National Collective’s New Year’s Resolutions

There’s no getting away from it, it’s New Year’s Resolutions time.

We know that these things tend to be short-lived, if ever lived at all, but it’s often much easier to stick to your resolutions if they’re made and kept as a group. So here are our collective resolutions – we’ll all keep them, and we hope you do too. If you see any of us breaking any of these, feel free to call us out, but expect us to do the same in return!

1. Commit time to the campaign

Some people can volunteer every day. Others can only manage an hour a month. Figure out what you can manage, and commit yourself to doing it. What skills can you and your friends bring to the campaign? Are you are an artist, poet, graphic designer, musician, filmmaker, photographer or a writer? If you are or know someone who is, get in touch with National Collective. We want to hear from you.

2. Wear your vote

‘Yes’ badges and car stickers are available from the Yes Scotland website and make a fine addition to any jacket or car. Or how about one of National Collective’s t-shirts?

3. Be pro-independence, not partisan

We can’t complain about the media conflating the issues of independence and party politics if we do it ourselves. Like the SNP? Fine. Don’t like Labour? That’s fine too. But independence is about more than today’s party politics. We need to win over supporters of all parties, and remember – Labour will probably govern an independent Scotland too.

4. Don’t preach to the converted

We all know you’re convinced. Talk to your undecided and open minded friends. Convince the sceptical.

5. Don’t be a bore

Nobody likes a dullard. More importantly, nobody listens to one. Know when to speak politics and when to just, you know, be normal.

6. Educate yourself

You never know what someone is going to bring up. Don’t know what the Exchange Rate Mechanism II is, or why it matters?

7. Get the terms right

Not everyone campaigning for independence is a ‘Nationalist’ or a ‘Cybernat’. Not everyone unconvinced is a ‘Unionist’ or a ‘BritNat’. It’s easiest just to say ‘pro-Independence’ and ‘pro-Union’. Using divisive language will not convince those who are open minded or undecided to back Independence. It’s a turn off.

8. Don’t delude yourself: ‘Likes’ and ‘Tweets’ (although important in sharing of our message) are not activism

Be creative. Collaborate. Get outside. Leaflet. Knock doors. Gently persuade.

9. Don’t sell out

We want to win, but not at any cost. We need to build a nation founded on consistent principles and constructive tactics. Rolling around in the political muck and watering down ideas in the name of victory has been the downfall of too many promising movements. Never forget that independence is part of a wider process of creating a better nation, and we need to treat that process with care and sensitivity.

10. Remember, we’re all going to have to live with each other after 2014

Be nice.