A top-level panel will address a public meeting in Kilwinning next week – Thursday, March 13th – on the subject of Scottish independence.
meeting, which starts at 7:30pm in Nethermain’s Community Centre, will hear from
Alex Neil MSP (Scotland’s Health Secretary), Jeanne Freeman (former Special
Advisor to Labour First Minister Jack McConnell) and Richie Venton (Ayrshire
Organiser for the Scottish Socialist Party).
The event is billed as ‘the
ideal opportunity for anyone who is undecided on independence to have their
Alex Neil, originally from Patna in East Ayrshire,
said, “A ‘YES’ vote gives us the chance to build a fairer and more prosperous
Scotland , to rid ourselves of Westminster welfare cuts, like the Bedroom Tax,
and to stop Trident nuclear weapons being based on the Clyde .
‘No’ means we will continue to have our finances cut to ribbons by London.
Voting ‘No’ means we have an uncertain future in a bankrupt United Kingdom,
which will use a ‘No’ vote to deny the Scottish Parliament any further
Jeane Freeman is a Labour voter and founding member of ‘Women
for Independence’. She believes that women's experience of the British Union is
one of inequality because of decisions made outside of Scotland, adding, “The
question is – who do we believe has the better chance of giving us the
opportunities, the policies and the laws to take us forward and address our
hopes for ourselves, our families and our communities?
“For me, the
answer to that question is us - the people who live in Scotland. We are our best
Richie Venton of the Scottish Socialist Party will be a well-known
face to many locals from his time manning street-stalls in Saltcoats, Kilwinning
and Irvine. The SSP has been at the forefront locally of campaigns opposing cuts
to public services and the imposition of the Bedroom Tax. Since its creation in
1997 the Scottish Socialist Party has championed the cause of an independent
Mr Venton said, “A ‘YES’ vote is a means to a very
desirable end. It is a vote for democracy, for the actual right to choose and
elect your preferred government and to then fight for measures like a decent
living minimum wage for all at 16, with equal pay for women. It opens the path
to vast improvements in the rights and living standards of the working class of
Scotland - which have absolutely no prospect of being achieved under a Miliband
Labour Government, let alone some computation of the Tories, Lib Dems or