Yes wins Napier referendum

By Andrew Barr

Yesterday’s Edinburgh Napier University referendum debate was a huge success for the Yes movement, with a final poll finding up to 80% of audience members supporting independence. The student debate, held at Napier’s Merchiston campus, was organised and chaired by Student Scotland.

The debate focused primarily on student issues, including funding and free education, and later included discussion on the economy, culture and defence.

Debating for National Collective, the arts campaign for Scottish independence, Dominic Hinde won over the room. He said: “What characterised the debate was an honesty from both speakers, and once we started talking about different models for Scotland and how that relates to prosperity, we began to see a turn in the room.”

Having a debate between young people, without politicians or parties, made the audience more willing to listen to the arguments on both sides. The Napier Referendum debate shows how, given our own platforms, young people can be engaged, and how a message of optimism, imagination and possibility can win us over to independence.


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