No greater legacy to pass on than to live in a fairer and more car­ing na­tion

Rutherglen Reformer - - You Decide -

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

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