More and more people are waking up to the threat that a No vote poses to Scotland’s NHS, following the stark warnings in the past few weeks from Labour politicians south of the border.
Westminster’s privatisation of England’s health service could see NHS England effectively broken up within a decade, according to Labour in England, with the prospect of patient charges replacing public funds. And funding is already being squeezed as the Westminster government shrinks the public sector, according to Labour in Wales.
Two senior Scottish politicians and Yes Scotland advisory board members have called on Scottish voters to seize the one opportunity offered by Yes to save Scotland’s NHS.
Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Greens Co-convener, Patrick Harvie joined independence supporters at Glasgow’s Victoria Infirmary to outline the need for the Scottish Parliament to be in full control of its spending.
Staying in the United Kingdom is a serious threat to our EU membership, a group of Polish nationals said last night at a public meeting in Glasgow.
The meeting, organised by Polish for Yes, marked Yes Scotland’s drive to win over the 160,000 EU nationals who live in Scotland.
Scotland’s independence referendum is ‘worth coming home for’ according to a US-based businessman from Motherwell.
Bob Moncrieff moved to San Francisco 26 years ago as part of the same Kennedy scholarship class that saw David Miliband and Ed Balls travel to the US to help foster links with the UK. Now he sees a Yes vote as the best way to give Scotland the powers needed to create a thriving economy in Scotland.
1. Scotland is an incredibly wealthy country.
2. We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make Scotland a better place to live.
3. A Yes vote is vital to protect Scotland’s NHS.
4. We can spend Scotland’s vast wealth and resources on the things that matter to us.
5. We’ll always get the governments we vote for.
Responding to comments by Sir Ian Wood on the subject of independence and North Sea oil and gas, Sir Donald MacKay said tonight:
“In forecasting output, the first source I looked at was the Wood review in which Ian Wood states that "a number of larger new fields are about to come on stream in the next two or three years and that could take production back to the level of two to three years ago". Similar forecasts have been made by Oil and Gas UK and by Professor Alex Kemp and I have taken the former forward through my calculations.
Yes Scotland today revealed that the number of people who have signed the Yes Declaration for an independent Scotland has reached the one million target.
Chief Executive Blair Jenkins, making the landmark announcement in Edinburgh, said breaking the million barrier with four weeks still to go to the referendum was a clear indication that Yes was on a winning trajectory.
Fishing for Yes welcomed the new Scottish Government report setting out five key gains for the industry with independence.
North-east skipper David Gatt and co-founder of if the pro-Yes group, said: ‘Independence is undoubtedly the right way forward for all of Scotland, but for our fishing industry a Yes vote is not only desirable, it is an absolute necessity.
Two senior politicians from a No campaign party have announced their support for a Yes vote next month.
Declaring his backing in today’s Edinburgh Evening News, John Barrett, who held the Edinburgh West parliamentary seat for the Lib Dems from 2001 to 2010, said he believed there were others in the party who shared his views.