THE work of an MSP is quite bespoke to each individual member.

It depends on location; the needs of constituents; constituency economic drivers; what bills are going through Parliament, and what committees and working groups we happen to be members of.

Very rarely does each day looks the same, and even each committee will not look the same each week.

Sometimes I receive comments on social media or occasionally in an email asking me to stop all other work and concentrate on independence only. I feel the pain of whoever has made the request as I understand the need for independence and the desire to have it yesterday.

And of course, I recognise that many of the issues I deal with could be resolved in an independent Scotland.

But I want to explain how, for example, me holding a surgery in a food bank is campaigning for independence. I could not, nor would not, abandon my responsibilities, as it all benefits the campaign for independence.

My work on the Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee, and on the Rural Affairs and Islands Committee, is vital to a well-functioning Parliament.

Parliament requires a balanced legislative agenda that addresses a range of issues to ensure the smooth functioning of society. Demanding that MSPs prioritise independence to the exclusion of all other matters, risks neglecting crucial policy areas that require attention and action.

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Neglecting essential legislation and governance responsibilities may lead to social and economic disruptions and in turn negatively impact public opinion on the feasibility of independence itself.

Demonstrating good governance and genuinely caring for constituents is a powerful form of activism for Scottish independence. By showcasing competence, responsible leadership and a commitment to the well-being of the Scottish people, we can effectively promote our vision for an independent Scotland.

Such activism not only strengthens the case for independence but also inspires trust, confidence and support among the whole electorate.

It is important to recognise the broader responsibilities and obligations of elected representatives and understand the negative consequences that could arise from us neglecting essential issues.

Engaging in meaningful discussions and addressing the concerns of all Scottish people, regardless of their voting inclinations or intentions, means that we can build bridges and cultivate support.

On the other hand, neglecting their concerns may reinforce the perception that we are disconnected from the needs and priorities of the wider population.

To be seen to be deprioritising pressing matters, such as healthcare, education and economic development, could result in public disillusionment and a loss of trust in us, ultimately weakening support for independence.

Actions, not only words, which are rooted in good governance and constituent care have the power to win hearts and minds and when we can consistently work to deliver positive outcomes, address concerns, and work diligently on behalf of our constituents, we create a powerful narrative that resonates with undecided voters and soft No supporters.

This kind of activism fosters trust and illustrates the potential of an independent Scotland to govern responsibly and effectively.

Grassroots-level activism involves connecting with the electorate and actively addressing their concerns and aspirations. By engaging in community outreach, listening to the needs of the people, and providing tangible solutions, we demonstrate our commitment to grassroots power and democracy.

We need our marches and rallies, we need our support systems and our opportunities to highlight we are still here and going strong.

I know I certainly feel emboldened by it. It helps me as an activist.

Equally, it is also vital we counter stereotypes and misconceptions people have about us.

People outwith our bubble need to see that activism for Scottish independence also goes beyond rallies and speeches.

Our actions can dispel the notion that independence is driven solely by emotions and ideology and instead demonstrate that it is grounded in practicality, responsibility and a genuine desire to improve the lives of the Scottish people for now and for generations to come.

When we get the opportunity to vote in another referendum, I want to make sure we win it and the key to that lies in convincing the undecided and “soft No” voters, rather than simply preaching to the already convinced.

Engaging in conversations and addressing the concerns of those who are on the fence is crucial and by highlighting the potential benefits of independence – such as greater control over Scottish affairs, improved economic prospects, and the ability to shape Scotland’s future – we can make a compelling case that resonates with a broader audience.

Building trust, providing accurate information, and addressing apprehensions in a respectful manner can go a long way in persuading those who have not yet firmly taken a stance.

Achieving Scottish independence necessitates building coalitions and alliances beyond the immediate circle of supporters. Focusing exclusively on independence without engaging with other stakeholders can isolate the cause and limit its potential for growth.

And by neglecting collaborative efforts on shared policy goals, we may struggle to build the broader consensus needed to achieve our objectives.

To swell our movement, it goes without saying that we must encourage more to join and to do that, we must break down barriers, doing that with evidence, reason, and consistency in our approach.

In the pursuit of Scottish independence, it is essential to go beyond rhetoric and demonstrate competence in running our own affairs.

Convincing people of the merits of independence requires tangible evidence of our capabilities, as mere words alone are not sufficient.

Together, but each in our own ways, we cover much more ground.

I truly believe one day we will look back and see that good governance was a huge part of the reason as to why we achieved our shared goal.