You have your say on the ref­er­en­dum de­bate

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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.

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