Yes wins Napier referendum
The debate focused primarily on student issues, including funding and free education, and later included discussion on the economy, culture and defence.
Debating for National Collective, the arts campaign for Scottish independence, Dominic Hinde won over the room. He said: “What characterised the debate was an honesty from both speakers, and once we started talking about different models for Scotland and how that relates to prosperity, we began to see a turn in the room.”
Having a debate between young people, without politicians or parties, made the audience more willing to listen to the arguments on both sides. The Napier Referendum debate shows how, given our own platforms, young people can be engaged, and how a message of optimism, imagination and possibility can win us over to independence.
Independence is absolutely essential for young people in Scotland - a Yes vote means we can safeguard free university education for Scottish students and use the full powers over the economy to create more jobs and opportunities here in Scotland.
The Paisley-born actress, who plays Kelly-Marie Adams in the popular TV soap, is convinced independence is the key to a better, fairer and more confident Scotland.
Yes Scotland’s contention that the more people learn about independence the more they are attracted to it is being borne out at debates around the country.
The pre and post-debate voting format is continually creating a swing to Yes Scotland and in many cases, has led to a pro-Yes victory.
Yes Scotland campaigners turned support for independence from 33% pre-debate to a resounding 51% after pupils at Prestwick Academy in Ayrshire heard arguments from both sides.