Why you're voting Yes in 2014
Every day we receive messages from you telling us why you'll vote Yes in 2014.
From a central decision making government with a democratic mandate in Scotland, to an enhanced feeling of national pride and the expression of Scotland's unique social and cultural identity. Your reasons are often different but each of you has one thing in common - the desire to see Scotland flourish as an independent nation.
Below are a few of the reasons you've sent to us.
Pride in our nation doesn't begin or end with flag waving. Taking pride in being Scottish rather comes from a desire to make our country all it can be. To make the lives of our children better. To live in a peaceful world free from nuclear weapons. For the freedom of self determination. To use our resources for the betterment of Scotland. To exercise our primal and social right to self governance. To better our relationships with our closest neighbours, free from the chains of a redundant, unfair union.
~ Martin, Coatbridge
I feel since devolution Scotland has moved forwards, becoming more confident in her abilities and in her identity. We feel good about ourselves and about being Scottish. A No win will mean taking a step backwards and having to take a more subordinate role to Westminster. We must win in 2014!
~ Shona, Gourock
I'll be voting yes because I am my father's daughter and these are his words. "I believe in independence. Independence is not about oil revenues or the price of butter, important though these are. Independence is about self respect, standing on our own feet, enjoying our own way of life. It's about making our own laws, taking our own decisions and tackling our own problems. It's about faith in ourselves and our country. I believe in Scotland." - Angus McIntosh 1979
~ Rona, Glasgow
Independence isn't about whether you are Scottish or British - it's about where the decisions get made and who makes them. I don't want Scotland's decisions to be made in London by a government we didn't elect; I want them made in Scotland by a government we did. Only a Scottish Government can govern in Scotland's interests.
~ Ruairidh, East Kilbride
I moved away from Scotland to continue working in the semiconductor industry only to find I was working with Scotsmen who all knew that the reason we were abroad was that foreign governments had invested in new industries and the UK had refused to invest in the expansion of established industries. Now I am home and want it to stay that way with a Scottish government investing in our future.
~ Jim, Hamilton
I'm voting yes because it's a democratic principle that the power to make decisions should lie as close as possible to the people affected by those decisions.
~ Charlie, Dundee
A better future
When the young man or woman finally stands on their own two feet and makes their own way in the world - earns their keep and makes their own choices - is that the end of the family they came from? Have they 'wrenched', 'ripped' and 'torn' their loved ones apart? Or have they simply matured from frustrated and occasionally moody dependent to confident and appreciative equal? I'll vote yes in 2014 ... to grow up.
~ Chris, Edinburgh
As an Englishman who has visited Scotland regularly for 40 years and lived in Scotland for the last 6 years I have long held the view that independence is essential for the development of ALL of the United Kingdom. Scotland is a very different country from England with perhaps more in common with Scandinavia.
Egalitarianism is rooted here and the only way this important social difference with England can be expressed is through independence.
Scotland enjoys a proud reputation throughout the world and needs to be able to make its own decisions to make the most of this. England will have to face it's real place in the world and stop hanging on to outdated Imperial posturing, which can only be beneficial to them in the long run. There is only one answer to the question of Scotland's independence and that is YES.
~ Lincoln, Wanlockhead
No matter what country a child grows up in, I believe they should be able to look at the highest office in the land and aspire to hold that position one day. Can a 10 year old, growing up in Scotland, reasonably aspire that they could break down the entrenched system of privilege that fast tracks the Camerons and Osbournes through Prep School, Public School and Oxbridge to UK Ministerial and Prime Ministerial positions? In the main, no.
Could a 10 year old growing up in an Independent Scotland aspire to the highest office in the land, safe in the knowledge that they didn't have to overcome that barrier of centuries old establishment privilege? I believe so and I believe that this is the type of country we should aspire to create. That's one of the reasons why I'll be voting Yes.
~ Gary, Ayrshire
"Yes On Toast" image submitted by Stevie Gillespie
While child poverty in Scotland soars as a result of brutal Tory cuts, Westminster is happy to waste £130billion on renewing and maintaining Trident – money which should be spent on making our country a better place to live.
Many of us who support the idea of an independent Scotland but would prefer not to be described as nationalists are motivated by the prospect of taking greater responsibility for shaping our own future. In doing so, we have an opportunity to create a fairer society.
“Stiglitz: Only Independence Will Let Scots Tackle Income Divide”. That’s the headline for today's report in the Herald about the contribution of Nobel prize-winning economist Professor Joseph Stiglitz to the independence debate.
We all have our reasons for voting Yes in 2014. At Yes Scotland we believe that a vote for independence is a vote for a stronger, fairer and more democratic Scotland.