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Leading by Example

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Coverage of the independence debate has so far thrived on fear and smear – but is the truth more inspiring? JUSTIN KENRICK believes an independent Scotland could bring hope in a global, interconnected world.

 


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A thoughful balanced article - such a rarity these days. Grateful to Bella Caledonia for this contribution to the independence debate.

 

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Artists for Independence | National Collective

Artists for Independence | National Collective | SayYes2Scotland | Scoop.it

In the words of the fantastic Robert Popper and Peter Serafinowicz TV series; Look around you. Not, around you, but around this article. Look at this website. To the right, you’ll see creative projects campaigning innovatively for independence, you’ll see recommended articles, some of them by incredibly well revered and prominent Scottish artists. You’ll see that this website has a combined Facebook and Twitter following of over 10,000, and over 1,200 members. You’ll see links to other websites supporting a more engaging referendum debate. Look down. You’ll see photos exploring cultures and communities in Scotland, right next to more recommended articles by more prominent artists and creatives discussing why they support independence.


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15 key questions on independence answered by Alex Salmond – First Minister. Sound clips

15 key questions on independence answered by Alex Salmond – First Minister. Sound clips


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2014 vote result will be close, claims TV presenter

2014 vote result will be close, claims TV presenter | SayYes2Scotland | Scoop.it

ANDREW Marr has questioned the tactics of both the pro and anti-independence camps and predicted the outcome of next year's referendum could be closer than many outside Scotland think.


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Peter A Bell's curator insight, July 18, 2013 8:59 AM

The real questions is how might we justify the gamble of remaining in the UK.

Charles Patrick O'Brien's comment, July 19, 2013 8:10 AM
Close I hope not so close and want to see a resounding cry of YES for Scotland.
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Alex Salmond: 'independence will come on a tide of rising expectations'

Alex Salmond: 'independence will come on a tide of rising expectations' | SayYes2Scotland | Scoop.it
Scotland's first minister tells Kevin McKenna about the social ties that will always bind the countries of the British Isles – and that saltire he waved at Wimbledon

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Project: Wish Tree | National Collective

Project: Wish Tree | National Collective | SayYes2Scotland | Scoop.it

The first ever event after the launch of Yes Scotland last year was a campaign tent at the Meadows Festival in Edinburgh. This weekend we were back at the Meadows Festival handing out flyers and asking people to sign the Yes Declaration, and we decided to try something a little different. We asked people to write down what they wanted to see in an independent Scotland, and we tied these messages up to create a wish tree.


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Darling says No campaign needs to win well to avoid 'neverendum'

Unionists must win a convincing victory in next year's independence referendum to settle the question for a generation, the leader of the No campaign has suggested.


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Peter A Bell's curator insight, May 15, 2013 4:32 AM

It seems Alistair Darling may have had another of those belated realisations. Just as he and his Tory allies belatedly realised the folly of rejecting a "more powers" option on the referendum ballot, so it has only now dawned on him that the constitutional question cannot be "killed stone dead".

When a leading British nationalist takes to a platform to strenuously deny the inevitability of independence, you can be pretty sure it's because they have come to recognise that inevitability.

Darling won't put numbers on it - he's not great with numbers - but it's not really that difficult to figure out. Think about it! Historically, when has an independence movement with the support of one third of the population ever failed? Look at our own history. Support for independence has at times dropped to well below 25%. But we have come from that nadir to the very threshold of reaching our goal.

Darling appears to have realised the futility of his efforts to preserve the union and with it the structures of power and privilege from which his own status derives. Only the most swivel-eyed of British nationalism's more rabid propagandists would assert that the anti-independence campaign could possibly win by a margin of three or even two to one. And it would take more than that to even temporarily stifle calls for an another referendum within five to ten years.

If some have failed to fully recognise this then it may well be because they simply don't understand the nature of Scotland's civic nationalist movement. But there is at least a hint here that, in a moment of uncharacteristic perspicacity, Darling has sensed the unstoppable momentum of Scotland's progress towards independence.

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Michael Fry: Converts to Scotland’s cause

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OCCASIONALLY, when wandering round my own neck of the woods in the West End of Edinburgh, I bump into old Tory chums, all grown a little greyer in the whiskers – just like myself.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, February 27, 2013 8:30 AM

I am often asked what persuaded me that Scotland should be independent. My answer is that I did not need to be persuaded. That independence is the default status of all nations. That if I needed to be persuaded of anything, it is that Scotland should be - or continue to be - an exception to this general rule. All I seek for Scotland is the same powers and status that other nations assume to be theirs by right. Independence is no more than Scotland's rightful constitutional status. Why would I need to be persuaded of the rightness of this?

Nonetheless, it is always good to welcome a convert to the cause of independence. For reasons that should be obvious from the foregoing, I regard the union as an anachronistic folly and devolutions as an untenable makeshift arrangement. So it is always pleasing to me to find former supporters of either or both who are open-minded enough to have come to the realisation that independence is the right thing - even if they have come to this realisation by a path that seems to me to be unnecessarily circuitous.

This remains true even when the convert in question is of a very different political persuasion to myself. Indeed, I might say that it is particularly gratifying that this should be so, because it is essential that the independence campaign addresses all of Scotland. We need to carry with us a significant proportion of Scotland's small-c conservatives as well as those "lefties". Independence is about taking on the capacity to realise our nation's potential. That potential is not the property of any ideology or political clique. Like the referendum itself, it belongs to all of Scotland's people.

There is not just one vision for Scotland's future. There are many. And what will be realised after independence will be some amalgam informed by this diversity.

I totally reject Michael Fry's view of the public sector as a non-productive drain on the nation's resources. I regard as dangerously naive the notion that an economy can be revitalised simply by shrinking the public sector and transferring resources to the service of private profit rather than the provision of public services. Avaricious accumulation will drain the lifeblood of an economy just as surely as reckless profligacy.

But, whatever our differences, I cannot do other than applaud anyone who acknowledges that Scotland must find its own way of resolving such different perspectives into an approach that best balances the demands of the economic imperative with the social conscience of our people.

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We are Scotland - Laurie, Glenrothes

Born in England, Laurie moved to Scotland at a young age.  Here he explains why he drifted from Labour and gives his reasons for supporting Scottish independence.


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Scottish Independence and The Second Enlightenment

Scottish Independence and The Second Enlightenment | SayYes2Scotland | Scoop.it

On the 18th of September, 2014, we in Scotland will be given the historical chance to vote for, and reclaim, our Independence. 

 

Independent from the other two nations in ‘Great’ Britain – England and Wales – that along with Northern Ireland, make up the constituent parts of the ‘United’ Kingdom, ruled by and from London. Scotland is a 1000-year-old Nation, currently residing within a ‘failing U.K. state’. Next year, we have the first real opportunity to vote in a Referendum to become a true Nation-State again and take our place as a wholly free democracy – one of the oldest Nations in the world, yet renewing and reasserting itself as a freer, more democratic and prosperous country.

 


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It is indeed  encouraging to see such indepth articles appearing as part of the 2014 Referendum Campaign for independence for Scotland.

 

This has to be a must read article for every Scot before placing their vote in 2014.

 

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Scotland and England are growing apart. A no vote won't stop that

Scotland and England are growing apart. A no vote won't stop that | SayYes2Scotland | Scoop.it

They think it's all over. The leaders of the unionist Better Together campaign are already congratulating themselves on victory in next year's referendum. Indeed, the US statistician and election forecaster, Nate Silver, told the Edinburgh book festival last week that the yes campaign had "virtually no chance" of winning. But unionist triumphalism may be premature.

 


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The writers Alex Salmond is courting now will hold him to account

The writers Alex Salmond is courting now will hold him to account | SayYes2Scotland | Scoop.it
Alan Bissett: The arts world may be galvanised by the yes campaign but are likely to ask serious questions of the SNP after independence

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Barra Collins: A Union of convenience

Barra Collins: A Union of convenience | SayYes2Scotland | Scoop.it
The desire for independence is not rational, but driven by the emotions and – like love – cannot be explained, writes Barra Collins

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Sign for Scotland: Who doesn't want independence

Sign for Scotland: Who doesn't want independence | SayYes2Scotland | Scoop.it

Who stands to gain and lose if Scotland becomes independent?  A ‘Yes’ vote will result in many changes over time, so let’s consider both sides, starting with the ‘winners’.


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McKidd backs Scottish independence

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Hollywood actor Kevin McKidd says he would vote for Scottish independence if he was allowed to have a say in next year's referendum.

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