Wish tree ticket…

Let me be clear – I am generally against borders. So it would take a lot for me to vote in another one. I have friends and family across all the British Isles and Ireland, but then I have connections all over the world. So I will vote YES – hoping for a genuinely fair, open, equal, multicultural Scotland with no nuclear bombs, better treatment of refugees and asylum seekers, a greener approach to energy creation and consumption, a thriving arts scene, a smaller, richer research community, social justice, more localised government and a better education, health and benefits system. After years of campaigning for all these things in the UK and abroad, I don’t expect to see this tomorrow, if ever. But I am willing to help and try to make it happen, I am willing to pay the price, and I don’t think we’ll have another such chance for centuries. And I believe change happens on a local level first. So let’s get smaller.

Yes Linthouse

[Photo – local hedge says yes, by Tom Davis, Linthouse.]


About Pedalling Poetry

Writer Ellen McAteer is founder of Tell It Slant poetry bookshop in Glasgow, General Manager at Poetry London magazine. She was a visiting lecturer at the Glasgow School of Art, and a mentee of the Clydebuilt Verse Apprenticeship Scheme, under Alexander Hutchison, and a singer with the band Stone Tape, as well as a solo singer who won a BBC Radio competition with her song Blue Valentine. She was Director of the Poetry Trust, which ran the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, a director of the Scottish Writers’ Centre, a visiting lecturer at Oxford University's MSt in creative writing, and a member of the core group of performers at the Hammer and Tongue spoken word collective in Oxford. She is a qualified Librarian.
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