On 23rd June 2016, Scotland voted overwhelmingly (62% to 38%) to remain in the European Union. Nevertheless, we are set to be dragged out by England and Wales, who narrowly voted to leave the EU.
As a so-called partnership of equals, this is democratically unacceptable.
We need to keep arguing the case for self-determination, whether or not we are are in the EU.
YES Stirling is a non-party campaign, part of the National Yes Registry, preparing the ground for a 2nd independence referendum in Scotland.
* Murray Foote, architect of "the Vow" (Daily Record, September 2014), has come out for independence, saying
"I have reconciled that independence would herald good and bad. I trust in us to to solve the problems that will come our way. If so many other countries can it is inconceivable that Scotland can't."
"The Secretary of State now says that Westminster can override the Scottish Parliament simply if that agreement is not forthcoming. In one statement he has removed the constitutional rules that protect the Scottish Parliament and secure its powers and responsibilities within the UK."
Michael Russell, Scottish Government Brexit Secretary, June 2018
We are currently planning events, including street stalls and meetings with significant figures in the wider Yes movement.
Tuesday 23rd October, 6.30 – 7.30pm
YES Stirling core group meeting
The Linden Inn, 40 Colquhoun St, Stirling FK7 7PX
Reframing The Narrative
Sunday, 28 October, 1 – 5pm
Mind Your Language:
Ever wondered why you have had clear facts rejected? Ever had a simplistic argument repeated back to you even though there is no evidence to support it? Ever heard the statement “don’t worry, the truth will out”? What is going on here? How do you deal with these situations?
Reframing is a technique which enables you to work with another party to put your point across without reinforcing their existing preconceptions. Facts alone do not change people’s opinions. It may surprise you, but in many cases presenting clear facts actually reinforces people’s existing misconceptions. How we reframe establishment propaganda is perhaps the biggest single challenge facing us in working for self- determination for Scotland.
Without effective reframing much campaigning effort is not only ineffective, it can actually be counter-productive.
The Reframing session will introduce the concepts of Framing and Reframing, and relate them to the current situation in Scotland.
The session will be presented by Bill Dale. Bill has had an enthusiastic reception from activists for his reframing sessions. Bill built Reframing events based on his extensive experience of developing and running countless training and development programmes in Europe, UK, the USA and the Far East. Bill has also led multi-national culture change programmes and project-managed implementation programmes on a range of issues, from high-tech to customer service and new product launch.
£: no charge
Tuesday 20th November, 6.30 – 7.30pm
YES Stirling core group meeting
Venue to be confirmed
Older events include planning meetings and street stalls from July 2016.
Additionally, the following notable events were held.
|A Night with Paul Kavanagh (Wee Ginger Dug), Yes2 and Yes Stirling||Friday 15th July
7pm - 9.30pm
|The Smith Gallery, Dumbarton Road, Stirling, FK8 2RQ||
Paul will be there with Wee Ginger and his new book followed by a Q&A with the panel
London Calling – How the BBC stole the referendum
|Thursday 20th October, 7pm||Smith Gallery, Dumbarton Road, Stirling|
|Stirling Women for Independence||Sunday 30th October, 2–4pm||The Supper Room, Victoria Halls, Dunblane|
|St Andrew's Day Lecture
Dennis Canavan, Man O'Independent Mind
|Wednesday 30th November, 12 noon – 1pm||Smith Art Gallery & Museum, Dumbarton Road, Stirling, FK8 2RQ||Dennis Canavan's bill in the Scottish Parliament in 2007 made St Andrew's Day a public holiday.
The Stirling Smith is delighted to host his St Andrew's Day Lecture, 2016.
* That's £1,000,000,000 investment lost!
Here are some resources. More will be added in due course.
There are many ways you can help.
To get started, email us: yesstirling(at)gmail.com
A Legendary Warning
According to legend, Stirling was saved from attack by Viking invaders by a howling wolf.
Today, it serves to remind us of our political battles ahead.
Website designed at The Typehouse, Dunblane
We are excited to be hosting the Stirling screening of the crowd-funded documentary “London Calling: BBC bias during the 2014 Scottish independence referendum" by the film-maker Alan Knight, based on the book by GP Ponsonby. We are also pleased to welcome Alan as our guest speaker with whom we will engage in a discussion after the film.
Based on GP Ponsonby's book, 'London Calling – How the BBC stole the Referendum, this film chronicles the descent of the BBC in Scotland from a once-trusted broadcaster to an organisation so despised that thousands of ordinary Scots marched on its Scottish HQ in protest at what they saw as its anti-independence bias.
Among featured contributors are Paul Kavanagh (Wee Ginger Dug) and Craig Murray (Former British ambassador to Uzbekistan). The journey is signposted by several key political events and explores examples of the BBC's coverage.
The running time of the documentary is 70 mins and will start as soon after 7pm as we can.