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Hello, everyone.

As we reflect on a week when a UK Foreign Secretary, who going by his recent pronouncements has trouble distinguishing Slovakia from Slovenia, took it upon himself to deliver a pre-emptive ‘Westminster Says Naw’ message at Glasgow University, it’s as clear as it ever was that, for the Yes movement, now is the time for unity, for quiet, determined preparation – and for steely nerves.

As to the possible thinking behind submitting a Section 30 ‘request’ to a UK Government that won’t now, and possibly never will, agree to it – something that’s genuinely been mystifying even seasoned independence campaigners – the best explanation we’ve seen comes from a Facebook post by activist Cameron MacDonald Black:
Makes sense. You might or might not agree with it, but it certainly looks like a coherent rationale.

On to our own ‘quiet, determined preparations’. This is a big week for us, with Jason Michael bringing his ‘Jeggit’s World Tour of Scotland’ to the Grampian Hotel on Thursday 14 March at 7:00 pm. Jason is on the most intensive leg of his tour, taking in Glasgow, Inverness, Orkney (ferries permitting), Elgin, Brechin and finally Perth, and without exception the groups that have hosted him have been hugely enthusiastic about his talks. If you don’t yet have your tickets for Thursday, we heartily recommend you snap them up as soon as possible – just click here.

Following that we have our first Street Stall of 2019 coming up on Saturday 23 March. We plan to be in the High Street between 10 am and 1 pm, and we’re looking for volunteers to come and assist us. If you can spare an hour or two to be part of our team, dispensing information and helping to provide a positive presence for the Yes movement in the city centre, please get in touch – you’ll be very welcome.

There are lots of other events, with something to fit nearly every taste, going on in the next few weeks. Take a look at our What’s On Listing and fill your boots!

Thanks again to all who have responded to Perth & Kinross Yes Hub’s request for financial pledges and other assistance. If that’s still on your ‘to do’ list, here’s the electronic pledge form, which should open a Word document for you to complete, save and email back, or simply print off and post. (If it doesn’t open properly, let us know and we’ll post you one.) The project continues to move forward, and we’ll have more details about its progress next week.

That’s about it for this week. Just one other wee opportunity for you, especially if you’ve always wanted to get involved in leafleting, but have never quite got around to it. The SNP is delivering some leaflets on the council budget, and the various parties’ alternatives, in North Muirton on Saturday 16 March. Gather at Riverside Church, Bute Drive, at 10:30 am, and the mysteries of how to push things through letter-boxes without getting your fingers eaten will be revealed!

Have a good week – see you on Thursday, we hope – and we’ll be in touch again soon.

Best wishes,

Yes Perth City Steering Group