Editorial: The Quiet Revolution

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The natives are restless. While a coalition of private schoolboys bravely attempt to stitch back together the fabric of the British economy – torn apart by their public schoolboy friends working in the City – the plebs in the north are threatening to upset the status quo. A realisation dawns. The Scots might just vote to govern themselves.

And so a brilliant plan emerges. First, the lovebomb. The Rt Hon Prime Minister David Cameron – of good stock him, a cousin of the Queen after all – will espouse his love for his Caledonian cousins. And he will urge his fellow Englanders to do the same and to beg their Scottish friends to vote against having their own government. The message: Please don’t leave us. You’re wanted here.

Next, the threat. George, a good Bullingdon Club fellow, will spend the morning in Edinburgh telling the Scots that if they dare to spurn Cameron’s advances they will be treated appropriately. The message: Don’t dare leave us. Don’t you dare.

Unfortunately for the cabal of right-wing millionaires who run the UK there’s a chance that the Scots may not heed their advice. In fact, it seems that being told off by unelected Tories might just be prompting even more Scots to get behind the campaign for self-governance.

Since the start of 2014 a series of opinion polls have suggested that the Yes campaign have begun to pick up steady momentum. After two years of politicians relentlessly insisting that Scotland would be poorer, weaker and alone in the world should it become independent, the limits of the publics patience for this argument seems to have been found. There appears to be a quiet revolution taking place.

The referendum has become a battle between the elite and a grassroots movement of the people. Yes campaigners, drawn from communities across Scotland, funded by small donations and often working outside traditional political structures, have begun the long, hard work of winning a national consensus one conversation at a time.

The No campaign, in contrast, has relied on the donations of millionaire Tories and the hysterical shrieks of Westminster career politicians filling newspaper inches.

This is to be expected. Right-wingers and rich businessmen opposed devolution for decades with similar arguments and their warnings have been proven wrong by 15 years of a stable, progressive and competent Scottish Parliament.

Just as devolution was won on a growing wave of enthusiasm and hope, the Yes campaign now can replicate this and win. Public opinion is already turning against the hollow criticisms of an independent Scotland’s prospects. We at National Collective are willing to predict that as 2014 goes on the priceless offer of a Scotland in charge of its own destiny will be embraced.

This will happen in a number of ways. The tried and tested methods of organising through town halls and doorstep canvassing will be supplemented by Yes campaigners convincing their aunts and uncles over summer barbecues and their hungover friends at music festivals. The Summer of 2014 will be Scotland’s Summer and the minds won and lost there will dictate the result in September.

For our part, we will be hosting a major cultural festival across Scotland in the summer. If you would like to be kept in the loop or would like to get involved follow the event page on Facebook and Twitter.  We’re looking to work with Yes groups across the country.

Help make Scotland’s Summer one that will echo through history. Make September the year we choose democracy over distant government, equality over poverty and hope over fear.

Make 2014 the year of Yes.

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