Christmas messages

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Adam Ingram MSP

Christmas is almost upon us again, a time for celebration and reflection on the year’s events and a time to lift the worries of the world from our shoulders and focus on our family and friends.

It is an opportunity to consider the past as well as what the future holds, to spend valuable time with friends and loved ones, and to consider those less fortunate than ourselves.

2014 held great hope for those of us who want to see Scotland fulfil its potential as an independent country. These hopes were dashed for the time being. Nonetheless the groundswell of political participation seen during the campaign was quite astonishing. In all my years of political activism I have never witnessed such enthusiasm and engagement as was evident with the wider Yes movement.

That positive energy remains ushering in a new era of democratic renewal.

2015 offers fresh challenges and opportunities. Sadly the UK government are pushing on with their austerity measures which are failing to revive the economy but causing misery for the most vulnerable in our society. It is those people who need our support particularly at this time of year.

With the New Year comes renewed hope that we can make our own lives and the lives of others better. My own hope is that we can all grow in confidence, and fulfil aspirations for ourselves, our families and our country. I certainly believe Scotland’s cause will progress after the UK elections next year.

However the most important thing at this time of year is to have a happy holiday together and I would like to take this opportunity to wish all your readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.