Before kicking-off. Back soon with the answers to the quiz from the other day.
Otherwise, it’s understandable that many are hacked off at the referendum outcome.
However, I suspect there is more return in focusing on how future elections could be made less easy to rig than on trying to turn over the result.
A few of the options people are now discussing in new groups in the ‘aftermath’ seem more politics than activism. All power to those signing up to well-intentioned parties, but not so much at all with some of the sabre-rattling talk of spontaneous declarations of independence or civil disobedience.
Again (almost) understandable, but imo Scots need more social glue and less confrontation at this stage. Close to half of those voting for Indy smelt the coffee in the last 6 months of the campaign. They came to get info and, for some, to take part in the civic activism.
Perhaps we should be continuing with this – showing and building consensus, keeping our sense of humour handy and concentrating on what we can do well – i.e. being active and avoiding getting dragged towards the mentality of people like the chap declaring how proud he is to have ‘won’ through deceit.
Realistically the foundation built around civic activism/ getting involved and what amounts to campaigning against various forms of bullying/ inequality has yet to be consolidated by goodwill – or extended through emphasising that neither the English nor most no voters are at the heart of the matter.
Frankly, I’d happily share the oil providing a hefty chunk went into a renewables fund to replace it as it’s sucked out.
So I’m not rushing into new groups or political parties – not my cup of tea. Just going to continue to present Scotland in a positive light and to look to make more of the social glue delivered through participation and building consensus.
Options I’ve seen folk getting up to during the campaign included:
Carpentry/ baking/ gardening/ debates/ meetings/ posters/ posting/ leafleting/ blogging/ group admin/ dance/ parkour/ chalk art/ film/ fundraisers/ illustration/ cartoons/ animation/ apps/ coffee mornings/ book groups/ singing/ poetry/ rock climbing/ journeys, (bus/ cycle/ convoy/ plane/ boat), Munro scaling/ flash performances/ . . .
Kind of whatever we can bring to the table, including everything from taking time to have a chat through to some of the more fearless options above – weather permitting.
My own often hasty efforts:
Games, Events and Demonstrations
Well They Did Ask
Well they Did Ask 2
Well they Did Ask 3
The Art of Independence
The Black Douglas
Thrice Slain King