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Scotland special - all out to win a Yes vote

by Raymie Kiernan
Issue No. 2420

The leaders of the main Westminster parties, panicked this week, cancelled their plans and rushed to Scotland.

Prime minister David Cameron, Labour leader Ed Miliband and Lib Dem deputy prime minister Nick Clegg are making a desperate bid for the No campaign. Although they will probably remind people why they want to vote Yes.

Opinion polls have showed increasing support for independence. We could be witnessing the end of the British state as we know it.

There’s no room for complacency. Everyone needs to become a campaigner and go all out to win. 

Every day up to and including 18 September matters. Join Yes street stalls and meetings.

Target workplaces, canvass your local area or help leaflet and poster.

With large numbers of people still undecided, it is vital we engage as many as possible in discussion. 

Our campaign has big business, Westminster politicians and mainstream media pundits running scared—now let’s finish the job.

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Full coverage on Scotland...

Why we are voting Yes

Five reasons to back Scottish independence

Ruling class panics after Yes camp takes the lead

The results of just one opinion poll last weekend sent the entire British establishment into a panic. A YouGov poll showed support for independence on 51 percent, putting the Yes vote in the lead for the first time.

The prospect of an independent Scotland became very real. The queen was said to be "horrified".

Voices from the Yes campaign

The referendum campaign has unleashed an unprecedented level of debate in Scotland. It has re-engaged many working class people in official politics. And it has raised debates about how society should be run.

Get David Cameron out

It wasn't supposed to be like this. Less than a year ago the unionist Better Together campaign felt assured of victory. In March this year it was almost 25 points ahead. Now the poll hangs in the balance. And it is a surge in support from working class voters for Yes that has got the ruling class in a panic.

Optimistic rallies for the Yes campaign held across Scotland

Yes campaigners in Glasgow were boosted by socialists from England and Wales last weekend to push the case for independence. Hundreds of people from working class communities turned out for the Hope Over Fear tour by socialist politician Tommy Sheridan.

The limits of Scottish Nationalism

Scotland's referendum has put Alex Salmond and his Scottish National Party (SNP) centre stage. But voting for independence doesn't mean support for the SNP. And for all its left wing rhetoric the SNP remains a nationalist party. It seeks to unite rich and poor for the sake of what it sees as the "national interest".


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Tue 9 Sep 2014, 16:47 BST
Issue No. 2420
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