Alex Salmond intends that just 18 months after Scotland casts its vote, it will become a sovereign nation state. This date, two years from today, has been chosen for symbolic reasons. On the same day in 1603 the Union of the Crowns took place, with James VI of Scotland becoming James I of England and Ireland after the death of his cousin Elizabeth I. It also marks the 309th anniversary of the Act of Union. This treaty, signed in 1707 united the Scottish Parliament and the English Parliament to form the Parliament of Great Britain, based in Westminster. Some think the people of Scotland have been maligned and sidelined ever since.
The National Collective, a group of artists and creatives in favour of Scottish Independence chose the 24th March for their ‘ reasons day’. Those in favour of Independence urged to share their reasons for doing so on social media, or in a letter to their local paper. It’s caught the imagination of the Yes vote, with hundreds weighing in to voice their reasons for supporting Scottish Independence. Some of them are practical, some emotive, some legal, some frivolous. They make interesting reading (politicians: listen up!) Here’s a taster of what’s being said online right now.
#indyreasons To defend the Welfare State. To rid our lochs of WMDs. To renationalise mail service. To rid ourselves of austerity ideology.; Trevor Chaplin (@TrevorChaplin) March 24, 2014
#indyreasons democracy That's all.; Rattlecans (@rattlecans) March 24, 2014
No nukes, no prescription charges, no tuition fees, no Tories, no UKIP, no illegal wars, sorry for being so negative! #IndyReasons; Adam Sanderson (@MacSpadger) March 24, 2014
#IndyReasons? Ask the 193 other nations relishing the normality of sovereignty. There's too many reasons why independence is a worldwide hit; Aye tee (@Indepshop) March 24, 2014
To put right the mistakes of Westminster which have saw us become the 4th most unequal country in the developed world. #indyreasons; Liam Mclaughlan (@LiamMcLaughlan) March 24, 2014
To steer our nation away from xenophobic influences on immigration policy #IndyReasons; Debra Torrance (@FewArePict) March 24, 2014
#indyreasons 7) the look on David Cameron's face.; Adam Ramsay (@AdamRamsay) March 24, 2014
#indyreasons For the burgeoning of conversation and confidence in our self and our abilities.; Natalie McGarry (@nataliemcgarry) March 24, 2014
Yes to living in a country that looks after its most vulnerable & opportunities aren't restricted to those who can afford them #IndyReasons; Valerie (@musesings13) March 24, 2014
Social justice. Demilitarisation. Ecological renewal. Social creativity. Cultural awakening. Transition to a low carbon economy #IndyReasons— Bella Caledonia (@bellacaledonia) March 24, 2014
Because if history teaches us anything it's that REAL change only happens when power is in the hands of the many not the few #indyreasons; DJ Johnston-Smith (@AddictedToTweed) March 24, 2014
#IndyReasons Scotland should be a member of the world of nations, not just a dripping roast/whipping boy/nuclear bunker for a neighbour.; Frank Wilson (@frawil66) March 24, 2014
Meanwhile Nicola Sturgeon, the country’s deputy first minister announced that a draft written Scottish constitution will be published this summer and released before the recess for consultation.
At the Wales Governance Centre Annual Lecture today she will call for Scotland to vote Yes, saying: “Independence is not a historical argument, it is the opposite - a live and vital opportunity to chart our own course, to give us the power to determine our own future and build the kind of country we can all be proud of.
“A written constitution is an important part of a nation's identity - it defines who we are and sets out the values that we hold dear. Currently we are without a written constitution, and the UK is the only country within the European Union or the Commonwealth that does not have a written constitution or a constitution Act - that is a democratic deficit an independent Scotland will not replicate.
”It is a cornerstone of Scottish democracy that sovereignty rests with the people. That is why we want to make the drafting of our permanent written constitution an inclusive process involving all the people of Scotland - it must be a constitution by the people, for the people - articulating Scotland's values, enhancing our liberties and defining our responsibilities.“
She will take a swipe at the ‘Better together’ campaign too, arguing: ”Those opposed to independence claim that the UK - as it currently stands - is an equal partnership of nations and of people. But in its attempts to scare voters in Scotland, the No campaign is destroying the very idea that the UK is a partnership of equals.“