Press Conference: RIC canvassing evidence shows No campaign have lost working class Scotland

Chris McLeod:

RIC are one of the best things to come out of the Independence Referendum. I sincerely hope they find a way to remain involved beyond the vote on the 18th (no matter which way it goes!)

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Radical Independence Conference Gather In GlasgowThe Radical Independence Campaign (RIC) revealed today(1) (Tuesday) the evidence of their canvassing in working class communities across Scotland, and argue that “the results show the No campaign isn’t just losing working class communities in Scotland, but has definitively lost them.”

The RIC National Mass Canvass Sample(2) covers 18,012 people, and is taken over 90 areas across Scotland.

The national results show Yes 43.6%, No 25.3%, and don’t know 31.1%. With the Undecided’s taken out, the result is Yes 63.4% and No 36.5%.

The document also includes details of specific areas to highlight the fact that many of these areas are amongst the poorest in Scotland and are often areas with traditionally strong Labour support

The results were revealed as part of the grassroots Yes press conferences, which take place daily in the CCA, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow at 11am.

Jonathon Shafi, the Radical Independence Campaign co-founder, said:


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Dungeon Saga Update, and Some Chances to Win!

Time for a catchup with the Dungeon Saga Kickstarter!

Since launching 2 weeks ago, the Dungeon Saga Kickstarter has gone from strength to strength. At the time of writing it’s up over $416,000, and a LOT of additional stuff has been unlocked. Some of it is going into the box of those who pledge, and some of it is available as an optional extra. Either way, there’s a lot available! It’s at a point now where the Kickstarter is beyond the content of the main game, and funding the first expansion, “Warlord of Galahir.”

In addition to all of the really cool content, the “alpha” rules for the game have been released. Obviously, these are a work in progress, and not necessarily the final rules, but if you want to try them out yourself, you can get them here. Or if you just want to get a feel for how they play, Beasts of War have you covered:

Finally, for this upddate, there’s not one, but TWO contests for you to take part, where in each you can win either a full Kickstarter pledge, or one of five “retail” pledges. The first of these is being run over at BoardGameGeek (registration required). The second is run by Mantic themselves, and as a special treat, if you follow me on twitter, you can get a bonus entry into the “raffle.” Check out the link below for more information, and to enter!

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More Information on Dungeon Saga: The Dwarf King’s Quest

Yeah, I know, I know… you’re probably all sick of me posting about the Dungeon Saga: Dwarf King’s Quest Kickstarter, but I’m excited about it, and Mantic were kind enough to send me over a blogger’s “press pack” filled with a bit more information, so I wanted to share that with you as well. This post is quite long thanks to some big images, so dive in using the read more link.

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Dungeon Saga: The Dwarf King’s Quest Kickstarter is Live!

And it was funded in ~4 minutes! There’s only one pledge level available which buys you anything – $100 – but that’s already giving you a LOT of stuff as stretch-goal after stretch-goal is being met (they’re up past $136,000 at the time of writing)

There’s still another 27 days to go, so I imagine there’s going to be a heck of a lot of stuff unlocked in the days to come. If you want to get involved, head over to the Kickstarter page, here.

Simple Things We can All do to Win a Yes Vote

Yes. It’s a tiny word with a lot of power; a word which hopefully will change the course of Scotland’s future come September, when we answer the question “should Scotland be an independent country?”

I will be voting Yes to independence on September 18th. So will many, many others – current opinion polls (a crude indication, but the best we have) have placed the Yes vote as tantalisingly close to winning. With little over a month to go, convincing the remaining “Don’t Know’s” will win the referendum.

But what can we all do to help push Yes over the line? Not all of us can get out and canvass door-to-door, speak at events, or staff the stalls giving out information. We can all still play a part though.

2014-05-07 06.52.28Personally I think the most effective and simple thing we can all do is proudly show our voting intention. If we “normalise” the idea of voting Yes – show that support for Yes is large, it’s everywhere, and it’s not just some small, fringe group (or only SNP supporters) – many of the undecided voters will begin to wonder what it is about Yes they might have missed up to now. The more they look into why they should vote Yes, I believe the more likely they will be to vote Yes on the day.

So wear Yes badges everywhere you can. Put one on your jacket, and put one on your bag. Wear a Yes t-shirt when out and about. Display Yes stickers and posters prominently – on windows, laptops, notepads… anywhere likely to be seen (just don’t go sticking them on someone else’s property!). If we all did this it would surround undecided voters in a sea of Yes support, and show it’s everyday people who are the Yes Movement, not the politicians or media. We would show how much momentum there is behind the idea of a better Scotland.

Badges and posters alone will not sway most people, but increased awareness will prompt many to ask questions, and more importantly, to strike up conversations with Yes supporters to find out why we’re all voting for independence. This is the crucial bit. This is where we will win – so brush up on some of the key points. You don’t have to know everything, but knowing where to point people to more information is just as useful whether it’s an online source, or an event/stall/friend with more knowledge.

As a bonus, not only will proudly showing your support for a Yes vote help engage with the “Don’t Know’s” it will give confidence to other Yes voters who might be keeping their voting intentions to themselves. By letting them know they are not alone you will encourage them to engage publicly with the debate and perhaps convince some more people over to Yes.

(It’s obvious, but worth stating anyway – always be polite, courteous and as accommodating as possible when engaging with anyone in the referendum debate. Many people have legitimate worries about independence which won’t always be assuaged in one conversation. Remember that you’re only one angry tweet away from being the next “nasty CyberNat” story in the Daily Mail.)

2014-08-03 11.34.57Personally speaking I’ve been wearing a small Yes badge on my jacket lapel for a couple of months now, and recently got myself a Green Yes t-shirt. It’s sparked conversations with colleagues, friends of friends, even the barista at Starbucks, all of whom have said what I told them was making them think about their positions. When I placed a Yes window sticker in a street-facing window of my house, there was my house and one car in the street with anything on show. Now there’s 3 houses, 4 cars, and a few more houses just around the corner. I don’t claim credit for the increase at all, but I believe that the more of us show our support, the more others will as well.

We’ve all got a part to play in the referendum, so why not start with something small and simple which could make a big difference?

Mantic’s Dungeon Saga: Dwarf King’s Quest Kickstarter Launches Tomorrow!


The Kickstarter for Mantic Game’s new dungeon-crawling board game, Dungeon Saga: Dwarf King’s Quest is going live tomorrow, Monday 4th August, at 1:30pm BST (British Summer Time)

I am extremely excited about this game. So much so I got ahead of myself and started scouring Kickstarter for it last Monday! I was a huge, huge fan of Warhammer Quest back in the day (16-17ish years ago!) and I’ve never really found a similar game which matched the experience of playing that much-missed game. The iPad version comes close, but it’s not quite the same moving pixels around instead of miniatures on a board.

At the moment there’s not a huge amount to go on about how it plays, or what will be included. There’s the official blog, and a video interview by Beasts of War with Ronnie from Mantic (below), but I expect a lot more information to come pouring forth from Mantic over the next 24 hours and beyond – I’ll be posting more information and a link to the Kickstarter page as I get it!

Derek Bateman: We Are World-Class

Derek Bateman shines the spotlight on how good Commonwealth Games being held in Glasgow is for Scotland, and then closes out with an evisceration of Alistair Darling.

Comfortable with that, you Labour voters who read here but have no critique of your own? Want to get in touch and applaud Darling’s Blairesque crawling after business bucks? Think he’s entitled do you? Think it’s morally acceptable for a ‘Socialist’ to trouser vast sums when his constituents go hungry, lose their jobs and their homes? Can’t see how your Labour champion is just another self-seeking Tory loaded with cash, oblivious to working class needs and working hand-in-glove with UKIP and the BNP? Is that why you joined Labour? Darling is Cameron’s proxy – do any of you disagree – and will fight working class Scots to the death for his right to make money and stay in the British elite.

Derek Bateman: We Are World Class

Who Are The Scots?

A wonderful piece by Peter Arnott – 100 Days: Who Are The Scots?

“But what guarantee is there that any of that would be better with independence?” is the question No voters ask.

And Yes voters should answer: “WE are the guarantee. YOU are the guarantee. If, WE, the Scottish electorate elected then re-elected a government that did this to our people, then hell mend us. But do you really think we would do that? The point is not WHAT we would choose, but the fact that WE would have the choice. And if it we found that a government wasn’t to our choice any more, we could vote against the cruelty and incompetence and hatred were doing all this to us…and, unlike now, it would make a difference. It would matter what we did and what we chose. The government would actually change. Right now, we can’t do anything except complain about it in the pub. We want to make sure that our opinions count. We want to make sure that YOUR opinions count. Come with us!”

Thrupenny Bit

thrupenny coinWhen my ex-Mother-in-Law was young, she used to split her pocket money with her best friend; she would give her a “thrupenny bit” every week.

Fast-forward 40-something years later and they’re still best friends, only her friend was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer.

While we were leaving the hospital with the youngest, after a “swallowed something she shouldn’t have” incident (don’t worry, she’s fine), the Ex relayed the pocket money story and how she wanted to find a thrupenny bit to give to her mum.

Before we’d reached the hospital exit I had tracked down a couple of suitable coins in the eBay app on my phone, and payed for them using my PayPal account. A handful of taps on my phone and I’ve hopefully done something to help in this rough time. They should be here next week.

I’m not sure why I felt compelled to blog this little anecdote; maybe it was because it’s too long to fit in a throwaway tweet. Or maybe it’s because I thought it was awesome how quickly mobile lets us do little bits of good for others.


Overcast by Marco Arment has launched today. (finally, some of you might be saying)

I downloaded it on my way home, and haven’t had a chance to try out any of the more interesting features, such as “Smart Speed” yet. However, with just a quick tap-through I’ve seen a few touches which suggest it’s a very well-crafted app. I’m not convinced about the use of a non-“standard” font for the UI though, but that’s just my preference.

Despite being around on the web when podcasting first came about (waaay before Odeo, for example) I never really got into podcasts in the same way a lot of other people did. I’ve started listening to a couple recently – and I’m always on the look out for more – and as I knew Overcast was “Coming Soon™” I stuck with Apple’s really very mediocre Podcast app. I’ll be interested to see if a better “podcatcher” helps me get into more podcasts over time.

You can read Marco’s write up of the release over on his blog.