Read­ers have their say on monar­chy de­bate

MEP calls for yet an­other ref­er­en­dum

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Mur­ray Spooner

Last week MEP Alyn Smith sug­gested a ref­er­en­dum should be held on ditch­ing the Queen if Scot­land ever be­came in­de­pen­dent.

As one of the con­tenders for the SNP deputy lead­er­ship, Mr Smith wants to see a “proper de­bate” on the is­sue but stopped short of say­ing if he sup­ported keep­ing the monar­chy.

He made the call dur­ing a live web chat on so­cial net­work­ing site Red­dit which stirred up a de­bate on­line.

And as the sug­ges­tion cre­ated some con­tro­versy around the coun­try, the Re­former de­cided to ask the peo­ple of Ruther­glen what they thought about the pro­posal.

John Bir­rell of Burnside was in agree­ment with the MEP.

He said: “I think we should get rid of them if we go in­de­pen­dent. Why should we keep them?”

Al­though John Gal­lagher of Cam­bus­lang was pro-in­de­pen­dence, he told the pa­per he wouldn’t mind keep­ing the monar­chy.

He said: “I am for in­de­pen­dence but I have no ob­jec­tions to the monarch. Per­son­ally I think they should carry on. I would say I am quite happy with them.”

Ann Ding­wall from Ruther­glen said it was all a mat­ter of tim­ing.

She added: In time I think we should but in the short term no.”

How­ever, her hus­band Iain said: “I do think they should go. It’s a bit dated isn’t it? “

I am for in­de­pen­dence but I have no ob­jec­tions to the monarch John Gal­lagher

Get rid John Bir­rell

Tim­ing Ann Ding­wall

Don’t mind John Gal­lagher

Dated Iain Ding­wall

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