Yes Scotlands Future social media activists

This is the full text we supplied to the National newspaper for the article about the readiness of the Yes movement in the article printed this morning.

Yes Scotlands Future are a collective of activists on social media who have been active since before 2014.

Our Mantra is positivity, good humour and above all understanding the manipulation and bias in mainstream media.

The Yes movement has been like a group of planes flying in a ‘holding’ pattern above Scotland since 2014.

Some have crashed and burned already, or fallen out with each other, but many have gone on to develop a strong network built on trust , friendship and a common belief in a better Scotland.

There will always be “egos” in any movement but we try to sidestep those and just get on with it.

The Brexit shambles has exacerbated things and made people impatient but it has also revealed the true nature of the union, it is broken beyond repair.

The people who share posts on our pages are ordinary Scots looking to get involved. There is still a role for pages like this to help put information in front of people to help them argue the case for independence.We just need a date to land safely and get a move on.

Team Yes Scotlands Future

Dissolve The Union

I agree with Tim Montgomerie on this point- there is no way back from the devastation caused to the UK by Brexit. The UK is now a global laughing stock and will NEVER recover its status, nor should it. The only prudent course of action is for the union to be dissolved and for its component countries to start afresh.

If the UK was a much loved pet then surely, no matter how much you loved it, you would be merciful and put an end to it’s tortured existence as painlessly as possible. Let’s all agree that Westminster has failed and now move forward with hope and determination.

Keeping it civil

Recent headlining news about allegations against former First Minister Alex Salmond raises a number of interesting points. At Yes Scotland’s Future we are glad to see him putting forward a robust defence and at the same time we uphold the right of an individual or individuals to raise issues in the workplace.

Firstly the statement made by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon yesterday was very clear and very welcome. Its important not to over react to these situations and some of the best advice I have heard is:

“A plea. Don’t rush to judgment. On anyone. Allow due process.
And read Nicola Sturgeon’s statement in full”

At one level that is all we need to say on this at this time no further comment is needed until due process has been completed including Alex Salmond’s court case.

There are other important events going on in the world as we know only too well. This week saw the publication of a massive stream of ‘technical notes’ on what would happen to a number of important sectors if there was a ‘No-deal’ Brexit, including raising a number of concerns about banking services for British people living abroad, increased credit card charges and potential shortages of medicines and medical supplies such as those used for cancer treatment.

Unfortunately none of that is on the front pages of the Scottish press. Just a day or two after their publication you would expect a fair press to have digested and analysed this mass of information and to be sharing it with people. But no, nothing of the sort.

In the case of Alex Salmond (AS) we see an all too typical rabid press pouring over what is to all purposes a leaked workplace grievance and subsequent investigative process.

That process has to run its course but it is the nature of these things that leaking it to the media not only damages the accused but the accuser. It’s extremely difficult for anyone in a workplace to report concerns to an employer if it is then leaked to the media. We have to ask who leaked this confidential information about a sexual harassment allegation and why?

That brings us to the second main point of this article. What is the role of the media and how are they responding? In the last few weeks and months there have been many stories about alleged misconduct among public figures but in the Scottish Government there is a clear internal process for dealing with such matters. From Nicola Sturgeon’s statement   “..I was informed by the Permanent Secretary earlier this week that she had completed her investigation”. The subsequent release of the fact that a complaint had been made and investigated led to AS refuting this and raising a legal challenge. This was seized upon by the media as AS suing the Scottish Government and almost by association some kind of internal struggle inside the SNP.

Looking at the facts of the matter and if you think of it without  Alex Salmond but as a complaint in a work setting it should never have got any exposure at all in the media. So why was it put out into the public domain ? We have seen frequently the BBC report on a subject then spin it out to include false or misleading information.In fact just this very week they were forced to apologise for misleading the viewing public about the economic figures relating to Scotland. This goes on regularly and it is by regularly repeating false information that important ‘minor’ details like Scotland can never have a deficit because it’s not fiscally allowed to, are ignored.Instead the media try to paint a picture of a reckless over spending Scottish Government when in fact nothing is further from the truth and all areas Scotland has complete control over are not in deficit.

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The media stated repeatedly that Alec Salmond was suing the Scottish Government and the Civil Servants involved in bringing the complaints forward. The message people are not getting explained to them is that the Civil Service is reserved to Westminster and staff are charged to work with the devolved administrations.They are not employed by Holyrood. So it is not true to state that a case is being brought against the Scottish Government and insinuate it is some kind of internal SNP struggle.

This article on the civil service outlines changes to staff numbers across the devolved administrations. The key point s that the devolved administrations have less staff working for them than other UK government departments. We do not intend to attack the civil service or its staff but point out that the presence of senior staff is more heavily weighted towards the 5 Westminster controlled departments than the devolved assemblies.

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We can do without the media leading us up the garden path at a time when we are being led to the cliff edge over Brexit. The civil service is in charge of the internal investigative process not the ‘Scottish Government’. We shall see what transpires but we know how politics works. Civil servants are answerable to politicians and at times of crisis staff with skills in mass media are as useful to a government as weaponry is at a time of war.

Jeremy Corbyn has also seen his fair share of media misrepresentation recently although some of it is of his own making.

I will leave room to consider points by Craig Murray, someone with lived experience in this area of press activity.

Alex Salmond’s jeopardy has caused me a dreadful shudder of recognition and empathy. I too was accused of hideous offences under a civil service disciplinary code and barred from taking any action to defend myself. I was not allowed to speak to anybody at all about the charges, and particularly not allowed to know the identity of my accusers, or to organise witnesses in my defence – which appears the exact procedure which Alex Salmond now, with absolute justice, complains of. These Civil Service disciplinary investigations are contrary to all rules of natural justice, and designed to facilitate executive stitch-ups, not to uncover the truth.

It is also worth noting Alex Salmond’s recent unfettered access to the media on his RT talk showin which he has given free reign to a number of interesting subjects and guests whom you would never see on any other talk show. Recently he has intervened personally in the Wings Over Scotlandversus the BBC case involving the banning of the You Tube channel.

In conclusion it is worth repeating our earlier plea- 

Don’t rush to judgment. On anyone. Allow due process.

At the same time being realistic we need to be aware of the massive media games being played on the public over Brexit and Scottish independence just now. There is not a bus big enough to write all the lies that have been broken on the side of it.

Team YSF

 

 

 

YSF – From Virtual to Actual

Thanks to your support our first batch of printed material is underway (£264 incl. delivery) Hopefully we will have received it in time to distribute some in Dundee at the AUOB march.

If you wish to help by contributing toward further YSF projects you can do so via PayPal or GoFundMe at these links.

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Scotland Together

In the past three plus years the U.K. have wholly failed to follow through on the promises and declarations made during their Better Together campaign.  There should be little doubt now that Scotland can, and will, be a successful and forward looking independent nation. It is time to remove the shackles of Westminster and realise our true potential.

Let’s secure an #altogetherbetter Scotland for all our children. I can’t say it will be easy but it will be worth it!

Bin the Bomb

The following quote by Martin Amis seems to summarise completely the madness of the ‘logic’ of nuclear weapons

“What is the only provocation that could bring about the use of nuclear weapons? Nuclear weapons.

What is the priority target for nuclear weapons? Nuclear weapons.

What is the only established defense against nuclear weapons? Nuclear weapons.

How do we prevent the use of nuclear weapons? By threatening to use nuclear weapons.

And we can’t get rid of nuclear weapons, because of nuclear weapons. The intransigence, it seems, is a function of the weapons themselves.”

We cannot, perhaps, prevent Westminster from purchasing nuclear weapons but we can ensure that they are not sited on Scottish soil or in our waters. We can take the target from our childrens’ backs and remove the financial burden from their pockets. It can be done as easily as marking a cross in a box marked Yes!!

 

Why Freedom

Wave a saltire and speak of freedom and instantly people outwith the iScotland movement think of the film Braveheart and mistakenly attribute that romanticised notion to the motivation of Yes. The fact couldn’t be further from the truth, Yes we want to regain Scotland’s independent governance but not as a return to the past but rather as a push toward the future. The chance to create something new from the ground up, a country driven for the good of its people(s) with social justice at its heart.

The dictionary defines freedom thus;

1.The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants.
1.1 Absence of subjection to foreign domination or despotic government.
1.2 The power of self-determination attributed to the will; the quality of being independent of fate or necessity.
2The state of not being imprisoned or enslaved.
2.1 The state of being unrestricted and able to move easily.
2.2 Unrestricted use of something.

Freedom for Scotland simply put is this…

The chance to change and be better.