Compare and Contrast…
The laziest cliché of the Indy debate so far has been the siren call of those who bemoan the quality of the contributions. It’s a cliché which has its mirror image: “we’re fed up with this debate already, could you all please stop”. (Translation: Information is dangerous. Stay disinformed.)
Below is a round-up of some thoughtful articles from just the last 48 hours. The reality is anyone could do a round-up like this – from any week – to underline the quality of ideas being carefully mulled over in what is slowly but surely becoming one of the most politicised countries in Europe.
All of these are a worth a slow read in preparation for tomorrow’s huge Radical Independence Conference 2013 in Glasgow which, we’re told by organisers, looks like it will surpass the scale of last year. RIC2013 promises to take the debate of radical, practical and transformative ideas to the next level. See you there.
‘History in the making: The battle for Scotland’s future’ by Gerry Hassan (National Collective, 20th Nov)
The campaign on Scottish independence has reached new levels – a battle of competing specialist documents – firstly, there has been an Institute for Fiscal Studies report, matched by a Scottish Government paper on the economic independence, and next week the much anticipated White Paper on Scottish independence. (Read full article here)
‘Radical left’s referendum role’ by George Kerevan (The Scotsman, 21st Nov))
Saturday sees the second Radical Independence Conference (RIC) in Glasgow, bringing together practically the entire Scottish left outside the Labour party.
If Scotland votes Yes next September, RIC will be one of the few sources of new ideas to transform the nation. If we vote for the status quo, RIC could become a pole of attraction for disgruntled SNP activists. (Read full article here).
‘An independent Scotland in every sense’ by Mike Small (Guardian, 22nd Nov)
Apparently the decision to launch the Scottish government’s much-anticipated white paper on independence – at the Imax in Glasgow next week, rather than at Holyrood – has infuriated the opposition. Such fury seems to be the default position of the Tory-Liberal-Labour alliance.
But whatever their contrived reactions, the 500-page document is seen as both historic and pivotal. It’s certainly historic, but pivotal? In this regard it is not the politicians that matter. Alex Salmond knows this, and will be releasing the document in stages over the coming weeks, with plans to have a series of public forums to discuss it. It’s a populist and democratic move. (Read full article here)
In the interest of balance here’s a couple of thoughtful pieces by supporters of Better Together:
‘Scots tradition of dissent in peril’ by Brian Wilson (The Scotsman, 20 Nov)
The Chris Whatley affair is, at one level, just another spat along the long road to the referendum. At another, it tells us a great deal that is disturbing about how public life in Scotland is now being orchestrated. (Read full article here).
‘Prepare the border posts’ by Paul Gilbride (Scottish Daily Express, 22nd Nov)
Border posts could be set up between Scotland and England because Alex Salmond wants to bring in more migrants if Scots vote Yes in next year’s referendum. (Read full article here).