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?”.


A General Rambling About Religion

by Morag Robertson

I have no idea if I belong to a religion, if I believe in any sort of God, or even have any faith. I was brought up in the church, as a lot of people were, but that does not mean I automatically have the same faith as my parents already entwined deep within me. Continue reading

Freedom To Choose Religion

by Christopher Martin

Personally, I am an atheist who has no belief whatsoever in any type of religion or the existence of any sort of god. I have never had any faith in a religion despite hearing the beliefs of many from different faiths; e.g. Christians, Jews, Muslims, etc. Despite my belief that no god exists I still respect the beliefs of others, if they’re happier believing in their various faiths then that’s fine by me.

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