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    Predefinito Congresso SNP - verso l'indipendenza

    fonte BBC:

    SNP makes independence rally call

    By Andrew Black
    Political reporter, BBC Scotland news website

    United on independence call

    Scotland's deputy first minister has rallied the SNP by urging them to become the "independence generation".
    Nicola Sturgeon told the party's annual conference that it had a duty to deliver, after its election win in May.
    Ms Sturgeon, also Scottish health secretary, announced several reforms to the sector, including a cut in NHS waiting times.
    She also set out plans to scrap prescription charges and give greater protection to community health workers.
    The SNP deputy leader told delegates in Aviemore that the Nationalists' election win was a watershed moment, while acknowledging the party was the biggest in the Scottish Parliament by just one seat.
    'Opponents reeling'
    Scotland, she said, now had a government "worthy of the name", which would always speak up for the nation when it was being short-changed.
    Ms Sturgeon told delegates: "We have set a pace of delivery that has left our opponents reeling. Certainly in the case of Labour.
    "Our government has been credited with hitting the ground running after the election.
    "What we have in Labour is an opposition that hit the ground moaning and, believe me, they haven't stopped since."
    Ms Sturgeon said the party's goal would always be independence, claiming the experience of an SNP government had already "given the lie to the claims of doom and despair" from political opponents.
    Now, as never before, we can help lead our country to independence

    Nicola Sturgeon

    "An SNP government not only works, but is seen to be working fantastically well," she said.
    "Over the next four years, as we continue to deliver on our pledges, that experience and those achievements will be the building blocks of independence."
    But she delivered a warning that the party had to continue to win and keep the trust of Scots.
    Ms Sturgeon went on: "Now, as never before, we can help lead our country to independence.
    "For this generation of Nationalists, for our generation of Nationalists, there is a real duty to deliver.
    "Let us, all of us, make sure we live up to that duty. Let us make sure that we are the independence generation."
    'Down payment'
    Ms Sturgeon added that, to coincide with the 60th birthday of the NHS next year, ministers would take the first steps to abolish prescription charges within the lifetime of the current parliament - and called on Labour to support the plans.
    She added that by March 2009, the current waiting time target of 36 weeks would be cut to a maximum of 30 weeks, as the first "down payment" in the government's target of an 18-week waiting time guarantee by the end of 2011.
    Legislation protecting doctors, nurses and midwives when working in hospitals will also be extended to cover GPs, community nurses and midwives.
    Ministers plan to bring forward moves to amend the laws - which make it an offence to assault or obstruct people providing emergency care - before Christmas and aim to have them in force within several months.

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    sempre da BBC:

    Call over independence referendum

    Alex Salmond addressed delegates in Aviemore

    Salmond speech

    Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has urged his Unionist rivals to find a way to back an independence referendum.
    The SNP leader's comments came as he addressed the party's first conference since winning power in May.
    He also announced an end-to-end motorway upgrade between Edinburgh and Glasgow and plans to cut quangos.
    Mr Salmond told delegates at the Aviemore gathering that it was not acceptable that the M8 remained part motorway, part dual carriageway.
    It is understood that the current dualled section - Baillieston to Newhouse - will be upgraded to motorway and there will be associated upgrades at Raith.
    Mr Salmond, who was given a rousing welcome from the hundreds gathered to hear him, said he would not shirk from making his minority government the best it could be within a devolved UK.
    But the Nationalist politician said that every passing day as first minister made him more certain of the need of independence, as he announced that doing so would lift Scotland from 10th to 3rd in the European league of prosperity.
    We are not simply trying to build a proud nation, but rather build a nation of which we can be proud,

    Alex Salmond
    First Minister

    The SNP currently does not have enough parliamentary support to pass a bill on an independence referendum, planned for 2010, but a multi-option ballot would contain a question on more powers for the Scottish Parliament.
    Mr Salmond told delegates: "If the Unionist parties can agree a scheme, then let them come forward and have it tested against independence and be judged by the people.
    "If not, then do not let them try to prevent the people from having their say. Because it is the same people who will decide the next government of Scotland."
    He said the planned M8 upgrade was good news for business, adding: "In our view, that is not acceptable in 21st century Scotland and I can therefore tell conference there will finally be a complete, end-to-end motorway between our two great cities."
    Mr Salmond also announced his intention to cut, by a quarter, Scotland's quangos and government agencies from the current level of 199, in the drive for more efficiency.
    'Winning the argument'
    He spoke of "restrictions" placed on the administration from the UK Treasury in light of the spending review announcement, but vowed to make it work.
    "We are not simply trying to build a proud nation, but rather build a nation of which we can be proud," said Mr Salmond, before then outlining a list of announcements made by his ministers since coming to power.

    The first minister said the case for independence had to be taken to the Scottish people and the argument won on its merits.
    He said: "Winning the argument for independence and delivering good government for Scotland are two sides of the same coin.
    "The better we govern, the stronger the case."
    Mr Salmond went on: "The challenge to this government and to this party to embody the Scottish national interest - to stand up for Scotland and inspire a generation.
    "This party and this government intends to do precisely that."
    On his political rivals, the first minister said that while the Scottish Tories seemed anxious to come to terms with the "new politics" of minority government, he criticised Westminster Labour for the Scottish election fiasco.
    And he asked whether the real crisis within the Liberal Democrats was the departure of UK leader Menzies Campbell or the continuation of Scottish leader Nicol Stephen, Scotland's former deputy first minister, in the role.

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    We are not simply trying to build a proud nation, but rather build a nation of which we can be proud.

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    Grande frase, Eridano, quella pronunciata da Salmond....

    qui i video, sempre da BBC,

    Salmond addresses conference

    The independence question

    SNP opposes nuclear plans



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