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A Scottish Constitutional Convention for the 21st Century

We, gathered as the Scottish Constitutional Convention, do hereby acknowledge the sovereign right of the Scottish people to determine the form of Government best suited to their needs, and do hereby declare and pledge that in all our actions and deliberations their interests shall be paramount.

We further declare and pledge that our actions and deliberations shall be directed to the following ends:

To agree a scheme for a Constitution for Scotland;

To mobilise Scottish opinion and ensure the approval of the Scottish people for that scheme; and

To assert the right of the Scottish people to secure implementation of that scheme.

Whether you intend now to vote yes, no, to spoil the ballot with some well-considered suggestion as to the future happiness of all those involved, or don’t know.

Edinburgh Coffee House:

What kind of country do you want to live in? What would you change about the world around you? If you could start all over again, what would you create? Let socialists convince us with elaborate schemes of wealth redistribution. Let Greens set sky-high environmental targets. Let Liberals, Conservatives, monarchists and republicans paint beautiful pictures of the utopia they would create when given a blank canvas.

After a year or so of this, assemble the finest minds from politics, law, academia and the unions to draft a constitution. With this, the voters in 2014 will have something to endorse or reject, rather than simply the concept of independence.

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