Beyond the Noise: 5 years on – the long view of Scottish independence

Ben Wray

Beyond the Noise with David Jamieson is a weekly podcast with CommonSpace journalist David Jamieson, where he gets behind the 24/7 news cycle and gets to the heart of issues, trying to find the substance behind the headlines.

IN this week’s podcast, Jamieson speaks to Bill Ramsay, veteran SNP, CND and trade union activist, about how a long term commitment to Scottish independence was impacted by the independence movement of 2014.

They discuss:

2:01 – What drew people into the SNP decades before Scottish independence would become a mass movement?

11:45 – How much did the issue of Scottish independence actually inform the day-to-day politics of  SNP members? Was the SNP a vehicle for other political ideas in past decades?

17:29 – The SNP’s painful shift from political party routinism to social movement activity. 

31:21 – Do subsequent events, including Brexit, force us to rethink how independence might actually be achieved?