LibLink: Caron Lindsay – It’s time to get real people involved in the indyref debate

LDV’s Co-Editor, Caron Lindsay, has written for The Herald newspaper about 2014’s Scottish independence referendum. She’s a bit bored with the same old politicians serving up the same old rehearsed lines. She wants real people to start having their say:

Let’s have the next debate around the kitchen table with some ordinary people. Take my friends Anne and Stevie as an example. The referendum is on her birthday. If we become independent, that’ll happen on his. She’s pro UK, he’s pro independence, albeit with a slightly different and quirkier vision than that presented by the SNP. They care deeply about the sort of place their three daughters will grow up in.

Take my niece Emma, 17 next year, casting her first vote on Scotland’s future. She isn’t sure yet.

Scotland is full of Annes, Stevies and Emmas whose voices are not being heard and who are being increasingly turned off by the lack of imagination on offer from both sides.

It’s time to get those politicians out of their Holyrood and Westminster bubbles, out of those tv studios, out of their suits and ties. We need them to actually listen to and talk with Scots, answering their questions in their homes, round their kitchen tables, in their parent and toddler groups, youth clubs, at their tea dances, on their fishing boats or their farms.

That sort of format would bring out more information, the politicians would have to be on their best behaviour and we might all learn something.

You can read Caron’s piece in full here.

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