Continuing Commitment to Respectful Dialogue

This is an unprecedented time in Scotland’s history. Whatever the outcome, the referendum on independence will have profound implications for our futures.

We, as signatories to this Commitment, believe that it is a privilege to be able to engage in discussions about our future. How we engage with each other in Scotland, and with those outside Scotland, may be just as important as the outcome. We believe that it is in the interests of a flourishing Scotland that all discussions, before and after the referendum, continue to be conducted with civility and dignity. Therefore, we undertake to do our best and encourage others, including those involved in campaigning and negotiating, to do their best, to:

  • Show respect and courtesy towards all those who are engaged in these discussions, whatever views they hold;
  • Acknowledge that there are many differing, deeply held and valid points of view;
  • Use language carefully and avoid personal or other remarks which might cause unnecessary offence;
  • Listen carefully to all points of view and seek fully to understand what concerns and motivates those with differing views from our own;
  • Ask questions for clarification and when we may not understand what others are saying or proposing;
  • Express our own views clearly and honestly with transparency about our motives and our interests;
  • Respond to questions asked of us with clarity and openness and, whenever we can, with credible information;  
  • Look for common ground and shared interests at all times.


If you would like to sign the Commitment, please let us know.


4 thoughts on “Commitment

    Duncan R Glassey said:
    April 2, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Thank you for your vision and courage. Your leadership is greatly needed and welcomed.

    Martin Johnstone said:
    April 11, 2014 at 6:04 am

    I want to be inspired to take part in this momentous decision – not bullied. We need a debate that enables us all to believe in a better Scotland whatever the result on the 18th September. That will be as much about the tone as the content. We all have an obligation here, in every single one of our conversations about the referendum, for we can all help to bring about that of attitude. I’m committed to trying to do my tiny bit.

    AC said:
    May 6, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Essential to think about the future beyond the referendum itself. AC

    Emma Anderson said:
    September 14, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    What a great idea!

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