During the Better Together Campaign, the organisation which was at the forefront of the No Vote was Better Together, they held the ‘no’ franchise from the Electoral Commission.
After 2014, Better Together folded their tents and everyone wander off into the sunset, their job done, the
When the SNP refused to accept the result and sought to talk up another referendum, another group emerged, this was called
Scotland in Union.
Scotland in Union has allsorts of different people in it from
political activists to ordinary people. The Group is setting up a network of
campaign teams; this has recently expanded and is expected to grow.
If, there is a second referendum, then it would seem logical that
Scotland in Union would
be the obvious vehicle to front the pro UK campaign. The reason for this is
magnified by the decision of Kezia Dugdale to veto a Better Together 2
organisations working with the Conservatives.
As Scottish Labour has slipped to being the third party of Holyrood, the Scottish Conservatives would make the case that they should lead a Better Together 2 organisation with Ruth Davidson has the ‘leader’. You can see why Scottish Labour doesn’t want to be involved. I would say however thinking back to 2014, the Labour Campaign to save the
was very poor by Scottish Labour; their activists didn’t really support the
organisation in real numbers.
In Pollok, not a single Labour MP, MSP or Cllr came out to work with the Pollok Better Together Campaign during the entire campaign doing the hard slog of going door to door.
As I remarked, the people who saved
Scotland’s place in the Union were the ordinary
people of Scotland,
not the politicians. I do give credit to Alistair Darling, Gordon Brown; George
Galloway and to some degree Jim Murphy. Jim Murphy’s contribution was his ‘irn
bru’ tour which basically was old fashioned soapbox street campaigning which
got right on the tits of the SNP feral mob that turned up to abuse him. I have
to say that wasn’t educational but it did have a certain amusement value which
cannot be understated.
So; who are the
Scotland in Union Team, well the
best thing is to check out their website by clicking on this link.
I know three of them, Alastair Cameron, Patrick Harkness and Andrew Skinner, Cameron is ex Military, Harkness works at
and Andrew Skinner, their campaigns manager is ex Labour who was very prominent
in United Against Separation before taking up his post. I have been to a couple
of their events in Glasgow University Glasgow
which were well attended most doing the street stall stuff. With the
possibility of indyref 2 round the corner, the organisation is gearing up for
the next possible fight.
The pro UK group aims to to ramp up their activities on the eve of the SNP Conference to make sure the Nationalists know that they aren’t going away either. You may have seen the press story of them getting a huge Billboard awhile ago at another SNP Conference in
It also made the printed press, in real terms, it was just a ‘noise up’ against the SNP, but it was a good PR stunt. Just as man cannot live on bread alone, neither can an organisation live off stunts, as I said to a well known commentator Allan Sutherland,
Scotland in Union needs to develop,
and if by magic, they are doing this very thing.
George Laird right again.
On the 14th March in
around 200 backers are due to attend a SIU event at The Lighthouse in Glasgow. According to an
email sent to me, the event kicks off at about 12 noon till about 2.30 pm
with the Chief Executive Graeme Pearson giving a speech on the threat of
indyref 2, a networking event, and a spot of lunch. I would expect that there
is a sizeable press turn out for the event possibly even STV or BBC since this
could be a contrast before the SNP have their Confernece.
So, what is the future of
That rather depends on them, they support the
Union; political parties are talking about federalism,
where do they stand on that?
Will they develop into a think tank?
Will they end up forming as a political party?
Will they end up ‘supplying’ activists to different political parties to help pro
Will they back a single party?
Will they come out at election time for the next Holyrood election and back the most likely Unionist Party to attempt to win Holyrood?
Scotland in Union has a lot of developing to do and a lot of thinking to do, at some stage they will be making decisions but for now, they can kick all of the above into the long grass, their focus is the threat of indyref 2.
I would say given that Brexit talks are the focus of
Westminster, there is no
danger that there will be any referendum this side of 2020.
Scottish Labour has also started an anti independence campaign, it is more a ‘connection’ exercise with the Unionist voters who abandoned them rather than anything serious.
Personally I don’t see that campaign being anything more than a ‘paper’ campaign which is why they should develop links with SIU to do joint projects.
Finally, I have no idea if SIU will do a demo at the SNP Conference, but you can imagine the angry look on Nicola Sturgeon's face, oh what a joy for ordinary Scots.
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