The Scottish Referendum: A Campaigner's View

 

Date:            Wednesday 8th October 2014

Venue:         Greencoat Place, London Victoria 

Speaking as somebody who has been involved in his community for a very long time and somebody who has a sense of what's going on in Scotland, Ian Monteague shared a campaigner's view on the Scottish Referendum in London this week. As Chairman of community outreach initiative FARE (Glasgow), and a supporter of disadvantaged young people at a grassroots level, Ian kicked things off with two crisp statements:

 

"To make it absolutely clear, I voted no. The second thing I am obliged to do is tell the truth as I have perceived it meeting people in Scotland and in my community in Glasgow."

 

Holding true to his word, Ian described his experiences and said, "The further south I come, the more I realise that Westminster is out of touch".

 

On the 18th September the silent party spoke and Scotland remained in the United Kingdom with a healthy 10% difference in votes. Today and on the 18th we stood and stand on the threshold of yesterday and tomorrow - and something needs to happen in between.

 

"Politics is not only for the political class, everybody in this room is and ought to be a decision maker."

 

"The truth is that the tectonic plates have moved, and not just geographically, but spiritually, politically, economically and within communities. The world changed on the 18th September and I am stunned at the impact that it had and at the reverberations going round the world. Scotland became a catalyst for an alphabet soup and the possibility of a domino effect."

 

We have had the various 'springs' in countries all over the world

and now Scotland has lit the touch paper that could cause a domino effect in other countries. Many countries sent people visiting Scotland in the run up to this referendum to find out the feasibility of it happening in their counties - include representatives from Texas!

 

"We have disturbed Europe, we have disturbed the world."