23 - 03 - 2019 / Update
I WENT TO VOTE YES BUT HAD A CRISIS OF CONFIDENCE
I went to the polling booth intending to Vote Yes but had a sudden crisis of confidence because a Yes vote would have meant uncertainty around Scotland being able to remain in the EU.
Since the EU referendum in 2016 I have watched with increasing concern the way the Westminster government - and Parliament - have so badly mishandled Brexit.
Now I would vote for Independence.
I have great faith in the Scottish people stepping up to create a fair, tolerant and dynamic country, but would feel more secure if we could gain early admission to the EU.
I understand that the EU is not a perfect organisation but in such an uncertain world I think we need to belong to a wider set of countries who broadly share our ambitions for peace, financial prosperity and fairness.
In addition, I have lived overseas in Jordan, Hong Kong and Turkey and always felt proud to be Scottish and the Scots are highly respected as playing an important, historical role in the success of these countries, particularly Hong Kong and Jordan.
Sometimes even the Scots would say that all the best of us had to leave Scotland to do well
But I would hope that Scots of all persuasions would work together to create a Scotland which everyone would be proud of and would attract immigrants of all ages, religions and skill levels to our country.