I think it’s time to thank all of you who have contributed to the wine club the last few months. The banking cycle has one more turn before the referendum and I owe it to you to say that you not only provided much needed funds – for Beaujolais, Rhone and Burgundy –but a morale boost for the blog.
It began to feel like a community as the names appeared month after month and some of you have been regular posters on the blog too sharing reactions and ideas and making it one of the best places for interesting debate. I have at times been stunned by the level of knowledge and understanding displayed by people with genuine experience of complex subjects.
Sometimes when things don’t go so well and there is so much hostility, it’s heartening to remember than whatever the situation, there are people of commitment out there who remain friends – of the Yes project and of myself.
As for me, I plan to carry on after September. It’s become clear there will be big issues to thrash out win or lose. I’m going to a meeting in Edinburgh next week to discuss a constitution, to one in Biggar examining how the Yes movement can continue afterwards, and I’ll be appearing at the Fringe to debate a new media. Meantime I’m being interviewed – again – by the non mainstream media this week. So interest is high, the new media needs us all to stay true and even if we don’t get a Yes, the aftermath will be gripping – especially what happens to the ghost of the Labour Party. So I’ll still be here. I may branch out into other areas – consumerism and online art are two possibilities. You’re all welcome to continue with me. For us this isn’t a campaign. It’s a cause. So I’m staying focussed and determined and optimistic. Thanks for travelling with me this far. Hold on to those Wine Club cards – they may come in handy!by