Small turn-out for Yes rally
A rally organised by Yes Shetland a year on from the independence referendum saw a small gathering on Commercial Street today.
Ten people attended the event sporting flags and Yes signs and badges.
SNP candidate Danus Skene was among the group.
Mr Skene said it had been “a very remarkable and positive year” since the referendum.
“The referendum didn’t quite go over the hill, point taken, the May General Election did and there’s something that has fundamentally changed in the behaviour of the Scottish public,” said Mr Skene who noted progress at a Shetland level and that people realising there was an “alternative future available”.
Yes Shetland organiser Brian Nugent said despite the Yes side losing the referendum, with what had happened since, it felt like they had won it.
Mr Nugent said Yes supporting parties had increased their membership, nationally and locally, and cite the huge SNP victory in May’s General Election.
The No side don’t want another referendum and I can see their point of view but, if the SNP win a lot of seats [at Holyrood in May], then part of the manifesto I assume is that there will be another referendum.”
Mr Nugent admitted the rally was “a last minute thing” and there was by no means a huge turnout.
But he did not feel the lack of numbers reflected a lack of support locally.
SNP membership had increased to more than 300, he said, the Green Party was up, as were the Scottish Socialists.
“I think low turn-out, but we’ll regroup see what happens next May, and if necessary we’ll be ready to go,” Mr Nugent said.