To celebrate 2014 Bella is hosting our own Indyref Awards. Your nominations are welcome. We’ll take suggestions up until New Year then shortlist and vote soon after. To nominate just leave a suggestion as a comment and we’ll update each category. If there is a delay it’s because we are wrapped in tinsel or drousy from too much sherry trifle.
Non-Glitzy awards ceremony at the Yesbar in January. The hash-tag is #indyrefawards
Best Young Activist of the Year
Nominations: Saffron Dickson, Liam McLaughlin, Stephen Paton, Miriam Brett, Mhairi Black, Allan Casey, Amie Robertson, 14 year old nephew Calum Macleod, Jenny Lindsay, Lady Alba aka Zara Gladman, Aileen McKay
Book of the Year
Nominations: Blossom, by Lesley Riddoch, A Bird is Not a Stone (Ed Henry Bell), Road to Referendum by Iain Macwhirter, Arguing for Independence by Stephen Maxwell, the Wee Blue Book by Stuart Campbell.
Least Sexist Male Politician
Nominations: Humza Yousaf, Patrick Harvie
Biggest Campaign Disaster
Nominations: Project Fear being found out to be calling themselves Project Fear, Vote No Borders cinema ad which had to be pulled after Great Ormond Street called them out for lying, George Robertson’s claim that the ‘forces of darkness’ would benefit if Scotland became independent.
Most Outrageously Hopeful Idea
Nominations: @NaeFear‘s speaking of Scotland’s hospital ship – the Robert Burns, Spirit of Independence tour for its romanticism, ‘That we really might win, and if we did the UK would stick to the Edinburgh Agreement’ (Laura Eaton Lewis)
Nominations: Greg Moodie, Daniel Seex (pictured right), Stewart Bremner, Martin S Laird – time to see his poster again – The Unicorn ‘Its coming yet’, 100 Weeks of Scotland – Alan McCredie, Africans for an Independent Scotland (James Kennedy), Chris Cairns, Ciaran Murphy, Yestival, ‘Scotland Yet’ (film), Andrew Mac ‘the saltire butterflies joining the other indy butterflies’.
Best Social-Media Campaign Meme
Nominations: National Collective #YesBecause – WfI’s ‘ Generation Yes for #PatronisingBTLady meme, #DearestScotland by WeAreSnook.com
Song of the Campaign
Nominations: Son I Voted Yes by Stanley Odd, Iron Sky by Paulo Nutini, “Theme for the Early Days Of a Better Nation” written by Matt Seattle and performed by Edinburgh Independence Choir, ‘This Road Won’t Build Itself’ by the wonderful Seafieldroad (by the way I’m totally biased) http://seafieldroad.bandcamp.com/track/this-road-wont-build-itself-2,
Be a Nation by Macanta
Best International Act of Solidarity
Nominations: Pilar Fernandez, Artur Mas, Billy Bragg
Car Crash Interview of the Year
Nominations: Johann Lamont
Andrew Neil shot down by Jeanne Freeman
Pointiest Pointyheid in Scottish life
Nominations: David Torrance, John Curtice, economist Ronald MacDonald for giving us no option but austerity, Gerry Hassan, Scot goes Pop – the antidote to John Curtice. Pointedly so.
Most Dundersome Dunderheid in Scottish life
Nominations: George Foulkes (aka the Red Baron), Willie Rennie
Lamont Clanger of the Year
Nominations: Eck reeling off a mammoth list of important gains of independence: dismissed as “Wee Things”
Most Utterly Deceptive Newspaper Headline
Daily Express, 22nd of April, warns of ‘Pensions shock for millions’ on its English cover. Its Scottish cover states ‘Pensions safer within UK’ on the same day.
Scottish independence ‘would be cataclysmic for the world’, ex-Nato head warns
Scotland will be more at risk of a terrorist attack if it votes for independence, Cameron warns
Why Independence Could Put Scotland In Danger Of Russian Invasion
Scottish independence: 36% of firms may move south
First Minister’s Lips: Beyond the Help of Cosmetics
Scottish homeowners face mortgage meltdown if Yes campaign wins
Scottish independence: Will it really tear the heart from IT firms?
Indy Scotland to Export Hydrocarbons and Give the Whole World Asthma
Scottish independence would be worse than the 2008 banking crash, warns Alistair Darling
Scotch on the rocks: Treasury warns independence could put £4.3bn of ‘Scotch Whisky’ exports at risk from copycat products
“Que?” Sturgeon’s accent could end EU subsidies for farmers.
Hardworking English-born families fear future in indy Scotland’s sheep pens
Cancer research ‘shut down’ if Scotland votes for Independence
Scottish Independence: 700,000 to Leave if Union is Broken
Anti-English racists terrorising the No campaign in Scotland
War veteran: Yes vote would be a betrayal of fallen WW2 comrades
Thin Lips Cost Ships: Death of Clydeside Under Sturgeon
Scottish Independence: Business Leader Evokes Fears Of New ‘Jacobite Wars’
Scottish Independence: Mad Vlad Putin Together Invasion Plans
No breeding, you see: Would a curtsey before Her Majesty have been so terribly hard?
Scottish independence ‘would harm world’s poorest’
Fight to save the Union: Scotland ‘A Yes vote is scarier than facing the SS’, say WW2 pilot
Nominations: Imperial Masters:
Lynsey Jarret (who scaled Castle Rock, Edinburgh carrying her own oxygen supply), Prof Dunleavy going to war with Westminster Treasury over set-up costs for iScot, RIC’s Mass Canvas, the Yestival, Joanne Richardson covered in Yes badges chatting up all the Orange Marchers on Leith Walk, asking them if they’ve had a nice day and proving that Yes-ers weren’t a bunch that needed punched. She even got some saying they hoped Yes would win.
Newspaper Columnist of the Year
Nominations: Iain Macwhirter, Ian Bell, Kevin McKenna, Jennifer McKiernan, Evening Express, fresh perspective from a young female voice, Lesley Riddoch, Joyce McMillan, Joan McAlpine, Jamie Maxwell, MIke Small
Best Unionist Scare Story
Nominations: Threat from Alien Invasion, Gordon Brown claims organ transplants and blood transfusions at risk, Scotsman etc,
Free Presbyterian Church – Scottish Independence would be a provocation of God…
For inspiration see The Wit and Wisdom of No here.
Most Disruptive Technology
Nominations: Twitter, Photoshop, YouTube, Gordon Brown “entering” the debate with the same speech six times, Wings Over Scotland, 1) Conversation. Talking to folk at bus stops, in the street, in pubs, talking to people’s own interests and concerns was the best way to gently disrupt preconceptions.
2) Stickers. They were everywhere. They’d get scratched, pasted over, and the next day they’d be back up again.
Live Event Disaster:
Nominations: Hands across Hadrians Wall, Unionist party turns into loyalist riot on the 19th of September, Anas Sarwar MP getting booed and heckled at Palestine protest in Glasgow 19/7/14.
Iain Gray asks ‘how would we set up an oil fund?’
Unionist party turns into loyalist riot on the 19th of September