Indyref2: Scottish independence cost discussed by expert
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September 18, 2014, was meant to be the landmark moment for Nationalist Scottish ministers as the long-planned referendum vote arrived. But it is instead remembered as their date of disappointment after 55.3 percent of voters said ‘No’ to separation.
In a bid to drum up support for a second vote, group Believe in Scotland started their grassroots campaign for Scottish independence leading up to indyref2 with a national Day of Action for independence yesterday.
Throughout the day activists distributed up to 500,000 leaflets as well as 50,000 Open Minds newspapers.
Activists were also supplied with more than 100,000 badges, car stickers, mugs, postcards and copies of Scotland The Brief.
The day also saw a large range of events held by 110 Yes groups all over the country to signal the start of the organisation’s Autumn for Indy action.
It comes just weeks after Michael Russell, director of the SNP’s independence unit said their eight-page booklet to promote an independent Scotland had been delivered to letterboxes in several constituencies across the country.
But opposition parties last night urged the SNP and pro-independence organisations to stop bombarding Scots with “divisive spin” on promoting separation.
Donald Cameron MSP, Scottish Conservative Constitution spokesperson, said: “The SNP and its supportive organisations are continuing to sideline Scotland’s sky-high Covid rates in favour of their obsession with independence.
“Focus should be on accelerating our economic recovery, remobilising our NHS and tackling the record number of drug deaths in Scotland.
“Instead, the SNP would rather ignore this and continue to bombard people with divisive spin to suit their independence push.”
Scottish Liberal Democrat finance spokesperson John Ferry, said: “The First Minister set the tone when she found time and space to announce fresh independence legislation on the eve of the deadly second wave.
“A year on we’ve got record waits for ambulances, operations and A&E, but the government still thinks it’s right to put civil servants to work on a new white paper.
“Scotland needs hope for patients, for the climate, for our young people and our businesses, not more promises of milk and honey from the First Minister and her independence activists.”
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Pamela Nash, chief executive of Scotland in Union, said: “Today marks the anniversary of the people of Scotland choosing to remain part of the United Kingdom.
“Those of us who believe in Scotland know that within the UK we can build a recovery for everyone, not turn back the clock with division and spending cuts to our NHS with separation.
“But the nationalists will never stop their divisive and negative campaign, as this shows, which is why we must continue to make the positive and progressive case for the UK.”
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said plans for a second referendum would take place before the end of 2023 depending on the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic.
She told SNP supporters at the party conference on Monday the time to make a decision on Scotland’s future was “approaching”.
Believe in Scotland founder Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp said: ‘’The UK has the worst pension in the developed world, not because we can’t afford to pay more but because the Westminster government has taken the political decision not to do so.
‘’It prefers to deliberately keep pensions low in order to force wealthier people to buy private pensions and boost the city of London, thus creating widespread pensioner poverty for those unable to pay for private pensions.
‘’It great to see the Yes movement respond in such an unprecedented way to our Day of Action for Independence in order to send the clear message that Scotland has had enough of Westminster’ mismanagement.
“We need our independence if Scotland is to fulfil its amazing potential.’’
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