The campaign for a YES vote in next month’s Independence Referendum has announced another two public meetings in North Ayrshire.
first will take place in the Brisbane House Hotel in Largs on Monday
(August 4th) and will hear from writer and journalist Pat Kane. Mr Kane
is possibly still best known for his lead role in the hugely-successful
1980s/90s pop band Hue & Cry.
Also speaking at Monday
night’s meeting, which begins at 7:30pm, are Jeane Freeman of Women for
Independence and Kat Boyd of the left-wing group Radical Independence.
Jeane Freeman formerly worked as an adviser to ex-Labour First Minister
YES North Ayrshire, organisers of the meeting,
say the pro-independence panel will be happy to address any questions
from the audience, and particularly encourage the attendance of anyone
who is still undecided on how they will vote in the referendum.
previous pro-independence meeting in Largs was so well attended that
people who turned-up just before the start-time were unable to gain
access as the venue’s legal limit had already been reached.
forward to speaking in North Ayrshire, Pat Kane said, “A victory for
YES in the referendum rests on a peaceful, methodical mobilisation of
several key sectors of Scottish society. Firstly, the women and men of a
politically reignited working-class. They will know that the great
levers of social and economic progress – productive investment,
supportive welfare, greater access to the conditions of a stable life,
such as quality employment, affordable housing and improving health and
education – have been put in their hands by a YES vote.”
YES public meeting – on Monday, August 11th – will see Scotland’s
Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, return to home ground as she
speaks at Castlepark Community Centre in Irvine. The meeting, to be
chaired by local MSP Margaret Burgess, starts at 7:30pm.
Sturgeon, who grew up in Dreghorn, recently spoke about how Irvine and
the wider North Ayrshire community had helped shape her political
outlook. She said, “Growing up, I felt the sense of disempowerment that
came from having a Tory Government we didn’t vote for.
was at Greenwood Academy, unemployment was very high and I was acutely
aware of a sense of hopelessness among a lot of people I was at school
with. There was also a very strong fear, particularly among my dad’s
generation, that if you lost your job, you might be unemployed for the
rest of your life.
“What played on me then, and is still the
motivation for my politics today, is that we had a right-wing, uncaring
Tory Government that we didn’t vote for doing significant damage to the
fabric of our society. That just seemed wrong to me.
“It remains at the heart of what I do now. We should get governments that we vote for – not governments we reject.
will bring tangible benefits, but my belief in it is as much about the
sense of being in charge of your own destiny. It is empowerment, the
feeling that we are responsible, accountable and capable of making our
The Deputy First Minister will answer questions from the audience at the Castlepark meeting.