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I grew up in a Scotland wholly ruled from Westminster. Both my parents worked but sometimes we went to school with cardboard in our holed shoes. We had enough to eat because my mother worked in the director’s canteen of a shipyard –  smoked salmon and roast meat leftovers. We went to Glasgow at term time with a Provident cheque to buy our school uniforms and spent the rest of the year paying it off There were children in my class dressed entirely in army surplus with the sleeves and trousers rolled up. I now understand why many of the children were so much smaller than their classmates.

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In the coming Scottish election I will be voting for a party that has been around since 1934, founded by Cunningham Graham. It is a party that I hope will gain us Independence. It’s a party that has given us free prescriptions and scrapped university fees and many other things. I will not be voting for or against a personality. My only interest is in independence for the country I was born in 71 years ago. The country my Grandfather left for France in 1914 with promises of home rule ringing in his ears and returned minus a leg to a broken promise. The country my father came back to after 5 years in a prison camp in Poland to promises of a better Britain. The country that 99% of my extended family reluctantly left in the 50sand 60s for a better life in Canada.

A country that has been robbed of its resources and exported its talented people for generations. 

Help me be the last generation to be trapped in this toxic union.

Both votes for SNP.