Referendum Special: Friends of Cooler on Scottish Independence

Lesley heading for Allt Coire an Lochain

Park and pipe programme manager at BSS, Olympic snowboarder and all-round inspirational woman Lesley McKenna thinks it’ll get very close…

I think it will be very close and it looks like yes could win.

What is really great at the moment in Scotland is that a lot of people who have never before taken an interest in politics and who may have felt disenfranchised by the current political status quo in the UK are actively engaged in political discussions and as a result are reviving democracy in the real and proper sense of the word.

It looks like the turn out is going to be one of the best ever and the general public and grass roots movements, especially on the Yes side, are really stepping up and asking questions of their elected representatives, often that can not easily be answered. This is creating a lot of great debate and for me some great potential to change the very unequal society we live in for the better.

Whether it is a yes or a no at the final vote, things are never going to be the same and the status quo will have to change.

The most important thing is that people use their vote and think about the kind of society they want to live in. If everyone does that then democracy wins and society improves no matter the result.



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