Ewan Morrison – YES: Why I Joined Yes and Why I Changed to No

Groupthink, repression, obedience and conformity are not what you would expect to confront in a group of passionate campaigners insisting loudly that they are about to wrestle power from the English authoritarians and take responsibility to develop a discrete State, no less, and to establish the “rule of the people by the people”.

This lucid account confirmed my worst fears in many respects about the Yes Campaign, and as an English outsider confined to observing the economic and socio-political processes involved in the independence debate, on a micro-level – analysis of personal encounters has been restricted to a few overtly angry, oppositional, strongly anti-Labour Yes campaigners, who felt my Englishness and Labour Party support warranted and justified bullying and abusive behaviour.

This powerful article provides an insight into a claustrophobic, awkward and defensive affiliation of disparate groups, of ontological insecurity, tempered with blind faith, psychic spit and glue, and a sprinkling of sugared silence, balanced only with negative campaigning and black propaganda.


 Ewan Morrison is an award-winning Scottish author and screenwriter.

how one word silencedFour months ago I joined the Yes camp out of a desire to take part in the great debate that the Yes camp told me was taking place within their ranks. Being a doubter I thought maybe I’d failed to find this debate and that it was exclusive to the membership of the Yes camp, so I joined hoping I could locate it and take part. But even as I was accepted into the ranks – after my ‘Morrison votes Yes’ article in Bella Caledonia, I noted that 5 out of the meagre 20 comments I received berated me for either not having decided sooner or for having questioned Yes at all. Another said, and I paraphrase: ‘Well if he’s had to mull it over he could easily switch to the other side.’ That comment in Bella Caledonia worked away…

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