We have won the first phase, Scotland can be a successful independent country. Even David Cameron says so, though Alastair Darling can’t bring himself to admit it. The challenge in the next six weeks is to articulate what we can do with that to make Scotland a fairer, more prosperous country.
People are tired of Project Fear. It is an insult to the intelligence of the people of Scotland to suggest that we will not be able to manage pensions or health care or education when small countries around Europe manage that perfectly well. Ireland has much better state pensions than the UK. And of course private pension companies thrive on globalisation and work internationally.
Our challenge now is to be clearer on what we can do with independence. We need to focus on the Alex Salmond’s most important point from the debate, that we can use the powers of independence to create more jobs in Scotland. That we can offer greater opportunity to our young people and that we can take effective action against the blight of poverty. None of the unionists offer more than managed decline and some trickle down from jobs in London.
We need to talk about protecting our national health service and free education. We need to talk about serious action on inequality and poverty. We need to talk about using the bounty from North Sea oil to fund a renewables revolution that can deliver jobs and clean energy. We need to talk about a Scotland free of obscene weapons of mass destruction and free of their immoral cost.
We need to set out a vision of a modern Scotland free of the corrupt and delusional London establishment, where the written constitution will serve the people not the Lords, and where all of us will have rights. We need to share the wonder of a multi-cultural grassroots movement for Yes and the empowerment that promises for our future.
We have won the chance to decide our future. We have won the argument against those who said we would not be allowed. Now it is time for vision. Another Scotland is possible.