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Scotland's Independence Referendum 18th September 2014 - Why I am Voting Yes

Updated on February 5, 2016

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Why I am Voting Yes for Scottish Independence

I will be voting yes for Scotland to leave the rest of the United Kingdom and to become independent. I want to share my reasons why I have made this decision.

Scottish workplaces, streets and social media are alive with debate over our nation's future. I am no politician, I am just an ordinary Scot from an average family who wants the best for her children and our future generations.

I have supported Scottish independence my whole life and that hasn't changed. I do like to be informed so I have read vast amounts of literature from both sides of the debate and also followed social media into the wee, small hours. I am not going to quote you exact facts and figures here as they are freely available on the campaign sites.

I just want to share my views on why I feel 'Yes' is the right vote for a better future and I hope that after reading you may agree with me.


B TO C - The Distance Between Westminster and the Storage of the UK's Nuclear Weapons

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Scottish Parliament Building, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh EH99 1SP, UK
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The Location of the Scottish Parliament where some decisions are made.

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House Of Commons, Westminster, London SW1A 0AA
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Where Decisions are made regarding Scotland's Future

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Faslane, Helensburgh, Argyll and Bute G84, UK
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Near the location of where the United Kingdom's nuclear weapons are stored.

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Your Vote - The Background

  • Scotland has been part of the United Kingdom since 1707.
  • It is approximately one third of the land mass of Great Britain.
  • The Scottish population is approximately 5.2 million, whilst the UK population is over 60 million.
  • Scotland's substantial oil revenue is controlled by Westminster.
  • Trident, the United Kingdom's nuclear weapons systems are located on the Clyde in Glasgow.
  • In the 2010 United Kingdom general election Scotland voted in only 1 Tory member of parliament out of a possible 59 seats. However, due to Tory support in other parts of the UK, Scotland has been under Tory rule from Westminster since, even though we didn't actually vote for them.
  • A devolved Scottish parliament with limited powers, has existed in Edinburgh since 1999. Many decisions are still taken at Westminster.
  • On September the 18th 2014 the Scottish people must vote 'yes' to face the future as an independent country or vote 'no' to stay within the union.


Better Together Teamwork

Better Together saw political rival parties work closely together to secure a No vote.
Better Together saw political rival parties work closely together to secure a No vote. | Source

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The Key Players in the Independence Debate

On the 'Yes' side there is Alex Salmond First Minister and the Scottish National Party, working with an alliance of different groups, including the Scottish Green Party.

Whilst the 'No' camp sees various parties including the Tory, Labour and the Liberal Democrats putting aside their political differences, to work together in an attempt to fend of the threat of a broken union.

At the end of the day, it's the ordinary people who live and work in Scotland who are the important players in this debate, as it these ordinary people will be out in their millions, and they will vote to decide if we are going to leave the United Kingdom.

The Better Together Campaign Video

Better Together Want a No Vote

The Better Together want a 'No' vote and to remain within the United Kingdom. They have focused their campaign efforts on pointing out the problems they believe a 'Yes' vote would cause, such as the exact currency Scotland would use.

They have not focused on any positive changes that they would bring in the future, except to say that in the event of a 'No' vote Scotland would get some additional powers. Some undecided voters I know have said that they weren't really sure about voting 'Yes', but there is nothing in the 'No' campaign to make it look the better choice. They are now voting 'Yes' as it is the only campaign which is looking forward and providing a chance at creating a fairer society for all, 'No' did not provide an alternative vision.

The campaign advert featured on this page has provoked a lot of controversy with woman all over the country. It depicts a woman who quite honestly is nothing like anyone I have ever encountered in Scotland and it is actually quite insulting. We are a feisty, educated and vocal lot and we don't fritter away hours drinking cups of tea and make life changing decisions based purely on the thoughts of our menfolk.

The Wider Yes Movement

The Yes supporters crossed many different political views and parties.
The Yes supporters crossed many different political views and parties. | Source

Our Bonds Remain the Same

A vote for breaking up the union is not a vote which in anyway reflects on our personal relationship with England and it's people or the rest of the UK. My sibling was born in England, some of my close friends are English and a political vote taken for economic reasons doesn't in any way affect those close bonds.

We have a long established relationship with England and the rest of the UK and in the event of independence there is no reason that should change. We are voting 'Yes' only to give our country and our future generations the best chance possible. At times of need in the past we have stood shoulder to shoulder and this reciprocal relationship need not diminish.

England and the rest of the United Kingdom will always be our neighbours and respected.

Just Ten of the Many Reasons to Vote Yes

  1. A greater degree of sovereignty.
  2. Removal of Trident from Faslane.
  3. Full control over the Scottish National Health Service.
  4. Only members of parliament actually voted for by Scottish people would be in power.
  5. Our nation can pursue it's vision of the expansion of greener energy.
  6. Maintain our excellent universities.
  7. Part of our oil can be invested in a fund for our nation's future.
  8. Create a fairer society, where people count.
  9. We can represent our country to the world.
  10. This may be our only chance to take control of our own country and to make our own decisions.



Yes Rally in Glasgow

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Scotland Moving on After September 18th 2014

Well as you can see we are facing a huge decision. Whatever we decide there is no going back. We must choose wisely for our children and to try to create a fairer more just society. We must also respect other people's right to disagree with our own choice.

After the vote, whatever the outcome may be Scotland is still one country whatever the individuals choose to vote. Additionally independence will not detract anything from the bonds we have with the rest of the United Kingdom, it will just give Scottish people the opportunity to improve our country for our future generations.

I am voting 'Yes' because I truly believe it is the correct path for our country and the only way to provide our future generations with a more wealthy, vibrant country. Scotland has the resources, intellect and vision to move forward and bring on a brighter future filled with hope.

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Updated - Keeping the Scottish Independence Dream Alive

It is now January 2015 and the No vote which stopped Scottish independence is now in the past. Fortunately Scotland has found itself in a politically awakened state and the interest in politics is still running very high. A lot has happened across all the political parties since the referendum day and the pending UK elections in May are the next goal for furthering Scotland's political position. With this aim in mind the dream of Scottish independence is still very much alive for many people.

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      Great debate here for Scotland's future.

      Anna, sounds like you need to be looking at a political career.

      You have given a good representation for pros and cons of gaining

      one's independence. It can be an uneasy step to take, but as you referenced, it sounds like a "now or never" proposition.

      This is a very thorough essay. Have you thought of submitting it to your local newspaper?

      September 18 is quickly approaching. I do hope that the vote goes your

      way.

      Best of luck!

      DJ.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Anna, I wasn't aware that Scotland was going to have a vote on becoming an independent country from the rest of the United Kingdom. I understand it isn't a vote that should be taken lightly, but historically Scotland has always been fighting for the right to rule it's own affairs and be independent...most of my knowledge is only from movies and books like Rob Roy, Brave Heart etc....the "Outlander" series of books. t is easy to offer advice from the outside, a much more serious matter when you are part of it. In my opinion though, you should vote yes. Good hub, voted up.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      This really is historic and it is fascinating to watch from afar. I really appreciate hearing your viewpoints on it. Whatever happens, I know for a fact that nothing can stop the Scottish people. Best wishes my friend.

      bill

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Thanks DJ :)

      It is something I am very passionate about. With one chance only to get it right, we need to. This is just my own thoughts on the topic and I sure that around 50% of our population here would disagree with them, or so they media spin is currently saying. I don't think we will really know what the actual figures are till that day

      Thank you for our interesting comment and also for the good luck! :)

      Anna

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Hi Jodah

      Yes, we are sailing towards a momentous decision just now. You are right, independence has always been a wish for many and hopefully that day is nearing.

      Thank you for reading and the vote.

      Anna

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      It is really gathering momentum now and people passionately believe in their choice. Our history is at a crossroads and hopefully just about to take the path to the brighter future.

      As always thanks for reading Bill.

      Anna :)

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      This will be an important vote for the Scottish people. Thanks for highlighting the issues. I would also be insulted by any advertisement that implies that women drink tea and vote along with their menfolk. Hmm. I wish the best for the future of your country.

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      Superkev 2 years ago

      I hope whatever decision you make it is for the best for the Scottish people. There is a part of me that hopes you do vote for independence so that maybe the momentum from that will spill over to the land of my ancestors and finally make the Emerald Isle whole again as it should be.

      But another part of me sees how this could turn out to be a very bad decision for the Scots. And I would really hate to see that happen. But at least you are getting to vote and make that decision for yourselves.

      Whichever way it goes I wish Scotland the best.

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      thomas fairlie 2 years ago

      Very patriotically put Anna,most Scots are sick of being ruled by governments that e in Scotland did not want,or ask for,this is our chance to be our own country,our own Scotland,run by people that the people of Scotland voted for,vote yes and go for it, if we don't we will

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you for sharing your passionate views concerning this upcoming vote ... a very important one for sure! You would make a great, fair and honest political spokesperson. I am an outsider, so you certainly know what is best living there. I will be anxious to know the outcome.

      Blessings always

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      I hope it goes the majority's way.. First I heard of Scotland's election...good luck!!!!

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      Kathleen Cochran 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      As a Cochran on one side and a Hamilton on the other, I'm watching this vote closely even from across the pond. Look at the USA and Canada: brothers from another mother. No reason why Scotland and England can't independently coexist for the benefit of both.

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      Sam Deal 2 years ago from Earth

      It's been a heated debate. Thanks for sharing points from both sides of the issue

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      PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi Anna,

      I voted up for this awesome hub from the heart and selecting what is best for your people and country.

      Beautiful photos of a wonderful land. Vote for what you love and vote the way you feel will benefit you and yours in the future.

      Have a great day.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you FlourishAnyway for reading and commenting. I know the advert is incredibly bad! :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      I'll be interested in seeing how the vote goes, Anna. You make some valid points. Please keep us posted!

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Hi Superkev.

      If it goes wrong we will only have ourselves to blame...I am willing to risk it though, as I feel it is the best hope for our nation's future growth. Thank you for reading and also for taking the time to comment. :)

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you for reading Thomas Fairlie and also for commenting. They are expecting a record turnout for the vote so hopefully Scotland will say Yes.

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you for your kind comment Faith Reaper. I am glad that I came over in a fair manner. I am maybe just a bit too outspoken to be a political spokesperson. :) I hope you are well.

      Anna

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you for reading Frank. Time will tell. :)

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      You talk a lot of sense. Thank you for reading and for your great comment. Anna

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Hi DealForALiving

      It certainly has, especially the televised ones! I was a biased in my overview but I do read up to date news from both sides of the argument so I have all the current information.

      Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you Bobbi Purvis

      I will definitely be voting with the heart. :) Although I have ensured my mind is up to speed on the important stuff as well. Thank you for reading and your kind comment.

      Anna :)

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      I will do Bravewarrior. The place is alive and buzzing with a very positive energy, as people look to change and progression. It feels good. Thanks for reading. :)

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      BarbaraCasey 2 years ago

      Sheesh! I need to find another news source. I'd heard nothing about this. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Your welcome BarbaraCasey. I am really surprised about the lack of news coverage on it overseas. Thank you for reading.

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      My daughter-in-law’s family is Scottish…and this issue is very near and dear to their hearts. (I am also delighted to add that my beautiful baby granddaughter has brilliant red hair. Whenever I take her out somewhere, people will stop and ask, "Look at that red hair. Does she have Irish roots?" "No, I proudly respond...Scottish!") :-) You have presented a complex issue with a no-nonsense straightforwardness that is so refreshing. I wish beautiful Scotland luck in determining their future…not only for them, but for future generations as well. Voted up and beyond, and shared.

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you Genna for your lovely comment. Red hair is beautiful and even more so when the sun catches it.

      I really appreciate you reading and also for your kind words and I loved hearing about your Scottish relatives. Thank you also for the good luck.

      Anna :)

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This is a very exciting time for the Scottish way of life. Good luck, whatever the outcome. You'll all do well, as you have the backbone to do so.

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you aviannovice, that is a nice thing to say. It is really exciting times and the place is alive with debate. Soon we will see the referendum and then perhaps Scotland's brighter start.

      Anna :)

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      Isabel Melville 2 years ago from Planet Earth

      We were robbed of our freedom!

      Two points stick out. The lack of an exit poll (which is very odd indeed) and the smiles on the faces of those in the Better Together camp at the back of 10, before a single vote was counted.

      They manipulated the postal votes, and swapped over some ballot boxes en route to the polling station. It was a well-planned operation. Thousands of people have sworn a testament to say their ballot paper was blank on the back, instead of having a unique identifying number.

      They only manipulated a relatively small amount of votes, the rest they won with 'the vow' which they now admit was totally made up by the Daily Record, but which they allowed to be expanded upon and trumpeted by No campaigners, Gordon Brown (ex-PM) in particular, in the final two days of the campaign. This persuaded about 10% of Yes voters to vote No.

      Otherwise, we would be heading for independence right now.

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Hi Isabel

      I know. I cried over the lost opportunity for our beautiful country. However, the political change since the referendum has been heartening. It is no longer a case of if, only of when. Sometimes the truth takes longer to surface but when it does there is no going back. In our lifetimes I am sure we will see independence.

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