ALEX Salmond will this week embark on what has been described as 'the biggest gamble of his political career ' as the campaign for a "Yes" vote in the independence referendum gets underway.
Opinion polls consistently show that most voters are unimpressed by his party's core policy on seperation. Mr Salmond will unveil the Yes Scotland campaign in Edinburgh in the hope of winning hearts and minds by 2014.
Mr Salmond was joined by politicians from other parties, including the Greens, who want Scotland to leave the UK. A message of support from actor Sir Sean Connery, a long-standing supporter of independence, was read out to the crowd. Alan Cumming, the Scottish film, television and stage actor, also attended.
Mr Salmond said:
After a round of applause the Scottish National Party leader continued:
The message from former James Bond star Sir Sean was read out by Martin Compston, who starred in the Ken Loach film Sweet Sixteen.
The secretary of State for Scotland Michael Moore MP ahs been speaking to ITV Border's reporter Jenny Longden, he says he still believes that UK is stronger together and weaker apart and admits the 'No' campaign has a huge battle ahead.