The European Elections take place on 10 June 2004. This communication is for members of the Esperanto community who live in Scotland, as the whole of Scotland is an electoral area.However, it can also hopefully provide some help for those who live in other parts of the United Kingdom.
Hopefully, you will be able to contact at least some candidates by email. Please indicate that you live in Scotland. A full list of candidates is provided here
If you follow the links there to parties you will in some cases be given email addresses. If no email address is given (and creative searching is necessary on the Party sites), contact the candidate(s) c/o the Party HQ. But make certain that you email their Scottish HQ; if they are also a UK Party, emailing an English address will result in delay and perhaps no action. I have confirmed this with the Parties in Scotland.
Some small Parties are not really appropriate because of their ideologies; I am certain you know who I mean.
The candidates for each Party are ranked: those in the lower part of the list have no real chance of election by a PR system; but you may wish to make your point to all Party candidates for broader reasons, and that is, of course, legitimate.
What do you say? You are intelligent people who do not need a model; but you may wish to ask them, for example, if they really desire an EU which only uses English; if they agree with the recent proposal that everyone should learn 3/4 languages (including MEPs?); if they would agree that a neutral bridge language deserves consideration.
Concerning the last point there was a vote in the European Parliament a few weeks ago where the proposal re research concerning a bridge or pivot language (which would have looked at Esperanto in that role) was only lost by 20 votes. This was encouraging. The language problem in the EU is no joke, and our proposals are deadly serious.
You can find some more info from the BBC
You are entitled to ask the Parties if they have any EU language policies: the accession of new EU members has considerable language implications; and this has been widely mentioned.
Time is short; so be realistic in choosing your targets, and please use moderate language; on the other hand, the Election is so low-key that I believe terse emails will be read. You may also know some friends of Esperanto who would join this campaign: European elections are infrequent; so this request is not unreasonable.
Please note any positive response, and keep in-touch with any MEP who has been positive. Remember that all the MEPs whp are elected for Scotland are your MEPs. Communications from their constituents appear to be rare: encourage them to earn
that large salary!
Ĉi tiu blogo rilatas al la 2004a kampanjo por la Eŭropa Parlamento en Skotlando.