In Setting up a Scottish Banking System, the fourth paper in the Scottish Independence Convention’s Transition series, finance expert Peter Ryan presents the case for banking reforms in the transition period leading to independence and explains the processes needed to set this up. Author: Peter Ryan Peter Ryan is married and lives in Ayr. He has worked in financial services for over 30 years. He has contributed to payment policy both in the UK and the European Union working with the European Banking Authority on real time Euro payments and Open Banking. His support for Scottish independence came from the injustice of the vote toRead More →

It is imperative that Scotland is fully aware of its own rights and responsibilities and it must take the time now, well before a decision to become independent takes place, to plan and prepare. Otherwise, we may find ourselves repeating the mistakes of Brexit and being forced into a disadvantageous deal due to a lack of understanding of what we already have and what we need and want. 5k Version 1k Version Author: Dr Craig Dalzell Dr Craig Dalzell is the Head of Policy & Research at the “think and do tank” Common Weal. His background is in laser physics but through a strange seriesRead More →

First part in a collection of papers being produced by SIC on the transition to independence. Full document and further reading here. “We must think of self-governing Scotland as an independent legal jurisdiction which has internationally recognised legal boundaries. A Customs officer at an immobile Customs Station, in an open-borders 21st Century European community, has very little impact and demonstrates how Unionists miss the point, whilst further; successfully confusing our electorate by claiming “hard borders” are a show-stopper when in fact they are very largely irrelevant.”   1 Introduction and Background This paper is written at the invitation of Scottish Independence Convention. The author’s practitionerRead More →

Salary: £27,500 Status: Full time / jobshare considered Contract: 6 months fixed term, with extension dependent on fundraising Location: Home-working, with a future possibility of an office probably in the central belt Closing date: 5pm, Friday 30 August 2019 Interviews: To be held in early September 2019 Voices for Scotland is the campaign organisation that seeks to plan, deliver and win the next campaign for Scottish Independence. It is the campaigning and fundraising arm of the Scottish Independence Convention, a coalition of independence supporting organisations. Its goal is to lift the support for Scottish Independence to about 60%, building on the independence movement that deliveredRead More →

Voices for Scotland, a new non-party, civic organisation campaigning for Scottish independence, launches today. It has been set up by the Scottish Independence Convention and is focused on engaging with people who are undecided about independence or are having doubts about their support for the UK. Its aim is to facilitate big, open conversations about Scotland’s future through discussion and engagement. The organisation is non-political and will seek to engage with people using a different voice – with the aim of listening to what people need to help them become supportive of independence, as well as to persuade them of its merits. Voices for ScotlandRead More →

As a wide ranging Coalition of Independence supporting organisations and individuals we have been very active, laying the Foundations on which we will build our campaign to lift Indy support to 60% or more. Over the past three years, since the SIC was reformed in 2016, we have held many meetings of the Council of SIC and our sub-groups and organised two “Build” conferences to involve the grass-roots and help develop our planning and strategy as we move towards the next Independence referendum. We have also been busy developing research work on Independence with Heriot Watt University, attending local Yes groups to encourage the formationRead More →

Scottish Independence Convention (SIC) Ltd is the campaigning organisation established by the Scottish Independence Convention to deliver the next (and last!) independence campaign for Scotland. SIC Ltd is seeking motivated and enthusiastic people to join its Board of Directors. SIC Ltd is governed by a Board of nine Directors, five of which are drawn from the SIC Council (Convener, Vice-convener, Treasurer and two elected members). The remaining four Directors should come from the wider independence movement (i.e. not people already members of the SIC Council), and are to be appointed by the SIC’s five Directors. The Board is looking for people with the following skillsRead More →

Alastair MacDonald, Yes Highland The idea of forming a Yes Highland group came from members of InverYESs in the summer of 2016. We still had some names and contact numbers from other Yes groups, left over from the 2014 referendum. Word spread around, as it does. So we had more than 30 delegates attending the first meeting on August 6, 2016, in the Spectrum Centre in Inverness. Groups came from the Black Isle, Beauly, Dingwall, Badenoch and Strathspey, Elgin, Forres and Skye to attend that first meeting. Importantly, we also had a representative of the local Polish community. The topics discussed included what we hadRead More →

Max Wiszniewski explains what the Scottish Independence Convention fund raising initiative is about It’s time for the Scottish independence movement to build beyond its base and get support consistently beyond 50% in the polls. In the absence of any formal campaign body, it’s commendable that the movement has maintained support at its current level despite a glaring media onslaught. Yet, faced with the most incompetent Westminster Government for generations presiding over a shambolic Brexit process and an official opposition that is (at the time of writing) lagging in the polls, there has not yet been a silver bullet that has significantly moved the polls forRead More →