Ref­er­en­dum re­sult is still a dis­ap­point­ment

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Mar­garet was in charge of the Ruther­glen, Cam­bus­lang and Blan­tyre ‘ Yes’ cam­paign.

Look­ing back , she says: “We did a tremen­dous amount of work, and my team, I can’t thanks them enough. Even though I was the lead per­son, we had some amaz­ing ac­tivists and we were out there for 16 weeks work­ing hard ev­ery day and ev­ery night for a Yes vote.

“Ob­vi­ously we were dis­ap­pointed and we’re still dis­ap­pointed in the re­sult but I don’t think we as a team could have done any more than we did.

“Peo­ple keep go­ing back to what Alex Sal­mond said about it be­ing a once in a gen­er­a­tion, but again that’s not up to Alex Sal­mond, it’s not up to Ni­cola Stur­geon or me or any of the other SNP MP’s or MSP’s, it’s up to the peo­ple of Scot­land and they’ve be­come a lot more po­lit­i­cal since the ref­er­en­dum.

“The num­ber of peo­ple who tell me they tune into the BBC par­lia­ment chan­nel I find is in­cred­i­ble, they have got it on con­stantly and it can only be good that peo­ple are more en­gaged in pol­i­tics and I think there’s a lot of young chil­dren talk­ing about it, pri­mary sev­ens and in sec­ondary schools.

“From a lo­cal point of view, in­vari­ably for coun­cil elec­tions you would have low turnouts and I think that will change now. Go­ing for­ward peo­ple will re­alise if they want their voice heard at a re­gional or na­tional level, they need to go out and vote.

“Maybe we need to look at other coun­tries that you have to go out and vote, Like Australia and if you want to spoil your bal­lot pa­per, that would be your pre­rog­a­tive. It’s good to get peo­ple into that state of mind where they’re go­ing out to vote.”

When asked if she thinks she’ll be joined by an SNP MSP as well next year, she says: “That would be ab­so­lutely bril­liant and I think the ma­jor­ity is a lot less than what it was for the gen­eral elec­tion.”

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