On 29 October some stalwart members of Dumfries & Galloway Pensioners For Independence braved the rain to man a stall in Dumfries Town Centre.
We had a Dot Board asking members of the public to answer the question Should Scotland Be Independent? You can see the result in the attached photo, but it was clear that a large majority thought it should. 97 (74%) chose Yes, 23 (18%) chose No and 10 folk (8%) were undecided.
We also had a "Wishing Wall" on which passers by were invited to place their hopes for Scotland in the future. The results were very varied as you can see if you enlarge the image.
You are probably aware that the Scottish Government has referred to the UK Supreme Court, for a legal ruling, the issue of whether or not it would be lawful for the Scottish Government to hold another independence referendum without permission from the UK government.
The highly thought of journalist and activist Lesley Riddoch has launched a campaign to hold an event on the day the Supreme Court announces its verdict. She suggests that in every area of Scotland Yes supporters assemble at an iconic site with handmade placards and group banners. Local media will be pre-warned of the assembly. The intention is for groups to assemble whether the Supreme Court rules in favour of the Scottish Government or not either to celebrate a huge victory or to show disappointment and disapproval.
Almost (but not quite) beyond belief. The arch unionist Murdo Fraser MSP spills the beans on why Westminster is desperate not to lose Scotland. Please share and, if you can bear it, watch and listen to Mr Fraser. https://newsnet.scot
Independence in the modern world. Wealthier, happier, fairer: why not Scotland? This paper sets out a detailed analysis of the UK’s performance across a range of economic and social indicators relative to that of ten European countries. It is the first in the 'Building a new Scotland' series, focusing on independence. A download link to the "supporting documents" is provided in the article in the top right corner. Links to the further papers will be added as they are published. Here is the article: https://www.gov.scot/publications/independence
"Johnson wants to retain Scotland precisely because he knows London needs its economic support. Ignore the rigged data in Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland. The reality is that little England knows that it is sucking value from Scotland as hard as it can. And it does not want that to stop. And the chance that it might is what petrifies them." https://www.taxresearch.org.uk
"So, with no borrowing powers, Scotland could not gave accrued debt, and even as a region of the U.K., it has always been in surplus. Even under the worst governance imaginable in an independent Scotland, we would have been better off than we are now. All GERS ever shows is how badly the Union has failed Scotland."
Why don't the Scottish Government wise up to this and stop behaving as if GERS are gospel? Why don't they produce proper staistics of their own to show Scotland's true economic health. https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com