It was a big de­ci­sion, but not di­vi­sive

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Was the ref­er­en­dum di­vi­sive or did it re-en­er­gise the coun­try?

It’s a de­bate that has raged over the past 12 months since the vote.

There were un­pleas­ant scenes, both be­fore and af­ter the vote, but on the whole both Katy and Tay­lor be­lieve it was a pos­i­tive thing.

“I don’t think it’s been di­vi­sive be­cause we shouldn’t be shirk­ing away from the big is­sues,”says Katy.“It’s given more peo­ple a voice and got more peo­ple un­der­stand­ing pol­i­tics.

“You’re go­ing to get ex­trem­ists on ev­ery side, and we cer­tainly saw that, although I don’t think it was al­ways rep­re­sented fairly. From my point of view, you just block it out.

“My par­ents have al­ways been out­siders in the town they live in Ayr­shire, and I have only been in Cam­bus­lang for six years, and it has given me a real sense of com­mu­nity.

“You’ve got peo­ple will­ing to give up their time for a re­ally pos­i­tive cause and from a per­sonal point of view I would say it’s been the op­po­site of di­vi­sive.”

Tay­lor says:“Peo­ple are re­ally en­gag­ing. They are ask­ing ques­tions and de­vel­op­ing their own views. In that sense it’s been a good thing. It has been di­vi­sive at times but that doesn’t mean it’s been a bad thing over­all. The pos­i­tives have out­weighed the neg­a­tives.

“I strongly be­lieve in the UK, but I re­spect the fact that other peo­ple may hold a dif­fer­ent po­lit­i­cal view. I un­der­stand it, I know why they be­lieve it, I just dis­agree, but I wish peo­ple would take a step back, it’s only pol­i­tics. The ref­er­en­dum went deep into peo­ple’s psy­ches, it asked who they were, about their own iden­tity.”

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