Working for a better future

Referendum, September 18th 2014.
Referendum, September 18th 2014.

The polling stations are open, and today is the day we finally get to cast our vote on whether we think Scotland will be Better Together, remaining as part of the UK, or whether we believe it is time to say Yes to Scotland becoming independent.

Some 95,533 Borderers are registered to vote, with 2,181 new sign-ups between August 11 and September 9, and 2,539 voters under 18.

There has been a phenomenal response to the campaign, with thousands of people, many for the first time – and not just the 16-17-year-olds – engaging with politics.

There has been a lot of discussion, plenty of debate – much of it heated and passionate on both sides. And there is no doubt, we will all be feeling the weight of this momentous decision.

But regardless of where you place your cross on the ballot paper today, it is important 
to remember that we still have to live and work together 
tomorrow.

Whatever the outcome, there will be many people – our family, our friends, our neighbours and work colleagues included – who will be delighted and relieved, but there will be others who will be disappointed, heartbroken or scared for the future because the vote did not reflect what they sincerely believed was best for Scotland and those who live here. It is important to remember that.

But we will have had our democratic say and we need to move forward. We need to hold our politicians to their promises.

So, regardless of the final vote, let’s not sit back and think we’ve done our bit, but use the passion, concern and drive for a better future that this referendum has brought out in us, and continue to push for a fairer and more just society for us all, regardless of who is in power.