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About YES Stirling

YES Stirling is a non-party campaign, part of the National Yes Registry, preparing the ground for a 2nd independence referendum in Scotland.

  • Although YES lost the Scottish Independence Referendum in 2014 (by 55% to 45%), never has this nation been so politically charged, motivated and informed.
  • Within days of 18th September, membership of the SNP, the Greens and the SSP had soared.
  • The Smith Commission, tasked with delivering "the Vow", was hamstrung by the Tories and Labour, both limiting as far as possible any meaningful new powers for Scotland.
  • The Scotland Bill (2015), despite David Cameron promising "the strongest devolved parliament anywhere in the world", gave us next to nothing.
  • Our Scottish Parliament's powers are less than that of a Canton in Switzerland or the equivalent of a local council in many parts of Europe.
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Brexit and its implications for Scotland

On 23rd June 2016, Scotland voted overwhelmingly (62% to 38%) to remain in the European Union. Nevertheless, we are set to be dragged out by England and Wales, who narrowly voted to leave the EU.

As a so-called partnership of equals, this is democratically unacceptable.

We need to prepare for the 2nd Independence Referendum (whether it's 2018, 2019 or even 2021).

Now.

Join us

A partnership of equals - LOL

The NO Campaign's broken promises

Stephen Paton from The National takes us on a whistle-stop tour through the broken promises of the Better Together campaign.

Watch the video

  • The EU
  • Extensive new powers
  • Power lies with the people of Scotland
  • Shipbuilding
  • Renewables
  • HMRC jobs
  • Carbon capture
  • Social Security
  • Civil Service jobs
  • EVEL
  • Barnett Formula

The EU

  • During the referendum, the NO Campaign's Better Together website said:
    "Scotland enjoys membership of the EU because of our membership of the UK and if we no longer are members of the UK then it follows that we are no longer are part of the EU…"
  • Ruth Davidson said:
    "I think it is disingenuous of Patrick [Harvie] to say that No means out and Yes means in, when actually the opposite is true, No means we stay in, we are members of the European Union."
  • Better Together tweeted, saying:
    "What is process for removing our EU citizenship? Voting yes. #scotdecides"
  • In the STV referendum debate, Ruth Davidson said:
    "It's disingenuous to say No means out and Yes means in, when actually the opposite is true. No means we stay in."
  • Now, Scotland faces being dragged out of the EU against our will in the aftermath of the UK's vote for Brexit.

Extensive new powers

  • The then three Westminster party leaders promised "extensive new powers" for the Scottish Parliament.
  • However, what they actually legislated for left decisions about 70% of Scottish taxes and 85% of current UK welfare spending in Scotland in the hands of the Westminster government.
  • The STUC and numerous third sector groups expressed disappointment at the limitations of what was finally legislated for.
  • The cross-party Devolution (Further Powers) Committee said that the Scotland Bill "falls short" in "critical areas".
  • A YouGov poll in September 2015 found that only 9 per cent of people in Scotland believe that the promise of "extensive new powers" was delivered.

Power lies with the people of Scotland

  • In a joint statement of 5 August 2014 David Cameron and the Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson, along with the other party leaders, signed a pledge saying:
    "Power lies with the Scottish people and we believe it is for the Scottish people to decide how Scotland is governed."
  • Yet when the very same people power supposedly lay with voted for 56 of Scotland's 59 MPs to be SNP, on a platform of even more powers within the UK, the Tories MPs voted against those proposals and let just 1 of Scotland’s 59 MPs veto them.

Shipbuilding

  • Before the referendum, the NO campaign said jobs in shipyards would be under threat if there was a Yes vote – including a leaflet saying that 'Separation Shuts Shipyards' and making promises that "Govan and Scotstoun will get the order for 13 Type-26 frigates from the Royal Navy".
  • Better Together tweeted, saying that a No vote would "ensure the future of Scotland's shipbuilding industry."
  • However, on 7 November 2015, The Scotsman reported that the programme could be slashed because funding was required to pay for Trident.
  • On 23 November 2015, the UK government announced that the number of frigates that would were intended to be built had been reduced from thirteen to eight.
  • The UK Government then announced the number of frigates would be reduced from thirteen to eight.
  • It has since been reported that the continued delays to the works are to be delayed still further – risking jobs on the Clyde in the process.

Renewables

  • At PMQs David Cameron argued for a No vote on basis that "…when it comes to vital industries like green technology, the combination of a green investment bank sponsored by the United Kingdom Government and the many natural advantages that there are in Scotland can make this a great industry for people in Scotland – but we will do that only if we keep our country together".
  • Also, on 7 April 2014, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey said: "The broad shoulders of the United Kingdom is unlocking the power of Scotland to take its place as one of the world's great energy hubs – generating energy and generating jobs".
  • After the referendum, on 18 June 2015, the BBC reported: "Scotland could lose £3bn in investment because of a UK government decision to exclude new onshore wind farms from a subsidy scheme a year earlier than planned, an industry body has said".
  • Earlier this week, it was reported that German company Siemens will not invest in any further renewables projects in the UK, as a result of uncertainty caused by Brexit.

HMRC jobs

  • Before the referendum it was claimed that HMRC delivered a 'jobs dividend' in Scotland and that this would be risked by a vote for independence.
  • The UK Government has since announced closure of HMRC offices – risking over 2,000 Scottish jobs.

Carbon capture

  • Before the referendum, the UK Government stated that
    "Scotland benefits from other competitions and grants provided by the UK Government and the wider UK consumer and tax base, such as a programme to support the commercialisation of carbon capture and storage [CCS]".
  • This commitment to a £1billion* investment in CCS was also set out in the Conservative's 2015 manifesto.
    The UK Government cancelled this investment, six months before it was due to be awarded. Peterhead was expected to be the winning project.

* That's £1,000,000,000 investment lost!

Social security

  • Before the referendum, the NO campaign suggested that independence would be a threat to the welfare state – saying that "we are better placed to support the most vulnerable in Scotland" with a No vote.
  • However, the July 2015 budget announced £12 billion cuts & changes to welfare and benefits. The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) said the budget was an attack on the poorest and most vulnerable people in communities and that the Chancellor was "demonstrating a cruel disregard for the impact this will have on hundreds of thousands of people's lives". The Child Poverty Action Group said the budget cuts damaged economic security of working families "with higher child poverty for millions and lower taxes for the better off".

Civil service jobs

  • Before the referendum, the Scotland Office issued a press release, boasting that the UK Government protects civil service jobs in Scotland.
  • Information from SPICe published this year shows that between 2011 and 2015, there has been a greater fall in UK Civil Service employment in Scotland than in any other UK nation – falling by 17.5 per cent in Scotland, compared to 12.4 per cent in England, 9.3 per cent in Wales and 16.1 per cent in Northern Ireland.

EVEL

  • Before the referendum, Scotland was told that we were an equal part of the UK 'family of nations' and were urged to "lead, not leave" the UK.
  • The morning after the referendum, David Cameron announced English Votes for English Laws (EVEL) – creating two tiers of parliamentarians in the House of Commons and created the situation where Scottish MPs can't properly consider the 'Barnett consequentials' on legislation branded English only.

Barnett Formula

  • The Vow which was signed up to by each of the three main parties at Westminster clearly promised "the continuation of the Barnett allocation for resources".
  • In the aftermath of the Brexit vote, fresh suggestions are being raised by the Tory-right wing and others about cutting Scotland's budget further.
  • Brexit campaigner Lord Owen called for a vote to Leave the EU to be used as an excuse to axe the Barnett Formula, while Tory MEP David Bannerman tweeted that a "new Brexit Government should suspend the Barnett formula for Scotland" – raising the spectre of Tory government at Westminster, initiating a systematic and cynical erosion of Scotland's finances.
  • One-time Tory leadership candidate Michael Gove has again raised the prospect of axing the Barnett Formula.

 

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Events

We are currently planning events, including street stalls and meetings with significant figures in the wider Yes movement.

Women for Independence logo Women for Independence
meeting
Victoria Hall, Dunblane Sunday 19th March, 2.00 – 4.00pm
You Yes Yet? - Mugs from The National Planning meeting Burgh Coffee House, King Street, Stirling, FK8 2AL Tuesday 28th March, 6.30 – 7.30pm  
Yes Stirling street stall, with Nicola Sturgeon Street stall Foot of King Street, Stirling Saturday 8th April, 11am Join us on Farmers' Market Day for another opportunity to help promote the benefits of independence
The National newspaper The National Roadshow Thistle Centre, Stirling Wednesday 26th April  

Older events include planning meetings and street stalls from July 2016.

Additionally, the following notable events were held.

Wee Ginger Dug A Night with Paul Kavanagh (Wee Ginger Dug), Yes2 and Yes Stirling The Smith Gallery, Dumbarton Road, Stirling, FK8 2RQ Friday 15th July
7pm - 9.30pm

Paul will be there with Wee Ginger and his new book followed by a Q&A with the panel

View pictures of the event

London Calling Film:
London Calling – How the BBC stole the referendum
Smith Gallery, Dumbarton Road, Stirling Thursday 20th October, 7pm
Women for Independence - logo Stirling Women for Independence The Supper Room, Victoria Halls, Dunblane Sunday 30th October, 2–4pm  
Dennis Canavan St Andrew's Day Lecture
Dennis Canavan, Man O'Independent Mind
Smith Art Gallery & Museum, Dumbarton Road, Stirling, FK8 2RQ Wednesday 30th November, 12 noon – 1pm Dennis Canavan's bill in the Scottish Parliament in 2007 made St Andrew's Day a public holiday.
The Stirling Smith is delighted to host his St Andrew's Day Lecture, 2016.
Older events

Resources

Here are some resources. More will be added in due course.

Wee Blue Book

The Wee Blue Book
(Wings over Scotland, 2014)
IndyRef1: The facts the papers left out
Download PDF or e-book

Wee Black Book

The Wee Black Book
(Wings over Scotland, 2016)
What happened after Scotland voted No in the 2014 Independence Referendum
Download as PDF

Determination

 

Determination
(The Common Weal, Robin McAlpine, 2016)
How Scotland can become independent by 2021

Join us

There are many ways you can help.

Above all

  • Be the change you want to see.
  • Actively promote a tolerant, welcoming Scotland.
  • And be kind: to yourself and to others.

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Yes Wolf

A Legendary Warning

According to legend, Stirling was saved from attack by Viking invaders by a howling wolf.

Today, it serves to remind us of our political battles ahead.

Website designed at The Typehouse, Dunblane

We are excited to be hosting the Stirling screening of the crowd-funded documentary “London Calling: BBC bias during the 2014 Scottish independence referendum" by the film-maker Alan Knight, based on the book by GP Ponsonby. We are also pleased to welcome Alan as our guest speaker with whom we will engage in a discussion after the film.

Based on GP Ponsonby's book, 'London Calling – How the BBC stole the Referendum, this film chronicles the descent of the BBC in Scotland from a once-trusted broadcaster to an organisation so despised that thousands of ordinary Scots marched on its Scottish HQ in protest at what they saw as its anti-independence bias.

Among featured contributors are Paul Kavanagh (Wee Ginger Dug) and Craig Murray (Former British ambassador to Uzbekistan). The journey is signposted by several key political events and explores examples of the BBC's coverage.

The running time of the documentary is 70 mins and will start as soon after 7pm as we can.