Bellshill voters make their decision

Referendum voters entering Bellshill Cultural Centre
Referendum voters entering Bellshill Cultural Centre

The voters were out in force at Bellshill Cultural Centre as they played their part in deciding Scotland’s future.

The Times & Speaker caught up with some of them to ask how they had been voting.

Historian Patrick Parsons was delighted to have the opportunity to make history and not just write about it.

He said: “If we stay in the Union we get a Tory government next year and the Union itself is anti-Catholic and I think ‘why not’?

“The Union of 1707 wasn’t inevitable, there were as many risks then as there are now so.

“Europe is going back to the way it was before the 19th Century - Catalonia, Venice, Bavaria, Flanders and Brittany are all going to break away.

“I think it will be good for England too as it lacks democracy, the north of England invariably votes against the Tories, they are disenfranchised and I think this will have a domino effect across the UK.

“I certainly hope the YES vote proves to be the winner tomorrow, but if not then this isn’t going away, the UK will never be the same again.

“It doesn’t matter which way it does history has been made and as a historian that’s what I like to see.”

First time voter Daniel Gallagher also supports the YES movement.

He said: “This is my first election, it’s such a historic one so that makes it that bit more special so I’m excited to be involved.

“I support independence so we have the opportunity to elect a Government in Scotland and have complete say over own affairs.

“I may be very close, but I do think tomorrow morning that when the results have been announced that Scotland will have voted YES.”

There were also plenty of people keen to keep the Union together.

Alistair Kilpatrick stayed up after being on night shift to cast his vote as soon as the polls opened at 7am.

He said: “I was very keen to make sure I made my vote, I wouldn’t have missed the entire day, but I wanted to get it done.

“I voted NO because of the unknown, once you commit yourself to independence there is no way back for us.

“Maybe in 5/10 years down the if it doesn’t pan out people will be staying ‘we were promised this or promised that’, but we’d be stuck with it for life.

“At a General Election you have the chance to change your circumstances, but there are no options with independence.

“There is nothing that could have been done to persuade me, the YES campaign just didn’t inspire me in any way.

“At my age of 61 I just don’t know where the money is going to come from for all the promises the SNP made unless they raise taxes and they will.

“I just hope on Friday morning we still find ourselves as a nation together.”

David Agnew doesn’t believe independence means actual independence.

He said: “I voted NO because I find the whole idea of independence quite spurious so long as people allow Brussels to call the shots.

“I don’t see what independence means if we remain part of Europe and there is absolutely nothing that could have changed my mind.”

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