Apr 262013

With thanks to Kathryn Russell.

Better Together Aberdeen, part of the pro-UK Better Together campaign, was launched yesterday, Thursday 25 April by Aberdeen’s own world-renowned scientist Professor Hugh Pennington at Aberdeen’s Park Inn Hotel.

This important event in the campaign for Scotland’s future featured North East MSPs and local business and community leaders.

Ahead of the meeting, Professor Pennington said,

“I am delighted to be launching the local Better Together group in Aberdeen. The meeting will be a chance for people to find out how they can get involved in the campaign for a strong Scotland in the UK.

Richard Baker MSP, Better Together Director, said,

“Now that we know the date of the referendum, Better Together are stepping up our campaign. The response we have been getting in Aberdeen has been fantastic; so many local people have expressed their support and wish to remain in the UK. This launch is a chance for local people to get involved in the campaign for a strong Scotland in the UK, regardless of campaigning experience.

Daniel O’Malley, a youth member of Better Together Aberdeen, added,

“In September 2014 Scots will make the biggest political decision of our lives. Better Together Aberdeen will campaign hard to ensure that local people have the facts to make this decision. We’re looking forward to talking to residents about what separation would mean and signing up more local people to our campaign.  Whether you’ve campaigned before or not; if you believe Scotland is stronger as a part of the UK – we need you.”

The event starts at 8pm.

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  5 Responses to “High Profile Scientist Launches Better Together Aberdeen”

  1. Of course we’re better together! Can’t have the Westminster Treasury going in to serious imbalance by the loss of the majority of North Sea revenues, whiskey taxes etc etc can we? We desperately need our youth to travel to far off lands to fight un-winnable wars and potentially lose their lives in the process.

    Of course Trident is absolutely essential, as is nuclear power. The fact that we can’t afford to look after our sick and disabled, apparently, is a mere inconvenience.

    We can’t afford to build council houses to put roofs over the heads of those on the ever increasing waiting lists is neither here nor there either. The Westminster dreamed up “bedroom tax” will solve that nasty problem. Yes, undoubtedly, we are better together.

  2. I was born in Aberdeen and have lived in the area all my life, but I am absolutely dumbfounded that there are people who would want Scotland to be insular and separate.

    • It’s not a case of being “insular and separate” Sean. It’s a question of being in control of your own destiny; being governed by politicians who are accountable to the electorate, something those in Westminster are not to Scottish voters. No one is talking about putting up border posts at Carlisle and Berwick or deporting all English nationals resident north of the border. Under independence, things would carry on pretty much as at present, the major difference being that Scottish interests would be looked after by Scots, for the benefit of their fellow countrymen. Something that certainly never happens when the Conservative Party are voted in to power in Westminster. The inane bleatings of the “Better Together” group begger belief, the latest being the nonsense spouted about oil companies quacking in their boots at the thought of indepndence. That is probably why such massive investment is taking place in the industry north of the border, in the full knowlege that Scots may well vote for separation.

    • Sean, nobody wants Scotland to be insular and separate – quite the opposite in fact. As part of the UK, we’re forced to remain aloof from the rest of Europe, thanks to that peculiar strain of British attitude to foreigners that unfortunately dominates the way the UK government acts. Scotland should be a major player in the EU as we would be the third richest nation in it with independence; instead, we’re kept in the sidelines as the UK government sets its sights on taking us out of it, thanks to the UK parties’ constant pandering to this weird post-empire attitude that refuses to recognise Britain no longer rules the waves and that we’re just one of the many nation states in the modern world.

      Independence doesn’t mean cutting ourselves off from the rest of the UK – it just means we don’t have to be dragged along for the ride if (or when) they decide to cut themselves off from everyone else.

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