Connor Beaton reports from the two day Now Scotland Assembly, and assess the prospects for the nascent pro-independence mass movement.
Connor Beaton looks at the state’s growing attempts to crack down on protest and what they might mean for Scotland’s civil movements.
“The Radical Independence Campaign is in crisis. According to some people, it no longer even exists. It is not yet entirely clear how this crisis will be resolved.”
“What could have been an important step towards re-cohering the pro-independence left amid strengthening majority support for independence unfortunately collapsed into an acrimonious row.”
“The abrupt sacking of drugs minister Joe FitzPatrick is a clear indictment of the government’s poor record, but it’s unlikely that the pre-election mini-reshuffle will bring about a genuine shift in approach and outcome.”
Following a week-long online ballot, the 15 members of the inaugural YesAlba national committee have been named. The election – though conducted imperfectly – moves the process of establishing the new organisation onto a firm democratic basis for the first time, away from the more opaque decision-making by the All Under One Banner (AUOB) team.…
“If YesAlba becomes both a mass organisation and an open arena for political discussion and debate, there is a very weak argument against RIC affiliating to it.”
“Nearly 400 people attended the AUOB Assembly on Saturday 14 November 2020.”
“As the UK government doubles down on its ambition to assert state power at home and across the globe, it is all the more necessary for the left to demand that Scottish independence presents a real and genuine alternative.”