative. Now it is up to us to continue that conversation and to give it the volume it deserves.

Scotland’s MSPs, MPs and Councillors were elected to represent the will and interests of Scotland. It is about time they started doing so.  Sending them the letter should leave them with no doubts about what to do.

For quite some time, Her Majesty appears to have only acted as Elizabeth II Queen of England, not Elizabeth I Queen of Scots. Signing the prorogation of parliament, the theft of our powers, the trashing of our continuation bill after the ruling on the basis of English law in one of her courts in England, the withdrawal bill usurping our popular sovereignty and the Brexit bill directly against the expressed will of the people of Scotland, could all be interpreted as abuse of power and a direct attempt to impose absolute rule over Scotland.  If I am not mistaken, this is in direct violation of Scotland’s Claim of Right 1689 which considers the imposition of absolute rule over Scotland unlawful.

Considering that Scotland’s Claim of Right 1689 is pretty much the main pillar over which the Treaty of Union and the union of crowns stands, one could argue that a violation of the Claim of Right implies a violation of the Treaty of Union too.

Blessing the use of English law in an English court to trash Scots law and stop our continuation bill in their tracks could be interpreted in itself as a direct breach of the Treaty of Union too. Signing all those laws without the consent of Scotland, bears as much responsibility as the actions of “her” government and “her” parliament, for this need of Scotland now to end a failed treaty.  A treaty abused for 300 years as the justification to rob Scotland of its natural resources, to erode the rights of its population and to suppress its political will.  That letter says Scotland has had enough.

Communication to the MPs of NI, Wales and England would be just an act of common courtesy.  This should not be interpreted as asking them for their blessing.  Scotland does not need anybody’s blessing to exercise its legitimate right to terminate a bilateral international treaty.  The only blessing it needs is that from its own people and its people gave their blessing in 2015, 2017 and 2019.

I think it is important to start thinking in the next steps after sending the letter.  Sturgeon and those who have altered the democratic structures of the SNP stopping the ability of its members to control the party have no apparent interest whatsoever in bringing forward the end of the union.  Therefore we should expect that anything that may put pressure on them to deliver what they evidently have been deliberately avoiding since 2015, will be immediately targeted to go down in flames.

We might see how these people will quickly attempt to undermine the SSRG letter as if it was just a rant of a minority of Alba party supporters.

How can we counteract that?  The more suggestions and ideas we can bring to the fore the better.

My own suggestion would be by having some supporting visual evidence that cannot be easily shut down, for example in the form of some sort of webpage that collects online signatures from people who rejects Nicola’s gold standard unicorn and instead supports the direct end of the union by means of a vote of our Scotland MPs.

What I mean is a purposely created website where the number of signatures (not necessarily the names of the people who signs) can be seen.  Just like we can see for example in the website of the Norwegian’s oil fund how the value of the loot changes.  I think this may focus some minds.

I think the signatures are a very important piece of evidence in support of this route.  Written stuff cannot simply be dismissed as unimportant like the politicians love to dismiss things they are not keen on implementing.  The signatures will go on to support the strength of this letter, the strength of the wish of the people of Scotland to move on from this unbearable statis and, at the same time, weakens the prospect of the gold standard unicorn as a credible option.

The other thing that I think we need is to find a way of ejecting the SNP MPs from our seats because for 6 years they have done nothing meaningful to progress independence with those seats.

And how do we do this?  Your suggestions here are as good as mine.  What crosses my mind is to find a common agreement among all non-establishment pro indy parties that from now on every single democratic election will be a plebiscite on independence.  I do not include in this group neither the SNP nor the Greens because since 2016, SNP and Greens together have had a pro-indy majority in Holyrood.  If they were the pro-indy parties they claim to be, they would not have wasted the last 5 years and would have already progressed independence.

I believe getting pro-indy parties other than the SNP and the Greens to declare openly they support the end of the union by simply majority of Scotland MPs voting for it, will bring the farce that is Sturgeon’s flawed approach right into direct scrutiny.

Until now Sturgeon and her SNP have got away with not progressing independence by using continuously the excuse that the unionist parties were pushing her in the opposite direction to independence.  Well then, perhaps it is about time the yes movement started pushing (metaphorically speaking) her and our MPs towards independence to restore the balance.

Sturgeon and her New SNP only looks pro-indy when there is no real pro-indy party in the picture and when there are only staunch pro-union parties to compare them with. When confronted with real pro-indy parties, her unionist colours show, just as they did when she rejected point blank the supermajority strategy in the last election and instead with the SNP1 and 2 nonsense she opened the door wide for the unionist seat warmers to waltz back in.

I believe the threat of making each and every single election a plebiscite on independence denotes determination, sends a very powerful signal that this is not going away and cannot be easily brushed under the carpet in the long term with a dodgy franchise, a rigged election or the fabricated need of unnecessary permission form our equal partner to end the union.

But that threat does something else: it also rejects the official narrative that Sturgeon’s approach is acceptable to all indy supporters and the idea that Sturgeon’s toothless SNP is in any way representative of the Yes movement as a whole in Scotland.

It is expected that the unionist parties will attempt to throw their weight at this route to lock it down if they cannot ignore it. But if forced to do it for long, it will exhaust them and totally eviscerate their arguments and position.  This is because it has now become impossible for those parties to hide anymore the fact that what they claim and what they do are diametrically opposed.

The unionist parties cannot fight on two opposite fronts. I think that we should find a way of separating those two fronts as much as possible, in an ideal scenario getting to the point where the unionist parties have to fight with themselves.

For example, they cannot pretend they will fight to keep Scotland happy in the union while being at the same time actively fighting against Scotland to keep England happy as they did with brexit – Scotland’s and England’s political interests and needs have diverged too much to become reconcilable again, so either Scotland is happy or England is.  They have not been challenged sufficiently on this.

The unionist parties cannot continue openly obliterating Scotland’s democracy while at the same time pretending that Scotland and England can be governed by the same “democratic” parliament and “democratic” parties.  If they are democrats, they must accept the democracy of both, Scotland and England, not just England.  Again, despite the obvious elephant in the room, they have not been challenged enough on this.

The unionist parties cannot claim the union is good for Scotland while they continue to use it as an excuse to steal Scotland’s powers and assets, causing its continuous depopulation as collateral.  Again, Sturgeon and the SNP directed all criticism for this to the tories, when the criticism should have been directed to the entire political and parliamentary structure of the UK., evidently designed to suppress Scotland’s expressed democratic will by having a disproportionally large number of England MPs in what should be the bipartite parliament of a bilateral political union if the treaty of union and the claim of right were respected.  Labour and the Libdems were so keen on this theft of powers from Scotland as the tories were. So focusing only on the tories was clearly a distraction.

I also think that those non-establishment pro-indy parties should start campaigning for the next GE NOW and this campaigning should be done on an independence mandate by declaring that a vote for these parties is unconditionally, a mandate for independence.  If the SNP and the Greens want to join on this approach, wonderful.  If not, the threat should be that they will be bypassed and cast aside as charlatans and time-wasters.

If we do not get any pro-indy party that is prepared to campaign on an independence mandate as stated above, then I think a campaign committing us to spoil our ballots in the next GE in masse unless it is declared a plebiscite on independence should start. If the game is rigged to stop us expressing our will, as it appears to have been for the last 7 years, shouldn’t we think about refusing to continue participating in a game where we are continuously set to fail because the goalposts are being moved forward each time? Elections can only be sold as democratic if the electorate accepts them as such. For an election to be democratic it must present all the options, and not just the ones convenient to the politicians in power.

It is evident that the British establishment (and I include here Sturgeon and her metamorphosed SNP) do not want to end the union and the last thing in their minds is to end the union by the route of the MPs.  This means that they will try everything to stop this route getting traction.

I imagine that to start with they will hit us back with a tsunami of propaganda attempting to float again the lead balloon of Nicola’s gold standard unicorn and will force down our throat tons of propaganda discrediting the route of the MPs by claiming Nicola’s unicorn is the only “democratic” option.

We need to be prepared for the continuous mentioning of the words “undemocratic”, “extreme nationalism”, “illegal” and “UDI” associated with this route (Scotland is in a bipartite political union, therefore it cannot UDI, just terminate the treaty).

I suspect the tsunami will come as a triple wave.  The first wave will attempt to polish Nicola’s gold standard turd.  The second wave will attempt to restore the confidence on their now demonstrably flawed franchise.  I guess we will hear an awful lot of baaad “ethnic nationalism” associated to the MPs’ route and an awful lot of praise for “civic nationalism”, (whatever that means) associated with Nicola’s unicorn.

The third wave of course will be psychological blackmailing claiming that we are dividing the yes movement. 

As long as we have the arguments in place to rebut this and the conviction to do it, we will be fine.

If we want Scotland to pursue this route of the majority of MPs, then persistence and no mercy is the key. We should not be moved by the pretend cries and rivers of crocodile tears the gradualists are going to flood us with claiming that we are responsible for dividing the yes movement. We are not.  Sturgeon has already done that and started doing that on the 8th May 2015, the day she chose not to end the union and started using our pro indy votes to preserve the UK instead. That damage has already been done and hell should freeze before we take any responsibility for what this political fraud has done with our mandates, our votes, our movement and our political vehicle for independence.

As per the nonsense of “civic nationalism”, there is no country on earth other than Scotland that opens wide its franchise to be abused by newly arrived incomers whose loyalty is to another country, which is convenient for the domineering power.

Taking Murrell’s words from his infamous message: 

To win this, “We need to have them firefighting in as many fronts as possible”

Divide and conquer has been the motto of England’s ruling elite to crush Scotland for 300 years. Divide and conquer is what Sturgeon, the gradualists and entrists have been doing for the last 6 years to stall independence. Divide and conquer is what the political lobby pretending to seek the destruction of women’s rights has been doing for the last few yearstoo. Divide and conquer is what the British state and their minions in Scotland have been doing with the complaints procedure, botched criminal case against Mr Salmond and the blackout of Alba.

Scotland has had 300 years to learn this tried and tested tactic. Isn’t about time we embraced it and our opponents got a taste of their own medicine?

Lets get the pro Union parties fighting on as many fronts to exhaust them. For example, let’s get them fighting actively against Scotland’s independence while still claiming Scotland does not want independence.

Let’s get them tying themselves in knots by proving to us Nicola’s gold standard unicorn is the only viable and credible route we have while they continue to make every possible effort to present it as non-achievable in the short term and while we continue to trash the flawed franchise.

Let’s get them proving to us the franchise is acceptable, while making them justify at the same time why can we not use the same franchise Cameron used in the EU referendum.

Let’s make them present a credible case for the union while forcing them to explain their claim that the union does not exist because Scotland was absorbed in the “kingdom of Great Britain”

Let’s make them demonstrate to the Scots how the Union can ever be democratic while they make every possible effort to undermine our many democratic mandates to end the union and to stop Brexit.

Let’s make them demonstrate how Scotland and England’s needs and wants can be satisfied in equal measure in this union while making them explain how it is that their actions every day show that the only way this union can survive is by totally obliterating Scotland’s will and by continuously ignoring Scotland’s needs

Let’s challenge them into showing how Scotland and England can be credibly governed with the same political parties and then make them explain why is it that if Scotland and England can be governed by the same parties, these parties still feel the need to create branches in Scotland and the illusion that those branches are autonomous by giving them a different name. We should demand constantly that those branches either cut their umbilical cord that keeps them afloat with the donations from England and become fully independent parties or ditch the “Scottish” from their names and present themselves as what they are: England parties.  We should then demand that only parties funded in Scotland are allowed in our Scottish Parliament.  It is unacceptable that parties funded by the money of other countries and serving the interests of those countries are sitting in our parliament. Then we sit back and watch how long they survive.

Let’s challenge them to show how those unionist parties respect the treaty of union and our claim of right and then make them explain why is it that they are actively encouraging the trashing of our claim of right and treaty of union for the sake of preserving this political union and the supremacy of England’s interests.

We learnt yesterday about how extensive the use of gaslighting is in politics to control opinion. So let’s get ready for their gaslighting because it will come.

Ending the union through our MPs leaves very little room for the powers that be to manoeuvre.  If pushed to deliver, a referendum is the best option they have to manipulate the process and the result so we should expect offers of a referendum if we ditch the otheroption.  In that case we need to be ready to reject it blankly unless it comes with a fixed dateof both referendum and delivery and unless they change the franchise in a way that the natives’ yes vote is not deliberately set to fail as it was in 2014.

Sturgeon has given us the excuse that unless we accept her gold standard unicorn, the no voters may boycott it.  Well then, we should threat to boycott it ourselves unless the franchise is fair and unless every interference from outwith Scotland is eliminated.  That of course will include to ban from taking part in the referendum campaigning every political party or organisation with headquarters outwith Scotland and funded by money that was not generated in Scotland, every rUK politician, parliamentarian, broadcasters and newspapers not having their HQ in Scotland, and even a monarch whose residence is not in Scotland. All of which could be interpreted as a deliberate interference from an external vested interest.

Sturgeon and her followers have been given all the consideration to the no voters.  It is about time they start to consider the needs and wants of the yes voters.

“If you can’t fly, then run; if you can’t run then walk if you can’t walk then crawl; but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Saor Alba!

MY COMMENT

Yet again an outstanding article from Mia, would that some of our elected politicians have the same drive, sense and strategic ability as Mia. The need to continually apply pressure, on multiple fronts, is the key to driving Independence forward. Give them no rest, apply and test their defence continually, build a huge team effort and make the most of every opportunity. I suggest those reading this recognise that the recent burst of activity from the SNP to at least appear to be re-engaging with Independence again and the rather blatant efforts of the Woke dominated AIM organisation to try and take control of the Yes narrative is panic setting in that their position as being the main vehicle of Independence is now severely compromised, exactly as Mia forecasts. I am grateful Mia has become my regular columnist otherwise Mia would have been a shoe in for the Rangers job lol.

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52 thoughts on “MIA WRITES ABOUT THE SSRG LETTER.

  1. “I suggest those reading this recognise that the recent burst of activity from the SNP to at least appear to be re-engaging with Independence again” – Or might this burst of indiref2 fever be more about the up and coming local elections – Nicola to team SNP – time to bring the old Indiref 2 carrot out of its box and dangle it in front of the noises of my fan club and gullible SNP voters – and don’t forget the Press Release to my fan club newsletter the National..

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  2. Agreed.

    First of all, Nicola Sturgeon and her party needs to be reminded that they do not have sole ownership of the concept of restoring Scotland’s full self-government.

    Second, the argument should be focused on the constitution, not economy. In other words Nicola Sturgeon must be loudly informed that “its’ democracy, stupid!”

    Third, there must be no British involvement in any future referendum. We decide the question and define the electorate.

    Fourth, the Britz must be put on the defensive. Make them formulate an argument that Scotland is not a nation and see how well people in this country react to that!

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  3. I’ll need to read this again. It is too much for me to take in completely in one reading.

    However, I must say that I sent a copy of the original letter to my MP, Chris Stephens and my MSP, Humza Yousaf and the only reply I have received is the automated response. To think I worked to get both of them elected.

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    1. Really feel for you here Grouser, Stephens and Yousaf are careerists masquerading as politicians. There is absolutely no chance either will do other than Sturgeon decrees lest it displease. They are but two examples of the barrier built by the SNP hierarchy which has stymied progress towards our Independence and continues to shackle us to the colonial rack. Ye cuid dae waur, ah hiv Blackford foreby yon Forbes!!

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  4. Excellent article – regarding getting our voice heard I’d suggest we use a website that contains both our own message and something for everyone: something perhaps like the “good neighbours” app where folk put up stuff they don’t want anymore but anyone who does want it can come and pick it up? We could have a section for local updates on local issues – folk should be able to logon and update with travel or whatever local people want to know about. Tag entries by council region and town/village?A sort of free version of gum tree++ I think. We can have a link to indy news – this great web site and articles that need special profile – and folk could choose to click it. We can have one or two banner items to catch attention without scaring off the politically disengaged I reckon. We need oxygen and MSM are shutting us down. Lets find a way to make ourselves a household word.

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  5. Mia, I agree with every word. However the reality is that the wider public still vote SNP and Alba struggled to get 2% at the last GE. I attended the Alba conference in Greenock and it was a remarkable success but the wider voting public have still not moved away from the Selfie Queen.

    The reality of Scottish Politics remains in the hands of the Primary Holyrood Party. Sturgeon has cemented her position by dragging in the Greens to ensure SHE controls the direction of travel.

    I may vehemently agree with you, SSRG, Alba, many in the wider YES movement but I am a realist. I will continue to highlight her flaws but until Alba have a dozen seats at Holyrood we are in limbo. Unfortunately Sturgeon knows that, she planned for that..

    I hope many point out I am wrong and what I have missed but my experience tells me that until the public come to use their vote, primarily their second vote, for Holyrood then she keeps control.

    The only short term solution is a leadership challenge and she has managed to close that democratic route very effectively.

    I apologise to those who seek a quick solution to the issue. I regret to say we are on a longer path to Independence than we hoped for.

    I look forward to being proved wrong.I will continue to fight for my Nation but the latest polling for Westminster and Holyrood show that public awareness of the betrayal remains low and therefore the SNP vote remains high ( As the Labour vote did for the final years until it crashed)

    In the meantime the Unionists are building their defences higher and digging tunnels under ours.

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    1. A realistic take on the sorry situation we find ourselves in Clootie. Like you, I will continue to fight and do whatever I can to restore Scotland’s independence but the selfie Queen has ensured that the fight will be longer than it should have been.

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    2. I would suggest that under this current variant of the SNP, we cannot progress in any meaningful way towards independence, I like thousands of other long term members of the party have been left with no option but to resign and write off the concept of independence under the SNP, Alba will be the vehicle to deliver indy, might take ten or twenty years, but it will be a focused fight with no distractions. The more that get behind ALBA the quicker that process will be.

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    3. Lol, what a contrast, ‘Lets do something, here’s what we can do’ verses ‘there’s no point, we’re trapped, it’s hopeless lets all sit in a circle and pray that something changes’. Are you perhaps Peter Bell in disguise?

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  6. Iain, Of the many fine articles you have shared with us over the years, this to my mind is far and away the most concise yet. Many, many thanks Fraser

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  7. Avery nicely written blogpost Mia and agree wit everything you are saying, the SSRG approach still requires one thing to make it workable. It need the demonstrated will of the Scottish People to be clearly shown. failing a referendum which will be difficult to achieve in a timely fashion, how else can it be shown that the clear majority of the Scots are dissatisfied with the Treaty of Union so that it can be departed from?

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    1. I agree with the sentiments here that Sturgeon has played her dirty cards well – the fastest route round her is scandal – break the truth of what she has done with the evidence. If that evidence is protected by her tame judges then send it to a major English paper that will run with it. This needs to happen before the Westminster election because that is the empowered constitutional parliament and we need – Scotland needs – an ALBA landslide.

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  8. I agree with Mia, but also believe we have a coordinated independence movement to rebuild, one wherein everybody is on the same page regarding the way forward. In my opinion, the anti-colonialist argument has a mountain of evidence to support its assertions and sits extremely well alongside the work of the SSRG, but thus far has been treated as somehow quite marginal, almost intellectually exotic.

    In my opinion, the anti-colonialist argument with it wealth of historical parallels regarding British imperialism, is the key to the opening up and the airing in public of the many commonsensical reasons why Scotland, to have any future, must part company from the Union as soon as possible. What Scot, once made aware of their colonized status wouldn’t rebel and immediately seek independence? At this time of national political retreat, is there any key available other than that of decolonization? Consider the theft of our national resources for a moment then further consider: would such a thing be allowed to happen anywhere in the world other than in a colony?

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    1. I agree with a lot of what you say erich. Particularly the part about Scots seeking independence once they become aware of our colonised status. However for me fully realising the depth and strength of my colonised mindeset was a journey that took more than a decade. I don’t suggest this would be the same for everyone but that it could be the case for many.

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      1. Once the penny finally drops the reaction will be rapid. Erich VB is right, we need to understand that independence is primarily about decolonisation, Scotland being an exploited nation and people.

        Until now we have been led to believe independence is about a different currency, or government policies on this and that, and not much more. This also means continued reference to ‘unionist parties’ by Mia here misses the point; they are colonial oppressors as are all current state institutions in Scotland.

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  9. Brilliant article Mia, and I agree the SSRG’s route out of this union should be broadcast far and wide.

    The big stumbling block to leaving this union is Sturgeon, she’ll never entertain the SSRG’s way out of the union, so in effect she is holding our nation hostage by not using every method within her power to get us out of this union, the main reason we voted for the SNP is to achieve this goal.

    Now the million dollar question must be how do we force Sturgeon to go down this route, or how do we replace her with someone who will. Oops that’s two questions.

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    1. For my money the answer is to get the evidence on her dirty deeds and get it into the public domain without any of us ending up as political prisoners

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      1. Marionl99.

        Good idea though easier said than done I think, if SNP MPs and MSPs were going to whistleblow o their boss I think they would’ve done it by now.

        In my opinion the bottom line is we are going nowhere, as long as Sturgeon is FM, and until we or the SNP membership or the NEC, or whatever process can remove her the SSRG’s route out of this union will remain blocked to us.

        Removing Sturgeon and replacing her with an indy minded FM with the convictions to carry out the SSRG’s plan is in my opinion the only way out of this union.

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      2. I very much want to see that and keep hoping for a break through but, with the corruption and bias in the Scottish justice system, this will not be easy. Some of the evidence that was avilable be even have been destroyed by now.
        I like the idea of a register or list that those of us unhappy with the current rate of progress can sign as it would be good to know how many of us there are – and so how many remain to be convinced.

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  10. I agree with everything you have written here and in your previous articles, great effort along with the SSRG and Alf Baird’s revealing articles. Great stuff Iain in getting this together.

    One thing that is a concern is that if by some miracle Sturgeon did achieve an independence vote with the help of Boris eyeing a damage limitation trick. It”s hard to imagine the idiotic concessions she and her gullible obedient pet mice might offer Westminster. She has to go and be kept away from any negotiations of any kind when the time comes. I doubt that she or any of her front bench team and GRA accomplices understand the mechanical principal of a pair of scissors, so in the same league as Boris as far negotiations are concerned.

    It is also noted that Nicola was running around COP26 like a modern day demented autograph hunter getting selfies at every turn. I think we need to question her mental health, she has become obsessed with her own importance with things like the “Nicola” pens, both votes SNP but really both votes me, total control of the covid issue etc. I think she now thinks she is the SNP in her mind a successor is not needed. Is this all not a sign of “obsessive compulsive disorder” among other known mental illnesses?

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    1. Not wanting Nicola to lead the negotiations on Independence is no different from not wanting Boris or Brexit. Look how that turned out.

      The painful hard reality of Politics is the popular vote. It may be won by captions on a bus or Nicola’s pens and selfies but it is still a democratic vote. I’ll say that again – “a democratic vote”

      If we stay in the UK we will get Blue and Red Tories making the policies. If by some miracle we get and win an Independence Referendum then the SNP (Sturgeon) will decide the initial shape of Scotland. I’m sure we will get it back on track eventually – but it will be more lost years.

      I cannot argue with principles of democracy because I don’t like who the people are electing. It is a dangerous road to go down to suggest the people are wrong. We have to explain and convince them just as we did on Labour.

      Politicians have fallen to scandals and that may yet happen again but highlighting the failures of the SNP and the leadership is very different from telling people, the voters, that we can by-pass them somehow. That is beyond foolish.

      We know we are unlikely to get a Referendum under Sturgeon and if we do that the franchise will be so bad it will probably be lost.

      We have to rebuilt the YES movement and we need to win support for Alba and the ISP.
      Winning people to your argument takes time and a great deal of hard work. All the ex-SNP members on here know that.

      I see no shortcuts. Please tell me why I am wrong? Believe me I would love to be wrong!

      The debate is great. If we don’t test our own weaknesses then you can guarantee the Unionistswill.

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      1. There is a rock and a hard place here.
        The damage to Scotland that is happening right now is immense – people are suffering and it will get worse. Scotland needs self determination.
        Sturgeon is highly effective at presenting herself and grossly incompetent in every other respect – so much so that many, including myself, wonder if it is accident or design. How can the critical independence negotiations be led by someone who is at best an idiot and at worst a traitor?

        I think the focus must be on getting ALBA sent to Westminster. The local elections are the dry run for getting oxygen. With ALBA in the empowered constitutional parliament exercising the SSRG route there will be the mother and father of all bun fights. Progress will be made. Sturgeon is unlikely to survive that bun fight – even if she did she could not justify leading negotiations as head of a devolved administration that she herself has made a servant of Westminster.

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  11. Another excellent post by Mia and I totally agree that we have to stress to the wider voting public that we have options to regain our self determination without asking Westminster “Cap in Hand” please sir can we leave.The real Independence supporting parties stressing this at every opportunity and Election, my personal opinion that a Referendum is now the worst possible option.We need to get the message out that it is in our hands to carve a route out of the Union as was offered during the Election with SNP 1- ALBA 2 vote, many voters now realising that they were duped with the SNP 1 and 2 vote. One of the problems with the Referendum in 2014 was the involvement and control of the campaign by Westminster, with the other options the Unionists can not control the narrative or outcome.As options become clearer and the SNP panic to pretend that they are an Independence party and not Westminster puppets (even though they have done nothing to progress Independence since 2014) their smokescreen of blaming everything on the Tory Government will be blown away and more and more of the voting public will realise that it is campaigning and not complaining that will regain us our right to Self Determination.

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  12. Do not be taken in by the Greens. They are NOT pro indy. They are supporting the SNP to forward their own agenda.
    Work has stopped on the dualling of the A9. Why? Because the Greens don’t want it and stopping it is the price of their support. Shutting down oil and gas ? The price of Green support. BOTH these false indy parties need to be stopped and that can only be done by electing GENUINE indy MSPs.

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  13. “they are colonial oppressors as are all current state institutions in Scotland”

    I totally take your point Alf, and I also understand that those who have been actively stopping independence since 8th May 2015 are not the colonial power per se, but rather those working in Scotland on their behalf.

    I have also realised that the preservation of the Treaty of Union, and the maintenance of Westminster’s legitimacy to act on behalf of Scotland during the last 6 years, has only been possible thanks to the continuous cooperation of Sturgeon, her SNP version and the continuous sitting of our “nationalist” MPs in Westminster.

    If we want independence, therefore the first step is to move Sturgeon away from the driving seat and our MPs away from Westminster.

    As several people recognised above, our problem is that she is still popular among the voters, so how do we do it?

    My suggestion would be to use the same strategy used to get the libdems to implode in 2010 and labour to crash and burn in Scotland in 2014: with the tory kiss of political death. In other words, we have to use a platform where we push her and her SNP to the point where they have no choice other than fighting from the exact same side where the tories are. Make her look like she has united to the tories to go against the people of Scotland and her hegemony is over.

    I am beginning to think that trashing her gold standard unicorn and the flawed franchise, while relentlessly and loudly demanding a vote from the MPs as the only vehicle to end the union, could be the sort of platform we are looking for.

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    1. Yes Mia, as Albert Memmi said, colonialism ‘is always a cooperative venture’ and there are plenty of ‘elite’ Scots in on the racket, as there aye has been, and as more people can now see.

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  14. “If you can’t fly, then run; if you can’t run then walk if you can’t walk then crawl; but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward”
    Absolutely. So the question is, how? In a sense the perennial offer of indyref2 in the various manifestos is a gift to the colonial parties since it continues to put the YES movement in limbo which in itself is damaging to the movement.
    I’ve never understood the SNP’s enthusiasm for selling off our assets. Is it to tell the banker middle class that we are serious about adopting new labour style neoliberal policies? Is it to woo the EU? Is it to put the majority off wanting independence because it feels like just more of the same.?

    The SSRG have been a breath of fresh air but they’re not a political party. I do hope and believe that the pro-Indy parties should adopt some of their ideas and yes I hope they all campaign on a plebiscite at the next GE.
    This is all about progress and one thing which may or may not progress is Northern Ireland’s continuing place in the UK and the EU single market. I believe this is an area that all pro-Indy parties should progress right now. Why should NI be whilst Scotland isn’t.? The conversation Dr McNaught has had with EFTA is the one our political parties should be having. They should be pushing for single market access regardless of whether or not we are part of the UK and it should be made patently clear that failure to reinstate Scotland’s place is a breach of the treaty of union.

    Will UK govt object if the Scottish gov starts holding talks with EU SM officials? Of course they will. But at the end of the day these discussions however unfruitful are an attempt to bat for Scottish business and rescue those areas of the economy that are in ruin. will the SNP go down this route? Unlikely. The other parties should though. They should also have a nailed down policy on EFTA and single market entry to put into a manifesto after any plebiscite election – and a roadmap, just like SSRG have put forward. A 3 month entry date for example to the single market complete with the backing of European officials can’t really be dismissed by the establishment media.

    Of course if this were to gain any traction, the Indy ref machine would be ramped up. The uk establishment media would also likely drop hints that London could agree to a s30 in the next parliament. The easy answer to that is, fine pass the bill now and name the date, otherwise it’s piffle.

    So can we make progress now. Yes we can.

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  15. 8th May 2015, Was the day Scotland answered the referendum..

    In the run up to that election the media were predicting all 59 Scottish MP seats could go to the SNP..Yet OUT she comes with her statement “this election is NOT an election on Independence..” THAT statement alone should have opened the eyes of every YESSER, & every true INDEPENDISTA should have been knocking on the door of BUTE HOUSE & dragging her out, demanding she do what the People of Scotland just voted for, and that was to end the treaty, leave the UNION…

    Yet the “leader” the FM of the Independent Party kept emphasising that the 2015 election was not run on an Indy ticket, how could people not see through her then.. I was a huge fan of Sturgeons, I honestly believed that like Blackpool Rock the word Independence ran though her whole body. UNTIL that result.

    As a 50Yrs + voter of the SNP a 20yr member, MY heart was broken on 18th Sept 2014, but my dream DID die on May 8th 2015, that was when I realised she was NOT a leader, infact she was a COWARD, a fraud. She talks a good talk, she lies better than most, LIES just roll of her tongue.. Except when put on the spot & challenged, then she can’t remember, or hadn’t read that, or would need to check back.. Yet She still has people hanging onto her every LIE..

    Baby boxes, and a now at last, free bus travel for the under 22yrs old. 7 bloody years & that is what she has given to the people of Scotland. She gave more to WM when she handed back the benefits she asked for, but hadn’t a clue how to set up the system to run them. She is NOT a leader that’s for sure. A destroyer is more befitting I would say…

    I was was done with HER in 2015, but I clung onto my membership in the hope Alex would come back..

    And of course we heard that Alex did intend to come back in 2017, he intended to contest a seat in a by election for HR.

    And Sturgeon the coward, showed the another side of herself, the real self I now believe, the TRUE NASTY side of her..

    I say that as someone who way back in 2011/12, at a demonstration outside the BBC. I met a man I’d never seen before, who was sat on a small wall, as myself and my sister passed him, he asked if we were there for the demonstration, (we were early, not many folk had arrived yet) He said. “I take it you are SNP supporters then” we said yes, he said he was a member, took out his membership card to prove it, & although Alex was the FM then, he never mentioned him at all, he said the SNP is going nowhere with STURGEON there. Being fans of course we disagreed with him, & he told us a story, he worked for Sturgeon, he drove around the country with her, SHE had promised him certain positions. Promised him the chance of a seat in HR as well. Nothing ever came to fruition..

    But the words that came back to haunt me were when he said. she is a NASTY vindictive person, NOBODY gets in her way.

    There was more, but none of it was nice. It was obvious though that he DID know her and knew her well, she also did the dirty on him and tried hard to get him kicked out of the party.. But he remained a member, I doubt he will still be one today with her as FM.

    So on hearing that Alex could come back, she tried to jail him. But I think the worst REAL NASTY SIDE OF HER SHOWED once he was cleared of all charges, In the way she continued smearing him, & still does. THIS from someone that professed he was the closest person to her outside of her own family. This from a man she said she admired for decades. I wish I had listened to more of what that man at Pacific Quay had to say..Because what we have seen from her since becoming FM, is everything he said she was and would do.

    I knew in 2015 she was NO leader, by 2018/19 I knew she was NOT even for Independence, she has either been BOUGHT or they have something on her. (surely if the latter were true) all she had to do was step away and allow someone she knew would fight for Scotland’s Independence, someone like Joanna Cherry to take over, but her treatment of Cherry just adds fuel to the fire that she is NOT wanting Independence. I finally left the party in 2019 disgusted at the treatment of Alex and the little to NO backing from the party MSPS & MPs & worse members and supporters..

    I became a founding member of ALBA.. But I want to hear them make that statement that a vote for them at the next GE will be a mandate for Independence. And FORGET any referendums..ISP have said a vote for them will be a plebiscite for Indy.
    Great post as usual Mia..

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    1. I agree with everything you have said Kurikat.

      I suspected her motives in 2017 with the election not being about independence in her view, that lost a lot of support and MPs. I eventualy cancelled my membership over the Alex Salmond stitch up, Joanna Cherry fiasco, the ferry blunders, GRA and endless promises that never came to pass. I raised this with other SNP members who went with “you are a Unionist” etc., in shouty tones. The same people are now rather silent about that now that they are seeing through her to some extent. I also note that the National has a lot of below the line comments from previous Nicola fan club members now opposing her. I wonder how many are prepared to support ALBA now that the shine has gone off the Sturgeon halo? The sooner the self indoctrinated faithful also see the light the better for our cause. It’s a bit like dealing with angry flat earthers though.

      You are not the first person to mention her rather unpleasant nature, I think this might be the reason nobody in the party wants to disagree with her control freakery.

      Conversations with family and friends tells me that a lot of SNP memberships have not been renewed. I don’t think that the SNP should fail it just needs to sort itself out and reform with better leadership.

      Like you i’m also a founder member of ALBA.

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  16. We need the voting franchise changed as an imperative. To do this a national petition to the UN to acknowledge Scotlands colonial status eg. our Country is controlled by a foreign power as our Economy. The UN did this with Ireland we are no different. Once we get the UN onboard they can monitor elections and bias in the media in a run up for a referendum. The current franchise is a stich up for the union.500k English settlers since 2014 migrants to Scotland 13k English forces 29k English students, 30k English oil and gas workers off shore. This is the real reason we lost the referendum in 2014.We are getting stiched up to fail we need to act now to stop this. It is a pretence of democracy.

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  17. Great article again from Mia!!!
    I’m thinking that we also maybe need to do a leaflet drop through every house that we can with the letter. Perhaps with an introduction that clarifies that it doesn’t come from any single political party and providing links to excellent websites (like this one) with historical and factual information, without malice, on how we Scots are being manipulated/used/colonised/insert preferred adjective.
    The intro would need something that encourages people to read it, a dangled carrot so to speak, but pique their interest it must.
    I’m sure many of us on here and across other platforms would be willing to print off (at our own expense) simple word documents and do leaflet drops through letterboxes wherever we can reach, and get the message into every Scottish household.
    1 Million independence papers/carrots to every household? bah!!! we can do better than that surely?

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  18. It is a few years since returning home from France and driving through the night through England I passed so many large goods vehicles nose to tail heading North to Scotland. My reaction then was – was what a terrible job, and risky. Brexit caused me to consider now, what a terrible plight Scotland has been placed in. We appear to be wholly dependent on the commercial interests/benefits of food suppliers and transport companies from England to supply Scotland.

    A prudent Scottish government anticipating Brexit would have arranged direct supplies via sea transport to/from Europe to ensure supplies.Instead we have a government focussed and determined to press ahead with GRA and Hate Crime legislation.

    Regards Sturgeon, viper is my summary word to express my view of her.The Salmond stitch -up was astonishingly inept. Sturgeon being allowed her tearful 6 to 8 hour address to the Holyrood committee by the chairperson – whats-her-name – a disgrace. Her vote SNP 1and 2 so blatantly ant-independence.

    We are in a situation where the PM of the UK feels the need to tell the COP representatives in Glasgow that the UK is not a corrupt country. MPs found to be illing their pockets with sideline activities. The scope of HS2 is being amended etc etc.

    The grounds and justification for the SNP MPs to withdraw from and take no further part in Westminster – in disgust – are well established.

    And to conclude, hopefully to cause some unease over words and actions – Stephen Gerrard, ” I would not leave Rangers in mid-season”. He’s gone with barely a day’s notice.Penalty clause? Naw.

    Take it as a warning over events and people.Protect your interests.What penalty clauses does Scotland have over England’s actions? Zilch peut tetre?

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  19. “A prudent Scottish government anticipating Brexit would have arranged direct supplies via sea transport to/from Europe to ensure supplies.Instead we have a government focussed and determined to press ahead with GRA and Hate Crime legislation.”

    Bull’s eye, velofello. Instead of strategic thinking, there is politicking.

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  20. Everyone has said everything, I can’t say it any better so I’ll just chip in with my two penn’orth

    We should all stop even mentioning an #indyref – only the Queen of Covid still thinks “her people” want one and of course she knows it’s not going to happen while she gives her pal Johnson the golden bullet to shoot it down with

    We don’t want it, we want independence like all the other colonies have secured – as our right

    Referendum Nicola? Nah, stick it up yer back-endum

    You’re a busted flush and the real independence movement left you and your selfie stick behind a long time ago

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  21. O/t It’s up not to Mia’s standard but I have a guest article over at GrumpyScottishMan if anyone is interested.

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  22. A very good article, great to see people thinking and planning tactically for Indy and not just for individual parties.

    I wonder when the media / propoganda unit are going to start playing the ‘free tampons in gents toilets’ card. What an absolute gift the SNP have given their detractors on that one. And a waste of tax payers money.

    Perhaps SNP stands for Sanitaryproducts Now Party.

    Still it will be easy to buy a Christmas gift for Wishart and co now…. just wrap a wee tampon in tinfoil… jobs a good un.

    Still if you can’t tackle real poverty, tackling period poverty in the gents toilets is a nice distraction.

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  23. The SNP elite have been completely absorbed into the British establishment, as you can see by the swooning expression on Sturgeon’s face. This lot won’t be fighting for Scottish independence any time soon, so we will have to achieve it without them.

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  24. Two stunning photos! Notice how becalmed politics in Scotland become since the Salmond trial and the committee investigation farce.All over and dusted.

    Mr Murrell feels no need to appear in public nor explain SNP finances; Wishart and Swinney feel so confident that the becalmed political ship of Scotland is going nowhere that they can have a swim with the gentry; Yusof with the assistance of the Daily Record – yes, the SNP “press enemy” the Daily Record, gathers evidence against a children’s nursery so confident is he of no political consequence for him.Indeed his wife, the National reports, is suing the nursery.

    Reasonable behaviour, to be expected of Government Ministers? You are judged by the company you keep.

    And rumours – where is the press investigation of the rumours? What is the purpose/ mission statement of the National? To daily, provide large colour photos of FM Sturgeon? A daily average of two pages about Glasgow Celtic? And seemingly unedited weekly articles by a Stephen Paton?

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