A mo­men­tous de­ci­sion

Rutherglen Reformer - - You Decide -

Cather­ine McKenna, from Ruther­glen, ex­plains why she is vot­ing “No” on Septem­ber 18:

“With less than four weeks to go, in my opin­ion as a mother and life­long Ru­glo­nian who is hugely proud to be Scot­tish, Alex Sal­mond and the Yes Campaign still haven’t an­swered the ma­jor ques­tions which have dom­i­nated the ref­er­en­dum de­bate and which are of huge con­cern to my­self and many other peo­ple.

I have been part of the Bet­ter To­gether team which has been pound­ing the streets, talk­ing to peo­ple on their doorstep and time and again the same ques­tions come up – but sadly no con­crete an­swers from the yes campaign.

For many it is be­ing asked to make a ‘leap of faith’ in mak­ing a mo­men­tous long term de­ci­sion which will change the face of Scot­land and from which there is no go­ing back.

In mak­ing that ‘leap of faith ‘, we are be­ing asked to trust a gov­ern­ment led by Alex Sal­mond who seven years ago made nu­mer­ous prom­ises in his man­i­festo which to­day re­main un­de­liv­ered be­cause he had no long-term co­he­sive plan on how to de­liver those prom­ises.

In­stead, in his own ar­ro­gant and bul­ly­ing style he sim­ply swept them un­der the car­pet and hoped we the peo­ple of Scot­land would for­get they had ever been made.

The big is­sues: A se­cure pen­sion Cur­rency? The sta­tus of Scot­land within Europe ? Jobs? At a time when we see small coun­tries strug­gling to sur­vive eco­nom­i­cally, where so many families are strug­gling there are no ac­tual sus­tain­able an­swers from the YES campaign.

In ed­u­ca­tion, re­mem­ber the prom­ise seven years ago to re­duce in­fant class sizes to 18?

Seven years on ? An­other for­got­ten prom­ise, un­de­liv­er­able be­cause there was no ac­tual co­he­sive strat­egy for do­ing so.

The NHS? The yes campaign tell us our health ser­vice will be se­ri­ously threat­ened by a no vote. The fact is that the NHS has been the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment since 1999. What has he done in that time? Given us free pre­scrip­tions even when the vast ma­jor­ity of peo­ple in need of es­sen­tial med­i­ca­tion al­ready qual­ify for ex­emp­tions. Ask­ing any­one I know who works in the NHS in Scot­land whether they think this gov­ern­ment is do­ing a good job to­day of run­ning the NHS? The an­swer a re­sound­ing no.

Af­ford­able childcare? An is­sue which has the ca­pac­ity to trans­form the qual­ity of life for so many young families who want to be self suf­fi­cient.

The Scot­tish par­lia­ment has all the pow­ers to­day to rad­i­cally ex­pand af­ford­able childcare but for its own po­lit­i­cal pur­pose chooses to claim that it can only be done af­ter in­de­pen­dence.

We have a proud his­tory. We also will have a proud future to­gether. I am look­ing for­ward to the fi­nal weeks of the campaign where those of us who are vot­ing no will have the chance to put our pos­i­tive vi­sion of Scot­land.”

No thanks Cather­ine McKenna

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