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The nation of Scotland could see dramatic adaptions this year, with the referendum  on Scottish independence taking place in the month of September, shortly after the conclusion of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

For years now, Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond and his Scottish National Party have campaigned for the right to know the country’s viewpoints on the matter – and in the next eight months, the outcome will become a huge lot clearer.

There have been countless debates as to how low the minimum voting age should be, with the majority of people suggesting that it should be the same as current Holyrood and Westminster elections. However, on Thursday the 18th, Scottish residents as young as 16 will go to the poles to vote on whether our country should remain part of the United Kingdom or become independent.

Many advocates of the ‘yes’ campaign are quick to argue that currently, many of the powers to make decisions in Scotland are controlled at Westminster. By selecting independence, as a nation we would be able to make all decisions at Holyrood. It could therefore be argued that Scotland would become154151341-598x400 a more stable and secure nation and even a force to be reckoned with.

On the other hand, numerous people are of the opinion that by becoming independent, Scotland could lose global presence and influence it presently obtains as a United Kingdom. Furthermore, Scotland does not have military strength – so the decision to depart with the rest of Britain could lead to many attacks which the country would not be prepared to deal with.

With all the facts and statistics I have been embedded with, I find myself asking the question that a high number of people share – “Why fix something which is not broken?”.

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Scottish Independence Rambling – Adam Sturrock

2014 is a huge year for scotland: hosting both the Commonwealth games and the Ryder Cup. But most importantly, Scotland gets to decide where they stand in their Union with Britain.

What has become a staple of politics is the constant faeces flinging to belittle the opposing side but not showing an actual attempt to answer questions. A flailing attempt to win over floating voters is only met with confusion by the public.

Solidarity at last

Both sides still have questions to be answered. We could for example, call into question the validity of rejoining the EU as an independent country; would Spain vote for us in fear of starting off a Catalonian campaign? Why are we trusting our money with the bank of England?

To the other side; Why aren’t the government down south getting involved? Will you offer more powers to Hollyrood if No is the majority?

To both sides, how are we to deal with the pension problem?

To be quite honest, neither side have offered anything to be proud of. One offers blind patriotism and the other, fear mongering. Guess which one is which?