Scottish Independence Convention relaunches

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By a Newsnet reporter

The Scottish Independence Convention (SIC) has relaunched with a new website and programme to contribute to the referendum debate.  SIC was founded in 2005 as an independent organisation to encourage cross-party and no-party participation in the campaign for Scottish independence. 

The group first campaigned for a referendum, but now that the referendum is due to take place, SIC has relaunched with a new focus, campaigning for a Yes vote in 2014.

By a Newsnet reporter

The Scottish Independence Convention (SIC) has relaunched with a new website and programme to contribute to the referendum debate.  SIC was founded in 2005 as an independent organisation to encourage cross-party and no-party participation in the campaign for Scottish independence. 

The group first campaigned for a referendum, but now that the referendum is due to take place, SIC has relaunched with a new focus, campaigning for a Yes vote in 2014.

The group is chaired by the actress and activist Elaine C Smith, and is backed by a number of noted Scottish figures, including poet and playwright Liz Lochhead, the novelist Iain Banks, and actor Sean Connery.  

SIC says that the independence movement is broader and deeper than any single political party, and includes many thousands of ordinary Scots who want to transform the country, not just to tinker with its governance.  The SIC describes itself as the place for those who back independence but are not members of any political party, or who support any of the pro-independence parties, to collaborate and work together for a Yes vote in the historic referendum.

Chair of SIC, Elaine C Smith said:  

“The role of the Scottish Independence Convention has changed.  We were founded to deliver a referendum.  That battle’s now been won.  Our role now is to be creative and engage as wide an audience as possible in the discussion about the future of our country and what we mean by sovereignty.”

Mike Small, secretary of the SIC said:

“Voting YES for independence gives us the chance to never have Tory rule again in Scotland.  It gives us the chance to rid our land of Weapons of Mass Destruction.  It gives us the chance to decide what our foreign policy priorities are and not be dragged into illegal wars.  No other constitutional settlement offers these opportunities.  This is a historic chance to gain control of decision-making.”

SIC believes that the coming three years will be one of the most exciting and important periods in Scottish history.  SIC is inviting supporters of independence to join them in order to build a strong and effective movement to gain democratic control over Scotland’s future.

Website: www.scottishindependenceconvention.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ScotIndependenceConvention
Twitter @ScotIndConv