Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Fwd: Winning fairness and prosperity

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From: Shirley-Anne Somerville <>
Date: Tue, 20 Aug 2013 11:23:16 +0000
Subject: Winning fairness and prosperity

20 August, 2013: nearly a year to go!

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Yes Scotland Advisory Board member, Sarah-Jane Walls has completed a
new campaign video. In it she talks about why, as a mother and a
businesswoman, she is voting Yes.

To coincide with the new video, this week's Volunteers and Ambassadors
Update is a bit different. We are still asking you to take part in
local events near you and you can find the details here by searching
by postcode ( .

But this month – the build up to the 'Year to Go' - is all about
talking. Not just at organised events but to friends and family.

Can you start 5 conversations about why you are voting Yes?
I'm voting Yes because...
In her video Sarah-Jane gives personal reasons why she is voting Yes.
For example, "I will vote Yes because I believe there will be more job
opportunities for my children".

Think about how you can persuade the people you are speaking to about
the personal benefits that might arise to them from independence.

Bedroom tax scrapped? Better support for small businesses? Better
protection for state pensioners? Wherever possible, give people
personal reasons for Yes.

Scotland's future in Scotland's hands
Sarah-Jane's argument about the benefits of taking control reminds us
of the fundamental Yes arguments that we want to see "Scotland's
Future in Scotland's hands".

We can all think of many things we would want to see an independent
Scotland do differently, and the more we can encourage voters to
consider these things, the better. Why don't we take control of our
own future instead of leaving it to Westminster governments that we
didn't elect?

Fairness and prosperity - two sides of the same coin
Sarah-Jane speaks passionately in defence of a fair and robust welfare
system to protect people when they are down, having benefited herself
from such support when growing up. She argues that "prosperity and
fairness, really are two parts of the same jigsaw".

With Scotland's future in Scotland's hands, we can become a fairer and
more prosperous nation with big benefits for families across Scotland.
It is clear that prosperity and fairness go hand in hand. Some of
the world's most successful economies are those with the lowest rates
of inequality and child poverty, for example our near neighbours in

Scotland's got what it takes
Sarah-Jane has no doubt that Scotland has got what it takes to be a
successful independent country. While we will continue to address the
concerns and questions of individuals, hearing an optimistic and
passionate supporter of a Yes vote like Sarah-Jane can help build
confidence in others.

It is also important to remind people that both sides of the argument
accept Scotland's got what it takes. Are people aware that even David
Cameron has accepted that Scotland could be another successful small
independent country? And we should also remind people about how
successful other small independent countries are. Eleven of the top
ranked countries in the UN index of human development have populations
of less than 10 million, including Norway, Denmark and Sweden.

Thinking of future generations
What is also clear is that at the forefront of her thinking about the
referendum, is the future for her daughters.

We need to encourage voters to think about what independence could
mean not only for their own future, but for the future of their
children. What sort of country do they want their children to grow up
in? Is Westminster government or a fully empowered Scottish
Parliament and Government most likely to deliver that future? How
will new policies opened up by independence benefit them?

The more that voters think about the possibilities offered by
independence, the more confident we can be that they, like Sarah-Jane,
will be persuaded of the benefits of Yes.

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