Wednesday, June 8, 2016
EU Referendum Special update: Free entry, Sunday 12th June, Palace of Arts in Glasgow, Jim Sillars, former SNP Deputy Leader and Nigel Griffiths, Director of Leave.EU will be speaking at the Pollok EU Ref Debate, the Leave campaign is firmly pulling away in the polls, but the pressure is still on to maximise a huge Leave vote in Scotland, no breaks it seems
It has been a bit of a hectic time this weather, I am in campaigning mode.
Beep beep beep!
I have been going street stalls for the leave campaign, running leafleting teams in Pollok, organising the Pollok EU Referendum talk at the Glasgow Palace of Arts. Learning how to make posters in word publisher and driving my mates about, because they all want to get pissed.
Never a dull moment it seems in the life of in the international jet set of Pollok (First bus user).
If you pass through Buchanan Street on a weekend you will see that Vote Leave have a stall, street stalls aren’t anything new, but this stall I was told by a PhD student is something special. The student told me that she had travelled about campaigning as part of her thesis and hasn’t come across an operation so well run, and she has campaigned in Kent with senior figures for Leave.
As well as bouncing around Buchanan Street, I am the official spokesman for Leave.EU in Glasgow; as such I have been doing sessions sitting on a panel talking to people about the case for Leave. I have done two events so far, one with the FOSIS and the other with Glasgow Skeptics. Normally I am a member of the audience but due to a quirk of fate I have been thrown into the spotlight, it is nice to get recognised for my efforts.
On Sunday 12th June, I am organising a special event for Leave.EU in Pollok, the event will take place at the Palace of Arts, doors open at 2 pm, and the event proper kicks off at 2.30 pm. This is a chance for people from Pollok to question senior members of Leave in Scotland. I have secured two great speakers so far, Jim Sillars, former SNP deputy leader and Nigel Griffiths, the Director of Leave.EU in Scotland. It is hoped that other people may also appear on the panel but talks are on-going.
I am doing the ‘donkey work’, but I wanted to do something special for the residents around my way as a treat as some people say they haven’t seen anyone or got much in the way of information.
Last Friday I was asked to run a special event for people visiting Glasgow so I set up a nice trot around two housing developments in Darnley, no tenements, just lovely flat areas which I have done in the past.
One guy lasted 30 minutes, the heat was fierce and he really wasn't equipped for the event, the rest of the team clicked into it and really enjoyed it. Afterwards, we went to McDonald’s and had a nibble, to do the ‘social thing’, something I need to learn to do more. While in the SNP, I was in charge of the campaign rooms for the David Kerr by-election, as I explained to my team, my job is to keep you happy; my happiness doesn’t count, something to do with leading by example and leadership.
The Leave campaign has gained the upper hand as poll after poll is showing but the race is still running, I intend to get as high as possible a Leave vote for the benefit of the people of Scotland.
One of the reasons I am campaigning is because of TTIP, what is TTIP?
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is a series of trade negotiations being carried out mostly in secret between the EU and US.
As a bi-lateral trade agreement, TTIP is about reducing the regulatory barriers to trade for big business, things like food safety law, environmental legislation, banking regulations and the sovereign powers of individual nations.
In plain English, this agreement could lead to the destruction of the NHS, destroyed so that big business can make profit.
Other reasons I am campaign, the EU is anti-democratic, this is dangerous, laws are being passed by people that were did not elected and we cannot hold to account. Our national and economic security is at risk.
Don’t take my word for it, do the research, and please remember to vote on 23rd June, this is important.
If my blogging is patchy between now and polling day, you can be sure I am focused on getting as many people converted to the cause of sovereignty, we should elected the people who make decisions, laws and taxes that affect us all.
If you wish to come along to the Pollok EU ref talk on Sunday 12th June at Palace of Arts in Glasgow, doors open 2 pm, event starts proper circa 2.30 pm, it is first come first served on seats, and there will be as I stated two great speakers in attendance who will answer your questions, entertain and inform you.
Entry is free and all welcome.
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University