Diversity and Critical Friends: Why Disagreement is Healthy

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“I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort, where we overlap.”  Ani di Franco

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“Don’t criticise the SNP”, come the cries. “Wait for Independence” and “Don’t split the movement”.

Hold on a minute – the broad Yes Campaign was always internally critical.  It was the different views of what Independence was and what it could lead to that turned a dry constitutional question into one about jobs, public services, communities, equality and the kind of Scotland we want.  Wrestling politics free of the stale, top-down model, we found our voice, more precisely our voices, and we’re not going to shut up now.

Of course, the SNP were the biggest beneficiary from this in terms of members and in terms of their success in the General Election but therein lies the challenge.  Can the actions of the party match the rhetoric and match the…

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About Grant Buttars

Socialist, trade unionist, RISE, Common Weal Fife.
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