Today, SYG descended upon the Universities in Glasgow’s city centre, Strathclyde and Caledonian. Six of us were joined by Glasgow list top candidate Patrick Harvie for some leafleting, chat, and (as ever) giving directions!
The campuses were a bit quiet today, with the exam period now in full swing. As per usual, we found our initial meeting point completely devoid of people, so moved from the Strathclyde Union to the Library on the advice of new member and Strathclyde student, Neil [The ability to do so also highlights the major lesson of campaign: everyone should have everyone’s mobile number]. I think in general, the response from the student body has been positive, and it was especially good today to have the man whose photo dons the leaflets on hand to show our commitment.
After some carbs and some rest, I went to rush-hour canvass my local train station, Queens Park on Victoria Road. Patrick has been campaigning in the area quite often recently, both on the closure of the Govanhill Baths and Crosshill Post office, so I wasn’t surprised to get a positive response. I also bumped into Reuben, a local green party member I met at this years Glasgow AGM, and he offered to take a dozen leaflets to the meeting he was on his way to – result! Hopefully the supportive reaction I got from Glasgow’s Southsiders is a reflection of the general swing we have seen in public opinion towards Scottish Greens, with 34% of Scots wanting us to increase our numbers at Holyrood and Scotland Votes’ ‘poll of polls’ expecting Green MSPs in every region.
Right, it’s now time for a cheeky wee glass of wine and an early night – something tells me tomorrow will be a long day…