From the formation of this authentic and authoritative ‘Voice’ of the grassroots’ many more advantages and opportunities become available.
With such a mechanism the grass roots movement could, for example, use it’s voice to definitively press for a new independence referendum.
The SNP have said that a new indyref will only come when the Scottish people say they want one. We could be a voice, among others, demanding one asap.
With such a voice the grass roots could use their seat alongside other Indy campaigning leadership Bodies and have some influence over the timing, strategy and tactics to be deployed during the next indy referendum.
Whenever that takes place.
Properly mobilised via New and Mainstream media the voice of the grass root Yes movement could become a regular, agenda setting tool for the new politics of Scotland.
Surely, to help guide the national agenda toward independence should be the top priority and role of the grass roots movement, to create an effective counter to the partisan, privately owned and establishment funded unionist ‘think tanks’ that currently dominate the Main stream media with it’s anti Independence agenda.
Should a group find that they need a piece of equipment in order to advance a local project or maybe need some tax advice on opening a shop or perhaps urgently require merchandise for a one-off event, Their delegate can simply post their request to the entire registry membership direct on the forum.
This can then be assessed and responded using the power of the entire forum and all the knowledge, skills and resources that it has.
So, those that have bought that piece of equipment already or recently opened their own shop, or have a couple of boxes of needed merchandise, can make direct contact with the group in need. Problem solved!
Similarly, any group that has an issue they would like to raise with other groups, be that campaigning, a proposal, a local issue that might have ‘National’, regional or local relevance, or simply suggestions or ideas that the grass roots movement would find of use or interest, then that group’s delegate can post to the entire Yes registry forum direct, for discussion, debate and if necessary take it to a vote.
That is to say, Issues raised in the forum can be taken back to the groups for discussion and decision, after which the delegates will relay their group’s decision back to the forum for a vote. Once this vote is taken we as the grass roots can now act Nationally and this can then be actioned through collective grass roots campaigning, or contact and pressure through outlets in new and MSM
This may also throw up some very unexpected issues that geographically disparate members considered at best a regional or local issue, but through exposure to the entire Yes registry forum find it has strong and important resonance within the movement nationally.
These issues, once voted on/or resolved can then be used to help set the political agenda, be that through action in the grass roots or contacts in the media.
A similar set up can be incorporated in which external non-affiliated bodies could introduce issues into the forum for debate and if necessary a vote.
This could deal with or be in response to a governmental policy change and the effects on the community, for example. Or maybe a forum position will need to be taken on an issue such as the EU in/out referendum or any other general issue that the grass roots feel is relevant.
A simple but practical example of how this could be achieved,
Common Weal (and others) are consistently producing policy documents and analysis on specific and detailed ways forward for an indy Scotland.
If such a policy document was introduced to the forum, and delegate’s chaired debates on it at each of their group meetings bringing back their decision for a vote in the forum .
If a majority vote in support, Common Weal would be able to launch their document already with the weight that democratic support of the grass roots Yes movement brings.
In this way the grass root movement will be able to lend it’s authority to various, and already existing, pro indy organisations and policies.
In essence, sponsoring our own movement’s think tanks. This should help make such documents more newsworthy and harder to ignore.
If successful this strategy will help encourage more of this kind of work to be undertaken and help deepen the knowledge base of all the membership groups helping to disseminate complex policy ideas and agenda throughout the population. As well as hopefully gaining better media coverage in the ‘Air war’.
Margo MacDonald Foundation:
This concept of dissemination, understanding and evaluation of ideas, leads on to another simple but practical example of it’s advantage in being able to ‘super charge’ already existing projects from within the greater grass roots movement.
The Margo MacDonald Foundation will soon be crowd sourcing for funds in order to train and send out educators to raise the political knowledge of the grassroots on subjects such as oil, the economy, finance, Europe, foreign affairs, amongst others.
This fabulous project is of great importance to the effectiveness of any future referendum campaign.
Think how helpful a national Yes registry would be to effectively organise events and lecture tours for such a project.
The forum could group together members into areas in order to organise regular, Indy uni courses for themselves and the public in their areas.
With the geographical spread of the groups that we already have, with an effective network and the right attitude, could easily make this happen.