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Lesley Riddoch: Different standards apply here

Lesley Riddoch: Different standards apply here | SayYes2Scotland | Scoop.it
The increasing signs of a Britain broken beyond repair may tip the separation scales, writes Lesley Riddoch

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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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Vote Yes in the 2014 Referendum on independence for Scotland.

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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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Don't Know 3

Don't Know 3 | SayYes2Scotland | Scoop.it

I don’t know how to vote in 2014.

I can’t deny that there are certain aspects to an independent Scotland that I find unquestionably appealing. I think Scotland’s culture and creative scenes would no doubt benefit hugely, as can be evidenced by the sheer volume of vocal support from within these industries. Figures such as Alan Bissett, Alasdair Gray, Iain Banks and Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite have made no secret of their fierce support for a Yes vote in 2014. What’s more, independence would do away with the bruised, underdog mentality of some Scottish art and literature, enabling us to be proud of our heritage and achievements without constant recourse to perceived wrongs committed by Westminster or England.

 


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Peter A Bell's curator insight, June 4, 2013 11:23 AM

I really don't get this incessant whining about needing "more information". There is a veritable mountain of stuff out there. All of it easily accessible. And hundreds, if not thousands, of people prepared to help point genuine enquirers in the right direction.

What these people are really looking for is not "more information". They are looking for something that will make the decision easy. But the decision IS easy. Independence is RIGHT! Regardless of ANY other arguments, independence is the proper status of a nation. All the rest is mere circumlocution.

That should be good enough for anybody. But if any are still hesitating then they should stop looking for the magic incantation that will make a Yes vote the obvious and easy choice and start looking at all the reasons why a No vote would be the WRONG choice. Disastrously, catastrophically WRONG!

Do you want an end to devolution and the Scottish Parliament stripped of significant powers?

Do you want Scotland's budget slashed so as to force us into adopting the policies of the British austerity cult?

Do you want policies such as health service privatisation imposed on Scotland so as to remove an embarrassing contrast with what is happening in England?

Do you want to see Scotland's electoral system rigged so that the hegemony of the British parties at Holyrood can be restored and never again challenged?

Do you want Scotland to be branded as inferior to other nations, it's people marked as innately incapable and unworthy of the independence that everybody else takes for granted?

If you want all these things then your choice on September 18 is still easy. Just vote No and you'll get all of this and worse! But before you do, ask yourself one more question.

Even if you think one day you'll be able to forgive yourself, can you ever hope for forgiveness from your children and your children's children?

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Don't Know 1

We asked people who Don't Know how to vote next year to share our concerns in 5000 words. All this week we'll be publishing their entries.


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Alex Salmond: Independence referendum is 'precious opportunity' that may never pass our way again

Alex Salmond: Independence referendum is 'precious opportunity' that may never pass our way again | SayYes2Scotland | Scoop.it
THE First Minister said the chance to split from the rest of the UK may never take place again in his lifetime as he addressed the SNP conference in Inverness.

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GREENS WELCOME REFERENDUM BILL REPORT, PARTICIPATION KEY ISSUE

Taking control of things like welfare, taxation, foreign policy and defence gives a clear opportunity to transform our society and economy for the better.

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First Minister to argue for triumph of 'hope over fear'

First Minister to argue for triumph of 'hope over fear' | SayYes2Scotland | Scoop.it

ALEX Salmond will today claim that "hope will always trump fear" in the independence debate.


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Don't Know 2

Don't Know 2 | SayYes2Scotland | Scoop.it

We asked people who Don’t Know how to vote next year to share our concerns in 5000 words. All this week we’ll be publishing their entries.

 


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Independence: McColl says ‘No’ vote bad for Scotland

Independence: McColl says ‘No’ vote bad for Scotland | SayYes2Scotland | Scoop.it

JIM McColl, one of the country’s leading business figures, has warned that a No vote in next year’s independence referendum would deal Scotland’s prospects a major blow, making it less likely that he and fellow entrepreneurs would want to locate north of the Border.


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Peter A Bell's curator insight, May 27, 2013 4:55 AM

About time somebody started looking at the implications of a No vote.


See also: What does no really mean?