DURING that already-forgotten dreich summer of 2017, several Unionist pundits forecast the demise of the Yes movement because there were already signs – that they alone detected – of dissatisfaction with the position adopted by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon that she wanted to see the colour of Brexit before calling a second indyref.

At the time it was difficult to distinguish between a ray of sunshine and a Unionist commentator predicting the end of Yes – not least because there wasn’t any sunshine about.

Now a year on, the sun is ever present, summer is here, and the Yes DIY movement is stronger, more numerous and more organised on a more democratic grassroots basis than ever before – and that’s before indyref2 is even called.

The National – home of the Yes DIY hub and the only newspaper to actually attend the All Under One Banner march in Glasgow in May – has reported on the extraordinary sea change within Scottish politics, namely the Yes Surge. No other paper or media outlet has done so.

We are proud that our columnists and commentators are in demand. This week, for example, National columnist, former MSP and Women For Independence member Carolyn Leckie will join Common Weal Perth & Kinross on Wednesday evening to offer her views on recent developments and where the Yes movement goes from here.

Common Weal said: “With a second Scottish independence referendum looking ever more likely, which groups of voters should the Yes campaign be focusing on, and what are the arguments that will win them over.

“Come along and take part in what’s sure to be a fascinating discussion. Admission is free and all are welcome. For more information see Facebook.”

The previous evening at Govanhill Baths in Glasgow the Yes Southside group will be planning future events and hosting two speakers.

National columnist Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp of Business for Scotland (BFS) will make a presentation on the ambassador training programme and James Dornan MSP will be speaking about preparing for indyref2. Check The National calendar for more details.

And here’s a note from Angus: “Blether-In Forfar will celebrate its first birthday on Friday, July 13, by inviting you to attend an inspiring and informative eventing with Tommy Sheppard, MP for Edinburgh East.

“Tommy will speak about preparing for a new Scotland, reminding us that our campaign for Independence starts now! There will be a Q&A session after his address, so plenty of time for Blethering. Tickets are £3 (£3.73 with Eventbrite service fee).Tickets are limited so please book early.”