Elaine C. Smith takes a break from the Susan Boyle Musical
by Fiona McGregor
Comedian and actress, Elaine C. Smith, has taken a break from her starring role in the Susan Boyle Musical (currently playing in Cardiff) to record a special message for the launch of the Yes Campaign.
"Ultimately it is for the people of this nation to decide their own future but I sincerely hope that these next few months will allow us to have a reasoned and passionate debate about what is best for our country. I hope we can deal with the real issues in this and it will not just be a negative campaign of fear mongering.
"I doubt if the people of India or Ireland or Norway when striving for self determination and a right to govern themselves asked only if they would be richer or better off? Surely being an independent country is as much to do with how we feel in our hearts and minds rather then only economics. In this world even being the strongest and richest economy cannot guarantee a job and secure a future-as many people across the world will tell us today.
"By having Scotland's future in Scotland's hands we in the Yes campaign believe that we can and will make Scotland a better place to live and work......from looking after our old and our sick, ensuring that our young people have a chance of a decent job and a better future, that our education system improves and that poverty...yes that grinding poverty that has afflicted so many parts of our country both in our cities and our rural communities for far too long is a thing of the past.
"Becoming independent is no magic pill but I believe it is the start, a real start, for this country and its people, on the wonderful journey to a better nation."
We'll upload Elaine's video for the launch after the event today, but in the meantime, here she is urging the people of Scotland to sign the Yes Declaration - which you can do here.
Yes Scotland Advisory Board member Nicola Sturgeon told the SNP conference in Perth today that only a Yes vote in September can deliver a fairer, more prosperous Scotland.
Addressing delegates in her capacity as SNP deputy leader, she said in a keynote speech:
"Ask yourself this question. Who will do a better job of creating a fairer and more prosperous Scotland: people who live and work in Scotland or politicians at Westminster?"
In 70 weeks' time, each of us will give our own answer to the question - "Should Scotland be an independent country?" and the nation, collectively, will decide.
Over the next 70 weeks, people the length and breadth of the country will make up their minds on what is, undoubtedly, the greatest opportunity of our lifetimes. Many will change their minds – perhaps several times – before a final decision puts them in the Yes or the No camp.
Lots of us feel that the UK has been heading in the wrong direction for many years, locked into a damaging process of market-driven erosion of public services and public trust. At Westminster, everything is up for sale – the NHS, higher education, the Royal Mail.
As the referendum campaign reaches the 200-days-to-go milestone this weekend, a senior Labour Party figure has declared his support for Yes in direct response to Chancellor George Osborne’s anti-currency union speech.