Yet again, the Scotland in Union team have had an enormously busy period. I’m continually impressed with the way in which a small team can achieve so much with quite limited resources, from building up our local teams, to making a splash with our recent newspaper adverts.
I’m also grateful yet again to the many donors who help to fund Scotland in Union’s work. SIU doesn’t keep a ‘war chest’, but we do need to have enough reserves so that the team of two full-time and three part-time staff can plan for future activity and have a degree of security. We’ve always maintained a horizon of six months, and in order to ensure we can plan for that period we have continued to adjust our staffing and activity in line with that prudent approach. Regular donations are particularly helpful in enabling SIU to plan for the future confidently, so please do consider setting up a monthly donation if you haven’t done so already.
The next six to nine months are likely to be a turbulent time in UK politics. The one thing that we can predict is that the nationalists will continue to try to manufacture a sense of grievance and false outrage at every opportunity.
Whatever happens, the SNP will claim every twist and turn in the political situation strengthens the case for independence. Thankfully, more and more people are seeing through these tactics, and are tiring of the nationalists’ constant campaigning. People want to see government in Holyrood, not just protests and excuses, particularly when faced with mounting evidence of failures in Scottish public services on the SNP’s watch.
But we must not be complacent. The SNP’s support may be dwindling, but the volatility of the UK’s political situation means they cannot be written off, and we need to keep our campaign going as a result. We need to continue to campaign for the SNP to respect the promises they made in 2014; and we need to be ready to fight another referendum if one were to be agreed at some point in the future. Your donations and other support are vital in this respect, and on behalf of all the directors, team members, volunteers and supporters of Scotland in Union, I’d like to thank you again for your continuing support.