Wednesday, 13 November 2013

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Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2013 04:06:16 +0000
Subject: Must-have independence info
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Dear andy,

On 26 November, the Scottish Government will produce its white paper
on independence: the blueprint for what happens if we vote Yes next
year. This is a wonderful chance for the Yes movement to discuss the
incredible opportunities offered by putting Scotland's future in
Scotland's hands. In the run-up here's some usual information.

** Key message for an undecided voter
Scotland has got what it takes to be a successful, independent
country. Even the politicians who disagree with Scottish independence
agree with that basic fact. Scotland more than pays its way. And
Scotland has the opportunity to use its resources to make a fairer,
more prosperous country. A country that is governed by its own values
rather than those of the Westminster elite.

Find more information here ( .

** Video: washing machines and independence
Elaine C Smith discusses the benefits of an independent Scotland,
using the metaphor of leaving home and taking control of your own
affairs. Watch the video on our YouTube channel
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** Launch of Green Yes
On Friday, the Scottish Green Party will launch their Green Yes
campaign ( at the Hub
in Edinburgh. The morning and afternoon sessions are free to attend,
although space is limited and booking is required
. Spaces are open to members of the Scottish Green Party and those
with an interest in green issues and Scottish independence.

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