‘Yes Scotland’ launches with bid for one million signatures of support

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By a Newsnet reporter
 
The bid for Scottish independence got under way officially in Edinburgh today with the unveiling of the ‘Yes Scotland’ campaign.
 
Scottish Green, Scottish Socialist and SNP figures mingled with celebrities and Scots from all walks of life as the campaign made its bid to become the biggest community led movement ever seen in Scotland.

The thrust of the campaign will be the message that it is better for Scotland if the people taking the decisions are the ones who live here.
 
A host of famous Scots have pledged their support for the campaign, including Sir Sean Connery, former BBC Scotland head of news Blair Jenkins, poet Liz Lochead, musician Pat Kane and Holywood stars Brian Cox and Alan Cumming.
 
Yes Scotland got underway with a quest for one million signatures of support before the referendum takes place in the Autumn of 2014.  

First to sign the ‘Declaration of Support’ for Scottish independence was First Minister Alex Salmond, followed by Scottish Green leader Patrick Harvie and Colin Fox of the Scottish Socialist party.
 
Mr Salmond told the gathered media: “I want Scotland to be independent not because I think we are better than any other country, but because I know we’re as good as any other country.
 
“Like these other nations, our future, our resources, our success should be in our own hands.”
 
Scottish Green Party co-leader Patrick Harvie told the 500-strong gathering: “Greens are not nationalists.  In fact, we are probably more comfortable than most parties in acknowledging the range of views that exist in our membership and our voters about the question of independence.
 
“But I believe, as most of us do, that the range of powers currently still held at Westminster simply make no sense from a Green perspective.
 
“I certainly look forward to helping develop a clear and compelling case for Scotland to take a bold and radical step and vote Yes to independence in 2014.”

The event was hosted by the Greenock born star of award winning movie Sweet Sixteen, actor Martin Compston.  Fellow actor, Alan Cumming, who has been based largely in the US, tweeted after the launch that he would “becoming a resident of Scotland again in order to vote in 2014”.

The event also witnessed the launch of the official campaign website, YesScotland.net which featured online campaigns, blogs and videos from politicians and celebrities on why they support an independent Scotland.

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The referendum on Scottish independence is scheduled to be held in the Autumn of 2014.

The Declaration:

“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.”