The pro-independence ‘YES’ campaign stepped-up a gear in the local area this week with the opening of another ‘shop’ and the announcement of more public meetings.
Adding to an existing ‘YES’ facility in
Largs, campaigners in North Ayrshire have now officially opened another
in Irvine. Both ‘shops’ offer information on the benefits independence
will bring to Scotland, and are stocked with ‘YES’ merchandise.
Irvine shop is located in the town’s busy High Street and has already
been attracting locals with questions to ask about September’s
referendum and what the restoration of Scotland’s independence will mean
for people in North Ayrshire.
The official opening ceremony,
held last Saturday (April 26), was performed by representatives of
organisations affiliated to the broad ‘YES’ campaign. For the Scottish
Socialist Party, Brian Marsh pointed out that independence means
Scotland will always get the government for which we vote, unlike the
current UK system where Scotland rejects the Tories but has them imposed
on us by the electorate of England. Mr Marsh said, “A ‘YES’ vote will
deliver democracy for Scotland and allow us to shape a better future and
a much improved standard of living for the people.”
represented was Labour for Independence, an ever-growing section of the
Labour Party that rejects the Unionist stance adopted by the party’s
leadership. The group’s Alex Bell said, “There is no doubt that a ‘YES’
vote and independence offer the best way forward to the kind of society
we want in Scotland and to an improved standard of living for the
For the Scottish National Party, local MSP Margaret
Burgess reflected on the words of former Labour chair Bob Thomson in a
recent address on Scotland's future to the Scottish Trades Union
Congress. Mrs Burgess noted, “Bob Thomson said that a ‘YES’ vote will
give us the purpose and the potential to create a society based on
equality, social justice and prosperity. That's what we'll be asking
Scots to vote for on the 18th of September.”
In addition, the Three Towns ‘YES’ group has announced details of more public meetings in Ardrossan, Saltcoats and Stevenston.
at local people who so far are undecided about how to vote in the
referendum, the meetings are said by organisers to offer the opportunity
to quiz ordinary ‘YES’ supporters, rather than politicians, about
Scotland’s future with independence.
The speakers will be Gary
O’Rourke who will cover the area of pensions, Jen McClafferty on the
female perspective to the independence debate, Aiden Paisley on social
welfare, and Gary Parker who will cover jobs.
Details of the public meetings are:
Monday, 26th of May (7:00pm-9:00pm)
Whitlees Community Centre, Ardrossan
Thursday, 29th of May (7:00pm-9:00pm)
Ardeer Community Centre, Stevenston
Sunday, 1st of June (2:00pm-4:00pm)
Argyle Community Centre, Saltcoats