Friday, 9 May 2014

'YES' campaign's new shop and public meetings

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.

The 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.”

Also 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 people.”

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.

Aimed 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

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