Scottish independence: Your verdict on Facebook

Many people  in Edinburgh are still undecided. Picture: Esme Allen
Many people in Edinburgh are still undecided. Picture: Esme Allen
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Have your say

It’s the biggest decision of our lifetime and tomorrow the future of Scotland is in your hands. We asked our readers on Facebook to tell us how they are planning to vote and why in 100 words or less. Here’s a selection of what they said . . .

Chris Spence: “No, definitely not. I’d rather financial stability to uncertainty. The Yes campaign also put me off implying that no voters are less patriotic with its ‘Team Scotland’ versus ‘Team Westmin’. Also, rather than addressing people’s legitimate concerns Salmond shouts “scaremongering” at the top of his lungs. Not impressed.”

Colin Whitson: “Yes . . the chance to be rid of the Oxbridge millionaires and the unelected House of Lords, the chance of a fairer society, better conditions for our disabled and low paid, the chance to help get our poverty stricken a better standard of living and to control our own destiny are paramount . . or through fear of change do we continue with politicians who have brought “great” Britain to the brink of financial collapse while hoarding and adding to their personal wealth to the detriment of the standard of living for millions? Can only be a YES from me. There are no positives to continue with the union when we can start afresh with a new constitution that places regulations in place that benefit the people of Scotland not the pockets of politicians!”

Jimmy Adamson: “I am going to vote yes for a fairer democracy. I am fed up with things being run from Westminster to be honest I would not trust Cameron and the other lot to run a bath never mind the country. I also would not trust Gordon Brown who with Mr Darling both nearly bankrupt the country. We have a future with Scotland’s oil and the Scotch whisky exports. We can do it, vote Scotland, vote yes.”

Kimberley Richardson, Gorgie: “Yes for my family and the future. Westminster has not been fair with Scotland. The ‘new powers’ will either not happen or not matter as they will still have control. We have the resources to make a better future, it will take time and it may be a bit bumpy to begin with but we will make it. Every time I have voted it really feels for nothing. My vote doesn’t count, Scotland’s votes don’t count, everything whether good or bad is Westminster’s choice. It’s time to give Scotland her power back to the people. We know what’s best for this country. Plus the NHS . . . 
now nothing at all has been on the news. I vote for NHS and for Scotland.”

Diane Hogg: “No no no. I know I am not voting for Alex Salmond or SNP so that argument is lost on me and annoys me so much. I’m voting no because there for me are no clear plans. It’s all very much a vote yes and let’s wait and see. My future is too important to just wait and see!”

Catriona Rose Macaulay, 18, Penicuik: “Coming from poverty to having been to college for two years and to have my life begin I can see the changes that need to be made in Scotland. I know the horror of not having enough money for electricity, food and clothes. I don’t want any other child to grow up with that as their future. I want Scotland to have the chance to change what’s happening. Get people back to work, keeping our vital NHS, making sure that children aren’t born into poverty. We may be small but will stand tall in a world of money guzzling giants. Scotland will make a new path which is nuclear free, money making and an equal society that other countries around the world can follow. On Thursday, I will be voting yes. Not because I hate England but because I can see that we are different countries that need different governing. We will forever be friends with the rest of the UK. Saor alba!”

Laura Carruthers, Livingston: “I honestly still am not sure. I have a 12-week-old daughter and I’m apprehensive about her future. I work full time but on quite a low income, I receive tax credits on which I rely heavily. There are many things in the white paper that I agree with, I just am not sure all these promises could be met. What I don’t believe is that there will be some kind of meltdown after a vote for independence, but I worry there could be a steady decline. I’ve tried to inform myself as best as I can and when I vote on Thursday, all of this information will be foremost in my mind.”

Elaine Robertson, Leith: “I’m voting yes because it’s time we stood up and got what was ours. This way we’ll be able to look after our elderly, poor and disabled with the dignity they deserve. It will no longer be the rich get richer while the poorer just get poorer. Let’s cut the need for food banks. I’m not expecting it all to be rosey, I know I’m aiming for the sky but I have a child. Let’s let them make the future that’s better for us than better together.”

Senga Airlie, Granton: “I am a yes voter, in the begin-ning I wasn’t sure, but after the fiasco over the pound, and all the other lies told to us by Westminster, I looked into things, listened more intently to experts, and now realise England ie Westminster needs Scotland and not the other way round. I am in no doubt now that we should be voting YES, and watch Scotland flourish and be in control of our own finances, building a more fairer future for the people of Scotland. And build a greater Scotland for our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. We can run our own country.”

Thomas Mitchell, The Inch: “I am voting yes as I believe there is no alternative. The mainstream parties have let us all down. I have been voting for 40 years now and West-minster parties are only concerned with power and toadying up to the big banking and other financial institutions, their only concern is profit over people. I look forward to independence and the opportunity denied people by those in power in Westminster.”

Callum Hogg: “I’m voting yes because it allows my fellow countrymen to become great once again. We once were leaders in banking, medicine and engineering and we can be again with a change of attitude and uniting our resource, intelligence and aptitude for the common good.”

Carys Colquhoun, Gorgie: “I am voting YES! If we are Better Together why aren’t we better together already? I am voting to save the NHS and my future children/grandchildren’s education. The fact that Cameron, Miliband and Clegg haven’t been on a campaign visit to Scotland until last week is showing their desperation and worry about losing us. Quite frankly, it was embarrassing. We are a fantastic country, with amazing people and we deserve this opportunity. If you feel voting No and keeping it this way is the best we can do then by all means vote No but I truly believe Scotland can take much better care of itself when it is run by the people of Scotland. We can do this! Vote yes!”

Gill Lyon: “I think it has got to be a NO vote. This hasn’t been thought through and if you ask the majority of yes voters the only excuse for voting yes is they hate the Tories! They can’t tell you what is going to happen as Salmond hasn’t been clear regarding what is going to happen. It’s truly a life changing decision and not one to be taken lightly for sure, and once its done if it’s a yes vote there is absolutely no turning back. All prices will be hiked up in Scotland from the supermarkets to your basics such as landline mobile phone, as this is actually subsidised by Westminister, as is child tax, working tax credits, DSS benefits and OAP pensions not to mention NHS is heavily subsidised by Westminister. I just cannot see how Scotland could afford to pay all the benefits and keep NHS. I can’t see how they could create new jobs either, especially when they aren’t getting the backing of the high street stores or banks.”

Irene Sneddon, Bonnyrigg: “I’m voting YES as it’s Scotland’s one and only chance to stand up for itself and be in control of decisions and where and when our money is used. I’ve lived in UK all my life and only see our country go from bad to worse decade after decade.”

Michael Galbraith: “NO! Due to currency devaluation, whoever prints our money still runs the show, and Scotland will be easy pickings when the European Union comes knocking at the door and all the oil and gas will count for nothing, Scotland will need that, to ask the central bank to print its currency what ever that may be.”

Stephen Nibloe: “I am from Edinburgh but not allowed to vote due too living In Portsmouth. I see a lot of people saying yes because of free healthcare, education, oil etc. Should a yes vote occur surely this would be no more as there wouldn’t be the extra 60 million people paying extra taxes for all of this. As for the oil from what I believe, Scotland handed their rights to it over to Westminster which means Scotland actually has no oil. A lot of people are voting yes because they watch Braveheart or following what everyone else says. I can’t vote but if I could #VoteNo”

Maria Gasparini, Leith: “When I mark my ballot paper, I will mark YES. It angers me that Scotland is part of a United Kingdom that turns its back on the poor and vulnerable of our communities, chasing power and wealth at the expense of others. I believe that Westminster does not care about the people of Scotland, only about her oil and export revenues. We need a government who will listen to our needs and act in our interests. We need to stand on our own two feet and look after each other. We need to vote YES to make a difference.”

Jo Jo: “My heart says yes but my head says NO and I am gonna follow my head as my heart is usually wrong! Salmond and the yes campaign did not convince me about the currency . . it looks like we are going to have a low value Scottish pound. What about the Scottish defence? They are talking about £2 billion for our protection? Unity makes strength.”

Emma Cowan, Corstorphine: “I am voting YES for my daughters. I can’t wait to tell them that in 2014 we had a chance and I was part of the opportunity for change. That I didn’t let myself get bullied by the establishment that I stood strong. I choose self determination and confidence. Now I think of it these are some of the qualities I hope my children have as they grow strength, confidence, ability to make decisions, problem solve and be optimistic. I want them to grow up in a country that has similar beliefs and an independent Scotland offers this.”