AGAIN I read what is becoming a bore: Nicola Sturgeon says wait and the Greens, along with others, say: “now is the time”.

If this is what the wider Yes movement believe, than why not use this waiting period to keep the conversation going? If we use this time productively we can win the argument before the date of the next independence vote.

Now is the time to talk with, listen to and work out ways of persuading those not fully convinced of independence for whatever reason.

To be truthful I think much depends on how the SNP vote at their spring conference on the independence discussions, on a Scottish currency and the adoption of the Growth Commission.

If this goes in the right direction then we will get an announcement on the road map to independence.

In the meantime, if we want an independent Scotland it up to us to use this waiting period to keep the conversation going.

Paul Gilchrist