Our NHS is creaking under strain, education standards are falling, and our economy is flatlining, yet SNP politicians have stepped up their campaign for a second independence referendum that Scotland does not want.
That’s why the work we do at Scotland in Union has never been more important.
While the UK Government and pro-UK parties are all focused on Brexit, the SNP and its allies remain entirely focused on using it as an opportunity to rip Scotland out of the Union.
Immediately prior to their party conference, the SNP decided to run a pro-independence campaign day, and in response we ran our #Yawn campaign across Scotland's print media, and social network channels too - reaching an incredible 1,250,000 people.
It was a simple message: the people of Scotland are tired of SNP politicians’ obsession with independence at the expense of them doing their day job.
We cannot make our voice heard without your support. Thank you to everyone who donated to the #Yawn campaign – you will see it made a real difference.
We have also focused on being ever-present in the media, ensuring that the views of the majority of the people of Scotland are heard above the noise of the SNP.
However, our small team is up against a very large, cash-rich Nationalist operation. And the SNP is determined to use Brexit to boost support for independence.
Regardless of your views on Brexit, we know it isn’t worth walking away from our closest friends, allies and business partners in the rest of the UK. But the opinion polls show that we must work hard to convince people across Scotland, many of whom are worried about Brexit and are being led to believe that a separate Scotland could walk in to EU membership.
The next few months are absolutely crucial for Scotland’s future in the UK, and we need your help. If you can donate to Scotland in Union, please click here.
Since our last update in August, we have held more than 50 Scotland in Union events including campaign days with our supporters out leafleting on streets all over Scotland, town hall meetings with excellent guest speakers including Jackie Baillie MSP, Murdo Fraser MSP and Mike Rumbles MSP and local meet-ups for supporters to discuss the issues of the day.
Thank you to everyone who has participated and continues to volunteer with Scotland in Union, and everyone who comes along to our events. We couldn't do it without you.
We are delighted to host an evening in central Glasgow on Wednesday, November 21st, with acclaimed author Gerard Carruthers who, alongside Colin Kidd, is co-editor of ‘Literature & Union’. According to political journalist Alex Massie, this is ‘the most interesting Scottish book published all year’. For tickets and more information please click here.
We would like to thank our outgoing Regional Organisers Pauline Eggermont and Allan Sutherland for all the support they have given and the work they have done to grow our campaign. We are now looking for volunteers to build on their progress and become Regional Organisers in Inverness and the North East. If you or anyone you know would like to volunteer, please contact email@example.com.
We would like to wish Craig Davidson well in his new PR job with BCW in London. Craig recently moved on from Scotland in Union after working with us for almost three years, helping to grow the organisation from its humble beginnings to the mainstream campaign it is today. He will be missed!
Finally, we would like to welcome Alan Roden to the Scotland in Union team. Alan has come on board this month as our new Head of Communications and has already made a splash, ensuring that our voice has been heard in some of the biggest news stories of recent weeks. Alan is well known at the heart of Scottish politics after working as the Political Editor for the Scottish Daily Mail before going on to become the Head of Communications for the Scottish Labour Party. We are excited to be working with him to continue to develop our campaign.