The Scottish Independence Convention welcomes the launch of the Yes Scotland Campaign

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Mike Small, Secretary SIC said: “This is a great day – the start of a mass campaign sweeping the country.

A broad-based campaign through which will emerge true sovereignty.  We’ve got a parliament, now we need a democracy.”

We have been working for the past six years to encourage cross-party and non-party cooperation to promote independence and this cooperation will be central to a successful Yes vote.

People from different parties, including many Labour voters, want to see Scotland winning the full range of powers of an independent country so that the ordinary people of Scotland can choose what kind of society they want.

Many policies central to our lives are still decided by Westminster governments that Scotland didn’t elect.  Social Security and taxation, war and peace and trade and industry are all decided for us.  We need to take control and make choices according to our values.

Most people in Scotland are not members of political parties and we need to make a place for them to take part in this movement.  This is not about a political party, it is about giving Scotland’s citizens the opportunity to create the Scotland they choose.

I believe that it is fundamentally better for us all if decisions about Scotland’s future are taken by the people who care most about Scotland, that is, by the people of Scotland.

Being independent means Scotland’s future will be in Scotland’s hands.

There is no doubt that Scotland has great potential.

We are blessed with talent, resources and creativity.  We have the opportunity to make our nation a better place to live, for this and future generations.  We can build a greener, fairer and more prosperous society that is stronger and more successful than it is today.

I want a Scotland that speaks with her own voice and makes her own unique contribution to the world – a Scotland that stands alongside the other nations on these isles, as an independent nation.