Mythbuster: Yes Scotland & The SNP Are Not The Same Thing

The debate is being, and will continue to be, muddied and distorted by countless myths floating around about the economy, the case for independence, the nature of the Yes campaign and modern Scottish, UK and European politics in general. In this section we hope to be a very Scottish Scooby Doo, unmasking the ghouls and bogeymen of #IndyRef one myth at a time. If you want to contribute, we ask that you use the most reliable evidence, the least partisan sources and the simplest language you can to make your point.

Myth: “The Yes campaign and the SNP are the same thing.”

Fact: The Yes campaign and the SNP are different. The former is a cross-party and non-party campaign made up of pro-independence supporting political parties, organisations and individuals. The latter is a pro-independence political party.

The SNP are a pro-independence political party.Winning a majority in 2011 provided them with a mandate to hold a referendum on independence. They will produce a White Paper on independence this year, setting out the substance of independence.

Yes Scotland is the cross-party and non-party campaign for independence. They are connected to no political party, and make all decisions internally. Their advisory board, employees, activists and supporters come from a range of political and non-political backgrounds, including Yes ScotlandRadical IndependenceScottish Independence ConventionSNPScottish Green PartyScottish Socialist PartyLabour for IndependenceWomen for Independence – Independence for WomenYouth & Students for Independence, and National Collective – Artists and Creatives for Scottish Independence.

While the SNP is expected by the media to explain the practicalities of independence, Yes Scotland exists to support and organise pro-independence activists, and promote the arguments for an independent Scotland.

Photograph by Peter McNally