No greater legacy to pass on than to live in a fairer and more caring nation
Barbara Howie is a mum of two from Halfway. She is not a member of any political party and this is her first involvement in any campaign.
“I am voting Yes as I want my children to grow up in an independent, more confident and fairer country than the one I have known.
Being born in the year in which Margaret Thatcher became our prime minister I grew up among the misery in which she inflicted on so many people.
I don’t want them to know those levels of unemployment or have to pay tuition fees or to know such huge disparities in wealth. I don’t want my children to be ridiculed or patronised because of where they live. I want my children to be proud and productive Scottish citizens sure of where they have come from and able to have a say on issues affecting them. I want them to maybe be proud one day of what their parents and grandparents did. I am proud that the first word my four-year-old can read is Yes.
Who knows when we will get this chance again? We have to grab this opportunity for our kids sake.
One of the most touching moments I have encountered in the campaign was when I was out leafleting with myy four- year-y old son ( in Castle chimmins area). I handed the ‘ Your Choice’ leaflet to an elderly gentleman in his garden and as I returned down the same street he approached and gave my son £1 for helping his mum.
He said the reason he was going to vote Yes was for the children like him and the young generation as it was too late for him at his age. I do not actually share his view that it is ‘too late’ to vote YES no matter what age you are.
“I can think of no greater legacy to pass on to future generations than the opportunity to live in a more caring and fairer nation.”
Family affairBarbara Howie is voting Yes for her four-year-old son Douglas