Movement politics v professional politics

“People in senior positions should be especially aware of the need for unity, as they carry special responsibilities. Nobody paid by the Yes campaign, or elevated to senior position by dint of reputation and audience, should attack any other part of the Yes movement. When senior people or official organisations distance themselves from other parts of the Yes movement, it looks weaker than any demonstration ever could, and only invites further attacks.

It would be a genuinely great thing to school the broad Yes movement in professional-level political strategy, but there is little time left, and with no professional organisers employed there is in any event no-one who could do the job.

Senior and prominent Yes campaigners are just going to have to get used to being at the head of a movement, and not in charge of a party. That means standing by your people, even when they go a bit off-message.”

Here, here.


About Hugh Wallace

Soldier, sailor, policeman, engineer, scientist, democrat, socialist, environmentalist, advocate of Scottish Independence
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