A festive message from MSP for Argyll and Bute, Mr Michael Russell, was issued yesterday, (December 23), looking ahead to 2014 which Mr Russell says ‘will be a very special year for Scotland’.
“It is the year of Homecoming, the year of the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup and it is the year of the Referendum.
“All these events will have their impact on Argyll and Bute. There are many Homecoming events already planned which will involve lots of local people. Many others will be going to the Commonwealth Games and to Gleneagles for the golf, but the Referendum will go further and touch every single voter who, on September 18, will get to choose Scotland’s future direction for generations.
“I know that the majority of people in this very diverse constituency have yet to make up their minds how to vote at that crucial moment. I have already started on a round of village meetings to talk to my constituents and answer their many questions and many more are planned for the months ahead, starting in Lochgoilhead on Friday, January 17.
“The White Paper, Scotland’s Future, released just over a month ago, is already being avidly read in homes and workplaces and is producing much important debate and the YES campaign, bringing together a whole range of positive interests across the political spectrum is active in all parts of Argyll including Cowal.
“I am greatly looking forward to 2014 and I wish all my constituents a very happy Christmas and a prosperous, independent, New Year.
“I hope to speak to more and more of them during the coming year, from Tiree to Tighnabruaich, from Dunoon to Dervaig and from Campbeltown to Cairndow and to work for and with them on matters large and small. And I hope that after the Referendum campaign is over Argyll and Bute will choose a positive independent future which will benefit every activity and every citizen in every area in the years to come.”