You have your say on the referendum debate
It seems many people in Rutherglen and Cambuslang still don’t feel they have the answers they need to make an informed decision in the independence referendum.
Last week on our Facebook page, we asked readers what are the issues that are important to them, and what would you like to hear from each side of the campaign as we reach the final stretch.
Alex Black said: “Currency. Pensions. Tax.”
William Wilson also suggested: “Schools. NHS. EU. Army. Truth about oil. Truth about whisky. Border control. Passport - tip of the iceberg stuff.”
Margaret Brown said: “Currency. Pensions. Passports Benefits. Defence. Mortgages. We cannot go it alone. Why break up the UK, would you break up a whole family? We need Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales to stay as one.”
But Michelle Farmer said:“I’m happy with the information I’ve received to date. I attended the cabinet visit at Fernhill Community Centre and listens to the first ministers questions on- line. Pensions are guaranteed! Childcare is guaranteed from one-years-old to allow more mothers to get into the workforce which is a barrier at present and this will boost the economy and be better for families. We will keep the pound as it is in the best interest for Scotland and our neighbouring countries. But most important of all, Scotland will be in control of its own country and the people of Scotland will have more control in how our country is run. Let’s do it ! Vote for Scotland to be Independent. We will move forward and be able to see to our own needs!”
Sharon Maguire also said:“I don’t understand how people are still saying they don’t have answers to these questions, they have been answered time and time again. If you still feel uniformed then perhaps instead of blaming other people for a lack of information, you could be more proactive yourself and find out the answers because there’s certainly been no shortage of opportunity for people to engage. You can email, you can write, you could attend a meeting, you could listen to a debate. The answers are there. http://www.scotland.gov.uk/ Publications/2013/11/9348”
Lizanne Dixon said:“I didn’t vote Tory or Lib Dem in the last election. There are 5.3 million people in Scotland and 53 million in England? We’re not exactly draining the finances yet we are not getting our monies worth. Our wee small country injects alot of cash into the UK. Whisky alone is 75 per cent tax! Is there an English whisky? I think not! Why better together? Because it’s in their best interest we stay together. That’s just one example don’t even get me started on the currency! It’s a YES from me. Oh, all the people on here that are saying NO - how many of you voted the Tories and Lib Dems in?”
Zasha Anne Docherty added: “Glad I don’t vote.”
Gary Painter suggested: “Surely there’s a lot of uncertainty with no too? Which party/parties will be in power after 2015? Will there be a referendum on Europe and will we be in or out of it by the 2020 election? Are we about to get dragged into yet another costly, damaging war in the Middle East? Politics and economics are not necessarily things that have definitive answers, so we make educated guesses based on what’s laid out in front of us. Whether we choose to acknowledge some of that is another matter...”
And Colin Bonner said:“The media seem to be dictation what is been spoke about and it’s generally the pound. What about people ready working in public sectors, state of roads , other things which people will want to no like how much tax on booze and gags and petrol prices.”
Don’t miss our referendum coverage on pages 10 and 11.