IT’S happening. It’s taking place all across Scotland, a genuine political phenomenon which in any other country would be the talk of the press and public alike –but this is Scotland so you won’t read about it in any daily national newspaper other than this one, and you certainly won’t see it on the BBC or hear about it on BBC radio.

There’s no official name for it: The movement? The uprising? Normally a movement without a name never merits a headline, but it is real, and it’s on right now and every day The National hears more and more about ordinary people across Scotland organising themselves into local groups of activists prepared to work locally and nationally for independence.

No single organisation can claim to have brought about this quiet nascent revolution, but those in the many local organisations of Yes hubs, Yes associations, and Yes groups – whatever they are called, their aim is clear – know that they are part of a fast-growing grassroots movement.

September 2014 is history. The Yes side lost, albeit to cheating tactics and lies and vows that look like so much idiocy after the UK Brexit vote which will yet again see the will of the Scottish people traduced by the United Kingdom as a whole.

It’s perhaps Brexit that has proved the greatest recruiting sergeant for the Yes movement. The number of people forming themselves into Yes groups has grown exponentially since June 2016, and we know it is only going to grow further.

Which is why The National, the only daily newspaper in Scotland that supports independence, today announces the start of a new twice weekly feature we call YES DIY.

On Wednesdays and Saturdays we will feature news about Yes groups up and down the country and reflect the issues that Yes people care about. The column will chronicle the movement as it grows and perhaps even help to spread best practices and draw groups together.

The name was supplied for us by that master wordsmith Paul Kavanagh who is in constant demand for speaking up and down the country with the Wee Ginger Dug his constant companion – he will shortly be going to Shetland for his first talk there.

Paul said: “Without a shadow of a doubt there is something special going on across Scotland.

“There is definitely some sort of momentum building and there is an expectation within the movement that things are beginning to come to a head.

“With Brexit and with the lies that we were told in 2014, I am trying to think of all the promises that Better Together made and the only one they actually kept is that Michelle Mone would leave the country.

“There is a growing feeling in the movement that something is happening at the grassroots. It is not even a Scottish Independence Convention thing, it is just people coming to the conclusion that we are going to have to do this by ourselves because nobody else is going to do it for us. We are not going to sit passively and wait to be led.

“We are just going to go ahead and do it. All over the country people have reached the conclusion that this is a DIY movement, and the second referendum will be a DIY referendum.”

Alex Salmond sent us this message: “I wish YES DIY well, because there is nothing more encouraging for people who are active on the ground to hear and read about what other people are doing.

“There are many ways to keep in touch these days, but a column which reports on these activities will be well read and is much needed.”

On Saturday we will profile the Yes 2 Edinburgh and Lothians Workshop day set for Saturday, February 24.

Do you want The National to report what your Yes group is doing? Write to us at marked for YES DIY