SCOTLAND should show solidarity with Wales by voting Yes to independence, according to Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood.
An independent Scotland would be “a beacon of social justice” to counter the “spiteful right-wing rule” of the UK Government, the Welsh nationalist leader will say in a speech for the Radical Independence group in Glasgow today.
Ms Wood is expected to say: “Devolution has started to address the political imbalance of the UK, but without the economic levers that come with being independent, there will always be a limit to our ability to deliver just prosperity and social justice.
“We can point to Scotland already as an example in terms of the different way they have prioritised public health and free education.
“Scotland gives us in Wales and our progressive friends in England opportunities to point to demonstrable examples of an alternative to neo-liberalism and the politics of austerity.
“Just imagine what we could point to if Scotland emerges as an independent country.
“Having a new state on our doorstep approaching public services in a different, more progressive way compared to what will be left of the UK. Pursuing collaboration not competition.
“A Scottish state with control over its social protection policy. This ability to create a different social security regime - one that will refuse to penalise and punish the unemployed, the sick and the disabled.
“The greatest act of solidarity people in Scotland can show to us in Wales is to create in your nation a society that rejects the poison of spiteful right-wing rule and build instead a socially just country that will show the way for us all as a beacon in these islands.
“I call it solidarity through divergence.
“By building for yourselves a new future, an alternative future, that will provide us with the context and the opportunity to tangibly point to alternatives as we confront the forces of neo-liberalism in the UK.
“You are known throughout the world for your oil, your food and your whisky.
“But your greatest export to us after September will be social justice, Scotia style.
“Solidarity through divergence, isn’t introverted, inward-looking or selfish.
“Solidarity through divergence is internally selfless, within Scotland because its basis is standing by those in need.”