Ramsay Urquhart and
Many people said it could not be done, that it was the wrong time and place to campaign, however two members of YI and the Glasgow Branch took to the streets in Glasgow and staked UKIP's claim that it was here in Glasgow and here to stay.
The current secretary of the branch Mark Bekusch and ex Secretary Ramsay Urquhart decided that it would be important to let the Glasgow public know that UKIP is a serious political force in order to launch the campaign, in an opening salvo, in one of the busiest streets in Glasgow's Argyle St.
Accompanied by Alan Craig from an anti EU pressure group & armed with leaflets, banners, The Daily Express supplement and a petition, the members set up a stand in Argyle St, Glasgow
The table stand was very well received by those members of the public who are currently aware of the destructive nature of our ongoing EU Membership, they were especially indignant that this was forced upon them without any recourse to a referendum.
Other uninformed members of the public, who were reticent at first, became engaged and animated when it was explained what membership of the EU actually meant. They could not sign the petition asking for a referendum soon enough.
YI Scotland rep Ramsay Urquhart says "It is important that the public gets involved in democracy as people are fighting against oligarchy and autocracy in Egypt while we in Britain, although not as bad, are continually denied our right to decide wether we should be in or out of Europe."
The worries explained to the Branch members included Immigration; causing job losses, Great Britain's overstretched public services and the divisive nature of our countries multicultural policies. Other members were dismayed that while the government cuts defence, welfare, education among other budgets yet increases; foreign aid, payments to foreign banks, failing EU states and the Euro.
The public assumed because of the "Get Britain out" Daily express Union Jack posters displayed on the stand that it may have been BNP. When they found out it was UKIP they could not have been nicer. This was an important display that it was time all Britons took back ownership of the national flag, the union jack,back from extremists.
UKIP Glasgow proudly displayed the flag and it was also important that both members taking part were also Young Independence members under 35.
UKIP Glasgow Branch secretary and Community Councillor Mark Bekusch says "with the momentum building, the branch becoming more decisive and press and public opinion behind us, the time to start is now. Scotland needs patriotic representation, Scotland needs the UK Independence Party. With our Glasgow branch members support, 2011 may just be our breakthrough year."
With 4 pages of Signatories the petition was also a success.
UKIP Scotland says Glasgow will be a tough nut to crack but if the momentum continues, Glasgow may yet turn from Red to Magenta in May.
UKIP Aberdeen would like to say well done to Glasgow UKIP for leading the way. We have slowly been building up our presence in Aberdeen and are due to hit the streets soon. Their is finally hope for the people of Scotland.