Why we're saying Yes
Personal accounts, sent in by Yes Scotland supporters, telling us in 100 words or less, why they are saying yes to an independent Scotland.
It doesn't matter what the supposed 'issues' are, at least not for me. We will pay taxes in an independent Scotland, we shall argue about policies, ideas and plans in an independent Scotland. We may even lose a few jobs and create some more. We may get wealthier as a nation, we may not. The important thing is, the decisions will be ours, for us, made by us. We won't have to beg to have some of our own money back to start public works projects. We won't be sitting outside the negotiations waiting on what another country has decided is in our best interest. We shall be our own master. Now, if pennies in tax or personalities are swaying your vote that is your affair. This is about Scotland. It might be small, but its not as small as dozens of the countries representing themselves in the Olympics, with dignity and pride. I shall be voting YES, because it is right and proper. It is the normal state of affairs for every country, including ours. Frank Wilson (Glasgow)
After spending some time in Norway I am amazed at the stark contrast between us and our neighbours when we should be relatively similar in terms of wealth, liberty and freedom. Norway has a lot to show for itself since the discovery of North Sea oil, depressingly, there is little sign of improvement in Scotland. I'll be voting yes because we could be and should be so much better. We must end London rule and take our future into our own hands for our own sake and that of future generations. Jordan Frew (Irvine)
I believe Scotland is inherently more socially and economically left wing than the government we end up with when others vote Tory. In an independent Scotland we could go the direction we want, tailoring our economy to benefit everyone, while furthering rights, equality and environmental causes. I would be proud to be part of a more progressive country and take our place among other small northern European nations. Ross Kilgour (London)
I am a socialist and I want independence because the economic, social and cultural institutions of the United Kingdom, developed and maintained in the interests of a cancerous form of capitalism, can and will never adapt to the needs of our planet or the aspirations of the people. An independent Scotland, would at least provide chance for us to create a set of institutions that work alongside and as part of our ecosystems, whilst nurturing the "better angels of our nature". We are at this time in an economic quagmire and an ecological nightmare. We can’t possibly do any worse. Jimmy Kerr
The best of our young kids will never again have to give their lives and limbs to satisfy the monstrous ego of an American president. Thomas Ball (Glasgow)
My Dad was English and my Mum was Scots,and along with my sisters and brothers I was brought up on Tyneside, in Glasgow and in Ayrshire. I love both England and Scotland. I want these two neighbouring nations to work together as equals. I believe that the people of Scotland and the people of England should choose their own governments to work in their best interests. Dependence is bad for a small nation. Scotland's future will be a brighter one if it's an independent one. David Cross (Edinburgh)
Independence lets us grasp the opportunities to make Scotland a better place, to transform our home into the place that truly reflects our people. A place to show that progressive policies and ideas can work, and inspire our neighbours to reject failed radical austerity policies. Scotland can possess political heft, wealth, the means to be as good a nation as any other and to forge a new chapter in our diverse and rich history. This is why I choose to Vote Yes. Scott Macdonald (Edinburgh)
Though I’ve lived in Scotland most of my life, I was born in Oxford to an English mother and a Norwegian father. We have a holiday cottage in Sweden only a few miles over the open border with Norway. From this international perspective I can see no barriers, physical or emotional, between an independent Scotland and the rest of Great Britain. Scotland should be independent because, quite simply, it is a nation. UN recognised nation status is an experience for which there is no substitute. Independence for Scotland is economically viable so why shouldn’t our country seek that goal? Eilif Gustafson (Newton Stewart)
I will be voting yes for future generations of Scots. I will be voting yes so that we still have a country with a social conscience. I will be voting yes for a country that looks after the sick , the old and believes in educating the youth of that country so that they bring prosperity not only to Scotland but to future generations of Scots. Michael McCabe (Airdrie)
As a small nation i believe we coud be a more prosperous country. Jacqui Steele (Kilmarnock)
The UK government is almost always chosen solely by voters in England at a General Election. The Scots (and the Welsh & N Irish) are stuck with the party England voted for, like it or not. This isn't anti-English, it's basic arithmetic. It is the fatal flaw of being in a union with a country more than ten times your population. A fundamental touchstone of democracy is missing in Scotland. The government election process is effectively out of our control. Scotland and England are too different in population size for a truly democratic system to work. John Lamont (Isle of Skye)
For me, independence is about making life better for people in Scotland and about Scotland contributing to a better world. Scotland is already a great place to live for many people, but it could be so much better for everyone. Why are children growing up in poverty in a rich country like ours? Why are so many people struggling to heat their homes in an energy rich country like ours? Independence gives us the opportunity to transform our society, and shape our future according to our own values. It's about taking control of our everyday lives. Julie Hepburn (Cumbernauld)
Why would we not want to join the 200+ nations who have their independence? Why continue to be the nation attached to a country whose rule has hurt us again and again? Why remain dependent? How many independent countries are begging for a bigger neighbour to govern them? Zero. I don't consider myself British, but I do enjoy life in Scotland/the UK. I don't think the union is awful, or a complete failure. We enjoy a great many benefits from living in this country; I just believe that things would be better still in an independent Scotland. Graeme Johnston (Irvine)
To be free of a two party neo-liberal state To be free of the Lords, Sirs, Baronesses and all the rest of the medieval nonsense. To have the only government which will put Scotland first - a Scottish one. To be free of the public school old boys network. To have the chance, I hope, to live in a meritocracy. To spend money that is currently spent on nuclear weapons, posturing pageantry and avoided in tax evasion to be used for the common good of the country. Westminster won't give us the above. John Gibson (Stirling)
I am voting yes because in an uncertain world, it's the only way to guarantee Scotland always gets' the government it votes for. David Maclennan (Aberdeen)
I'm Greek Muslim and this made me often feel unwanted until I moved to Scotland. The way the Scottish people welcomed me, I owe them my happiness and peace of mind. I want my children to grow up as Scots, loving this wonderful, most wonderful country in the world, as much as I do. I know supporting the Yes Scotland campaign is what's best for this country and my future children. This is my nation, this is my home now and it deserves the best and all my energy and efforts. Thank you Scotland. Armandos Stylianakis (Glasgow)
I will be voting Yes because I believe Scots should be governed by people who live in Scotland and are committed to the future of Scottish people. I want to see my country promoted in a positive manner and steps taken to give back hope to the impoverished within this country. Maureen Potter (Glasgow)
I’m one of the Scottish Diaspora who has come home. I was born in Lancashire – a place for which I have great affection – because both my grandfathers went there to find work. I’ll be voting ‘Yes’ because if we are to build a sustainable economy in Scotland, we need the levers of economic power to be in Scotland, not in Westminster; and I don’t want my grandchildren, unlike my grandparents, to be denied the chance to live and work in Scotland for want of economic opportunity. John Cooke (Edinburgh)
Three hundred years of Union have not solved structural problems with the Scottish economy, health inequalities, unpopular foreign policy, low expectations and a significant brain drain to more dynamic countries. I want Scotland to be able to improve the expectations of most people, grow the economy, create social justice and refrain from damaging foreign policy. We need all of the economic and political drivers to achieve this. Above all, I want Scottish people to be proud, aspirational and dynamic. Colin McLean (Pathhead)
In 2010, the Scottish public overwhelmingly rejected the Conservative party, yet Scotland is set to bear the brunt of massive public spending cuts by a Conservative-led coalition. As an independent country, we would be able to elect our own government and make decisions for ourselves. Andrew McKay (Stranraer)
My ancestry consists of German/Italian/Irish and Scottish of which I am immensley proud. Having been born, like my parents, and raised in Scotland, this country has taught me who I am. Our country's problems are insignificant to a UK government which has overwhelming difficulties to overcome. We, as an independent country can rectify some of the issues with which Scotland must deal. We can tackle Issues such as bigotry, racism, poverty, disability rights, education, health and employment and together, we, as an independent nation can resolve. Lisanne Valente (Edinburgh)
I will be voting yes because I believe that it is the Scottish people who should decide the future of Scotland. David Gillham (Livingston)
I'm saying YES because I'm a unionist; a European unionist. And I believe my nation is as good as any other and has an exciting role to play as the European Union moves forwards, while the people of Scotland direct our nation according to our own priorities and beliefs. We can show the other British nations that we can look after our own people without needing to strut and stare, without weapons of terror, without posing in the front row of photographs. We can show the world that social democracy still works, as a free and independent people. Cameron Gazzola Black (Paisley)
I will be voting "YES" because Scotland deserves to be in the custody of people who truly care for its future. I love Scotland it is like another child to me and a good mother looks after it's child ensuring it's well-being and future success in all areas. That is what we can all truly achieve for ourselves and the future generations of Scots and all the people who make this beautiful country their home if we all vote for an Independent Scotland come 2014. Margaret Ferrier (Cambuslang)
The people of Scotland deserve a government which has their interests at heart and only an independent state will ensure that the full revenues generated by Scotland are used in Scotland; only independence will ensure that the decisions made by our Government will be representative of our views. We have great resources, an innovative and hardworking population and a belief in equality and social justice, I want us to take our future into our own hands and make Scotland a place where our children and grandchildren can live in peace and prosperity. Anni Telford (East Linton)
There is widespread confusion among some politicians and media pundits regarding the independence referendum planned for Autumn 2014 and the Scottish general election scheduled for May 2016. Many pundits are treating the two events as if they are the same thing. They are not.
In these early days of Yes Scotland, we are giving top priority to two things: engaging with the many thousands of people who have contacted us to get involved and offer support, and putting in place the structure and the resources the campaign will need to deliver the right result for Scotland.
Today we are delighted to introduce the members of the Yes Scotland advisory board who will help drive the campaign towards referendum success in autumn 2014.
The members of our new advisory board come from a wide range of backgrounds. Over the next few weeks they will introduce themselves to you on this site, but in the meantime here's some brief descriptions of who they are and what they do...