The latest pro-independence public meeting organised by YES Scotland in North Ayrshire attracted a very large crowd to the Volunteer Rooms in Irvine.
Chaired by former SNP MSP Kay Ullrich, the meeting heard
from Jeanne Freeman of Women for Independence, Alex Bell of Labour for
Independence and Robin McAlpine, director of the Jimmy Reid Foundation.
Freeman explained her career path had taken in nursing, university and
working as Chief Political Advisor to Jack McConnell MSP while he served
as the Labour First Minister of Scotland. She told the crowd, “I
believe that decisions on education, the NHS, transport and justice are
better when they’re made closer to the people affected by those
decisions, here in Scotland.
“Scotland’s NHS has remained true
to its founding principles to deliver the highest-quality health care to
all of our people, but Scotland needs full powers over the economy and
welfare because people’s lives don’t exist in separate compartments.
we had the best education system in the world, other factors could
prevent it delivering for our children. If a child goes to school
hungry, or if a child goes to school upset because her parents are
worrying about the pressure on granny from welfare reforms, then that
child cannot take the full benefit of the education on offer. That’s
why we need a ‘YES’ vote and the full powers of independence.”
Bell stated that a ‘YES’ vote was the best way to secure fairness and
equality in Scotland, adding, “We don’t want a society of welfare caps
where people have to decide between heating and eating, or where the UK
parties want to spend more of our money on Trident nuclear weapons.
seldom quote Tory prime ministers, but when Cameron asks ‘can you
imagine waking up in a different country with a different future’, I
will join with many Scots in answering ‘Yes, Prime Minister’.”
McAlpine of the Jimmy Reid Foundation explained that the UK was one of
the most unfair and unequal countries in Europe, saying, “A working
person in the UK is likely to have the third-longest working hours and
the second-lowest wages in Europe .
“Our elderly have the lowest
pensions in Europe and are the third most likely to be living in
poverty. Disabled people in the UK are the most likely in Europe to be
living in poverty. Does anyone believe that’s good enough?”
Mr McAlpine concluded by saying, “It doesn’t have to be like that and a ‘YES’ vote gives us the opportunity to change it.”