September 18th 2014; probably the most important day in Scotland’s history since the first Oor Wullie comic was published. I’ll be glad when it’s all done and dusted as this past week, things have been getting a bit nippy, although I fear no matter what the result, it’ll drag on and on and on.

I’ve seen people I know post stats, damned stats, outright lies, memes, scaremongery, whatabouttery, and just sheer gobbledegook – for both sides, it has to be said. Accusations of bias and ignorance are flying all over the place, and it’s just felt a little bit tetchy at times.

As for me, I’ve kept pretty quiet about it. I’ve always felt politics were a horrible thing to debate as there’s no clear cut right answer. Never has this been more true than the Indy vote. This may well be the only political blog I ever post.

I’ll admit I started off as a NO vote as I was of the “WE FEAR CHANGE” camp. Then I decided to grow up and do some research of my own. I got the doorstop that is “Scotland’s Future” and hit the independent websites, as well as the Better Together info sites.

Am I convinced that in the short term, independence is the best thing? Not entirely. However, I’m also sure that this vote isn’t JUST about the short term. It’s about my son, and his future. And the future of any kids he will have, which is hopefully a long, long, long, LONG time away.

Looking at the long term, I’m now a YES voter, and I make no apologies for that.

This is a chance to make a difference, to “rise now and be a nation again” and for me, it’s not about hating England or wanting to destroy the Union – it’s simply about me and how I feel about MY country. I feel we have to at least take this chance to better ourselves.

It’s most definitely not a vote in support of Alex Salmond, or for the SNP. It’s a vote for Scotland. A vote for the Scottish people. If you’re voting No, fear not, I don’t hate you, I don’t want to convert you… every person with a vote is entitled to their own opinion; I respect everyone’s right to decide for themselves.

I seem to be lucky in that even people I know that are voting No are being civil to each other. I know it’s not been that way everywhere, and I hope the whole country comes together after the results are announced, no matter how it goes.

The figures relating to how many people are registered to vote have been stunning. A huge turnout is exactly what’s needed on something this important and it seems it will be a record amount of voters.

The most important thing is however you’re voting – come this Thursday USE YOUR VOTE. We’re lucky enough to live in a country where this is right that we have. Not everywhere can say that. Let’s not waste it.

Be it Yes or No – do your duty and vote.

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