Brilliant Turnout for Public Meeting & Canvassing
Tuesday night RIC Aberdeen held a public meeting at the Belmont, with 22 people including about a dozen new faces. On Wednesday there were 14 people out canvassing in Tilly – a new record! It’s been wonderful to see more people getting involved, and it’s easy to be enthusiastic with growing support.
Tuesday’s meeting was based around a wide-ranging and lively discussion about the kind of Scotland we want to build and how we can go about achieving it. Independence offers an opportunity for a more consensus-based politics, a more representative voting system, alternative models of land ownership and housing and taxation – but only if we fight for it, only if we demand a seat at the negotiating table when the shape of Scotland’s future is being decided.
There was a lot of discussion about what sets RIC apart from the Yes campaign and other groups, and how we can raise our profile and become a real presence on the political scene. We talked about what happens after independence, from the next day to long-term ideas for RIC and more broadly. There was also more specific chat about the kinds of issues raised by family and friends, or on the doors while canvassing. Some key points:
- Scotland isn’t likely to suffer the same kind of financial crisis as Ireland, because their crisis was caused by a massive housing bubble. Scotland can be more sensible about its financial policies and avoid casino capitalism.
- Scotland will be able to afford our share of the UK’s debt, because we’re a resource-rich country, and we won’t have nuclear weapons to pay for. We’re also entitled to our share of the UK’s assets – or, no assets, no debt.
- It’s extremely unlikely that immigrants will be forced out of an independent Scotland. A much more likely scenario would be the rest of the UK leaving the EU, forcing EU immigrants out. Scotland’s economy needs immigrants.
- And what do you say to people who are comfortable and don’t particularly care about the referendum? Well, it’s important to have the conversation and encourage people to think about a positive vision for the future. Also, everyone has something that annoys them about the current system!
On Wednesday night, there were five people new to canvassing with us – it was lucky we weren’t out in the rain! We covered five high-rise tower blocks, and though it was a relatively quiet night all around (not many people answering their doors) there were some very positive conversations with residents. Only two more weeks of canvassing before our big public meeting in Tilly – we’d love to have you along if you want to get involved!