South of Scotland MSP Joan McAlpine joined local volunteers and activists at DGOne on Saturday (1st February) as Yes Dumfries launched the “Year of Yes”.
With recent polls showing a surge in support for independence, and the Financial Times highlighting that an independent Scotland could expect to start with healthier state finances than the rest of the UK, 2014 is off to a good start for the pro-independence campaign.
Opening the event, Ms McAlpine said:
“The polls are showing that the momentum is firmly behind the Yes campaign.
“Thanks to the hard work of our activists pounding the pavements and spreading the positive Yes message, people are beginning to see the wealth of opportunities available to them if Scotland becomes independent.
“There is so much to be gained; childcare extended to give our children the best start in life, making it easier for parents – especially mothers – to return to work; abolition of the “bedroom tax” to save 82,500 households in Scotland an average of £50 a month; the first steps towards a fairer tax system; basic rate tax allowances and tax credits rising at least in line with inflation, and so much more.”
Speaking during the event, Sarah-Jane Walls from Yes Scotland said:
“People already hold beliefs that put them on the road to a yes vote. The majority of people believe that the Scottish Parliament does a good job of mitigating the excesses of Westminster, and that with extra powers we could do so much more.
“It is important that people are aware there are two choices open to them, and understand that there are consequences of voting no too.”
Local activist Ruth Callander said:
“It was great to see some young faces at the event on Saturday, however it would be fantastic to get more young people involved in the campaign. Ultimately it is their future we are campaigning for.
“Anyone from across Dumfriesshire who would like to get involved can contact me by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling me on 07818506438.