Scottish youth take on Eton elite

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

“David Cameron’s government is responsible for the most aggressive attack for over a century on our public services, our standard of living and on the future for jobs and a decent life for young people,” said the Radical Independence Campaign, which is pushing for a “yes” vote in Scotland's September 18 referendum on independence.

“The millionaire cabinet are ruining the chances of a generation. By slashing services and privatising health and education they are driving our young people to despair.”

Fraser Young, an 18-year-old student in Edinburgh, said: “Scotland must Vote Yes for a chance to change the harsh reality that so many people in Scotland live in.

“Tories often speak about job creation but with zero hour contracts and low wages it’s not just the unemployed living on or below the poverty line, it’s those in work.

“With independence we can change Scotland into a democracy run for the people living in Scotland instead of scapegoating immigrants for the lack of jobs, suitable housing and infrastructure.”
Saffron Dickson, a 16-year-old Edinburgh student, said: “I want a democratic Scotland run by a party voted for by the Scottish people. A party that is representative of our needs and wants and will no longer punish the poor and praise the rich.

“The only way for us to prosper as a country is by creating a system where Tory rule will never ever be forced on us again.”

Sixteen-year-old Kirsten Murphy, from GenerationYes, said: “In the future I want a Scotland that has no nuclear weapons, where our higher education continues to be based on our ability to learn not our ability to pay, a Scotland where the NHS will not be privatised and a Scotland that puts its people first. With a Tory government we may have to pay just for being a member of the NHS, whether we get sick or not.”

[Abridged from Radical Independence Campaign.]

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