Public Meeting in Tilly
Despite a last-minute venue change and horrendous weather, more than thirty folk came out for our public meeting in Tilly on National Voter Registration Day, 5th February. There were a lot of new faces, and many people had never been involved in political campaigning before. After an opening statement by Doug, there was a lively roundtable discussion about what independence could mean, how we can make it happen, and how the RIC vision goes beyond independence towards creating a fairer, greener, more equal society. The meeting closed with remarks from Myshele about the potential for social change in a small country, and the joys of canvassing.
In between, a wide range of topics was raised, from specific questions about the campaign to more broadly exploring our shared visions. It was also useful to remember the achievements of the Scottish Parliament since 1999, many of which we take for granted – for example, free prescriptions, tuition-free higher education, a more representative system of elections, and most recently, a fund to assist those affected by the Bedroom Tax – all within the very limited budget dictated by Westminster. With independence, we could continue this work and take control of our own destiny. All the evidence shows that small developed countries have good standards of living, effective democracies and thriving economies.
During a break the room was abuzz with conversation, and after the meeting concluded nobody wanted to leave – and not just because of the rain!