Game on as Yes Scotland launches … but watch out, the No is here already

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By G.A.Ponsonby
 
It’s a potent and compelling message – those who live here are best placed to govern Scotland.  How do you argue against those whose message is one of “trust yourself, you can do it”.

The Unionists are nothing, if not persistent, and boy how they tried to burst the Yes Scotland bubble.

By G.A.Ponsonby
 
It’s a potent and compelling message – those who live here are best placed to govern Scotland.  How do you argue against those whose message is one of “trust yourself, you can do it”.

The Unionists are nothing, if not persistent, and boy how they tried to burst the Yes Scotland bubble.

A wiser head would have allowed the Yes campaign their moment, then presented their own ‘positive’ arguments at their own launch – instead though, Alistair Darling tried to rain on a parade of positivity using banal political sound-bites and that age old Unionist trick, the poll.

It went down like a damp squib and sounded a tad bitter, and what was the Herald thinking when it decided to plonk Darling’s face on their front page with a ridiculous headline suggesting ‘First Blow to Darling’?

Holywood stars, Scottish celebrities and artists, former Labour MPs and radical left wing union leaders all together in a very impressive line-up in support of the Yes campaign was the only story in town – a poll paid for by Darling was never worthy of a front page.

What it did though was to signal the Herald’s intent, and something we already knew anyway, the No campaign won’t launch in the summer, the truth is that it has always been here, the Herald merely confirmed this.

What will launch this summer is the political arm of a movement already entrenched in most of Scotland’s media institutions.

Prior to the launch, the BBC made a half-hearted attempt at suggesting ‘tensions’ in the Yes ranks by pointing out the policy differences between the three parties taking part in the Yes Scotland campaign.  Rocket science it isn’t, that three different parties have different policies – all though were united on the one that mattered.

Raymond Buchanan’s contemptuous treatment of Fox and Harvie on Thursday’s Newsnight Scotland was indicative of the arrogant malaise that is slowly rotting BBC Scotland’s political foundations. 

Buchanan was at it again with the cheap shot on Reporting Scotland on Friday when referring to Alan Cumming as one of “those who don’t stay here”.

Things really took a turn for the worse in Brian Taylor’s Big Debate at just after mid-day on Friday. 

Murdo Fraser (Conservative), Thomas Docherty (Labour), Rob Edwards (Journalist) were pitted against Annabelle Ewing (SNP) in what is up there as one of the most partisan ‘debates’ thus far from BBC Scotland.

Despite Isabel Fraser’s excellent handling, the so called debate was a farce and one of the reasons a protest is to be held at Pacific Quay today [Saturday].

The audience seemed as one-sided as the panel as lengthy anti-independence/SNP diatribes replaced questions.  So representative of today’s Scotland was this audience, that when asked, they signalled no concern about the dismantling and storage of old nuclear subs in Scotland.

It has to be listened to, if for no other reason than to witness the level of pro-Union partisanship

To his credit, the show’s usual host, Brian Taylor who was attending the Yes Scotland launch, wrote a rather decent online account of the Yes campaign launch.  It can be read here – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-18212873

This morning it’s back to normal on BBC online news with the top story a certain Glasgow football team.  The morning after the launch and Yes Scotland is deemed the sixth most important story in Scotland, on STV at the time of writing this it is number two.

But back to the Yes Scotland event itself, it’s off and running and will gather pace as organisers reach out to Scotland’s communities.  People like Tommy Brennan and Dennis Canavan will become beacons as Scotland’s traditional democratic socialist communities begin to take notice of real men of principle.

The launch of the Yes campaign hit all the right notes.  A near perfect blend of emotion, glamour and vision mixed with just the right amount of good Scots plain speaking.

It’s game on – and what a prize awaits.

You can watch the full event here, courtesy of Scottish Television.