Fixing Yes

Following up from the last post on options for getting Yes back on a positive, productive and good-natured footing. The list of possible principles below is slightly adjusted from the recent post on independence - and not exhaustive. While the four steps outlined in yesterday's post are carried forward and each point expanded upon.

A 'declaration' of 'Yes' principles, outcomes and methods for delivering those outcomes.

Health - Finance - Culture And Learning - Debt - Defence - Democracy - Energy Security - Fascism - Security - 'Squeezing the Rich' aka Social Justice

For example:


- Health and Independence
The Westminster Government has routinely demonstrated it's disregard for the will of the people of Scotland on the deliver and maintenance of universal healthcare. Scottish citizens cannot reasonably be expected to pay the costs of ideologically driven austerity.

- Principle

  1. Scotland should continue to have universal healthcare, which is funded publicly and distributed according to clinical priorities.

- Outcomes

  1. A healthy society where all citizens have access to prompt, effective healthcare free at the point of service.

  2. A respected medical and medical support profession where staff are not constantly exhausted, but are in a position to take advantage of rapid developments in medical technologies.

- Methods

  1. Promote diet in early years and deliver the skills to eat well and fast for teens.

  2. Make clattering the odd window with a football OK again and in schools offer sports where you're not forever waiting for your turn arrive.

  3. Identify opportunities for early interventions and preventative care.

  4. Invest in piloting and research to quickly evaluate and establish health initiatives.

  5. Deliver the skills, community and sense of belonging, which need to be bundled to support those vulnerable to mental health concerns before pressures build up.

an affiliation/ connect to those principles, outcomes and methods for multiple groups small and large.

A Yes Code on presenting Scotland and Yes in a forthright but positive light. If a group of some type wishes to go with backing the Declaration above, but not agree to a code they're not excluded, but Yes Declaration only. If a group wishes to go with both they'd be Yes Declaration and Yes Code. Basic boundaries for keeping it reasonable on social media, msm and face-to-face, which most involved in a peaceful, positive campaign would be likely to have few problems with.

A non-political connective office and advisory function to enable collaboration between standalone and overlapping Yes satellites.

There are lots of contributors to Yes out there, including a raft of 'alt media' outlets; some very experienced politicians without seats; and a few organisations with the capacity to deliver large scale print and digital media presentations. Administrative and advisory functions really have no need to be largely politicised if Yes is focused around an issues-based step-by-step plan. 

Realistically the SNP have a considerable say in how slick and tech this type of support could be, as they have already gathered a fairly sizable fund specifically for a referendum campaign. Like it or lump it they will channel that as SNP members wish. However, a less top-down, more horizontal structure allied to a Declaration of areas of broad consensus offers a platform for stepping across, or around, political differences - by placing a consensus within Yes in front of political dramas.

An accessible, moderated, (and potentially broadly elective), consultative forum for pooling skill sets, political experience and grassroots participation.

A positive, constructive Yes, which focuses on the core planks of the case for independence, can be anchored in describing the case in terms of both WM's treatment of Scotland as a resource colony and through presenting the more productive future on offer through independence.

It looks likely if we skip on either approach, or fail to connect them up, Yes becomes predominantly political - all stick and no carrot in terms of yesterday's discussion of Alinksy's pitfalls.

If building in balance is what we're after, then a firm representative platform seems called for. A declaration of general principles isn't a bill or a clause by clause constitution, so compiling submissions and working them up collectively online could get a lot of the outlining done. From there why not make a day of it, have gatherings and sign such 'guidelines' off to embed a constructive, familial and collegiate Yes.

Where then - routinely bringing the office, advisory and Yes groups together offers a lead for an annual or biannual review. They could present proposed necessary adjustments and take account of events by re-running the same type of initial distributed consultation - which could be firmed up at a suitable annual or biannual gathering.

Just how elective v's collegiate . . . who gets to vote. I honestly believe sensible guidelines, a Declaration and Code or such like, could find so much basic common ground within Yes on many of the list of issues shown here that a vote would hardly be necessary. If not then a broad approach to representation seems essential to validate any decisions.

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