Dear undecided voter
I began this referendum campaign as a natural no voter. But in the last few months I’ve decided to vote Yes to independence. Let me explain why.
We have done a great job in Scotland on health and education, making the choices that are right for us in our own country, in our own communities.. But think how much more we could do with those choices in all aspects of our life. I’m ashamed to live in what could be a wealthy country and see our most vulnerable pay for the mistakes of the most powerful. To see food banks be an absolute necessity for far too many. To see ill health result in poverty for those who have run out of options. I want to live in a country that reaches out to others, not in one that turns its back.Those aren’t the values I grew up with and they won’t be yours either, I’m sure.
We have had our spirit damaged as a nation by the loss of our industrial base and our subsequent slide into being a country of poor health and self confidence. All my working life as a nurse, then in charities I have supported people to believe in themselves, to find their own strength to make the changes they need to for their health and wellbeing. To recognise too that they have choices, that they are able to take them and that decisions will be life changing at any stage in life.
Like many of you, I have much of my family in England. This decision is not about leaving them behind, it’s about being on an equal footing as confident friends and partners. I have a daughter in Ireland, a step daughter and granddaughters in England and a son in Scotland and I’m proud of that interconnection. Independence will not harm that in any way.
Someone asked me the other week, what the game changer will be in this last few weeks to make this crucial decision. It’s about the confidence to know we can do it in my opinion. I know we can. We can build a better, more confident country where we all can thrive, not just the lucky few. Where we can be proud of our achievements, our nation’s health, our creative talents, our entrepreneurial spirit all of which we have excelled in, in the past. I know we can do it, I feel we will and it starts with that tick in the YES box. I will be proud to vote yes, I hope you will too.
Audrey is a former nurse and was until last year, Director of Breakthrough Breast Cancer charity in Scotland