That divisive referendum, but it was mostly the unionists – The non-inclusive Aberdeen Independence Movement (AIM) have started an initiative around banning transphobia, homophobia, anglophobia, and misogyny supported of course by the new SNP in the form of Stewart Hosie MP. This is the organisation that held a conference that apparently failed to invite anyone from Alba / ISP / AUOB etc, inclusivity is obviously the mantra, not. It appears that inclusivity only extends to those who get AIM’s approval, the rest are I guess not really yessers or actually support women’s rights and alternatives to the SNP mantra.
Anyway, I don’t disagree with “In order to reach that goal we are committed to working with others of like mind on the basis of mutual respect and with a positive approach in order to promote and achieve the values of civic nationalism which are freedom, tolerance, equality, the protection of individual and community rights and the rejection of prejudice and discrimination in any form. Of like mind is interesting though lol.
Now having been around a fair bit of the referendum in 2014, of blogging, of using social media, of marching, and of discussing the case for independence it was clear there were a few extremes on the YES side, and a lot of passion. However,
during the campaign I never saw the Police fighting with those on the YES side in George Square, but I did on the unionist side, I was never physically threatened by any YES supporters, however I was several times by the unionist side. I rarely heard any anti-English sentiment on the YES side, a couple of comments that were challenged and called out by fellow yessers every time but I was called a wide ranging of names from unionists on top of the threats which were called out by no one. AIM by making this pledge, no matter how well intended, have opened the door to more accusations of that divisive referendum and the continued unionist accusations of nasty blood and soil NATS.
Mr Hosie told The National code of conduct was a “fantastic initiative” and added the pledge put forward by AIM would “likely be the template for the wider movement”.
The YES Scotland campaign in 2012/14 referendum was incredibly positive overall for most of us who took part and did a little, however how many can say that from the unionist side, not many I guess. Now there is little chance of a referendum taking place anytime soon, probably not in the next 3 years at least, if not more. And while I do believe that we have to be inclusive in the next campaign when it comes, that we should not discriminate against anyone taking part, including the unionists, maybe AIM need to think about that as well. Alba / ISP and AUOB will play a vital role going forward in delivering that potential YES vote in future, and of course AIM can work with whom they wish but if they are not of “like mind” to AIM then they might as well be unionists as far as AIM is concerned and they say Alba supporters are divisive lol.