THIS time next year, we will be making our way to the polling booths as Scotland votes on its biggest decision in 300 years.
Today marks the one-year countdown to the independence referendum and with less than 365 days to win our vote, you can be sure the Yes and No camps will not waste a minute.
If you think you have been bombarded so far, you haven’t seen anything yet. As polls suggest the “don’t knows” hold the key, the fight is well and truly on.
It is a prospect which will not be welcomed by some who may feel that it is a debate which has already gone on too long, that there has been a lot of noise and little light.
But it is hugely important.
The decision we take on September 18, 2014, will affect all our lives, the lives of our children and our children’s children. Whatever the result, it will be a key moment in our country’s history.
In Edinburgh, more so than the rest of Scotland, the impact will be felt the keenest. As the Capital and the seat of the Scottish Government we stand to gain or lose, prosper or suffer, the most depending which side of the debate you believe.
And that really is the key – who do you believe?
We are hoping the next year will help crystallise the arguments, to raise the level of debate to allow us all to make an informed choice when we step into the polling booth. In short, let’s have more detail and less dramatics.
This week, we have been trying to examine some of the issues which matter in Edinburgh to get behind the rhetoric and help set out what your vote will mean. You can expect much more over the course of the year and we make no apologies for that.
There has never been a more important time to exercise your democratic right. So get involved, listen to the arguments and, whichever way you vote, get ready to make history.