Independence campaign begins in May

Alex Salmond promised a 'positive approach' as he announced the Scottish independence campaign will be launched in May

Alex Salmond promised a 'positive approach' as he announced the Scottish independence campaign will be launched in May

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The Scottish independence campaign will be launched in May more than two years before the yes campaign's preferred date, First Minister Alex Salmond said.

Mr Salmond, who won an unprecedented majority in the Scottish Parliament last year, said it would not be run only by the SNP but would feature a "broad-based" range of supporters, including unions and employers.

In an interview with the BBC's Sunday Politics programme, Mr Salmond said he wanted a long campaign, with the referendum in autumn 2014, to ensure voters in Scotland had answers to all the open questions about the implications of the decision.

He said opponents of independence seemed to agree on nothing but the need to say no and pledged his party would be able to answer all voters' questions.

Mr Salmond said: "The people who seem to argue for a no seem to be in no fit position to argue their case. They don't even know what their case is.

"I think it is important when we come to the referendum in 2014 people will have an exact proposition on independence, which I pledge to give. All of the questions (will be) answered to people's satisfaction.

"I think we will win the referendum. In fact, so confident are we about winning the referendum, shortly after the local elections in Scotland in May and when the final position on the Scottish Government's consultation, which is I think May 11, then the yes campaign will be launched.

"That won't just be the Scottish National Party. That will be a broad-based campaign with civic Scotland, job creators of Scotland, with the unions of Scotland, a variety of people coming together to enunciate the case for Scotland. There will be a positive approach which will contrast very markedly with the opponents united only in their negativity."

Mr Salmond was pressed during the interview on the economics of such a move and what keeping the pound would mean for a newly independent Scotland.

He said the SNP would be promoting a new "sterling area" which would involved a fiscal stability pact, meaning limits on borrowing.

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1:30pm Sun 4 Mar 12

newscritic says...

Go for it Scotland free yourselves from the shackles of the English establishment and ditch the Monarchy while you are about it.
Go for it Scotland free yourselves from the shackles of the English establishment and ditch the Monarchy while you are about it. newscritic
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1:44pm Sun 4 Mar 12

ponderman says...

Yay! Bugger off Scotland.
Yay! Bugger off Scotland. ponderman
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2:40pm Sun 4 Mar 12

chiz1969 says...

Yep goodbye but don't forget to rebuild hadrians wall oh and don't expect any money from the English,you want independence stand on your own two feet and don't come crowing for hand outs.......
Yep goodbye but don't forget to rebuild hadrians wall oh and don't expect any money from the English,you want independence stand on your own two feet and don't come crowing for hand outs....... chiz1969
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2:41pm Sun 4 Mar 12

chiz1969 says...

Yep goodbye but don't forget to rebuild hadrians wall oh and don't expect any money from the English,you want independence stand on your own two feet and don't come crowing for hand outs.......
Yep goodbye but don't forget to rebuild hadrians wall oh and don't expect any money from the English,you want independence stand on your own two feet and don't come crowing for hand outs....... chiz1969
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2:42pm Sun 4 Mar 12

chiz1969 says...

don't know why it came up twice..technology it's great.
don't know why it came up twice..technology it's great. chiz1969
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2:53pm Sun 4 Mar 12

newscritic says...

chiz1969 wrote:
Yep goodbye but don't forget to rebuild hadrians wall oh and don't expect any money from the English,you want independence stand on your own two feet and don't come crowing for hand outs.......
Scotland is more than capable of standing on its own two feet.

And they will not need any handouts from broken old England.
[quote][p][bold]chiz1969[/bold] wrote: Yep goodbye but don't forget to rebuild hadrians wall oh and don't expect any money from the English,you want independence stand on your own two feet and don't come crowing for hand outs.......[/p][/quote]Scotland is more than capable of standing on its own two feet. And they will not need any handouts from broken old England. newscritic
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3:06pm Sun 4 Mar 12

chiz1969 says...

newscritic wrote:
chiz1969 wrote:
Yep goodbye but don't forget to rebuild hadrians wall oh and don't expect any money from the English,you want independence stand on your own two feet and don't come crowing for hand outs.......
Scotland is more than capable of standing on its own two feet.

And they will not need any handouts from broken old England.
Good hope your right we can't afford to keep handing cash out left,right and centre,maybe we can get rid of Europe as well and start looking after our own for a change instead of everyone else,old saying "put your own house in order first".Good luck to them hope they've taken notes on our mistakes.
[quote][p][bold]newscritic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chiz1969[/bold] wrote: Yep goodbye but don't forget to rebuild hadrians wall oh and don't expect any money from the English,you want independence stand on your own two feet and don't come crowing for hand outs.......[/p][/quote]Scotland is more than capable of standing on its own two feet. And they will not need any handouts from broken old England.[/p][/quote]Good hope your right we can't afford to keep handing cash out left,right and centre,maybe we can get rid of Europe as well and start looking after our own for a change instead of everyone else,old saying "put your own house in order first".Good luck to them hope they've taken notes on our mistakes. chiz1969
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3:34pm Sun 4 Mar 12

newscritic says...

chiz1969 wrote:
newscritic wrote:
chiz1969 wrote:
Yep goodbye but don't forget to rebuild hadrians wall oh and don't expect any money from the English,you want independence stand on your own two feet and don't come crowing for hand outs.......
Scotland is more than capable of standing on its own two feet.

And they will not need any handouts from broken old England.
Good hope your right we can't afford to keep handing cash out left,right and centre,maybe we can get rid of Europe as well and start looking after our own for a change instead of everyone else,old saying "put your own house in order first".Good luck to them hope they've taken notes on our mistakes.
Remember they will get a percentage of their oil and gas reserves which could last another 100 years and then they have Scotlands vast tidal and wind energy which they can use for themselves and even export to knackered old England.
[quote][p][bold]chiz1969[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]newscritic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chiz1969[/bold] wrote: Yep goodbye but don't forget to rebuild hadrians wall oh and don't expect any money from the English,you want independence stand on your own two feet and don't come crowing for hand outs.......[/p][/quote]Scotland is more than capable of standing on its own two feet. And they will not need any handouts from broken old England.[/p][/quote]Good hope your right we can't afford to keep handing cash out left,right and centre,maybe we can get rid of Europe as well and start looking after our own for a change instead of everyone else,old saying "put your own house in order first".Good luck to them hope they've taken notes on our mistakes.[/p][/quote]Remember they will get a percentage of their oil and gas reserves which could last another 100 years and then they have Scotlands vast tidal and wind energy which they can use for themselves and even export to knackered old England. newscritic
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