Tomorrow sees the launch of the Yes for Scotland campaign, the cross party grouping urging a yes vote in the 2014 referendum, to enable Scotland to take its place as any other modern country does in speaking for itself and determining its own way of dealing with its neighbours.
As a social conservative, but never a fervent unionist, and always a firm supporter of power devolved to those affected by its use, I have listened carefully to the arguments. Whilst the economic case is always subjective, what cannot be denied is the emotional attraction of belonging to a nation with a common cause and purpose, where all have something to be proud of and all can feel able to make a contribution.
However the most compelling reason for me in voting yes, will be the possibility of dispensing with the slimy deceit that is being shown by our current UK government as it seeks to appease all sections of society, but in fact benefits only the rich and abandons so many people to a life of unemployment, poverty and fear.
The greatest betrayal is to crush aspiration. It is my belief that the purpose of government is to provide a platform and framework to enable people to reach their potential. A side mission must be to sweep aside any hindrances to advancement and to replace ancient and entrenched privileges with a genuine open portal to enable everyone to achieve their dream.
If by voting yes we can move a little way towards letting people realise their own destinies, then all of our land, and all of our country will ultimately benefit.