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Scotland’s Referendum

Yes PaisleyKenny MacAskill will be part of a question and answer session at the UWS this month.

 

Wednesday February 19, University of the West of Scotland, Paisley, 7.30PM – 8.30PM

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill

Attendance is free but spaces are limited, so the Scottish Government has asked that those who wish to attend register by emailing: ScotFuture@scotland.gsi.gov.uk using the subject line ‘Paisley Event’ and including their full name and contact number.

You can also register by calling 0300 244 2114

Scotland’s Future – Your Choice

Yes PaisleyScotland’s Future is in Scotland’s hands – that was the message today at the Scottish Government’s white paper launch on independence.  The purpose of the paper is to create a nation where decisions are made for the people of Scotland to create a wealthier more socially just Scotland.

Speaking on the launch, George Adam MSP stated:

‘It will come as no surprise that this launch is a very special moment for me and for the many individuals who have campaigned for independence.

‘I know that if Scotland was independent the Paisley and its residents would be better off.  Why?

‘For the past 5 years the equivalent of every man woman and child in Scotland has paid Westminster £2,400 more than we got back from Westminster.

‘These are not my figures, they are Westminster figures produced from the Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland report.

‘This overpayment has been happening for the past 30 years.

‘We are paying to have nuclear weapons dumped on the Clyde.  The people of Scotland pay for this £167 million pounds every year for this privilege.

’We don’t get the governments we vote for at Westminster and we get stuck with the Poll Tax and the Bedroom Tax as a result.

‘We can make this nation much better and ensure that Paisley can flourish.

‘I urge everyone to take the time to look at Scotland’s Future and make their own decision.

 

 

 

For hardcopy call 0300 012 1809 or email referendum2014@scot.gov.uk

 

Visit the Scottish Parliament website or the Scottish Government website to view the white paper or download an ebook format.

15% Pay Increase for MPs – What Planet are they on?

George on Paisley High Street

News that MPs at Westminster are expected to receive a bumper pay day have been criticised by Paisley’s MSP.  It is expected that the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) will announce that MPs’ pay should be increases from £66,000 to £76,000 an increase of 15%.  The IPSA was established to prevent MPs deciding their own salaries.

Speaking on the news George Adam said;

‘What planet are these people on?  This body was meant to take the decision on pay away from MPs but when everyone else in the public sector has had to deal with pay freezes and recently small 1% increases, this is a slap in the face to every single one of them.

‘This represents an increase of 15% in just one year.

‘Westminster is out of touch.  This is not just unacceptable, it is an act of incitement towards the public sector.

‘One of the major causes of the situation that we find ourselves in regarding the current financial position is the action of MPs.  Who remembers the complacent boast by Gordon Brown that there would be ‘no return to boom and bust’?

‘These MPs are partly responsible, they must play their part and be an example to others.  That is the way to lead.

‘The Westminster ‘bubble’ has no relation to the everyday lives of people.  It is time to give them a bit of a reality check and for all of us to save a fortune by making them redundant by voting for Scotland to be independent next year’.

 

Launch of Paisley’s Yes Campaign

Group photo of some of the people out supporting the Yes Campaign in PaisleyPaisley buddies were signing in the rain on Saturday, with the launch of the ‘Yes’ campaign for Scottish independence. Taking part in the event were representatives from different political parties, community activists and those with an interest in seeing Scotland making it’s own decisions.

Paisley’s MSP George Adam was present, helping to sign up people to the Yes Declaration.

Speaking on the event, George said:

‘The launch of Paisley’s Yes campaign was great, we had a crowd of people willing to help out and together we were able to collect hundreds of declarations from those that want Scotland to make its own choices. Quite remarkable considering the rain belting down on the streets of the town.

This launch is just the start and there are many more events being planned, with the positive vision of an independent Scotland, where nuclear weapons are removed from Scottish soil, illegal wars are not embarked on and Scotland’s resources benefit the people of Scotland, providing jobs, wealth and a nation that takes its place in the world on equal terms as other independent countries, the normal state of nations around the world.

For more information on the Yes Campaign go to www.yesscotland.net or contact George directly.

George Votes in Historic Yes Vote

George says Yes to IndependenceGeorge Adam, Paisley’s Member of the Scottish Parliament, last week [31/05/2012] voted for First Minister Alex Salmond’s parliamentary motion which stated, “That the Parliament agrees that Scotland should be an independent country; sees it as the responsibility of this generation to hand over a better country to the next generation than the one inherited, and believes that it is vital for the people of Scotland to take full responsibility for the decisions about the future of Scotland.”

This was the first time that Holyrood has indicated its support for Scotland becoming an independent country, and commenting after the vote George said:

‘This was a historic day in the parliament and indeed in Scotland. This is the first time that elected member’s in Scotland have voted in favour of Scotland becoming and independent nation. Indeed, it is not the elected members who will decide whether or not we become independent, but the people of Scotland; however, as a life long supporter of independence for Scotland, this was a very symbolic day for myself and my colleagues.

‘Even just a few years ago, the thought of such a vote would have been unimaginable. Now the unimaginable has arrived, and can act as a starting point, on top of last weeks Yes Campaign launch, on the journey to Scotland taking her seat alongside the world other independent nations once again.

‘The task ahead is great, but it is a task which we all should relish being part of. Myself and the rest of my independence supporting MSP colleagues are in a fortunate position during this historic time, sitting in a parliament which looks to take the biggest step in over 300 years, however, every single person in Scotland is fortunate also; they hold the opportunity in their hands to make Scotland independent once more.

George Says Yes

George signs the Yes DeclarationPaisley’s MSP has signed up the Yes campaign, to ensure that the people of Scotland have their own say over all their affairs.

George Adam attended the launch of the campaign at the Fountainbridge cinema in Edinburgh. Speaking on the event George said:

‘I was absolutely delighted to attend the launch of the Yes campaign, and to be one of the first people to sign the Yes Declaration. Having campaigned for the people of Scotland to have total control of their affairs since the age of sixteen, it was an emotional event to think that we now have the chance to offer this to the people of our country.

‘It is obvious to me that we, the people who live in Scotland, are the best placed people to make the decisions which affect our country. Should we have nuclear weapons? How should benefits be distributed? What should we spend the income from our oil resources on? How should we treat our armed forces? These are all questions that we would be able to answer if we were an independent country’.

The Yes Declaration states

“I believe that it is fundamentally better for us all if decisions about Scotland’s future are taken by the people who care most about Scotland, that is, by the people of Scotland.
“Being independent means Scotland’s future will be in Scotland’s hands.
“There is no doubt that Scotland has great potential. We are blessed with talent, resources and creativity. We have the opportunity to make our nation a better place to live, for this and future generations. We can build a greener, fairer and more prosperous society that is stronger and more successful than it is today.
“I want a Scotland that speaks with her own voice and makes her own unique contribution to the world – a Scotland that stands alongside the other nations on these isles, as an independent nation.”

Website www.yesscotland.net