12 Inspiring Statements From "Scotland's Future" - The White Paper On Scottish Independence
Whatever you think about Scottish independence and the validity of the white paper, it's an impressive example of rhetoric and full of sexy, inspiring sentences that we should definitely hold the SNP to if they become the first government of an independent Scotland. It's a 649 page document so let's be honest - reading this is way faster than reading the actual thing, and definitely counts. Vote Yes friends, it's our chance to change the world!
1."If we vote Yes, we take the next step on Scotland's journey. We will move forward with confidence, ready to make the most of the many opportunities that lie ahead."
2."The year ahead should be a national celebration of who we are and what we could be"
3."But with Scotland as an independent country, our relationship [with the rest of the UK] will be one of equals. I have no doubt that it will flourish."
4."We can also choose to protect key elements of our commitments to social justice in a written constitution... [which] will put questions of social justice at the forefront of the work of Scotland's Parliament, government and public institutions."
5."A child in poverty is a child that has one more barrier to learning. A child whose home life is chaotic, or who is hungry, cannot do their best."
6."Scotland is the only European country with a dedicated Youth Employment Minister... training for employability will be significantly improved by independence."
7."This transformational change to childcare in Scotland will allow parents, in particular women, to choose to work without worrying about the cost of looking after their children."
8."The current Scottish Government's ambition for an independent Scotland has deep internationalist roots and is based on a firm belief that, as an independent country, we will have a distinct and valuable contribution to make to world affairs."
9."Trident is an affront to basic decency with its indiscriminate and inhumane destructive power."
10."Scotland has a different need for immigration than other parts of the UK. Healthy population growth is important for Scotland's economy."
11."Using independence to build a clean, green and nuclear-free nation, Scotland can be a beacon of environmentalism and sustainability."
12."Scotland's strong and vibrant culture is one of our most enduring and powerful national assets. Our rich heritage gives Scotland its sense of place and underpins our understanding of our past, our present and our future."