No longer ‘Hope over fear’ it is now ‘Hope over hate’ and this time we will succeed.

As we write this people are still taking in the implications of the statement today in the Scottish Parliament. Our movement of YES people who wanted change in 2014 have been waiting, some patiently, some not so, for this day.

So what now? Some of you may be thinking

‘We want the world and we want it now!’

……but what has been set out does not deliver that. Yet.

There is no certainty over Brexit. If things go very badly for Unionist parties, and they might, the Brexiteers will win the upper hand and create more chaos to cash in on ( Nigel Fake Rage laughs his way to the bank)

It is right to give the people of Scotland a choice .It is a choice between being pulled out of the EU into a cliff plunging economic disaster that would see our democratic rights pulled back to a forelock tugging past, or, being an outward looking independent nation still part of a European partnership we trade with and send our children to study and work in. The EU elections are a further chance to show Scotlands determination to be independent.

The Scottish Government quite rightly have spent a lot of time preparing.They have listened to the points made back in 2014 about the economy. While some of this is not popular with sections of the Yes movement at least they have tried to address it with an economic focus because this is what the analysts say will sway most soft ‘no’ votes.

In 2014 we were all smitten by a vision of what could be, something better, something more just and more positive. Since then we have been bombarded by relentless anti-Scottish propaganda and media bias. Yet despite that people still march, people make Yes stones, people smile at you when you wear a Yes badge ( regardless of what the design is).Independence has seeped into our way of life but we are not permitted to express it through our (state) media.

The sight of Murdo Fraser trying to copy Gordon Brown by pleading for support for Federalism is a sign we are winning. The impatience of the last period, the differences of opinion over this and that, the personality politics of one grouping over another is all now ammunition for that great unionist media machine to exploit and undermine us even more.

Brexit has unleashed so much hate in its wake that while economic arguments may win our independence the avoidance of hate is also a main driver.

We have seen the rapid growth of the extreme right with UKIP soaking up people who previously shared meetings with the murderer of Jo Cox MP.

Nigel Fake Rage himself has pulled in supporters ranging from Tory Anne Widdecombe to members of old marxist/communist sects sworn enemies of the EU, not to mention Gorgeous George Galloway ( meow). The political cartwheels are making us dizzy and that’s before we look at the Labour Party that ‘push me pull you’ beast that is neither Remain nor Leave depending on what press release you read and how the polls are faring. We can’t rely on Left Labour cavalry, it was always an illusion and now Corbyn will probably have his last stand like Custer did with with is own right wing as the First Nation Indians.

While I for one have had my moments of impatience, I am very proud of how far we have come since 2014. We have some significant independent media, like this page, excellent independent live streaming resources and great local online press like Orkney News. As the government talks about currency and the economics of independence I can hear people start to criticise them. I fear we will begin to tear apart our own success because we cannot see the prize of independence clearly enough. In order to succeed we all need to do that.

But there is another factor that drives us. The hatred that Brexit has unleashed is poisoning us. We need to stop that. We need to remind ourselves of why we got into this in the first place. For many of us it was looking at our children and grandchildren who are ofcourse all older now.

It was about protecting our NHS.It was about getting rid of nuclear weapons and spending the money on our children instead. Now it is also about ensuring we have enough people to work in our NHS and caring for our elderly. It is about growing the economy, an economy that would not grow in a Tory Brexit based system that breaks down the movement of people. The Brexit process was based on a campaign of hate, and much else about lining the pockets of the Brexiteers. It has been a long journey but for many it has laid bare the disregard the UK has for Scotlands people and our self determination.

It has been along wait but now the real work starts and it is right to have hope over hate. G

‘A little bit of Bread and No Cheese’ – operation Yellow Hammer

As the perpetual Brexit shit storm continues the preparations for a no deal Brexit are being geared up and Tory Ministers like failing Grayling will be standing by their beds ready to execute their well prepared and expensive plans to deal with the no-deal. They have chosen the code name ( because they love code names) operation yellow hammer. We do not know why this wee yellow song bird was chosen but its description below may give us a clue.

The yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella) is a passerinebird in the bunting family that is native to Eurasia and has been introduced to New Zealand and Australia. Most European birds remain in the breeding range year-round, but the eastern subspeciesis partially migratory, with much of the population wintering further south. The male yellowhammer has a bright yellow head, streaked brown back, chestnut rump and yellow underparts. The yellowhammer is common in open areas with some shrubs or trees, and forms small flocks in winter. Its song has a rhythm like “A little bit of bread and no cheese”

Wikipedia.

Presumably it is because ‘yellow’ means the government is too cowardly to face the public with another vote having wasted two years deceiving people about the true underlying reasons for putting the ‘leave’ option before the people in the first place. All those promises written on the side of campaign buses are like so much cheap duty free French beer turned to piss after a duty free jaunt to Calais. Now the NHS lifeline is to the UK nationals living in the EU. The government has thrown a potential £500m lifeline to 180,000 British pensioners in EU countries outside the UK who rely on the NHS to pay for their healthcare.

“The UK government has committed to fund healthcare for UK nationals (and others for whom the UK is responsible) who have applied for, or are undergoing, treatments in the EU prior to and on exit day, for up to one year, to protect the most vulnerable,”

The ‘hammer’ part is clearly the way our economy, especially in rural parts of Scotland will be hammered by the impact of Brexit. A recent report on the rural economy went as far as to say ‘we are fucked’.

It is like Ground Hog Day that film where time repeats in a loop.We have been saying it for three years now and it feels like being stuck in a time loop. But, it is now here. Glad I do not live in Kent, it is going to be a perpetual traffic jam.

A no deal Brexit is extremely likely. The repercussions for Scotland will be awful. However there is a prize. It shifts the pendulum in Scotlands direction towards our ultimate freedom . Then we will start operation Golden Eagle. G


The Silence of the Lambs.

Easter this year will be so close to Brexit that Scottish sheep farmers and English and Welsh ones for that matter will be waiting nervously to see if many of them will still be able to sell the lambs they have worked so hard to grow. Europe is the major market and if a no- deal Brexit occurs it will have disastrous consequences. A fall in the £ and tariffs of 40% on our lamb being sold to EU (the biggest market) will mean they wont be able to sell it. 

The price will drop so much that it wont be economic to feed and keep these lambs – this will lead to the biggest mass cull of lambs out-with a disease containment incident like ‘foot and mouth’. 

The wreckage of Brexit will have caused this.The Tory infighting that is at the heart of Brexit and could bring this about could also be the trigger which ends many rural businesses linked with farming. We can accuse the farming community of having their heads in the sand and even for supporting the Tories, but we cannot accuse them of creating the conditions and crazy economics which sees hundreds of thousands of animals culled and buried in pits unsold all in the name of Westminster Tory political posturing. G

Fiddling while Rome burns.

Scottish Tories re-ran their Party Political Broadcast tonight.It is full of clips of some of Theresa Mays most faithful MP’s doing and saying ‘couthie’ things like lifting litter and talking to shoppers on the street about how plain and ordinary and dare we say it ‘working class’ they are.

I doubt that they timed the broadcast to counteract last nights antics in the “Strangers Bar” in the House of Commons when Aberdeen South Tory MP Ross Thomson was removed from the bar by police.That said BBC can be very obliging when it comes to counter propaganda.

It has been quoted that Ross Thomson was very drunk and had engaged in touching people wearing visitors passes. A statements from a witness reads-

“He was in Strangers last night drunk and was groping young men who had guest passes on. Grabbing their backside and genitals and trying to put his hands down people’s pants.

Many people watched on in disgust and I saw someone pull him to one side to ask him to leave. He returned around four times after being chaperoned out and carried on groping people.

It became so unpleasant that the police had been called and eventually escorted him out of the bar after taking statements in the corridor. I believe the Sergeant at Arms is also aware of the incident.”

This took place last night and so far he has not surfaced to defend himself but some of his colleagues have.

Tory MP’s have said that the stress of Brexit is the explanation of his behaviour.

Here was us thinking that the heavily subsidised bar on an otherwise boring wet Tuesday night in Westminster might be more of a reason to get absolutely legless and start shoving your hands down strangers underpants?

Brexit has been stressful however.

  • It been very stressful if you have lived here for decades and brought up a family but now have to apply for the right to stay in your own home.
  • It’s stressful if you are a car worker in Sunderland who was counting on Nissan building their new car models in your home town.
  • It’s stressful if you have a life limiting illness which depends on a regular supply of life giving medicines.
  • It’s stressful if you are a small business in Ross Thomson’s constituency which is uncertain if it is going to survive a no deal Brexit.
  • It’s stressful if you are a student and hoped to go on an exchange programme to Europe that will not exist after Brexit.

We don’t believe it is that stressful for MP’s like Ross Thomson an MP unless he realises he has as good as lost his seat over Farming and Fisheries issues.But the penny has dropped too late.

We prefer to think that Ross was born out of time. He would be better off in Roman times having a bacchanalian bevvy after a hard day at the House/senate.

We can only conclude that he was just fiddling while Rome burns.

Team Yes Scotlands Future

Friends Not Masters


It’s an often quoted myth that the Scots hate the English and vice versa but for most individuals that couldn’t be further from the truth. There may be competitive rivalry between the two nations in, for example, sporting matters but it is (for the most part) a good natured  affair. Like a friendship we would not wish ill of the other.

Politically however this is not the case within the UK as there does not exist the natural balance of a friendship, where both parties are equals and they have a mutual respect. Imagine if you will two friends going into a bar for a drink? Before ordering they will discuss what each wants so that each is happy with what they receive. Not so with the political union of the UK where Scotland will almost inevitably be subject to the will of the English MPs in any matter arising. This is of course because the Westminster parliament works on a system of representation based on percentage population of the countries within the union. On the face of it this seems fair and democratic but is it?

Meanwhile back at the bar I arrive with nine friends for a drink. My friends all drink Bitter but I like a pint of Heavy? Now, normally this wouldn’t be a problem except that under the ‘rules’ of our friendship it is the majority who choose what everyone gets to drink. So nine votes for Bitter and one for Guinness results in everyone drinking Bitter together (for every round). Another issue with this arrangement is that the bill is shared which again seems reasonable except that my friends all order food and snacks when I don’t require any or share in them. It is apparent that although my friends realise my unhappiness at the situation they are reluctant to change from the status quo as they are content always getting what they want and,truth be known, having me subsidise their expenses.

What seemed like a democratic arrangement in hindsight feels very unfair and is an ever increasing strain on our friendship. The sensible and mature solution is surely for me to simply remove myself from the arrangement before irreparable damage is done to our relationship. I will still socialise with the same people, and consider them my friends but now each of us will take responsibility for our own needs and budget/finance for this accordingly. This new arrangement will be much fairer, eradicating any resentment between us, and strengthening our friendship in the future. 

If we apply the same principles between Scotland, England and the rest of the UK, there is no reason why we cannot re-assess our relationships, adjust them accordingly and remain friends. No one is suggesting a split which is irreparable or destructive. We are simply looking to re-establish some equivalence and equality, beyond which our relationships can bloom because the resentments and frustrations of the imbalance no longer exists. We can rebuild a strong relationship with the rUK, without the dependency upon them. It can, and should be done. 

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

The Hills are alive…….

New Year, new chances to sell the electorate of Scotland an old party, the Labour Party.

Its a party that when in power in Glasgow City Council they spent £2.5 million on legal fees to fight women from getting an equal pay award.Richard Leonard, branch leader, was then a full time official for the GMB

The current council have just agreed a deal with the representing agents on a payout to settle the cases.

Labour however are using the media to put out messages of support for the women who have won the case against the City Council, now an SNP administration. It’s as if the past is being rewritten.

The agreement has been reached and as full time official his role in the past campaign is now slowly revealed to not to be so much as ‘organise, agitate and win’ and more like ‘sell out, discriminate , capitulate and lose’.

Questions can be asked of him in the process of setting up an arms length external organisation (ALEO) to allow the council off the hook over equal pay claims, and the discriminatory way a mens pay award was prioritised even though they were doing the same job as the women.

Why the GMB under his leadership didn’t resolve this over 10 years ago raises a whole series of questions. Since the change of administration further reorganisation has occurred to address this.

In the midst of all the Brexit overkill of the week this story seemed to strike a cord with some of our page followers who made some of the following very pertinent comments.

  • Labour spent 2.5m fighting against the Glasgow women’s pay claim between 2007 – 2017.
  • SNP under Susan Aitken took a year & a bit to sort out Labours appalling mess.
  • No mention on any bbc news that it was labour who shafted these women, took them to court and all sorts, and was SNP Glasgow council who fixed it
  • Labour have the temerity to congratulate the women they previously sued. Pathetic.

……..and most poignantly of all,

  • Their time wasting also saved them money from poor souls like my mum who didn’t live long enough to get their fare share!

Many people also pointed out that little is known about the role of Richard Leonard in this long running and bitter equal pay dispute and that more should be shared so that more people understand the background. Most of the press coverage still glosses over the role of Labour’s leader and former GMB full timer, Richard Leonard.

Not content with congratulating women equal pay campaigners they had previously tried to take to court, Scottish Labour now seems to be getting its geography a bit mixed up.

This weeks Scottish Labour Party Political Broadcast raised a few eyebrows among the geologists and geographers among us. It looks like Scottish Labour got someone in ‘Head Office’ to do the donkey work for them as they promoted Richard Leonard’s vision for Scotland but the image wasn’t Scotland it was actually Snowdonia in Wales.

Top photo-Labours visual representation of Scotland. Bottom photo Tryfan Mountain Snowdonia

The broadcast finishes by restating the now familiar line,

” Labour will rebuild Scotland for the many not the few”.

only slight problem with this is the non existent record of house building by Labour when they held office.

The ‘buildings’ that they were associated with were paid for by costly PFI deals which reports say are costing local councils and other bodies a staggering £30 billion and are now subject to structural checks such as Oxgangs Primary, one of 17 schools closed due to safety concerns.

In its defence Labour says the video was shot using different parts of the UK to reflect Labour as a UK party.( Code for Scotland is not a priority for them. Which will be why Jeremy Corbyn doesn’t mention Scotland in his speeches, only ‘regions and communities’)

Scottish Labour, Scottish Tory- same old story.

Richard Leonard local branch leader has also made a name for himself at Scottish First Minister Questions by asking about subjects that were not covered in the devolution settlement. So much so that various Yes pages rushed to point out what was in the Scottish Parliaments gift and what wasn’t. Murdo Fraser of the Scottish Conservatives has done the same.

Reserved powers in the right hand column are often deliberately misquoted as being powers held by Edinburgh – cut out and keep to remind people of how they are being tricked! (Scot Gov now has some limited powers over Social Security)

This confirms the view that nothing has really changed since the ‘Better Together’ campaign in 2014 when Labour, Tories and Liberals united to oppose Scottish Independence.

In public, especially when the media are present all Unionist politicians display a deliberate ‘blurring’ of what is and what is not a devolved ‘power’ of the Scottish Government. Broadband and railways are old favourites for this ‘party’ trick by Labour and their Unionist pals.

Instead of ‘talking up’ Scotland and showing a respect for democracy and the electorate they rely on a complicit media to help them to lie to the public and create an untrue perspective that the Scottish Government is responsible for a whole range of things it is not.

We have have heard this all before we hear you say. This is true but now more than ever the people who live outside the ‘bubble’ of politics are still being lied to and manipulated on a daily basis. We need to communicate this to them.

Labour’s Kezia Dugdale famously encouraged supporters to vote Tory in marginal areas and now with Jeremy Corbyn we have have seen an outbreak of ‘ pretend socialism’ which will now try and spin the well worn line- ‘Vote Labour to keep the Tories Out’.

“While Richard Leonard might talk a left-wing game, he’s an enthusiastic supporter of housing the UK’s nuclear arsenal just a few miles from Scotland’s biggest city – and he now needs to explain his position on Brexit and whether he supports the Tories’ plans to rip Scotland out of the single market.”

Derek MacKay

Jeremy Corbyn on the other hand has been a life long CND activist against nuclear weapons but now seems to hold opposite views and it is okay for these weapons of mass destruction to be housed on the Clyde.

Be sure to have this detector with you at all times.

Team Yes Scotlands Future

With the sound of Labour bullshit……..

Three little letters

If you think about it for just a minute you’ll be amazed at the things that an iScotland could choose to do (or not do). It’s all about having the power to decide for ourselves what we want and what we don’t want.  Who could possibly make better decisions for Scotland than the people who live there themselves.

Three little letters will give Scotland access to all its resources and control over all its responsibilities. Nobody is saying it will be easy, it will take lots of hard work and some sacrifice, but ask yourself this…

Will it be worth it… Y E S