Journey to Yes 13-15

As more Scots who voted No to independence reconsider their decision, we follow their journey to Yes and self-determination for Scotland.


Journey to Yes #13 - Pensioner and former paratrooper

James is a pensioner and former paratrooper who lives in Old Meldrum, Aberdeenshire. James voted No to independence and leave in the EU referendum but has completely changed his views on both. James discusses his disillusion with the UK Govt and their inept handling of constitutional issues, a famous relation and deeply unimpressive Scottish Tories and Labour.


Journey to Yes #14 - Farming

Hilary and Carey are organic farmers in South Lanark who voted No in 2014 and are now passionate Yes and SNP supporters. They are amongst 67,000 people directly employed in Scottish agriculture. The sector manages 80% of Scotland’s land mass and a further 360,000 jobs (1 in 10 of all Scottish jobs) are dependent on agriculture. Scotland’s farming community are in the frontline of damage done by the Brexit result and Hilary and Carey now face the possibility of losing their livelihood.

Hilary and Carey believed the Better Together campaign’s promises about staying in EU and now see belief in ourselves and the country we want to be as the way forward. Increasingly angered by Labour and the Conservative Government’s mishandling of the Brexit vote and aftermath they see a bleak future for farming under Tories who do not understand or care about Scottish farming but will use Brexit as licence to return devolved powers back to Westminster - a plan cynically implemented and rubber-stamped by Ruth Davidson and David Mundell. Hilary and Carey discuss the potentially devastating impact of exiting the EU with no long term plan could have on farming and how Scotland must seize self-determination to prevent a new wave of clearances.


Journey to Yes #15 - Simon Pia

Simon Pia is a Journalist & Consultant, Lecturer and former spin doctor to Scottish Labour including former leader Wendy Alexander, Iain Gray MSP and Gordon Brown. Simon has always believed home-rule or federalism to be solution to Scotland’s democratic deficit.

Torn over the independence question, Simon feels the Yes campaign’s economic argument was not strong or honest enough to sway him and the majority. Brexit now makes any offer of federalism or economic threats from the UK Government redundant. Simon believes more unites Scotland’s progressive parties than divides and a grand coalition may be a possible way forward.