indyref

Demanding change, Together.

Friday, 19 September, 2014 - 12:00

People in Scotland have voted to stay in the United Kingdom.  The "Better Together" campaign won with 2,001,926 votes over 1,617,989 for the "Yes" campaign on a massive turnout of 85%.
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has called for unity and the delivery of promised devolution.  Prime Minister David Cameron said he was pleased that the UK would remain together and that the promises on further devolution would be delivered.

Pirate Party Leader Loz Kaye said:

"It is clear that both "Yes" and "No" voters want to see a better and fairer Scotland. I want to see a fairer UK both north and south of the border.  This vote will help get us closer to a better UK. This vote was about more than just independence. It was a vote for social justice and people power, a vote for more local control, short of independence."

"In Manchester I have talked about the danger of people turning their back on the political process. When we contested the 2012 Manchester Central by-election we were shocked by a turnout of barely 18%. The turnout in Scotland couldn't have been more different. It is clear then that when there is a real choice people vote, we have to make it clear that they have a real stake in Parliament."

Scotland – The Real Choice

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Voters in Scotland are about to take one of the most significant democratic choices in recent years. It's fair to say that Pirate Party members have taken a range of views on #indyref. Unlike others, we're not afraid of shades of opinion in our party. But the last few days have convinced me of what my view is on the issue. The Scots probably don't want yet another Party Leader from south of Gretna banging on about the referendum, but here's what has led me to the belief that a Yes vote is the only way forward for people who care about real democratic choice.

So much of the  referendum campaign has focused on issues which aren't actually the heart of the question. It's not about whether you like Cameron and Boris or not. It's not about the SNP's voting record. It's not about whether Salmond says dumb stuff. It's not about license plates, stamps,  royal babies, how “foreign” you feel, haggis, teacakes, or spinsters cycling to evensong.

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