A campaign for Scotland’s most elusive celebrity to get a vote in the independence referendum has been launched to coincide with a gathering of tourism experts in Glasgow this week.
Jess and her #Nessietovote campaign at the Scottish Parliament
According to local speculation the Loch Ness Monster may have taken the hump over missing out on the chance to help decide Scotland’s future – prompting a huff that has seen her shun all public appearances for more than a year.
The #NessieToVote campaign will get into full-swing at VisitScotland Expo at Glasgow’s SECC this week. It follows a protest by Nessie’s cousin and special envoy Jess outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.
Speaking at a dinner to launch the campaign, Freda Newton, director of Jacobite Cruises and backer of Nessie’s fight to be recognised as a voter, said: “Loch Ness and the international icon Nessie are two of Scotland’s biggest attractions and have been the subject of books, films, documentaries and scientific studies.
“Nessie is probably one of the greatest ambassadors for Scottish Tourism, helping attract over a million people from around the world and bringing £25 million to the Highland economy. For this reason she should be able to play a part in deciding the country’s future. And she’s recruited Jess to launch the campaign.
“Jacobite Cruises is firmly backing Nessie’s right to vote and we are encouraging others to do the same by visiting our social media channels or using the hashtag #NessieToVote. We’ll also be campaigning throughout Expo.”
If the campaign to get Nessie on the electoral register succeeds, it is thought highly unlikely the famously shy creature will reveal her voting intentions.
One supporter said: “Obviously we’ve seen the recent intervention of Kermit the Frog, taking the debate on this very important matter to slightly surreal levels.
“That’s not Nessie’s way, though – she’s all about keeping people guessing and maintaining the mystique. If we win this thing, my guess is that it will end up being a postal or even proxy vote.”
Jacobite Cruises is backing this campaign. Help us get Nessie the right to vote:
Follow @jacobitecruises on Twitter & tweet your support for #nessietovote
‘Like’ and share Jess’s #nessietovote message on www.facebook.com/jacobitecruises