#YesBecause hashtag takes twitter by storm as one million sign indy declaration

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  By a Newsnet reporter
 
Yesterday the Scottish independence referendum took over twitter when ordinary people began tweeting messages containing their reasons for supporting a Yes vote in September’s historic ballot.
 
However few were prepared for the volume of tweets that saw the hashtag #YesBecause dominate twitter, becoming one of the most trended tags in the world.

Messages from tens of thousands of people shot #YesBecause to the top of the twitter trending league across the UK.

The #YesBecause hashtag was the brainchild of the Yes supporting movement National Collective which has seen artists and creatives come together in order to promote the benefits of Scottish independence.

The #YesBecause phenomenon has also led to an inspirational video from the fledgling film company Independence Live.

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Meanwhile the Yes campaign has received another boost with news that one million people have signed a declaration in support of independence.

In an announcement today, Chief Executive Blair Jenkins was joined by The Proclaimers to reveal they had reached their one million target.

Mr Jenkins, making the landmark announcement in Edinburgh, said breaking the million barrier with four weeks still to go to the referendum was a clear indication that Yes was on a winning trajectory.

He said: “We are hugely grateful – not just to the one million plus people in Scotland who have now signed the Yes Declaration, but also to our many thousands of volunteers all around the country who have worked so hard to help us reach this target with just under a month still to go.

“More and more people are waking up to the fantastic opportunities created by a Yes vote. People realise that only with a Yes can we protect our NHS and other public services, grow our economy to create better jobs, and make Scotland a fairer society.

“Today’s announcement is a clear indication of the level of support we’re getting, and it gives us great confidence as we work towards securing a Yes majority on September 18.”

The Yes Declaration and the one million target was announced by First Minister Alex Salmond on May 25, 2012, when the Yes campaign was officially launched.

At 4pm on Thursday, August 21, the precise number of signatories was 1,001,186

Mr Jenkins, other members of the Yes Scotland team and volunteers were joined by Scotland’s premier singing duo The Proclaimers to celebrate the million target being reached.

Charlie and Craig Reid, who completed a two-year world tour late last year, have been focusing on writing new songs for recording a new album later this year.

But today they said they were delighted to take time out to to help highlight the major campaign milestone.

Charlie said: ‘With this fantastic target now hit, it looks like the Yes campaign is on its way to success. I certainly hope so. Nobody doubts that Scotland has the wealth, the talent and the ambition to be a successful independent country and we can make this a reality if only we grab this tremendous opportunity on September 18.’
 
Craig said: “We have so much going for us in Scotland. All we need is a bit of self-belief and with our own future in our own hands we can build a much better and much fairer country. Let’s not let this fantastic opportunity slip from our grasp.”

The Yes Declaration reads:

I believe 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.