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Issue 743 - 29th August
Compiled by Fraser Hudghton
In three weeks Scotlandís history will be
divided into two clear and distinct periods - pre and post #indyref
With a Yes vote the relentless leafletting and canvassing will cease almost
overnight and conversations in cafes, pubs, streets will no longer centre on
what work we have been doing to convince waverers - but instead will centre
on the kind of Scotland we want to live in. Scotlandís out of date system of
governance will have been overturned and its people will finally have opened
the door of Whitehall, demanding the right to democratically elected
governments which we voted for.
A Yes vote is now looking like something not just attainable as a distant
pipe dream, as so many who have campaigned for Scottish self-government for
generations can attest, but a firm reality.
Alex Salmondís performance in the second debate against the former UK
Chancellor was a clear success and built on the work from the first to
convince more undecided voters that Yes is the right answer for Scotland.
The tired scare stories continually pushed by the No campaign are lacking in
real substance - not for them a 600 page White Paper but relentless
negativity which hasn't exactly worked for them in recent Scottish
Scotland has had a summer in 2014 in which the feeling of a new found
confidence is palpable - topped by the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Still to
come is the Ryder Cup, adding yet further.
The Daily Record ran a poll this week in which it asked whether Scots will
be glad when the referendum is over. The response was overwhelming - a
massive Yes from them.
The only real answer for the constitutional debate to be put to bed is with
a Yes vote on September 18. This is what I take from the Record poll. Not
that we didn't want the referendum in the first place, but that with an
expected turnout of around 80% the people who live and work in Scotland are
more engaged than ever. Scots from the age of 1 to 100 years old are well
familiar with arguments around who should govern us, it has always been
What makes such a difference now is the clear feeling across all of public
life that we are on the precipice of a great moment in Scotlandís journey.
This week I have received my first invitations to immediate discussions on
19 September on what the referendum means for different areas of Scottish
I suspect many will vote on September 18 who rarely if ever do in normal
elections, and we now have an electorate in Scotland which knows the answers
on either side by heart.
Once we are through to the other side of the referendum, with hindsight I
believe we will see the campaign as having been the period which allowed for
the adjustment of many to what an independent Scotland actually means and
what being Scottish is. It has been long, hard fought but positive visions
hold sway in the end.
Ever for a lifelong independence supporter such as I, our journey to this
point has been an inspiration and the campaign one we can be proud of.
With civic Scotland standing ready to act in an independent Scotland, and
the nation holding its breath, all we have to do now is vote.
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