We need an­swers to ba­sic ques­tions

Rutherglen Reformer - - You Decide - Bet­ter To­gether

With just over three weeks to go un­til the ref­er­en­dum on sep­a­ra­tion, peo­ple across Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang are call­ing for Alex Sal­mond to an­swer the most ba­sic ques­tions on his plan to break up our United King­dom.

The de­ci­sion to sep­a­rate is an ir­re­versible de­ci­sion and it’s im­por­tant that peo­ple go into the polling booths armed with the facts.

The lo­cal group of coun­cil­lors, par­lia­men­tar­i­ans, and com­mu­nity ac­tivists fight­ing hard to keep Scot­land an in­te­gral part of the UK have been out in force to keep pres­sure on Mr Sal­mond to be truth­ful with peo­ple about what will hap­pen in the event of sep­a­ra­tion.

The cur­rency is where Mr Sal­mond has been most eva­sive.

The SNP leader has re­peat­edly said a sep­a­rate Scot­land would use the pound, de­spite ev­ery­one who would be in­volved with the de­ci­sion say­ing it would not hap­pen. The Gover­nor of the Bank of Eng­land has made it clear that shared tax and spend po­lices are nec­es­sary for a suc­cess­ful cur­rency union.

The time has come for Mr Sal­mond to come clean and tell us what his plan B is. Alex Sal­mond has been cam­paign­ing for in­de­pen­dence his whole ca­reer, yet with just four weeks un­til polling day he still can’t, or won’t, tell us what cur­rency we would use if we left the UK.

In Scot­land we can have the best of both worlds within the UK. We can have what the ma­jor­ity of Scots want with­out tak­ing on all the risks. That means more pow­ers for Scot­land guar­an­teed, backed up by the strength, se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity of the UK. Only sep­a­ra­tion puts that at risk, which is why we should say No Thanks on 18 Septem­ber.

Lo­cal Coun­cil­lor, Labour’s Richard Tul­lett said: “We’ve had sound bite af­ter sound bite from peo­ple like Alex Sal­mond and Ni­cola Stur­geon with none of the de­tail and peo­ple are fed up with it.

“We need an­swers now to th­ese ba­sic ques­tions. Any eight-year-old in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang can tell you the flag, cap­i­tal and cur­rency of a coun­try. Why can’t Alex Sal­mond tell us what a sep­a­rate Scot­land’s cur­rency would be?

“The peo­ple of this area de­serve a straight­for­ward an­swer to a ba­sic ques­tion. We de­serve to know what Plan B is, and we need to know now. In a two year campaign the First Min­is­ter should have by now hon­estly an­swered the most ba­sic ques­tions and ex­plained for ex­am­ple how long it would take us to get back into the EU or how in­de­pen­dence would im­pact on shop­ping bills, en­ergy prices and mort­gage and credit card pay­ments. This is too much of a risk to take and its clear to me that we are bet­ter stay­ing strong within the United King­dom.” Ruther­glen South Coun­cil­lor LibDem Robert Brown added: “I am re­ally dis­ap­pointed with Alex Sal­mond’s dither­ing on the cur­rency.

“This is not an aca­demic ques­tion. It af­fects the cost of peo­ple’s mort­gages in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang, the value of pensions, as well as jobs,

I am re­ally dis­ap­pointed with Alex Sal­mond’s dither­ing on the cur­rency

wages and house­hold bills. It is in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant.

“The cur­rency we use is ab­so­lutely vi­tal but Mr Sal­mond can only of­fer sug­ges­tions as if it was a school de­bate.

“The pro­posal to sep­a­rate Scot­land off from the rest of the UK comes from the SNP and the Yes campaign - it is quite ex­tra­or­di­nary that peo­ple are having to vote in the ref­er­en­dum with­out having a clear idea from the Na­tion­al­ists about such a ba­sic thing. No­body would buy even a sec­ond hand vac­uum cleaner - far less set up an sep­a­rate coun­try - on such a flawed prospec­tus.”

Ques­tion­sBet­ter To­gether cam­paign­ers in Ruther­glen say there are still too many unan­swered ques­tions

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