This week I am delighted to be joined by Lesley Orr and Julie Bell who are committee members for Women for Independence. Julie is also an SNP councillor, representing the Kirriemuir and Dean ward on Angus council. We chat about the WFI’s womanifesto, about the need to get more women engaged with politics, the successful work that WFI has been doing to overcome the gender gap in support for independence, the recent opinion poll confirming that there is majority support in Scotland for independence, and a whole lot more besides.
If you would like to find out more about Women for Independence, visit their website here : http://www.womenforindependence.org/
Please note that there were some audio issues with this recording. I’ve tried to clean it up as much as possible, and can only apologise if it spoils your listening pleasure.
If you have problems with the embedded podcast, you can access it directly at this link : https://soundcloud.com/user-291670852/dugcast-13-08-2020-with-women-for-independence
You may have heard that there’s a crowdfunded initiative to test the lawfulness of an independence referendum without a Section 30 order. Taking on a legal case of this sort is eye wateringly expensive but it’s a worthwhile cause as it could establish once and for all whether the Scottish Parliament can go ahead with a referendum without the need for a Section 30 order. Or if the case fails and it’s ruled that a Section 30 order is required, it tells us that this so-called union is not a union at all, because Scotland would not be a free member of it which can decide to remain or to leave according to the will of the people of Scotland. That would deprive British nationalists of their claim that Scotland is a voluntary member of a union of nations. Either way, the independence movement ends up with either a legal argument in its favour, or a political argument in its favour, and we would have more clarity than we do just now.
The crowdfunder for the case is more than halfway to its goal of £155,000. You can help out with a contribution here:
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My new book has just been published by Vagabond Voices. Containing the best articles from The National from 2016 to date. Weighing in at over 350 pages, this is the biggest and best anthology of Wee Gingerisms yet. This collection of pieces covers the increasingly demented Brexit years, and the continuing presence and strength of Scotland’s independence movement.
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