SNP independence campaign 'starts today', conference told

 
Angus Robertson Angus Robertson told the conference "we will work as hard as possible"

The SNP has officially launched its drive for independence, announcing details of an "unprecedented" campaign to win the forthcoming referendum.

Campaign chief Angus Robertson told his party's conference the SNP would appeal to people from all political backgrounds to secure a "yes" vote.

The campaign has also been boosted with a £1m bequest from Scotland's former national poet, makar Edwin Morgan.

The SNP will hold the referendum near the end of the five-year parliament.

The party is coming under pressure from opposition politicians to hold the vote now, but the Nationalists say they are sticking to a manifesto commitment to stage it later, although they have still to name the date.

Addressing the final day of the first SNP conference since its landslide election win in May, Mr Robertson said: "Today, we are announcing that the independence referendum campaign is starting.

"We will work as hard as possible in an unprecedented national campaign to secure the majority 'yes' vote for a sovereign independent Scotland."

Mr Robertson, the SNP's Westminster leader, said the campaign would first seek to galvanise backing among party members, before aiming to win support for independence among people from other parties, as well as those with no political affiliation.

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The Moray MP said the party would also reach out to people and communities across Scotland, street-by-street.

Mr Robertson also said the £918,000 donation from Mr Morgan, who died last year at the age of 90, was "ring-fenced" for the referendum campaign.

He told the packed conference hall in Inverness: "Fellow nationalists - this is it. It's starting.

"This is the roadmap to independence - the biggest ever campaign in our history, reaching every household, every voter in Scotland.

"We will speak with as many voters as possible - supporters, waverers and people who have yet to be convinced."

Mr Robertson declared: "This campaign is not for the SNP - it is a campaign for Scotland.

"This is a campaign for everyone who lives in this country, regardless of where you come from.

"This is a campaign to secure the best for our communities. This is a campaign to secure the best for our families and society.

"This campaign is for everyone, regardless of which party you have voted for."

 

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  • rate this
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    Comment number 151.

    @117 When claiming that others are clueless try not to be yourself, it was/is well known a vote for the SNP in the last election was not a automatic conversion for a Yes vote for Independence.

    @136 Yes the case is good but it is mainly pushed by pro independance groups, it has its positives and negatives both sides of the border...stop playing the victim song as well.

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    Comment number 150.

    I also shudder at some of the anti-take_your_side comments here. England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales (in no particular order) are, in my opinion, members of a family of nations. Scotland has oil and gas but that is not the be all and end all of resourcing an independent nation. Look at Ireland's dismal results from nearly 100 years of misgovernance. Copy the Scandiavians for proper governance.

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    Comment number 149.

    When Robert Graham said "the problem for Scotland is not the English, who are a great and noble people. The problem for Scotland is those Scots who are born without imagination" he was so right.
    Our problem is not with the English but with those on both sides of the border who cling to the Empire.
    The world is changing. Now It's our time.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 148.

    142.June

    Yes, it would be nice.

    However the ire is all from the English side here, playing what is basically a very jingoistic game, interspersed with a general assumption that so-called "Scottish" people are TOO STUPID to rule their own country.

    I assume a lot of these people are "nationalists" in the strictly English sense aka "unionists".

    Oh well, they do have the right to an opinion.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 147.

    #143 The electors in Scotland voted to be part of the UK.
    2010 59/59 seats.
    The Scottish parliament is a delegated parliament.

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    Comment number 146.

    Scotland will be better off without UK, Wales and northern Ireland should do the same. UK can’t support unemployment , NHS or its armed forces now let alone in the near future. Run now and rebuild your borders quick. The union serviced its purpose in the past now is the time for UK RIP.

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    Comment number 145.

    @140 The union was created by an act of the Scottish Parliament (and the English), the rule of recognition dictates that the Scottish people have the right to change that.

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    Comment number 144.

    84 Dick Davis .......

    I like the welsh too mate , but you must be to young to remember the AD or was it a Headline , some years ago ! COME HOME TO A REAL FIRE ! Buy a Holiday home in Wales ! Concerning all the overly rich English people buying up welsh cottages making it impossible for welsh to get on the housing ladder . They didn't moan ! they just burned them to the ground . Forgotten ?

  • rate this
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    Comment number 143.

    Scotland voted for an SNP government and it is up to the people of Scotland to decide not David Cameron and his merry men who Scotland did not vote for but are saddled with. The only reason Cameron want to keep Scotland in the UK is because of the oil revenue and he does not want the nuclear submarines based in England.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 142.

    Beam me up! What is the point of all of this nonsensical cross border exchange of insults. Talk about playground rhetoric. There are Scots living in England and English living in Scotland - as there are in every country. Does it matter where you come from so long as you contribute with enthusiasm to the country of your choice? Come on, let's debate like adults and stop this childish nonsense.

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    Comment number 141.

    I'm Irish and yet I often ponder how better things might have been had we reformed in the Reformation, staying in the Union the way Scotland and Wales has, and possibly avoiding the reasons for the plantation of Ulster and consequent strifes. Many in Ireland question the quality of the results of the revolution nearly 100 years ago. The connections with Britain remain - St Patrick's flag etc.

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    Comment number 140.

    The Union is decided (legally) by election (or abstention) to the British Parliament not referendum.

    The Electorate in Scotland voted for the Union in 2010. 59/59 MP's from Scotland were sent by the elelctorate to sit in the Union Parliament (including 6 SNP- Zero abstention).

    Repeal Devolution.

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    Comment number 139.

    After living in Scotland since 1979 and paying tax etc (unlike Mr S Connery). If i met Mr Salmond, I would like to ask him where the Scottish economy would be without the Bank of England's bail outs of RBS etc. Since i presume the Scottish government would need financial support where would this come from? Plenty of examples in Europe of divided countries in a real mess. Hope were not next !

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    Comment number 138.

    @129 Seriously? You actually believe that? I think alot of the comments on this board and in the English media prove you wrong! Try living in our shoes for a while, all we get is negativity and abuse from down south.

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    Comment number 137.

    To The Oldmoaner...

    it was reply to Comment 82 by maroon fever..read his comment

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    Comment number 136.

    The case for independence has pretty much been made in economic, social and political terms, so a rational person would assume following that path to be the correct choice.

    One gets the impression Scotland has both traditionally and currently been regarded as simply a resource to be exploited to feed the UK machine.

    Time to put a stop to that, methinks.

  • Comment number 135.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 134.

    As an englishman, I have nothing but warmth for the scots people and would wish them well whatever decision they take for their own future.

    What I do struggle to understand is why the SNP manifesto committed to defer their cherished referendum until the latter half of their administration ? Why choose to wait before their people "rise up and become a nation" ?

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    Comment number 133.

    Let us not forget what happened last time a scottish parlaiment lead an independent scotland - The nation practically bankrupt after spending half of the nations wealth claiming a swamp in Panama that the spannish were convinced was rightfully theirs.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darien_scheme

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    Comment number 132.

    128.Joshua_94

    Well said; right now we have a marriage that neither enjoys, both of these "people" would be happy divorced & living apart. Less arguing, more time to be productive.

    Seemingly some think Scotland should stick around to be the battered wife to England's last ditch attempt at holding the "family" (empire) together.

    A sick relationship that needs to end.

    Thanks!

 

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