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 the most right-wing UK government in decades.
As a so-called partnership of equals, this is democratically unacceptable.
Many people who voted No in 2014 are changing their minds, preferring to be part of the EU than to be in a Union with a neighbour whose government treats Scotland with such contempt.
We will 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 Scotland to take charge of her own governance.
* Murray Foote, the 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 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.
YES Stirling core group meetings
The Linden Inn, 40 Colquhoun St, Stirling FK7 7PX
Older events include planning meetings and street stalls from July 2016.
Additionally, we have had the following notable events.
|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.
Open talk & discussion on Scotland's future
Saturday 19th January, 11am – 12.30pm
Scotland's Future with Brexit
Dr Philippa Whitford MP
The Mayfield Centre, Sunnybank Road, Stirling FK7 0DB
Come along with friends, family, colleagues, indy sceptics and your questions.
* 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 a Viking attack by a howling wolf.
Today, it serves to remind us of our political battles.
We do not underestimate those who would deny us our right to self-governance. They are protected by a largely hostile media who put Scotland down at every opportunity, in order to keep us in our place.
But we will not go back in the box where they want us.
Our future is to rejoin the international community as a normal, independent country.
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.