A Declaration for Independence
A new Declaration for Independence has been published, drafted by the writer James Robertson it offers “Guiding principles for a new and better Scotland”. For the first time now the Declaration is being opened up to everyone:
The writer A.L. Kennedy, one of the signatories has said:
“I have always been inspired by Alasdair Gray’s idea that a person or a group of citizens can ‘work as if you were in the early days of a better nation.’ The recent history of the UK has shown what happens when you have no detailed plans, when the future you want is a late night angry scribble on a beer mat. As a Scot aware that Independence is coming, I feel the concrete plans, support and suggestions that were there before Devolution, are even more necessary now.”
Ruth Wishart, who was one of the people behind the project added:
“Like many ideas, the Declaration of Independence was the product of a discussion over a good meal with old friends. But, later, the more we thought about it, the more we believed the time was right both for a reminder of the 1989 Claim of Right, and to put forward the values we thought should be emblematic of Scotland the new European nation state. I’m delighted that everyone is being given the opportunity to join the inaugural signatories.”
The Declaration has been signed by 100 writers, artists, musicians and poets and is now available as a mass public petition or anyone who supports the declaration. It’s a non-party political declaration.
As we face the prospect of a Johnson Conservative government and the ongoing rejection of a democratic route to independence we urge anyone to sign the declaration as “The Scottish people’s right to determine their future should not be frustrated or denied by the UK Government or any other body.”