We are less than a week from the referendum – and I am more confident than ever that the people of Scotland are going to say Yes.
With less than a week to go to polling day, the sheer energy and enthusiasm of the Yes campaign has already changed Scotland for the better.
The dramatic swings to Yes in recent weeks are not down to me, the SNP or even the wider official campaign.
They are a result of people power. Communities are realising the power of making their voices heard.
What a contrast to the miserable scaremongering of the No campaign – which, we are told, even saw supermarket bosses summoned to Downing Street yesterday so David Cameron could pressure them into saying prices would rise in an independent Scotland.
Despite Westminster’s efforts, we’ve seen a flourishing of national self-confidence.
It’s this revival in Scottish confidence that tells me we’ll make a great success of an independent Scotland.
After all, the case for Yes is based on the firm belief that the best people to take decisions about Scotland are the people who live and work here.No one else will do a better job and no one else cares as much about our country.
So we need to take this sense of empowerment forward and ensure we make the most of all the talents of everyone who lives in Scotland.
Surely it’s time to say goodbye to the days when decisions about our lives were made by remote Westminster governments – often, like now, Tory-led governments that we didn’t even elect.
When the Tory PM jetted up to Scotland for a day-trip on Wednesday he said he would be heartbroken if we voted Yes.
Westminster politicians talk about “losing Scotland” as if we were some sort of possession.
But it isn’t Mr Cameron’s heartbreak at losing his right to govern Scotland I’m bothered about. It’s the heartbreak of the parents having to bring their children up in poverty because of the Tory Party’s policies that should concern us.
With a Yes vote, we’ll always get the governments we vote for.That means we can stop paying towards the £100billion cost of a new generation of nuclear weapons on the Clyde and invest in childcare instead.We can protect our National Health Service from the impact of Tory privatisation.
The No campaign is a joint Labour-Tory venture.
South of the border, Labour are rightly warning about the Conservatives’ privatisation of the NHS.
They say there’s an increase in charging for care and they say another few years of Tory rule will destroy the values of a publicly run and owned health service.
And Labour MPs in Scotland, unions and others are warning about the knock-on effect of Westminster health cuts on the budget for health here.So despite what Labour leaders are saying during this campaign, the Labour Party itself has made it crystal-clear that the Tory threat is real.
With a Yes vote, we have control of our budget. That means it won’t be George Osborne making the decisions about funding for our public services. We can protect ourselves from the fall-out from Tory privatisation by taking control of our finances.
Although there’s clearly disagreement between the Yes and No campaigns, there’s actually a big area where we agree.
Everyone now accepts that we are one of the world’s richest countries. Business paper the Financial Times says we'd be among the 20 wealthiest countries per head in the world – ahead of the UK.
So the great issue is not whether Scotland is wealthy enough to be independent. It’s why so many people in Scotland don’t feel the benefit of that wealth.The result of decades of Westminster decisions is that the gap between rich and poor is among the highest in the developed world.
No one on the Yes side says independence is a magic wand. It isn’t. Of course there will be challenges to face and we won’t succeed overnight.
But we’ll be equipped with the powers, if we use them well, to build a better country.
This day 17 years ago, Scotland was waking up to a new era – we’d had the confidence, despite the warnings and scares, to vote Yes to the Scottish Parliament.
Now, 17 years on, often because parties have worked together, Scotland is a better place. It’s accepted that in education, in health and in housing, it’s better for decisions to be made in Scotland.
Surely if we’ve collectively shown we’re the best people to take decisions in these important areas of life, then we’re the best people to take decisions about our economic policy, taxes and social security system.
In an independent Scotland we’ll have full control of job-creating powers. That means any future government – whether SNP or Labour – will be able to tailor economic policy for our needs.
For Westminster, London and the south-east of England will always be the economic powerhouse so it’s inevitable they’ll direct jobs and investment there.
But with a Yes vote, for the first time ever we’ll have control of an economic policy with full powers so we can put job-creation in Scotland first.
Almost everyone in Scotland will know of friends or family who have had to leave to get a job or to further their career.
In fact, nearly 40,000 people aged 16-34 leave Scotland every year.
By having job-creating powers – such as offering companies incentives to invest here – we can create more and better local jobs and help keep families together.
More and more people in this campaign are finding out about Scotland’s wealth and are waking up to the opportunities we’ll have with a Yes vote to use economic powers to make the most of that wealth.
That’s one of the main reasons people are switching from a No vote to a Yes vote.
But recognising the danger to them of this great upsurge in Scottish self-confidence, the response of the Westminster elite has been clear: they’ve decided to put Scotland back in its place.
The scare stories have been ratcheted up. Such is their desperation at the rise in Yes support, the UK Government have broken strict rules by leaking financially sensitive information about RBS in an attempt to frighten Scottish voters.
Yesterday was the No campaign’s Mons Meg moment – their attempt to fire their biggest cannon.
Instead it just blew up in their faces.
But the Yes campaign had a Canon of our own – Canon Kenyon Wright, one of the founding fathers of our Scottish Parliament.
And yesterday – on the 17th anniversary of the referendum which delivered a resounding Yes vote, Kenyon put it better than anyone.
He said: “I know the powerful will say no – I believe the people will say Yes.”