As if Catalonia weren’t already a concern for many Scots, the Clara Ponsati case has given it huge resonance. For Yes Perth City, it was a subject we simply had to talk about, not just for its topicality but because of possible implications for Scotland.
We already had two knowledgeable speakers, Alan Murdoch and Peter A Bell, in our ranks, and a handy venue, the Salutation Hotel, on our doorstep. We arranged a date, Monday 16 April, and before long we had a title: Catalonia, Clara Ponsati and the Threat to Self-Determination.
A couple of stalwarts of December’s #WithCatalonia bridge demonstration produced Esteladas to decorate the place. After that, all we needed was a social media blitzkrieg to attract a decent crowd on a Monday night at short notice.
We weren’t disappointed. Not only did folk turn out in excellent numbers from Perth, Blairgowrie, Dundee and elsewhere…
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