Within a matter of days Scotland’s fight for independence will be over.
All votes will be cast and the decision will be announced.
I am a 16 year old Scottish girl and so I have the opportunity to vote.
However, I won’t.
I am aware that not all of you will be happy with my choice but I do have my reasons and I’d love for you to read them.
I have been given only a handful of talks on the issue which contained both pros and cons of voting yes. I have no experience of paying taxes or living independently in Scotland and so I feel I don’t have enough experience to have a say in this particular matter.
On the other hand, I understand I have been given the opportunity to affect this decision because it will be my generation living with it. There are also many people my age that have been thoroughly educated on the subject and deserve to vote.
I am just not one of them.
In my personal opinion, I feel that I have been given the vote because the government thinks I will be persuaded easily into a yes from those who were around during the Margaret Thatcher period. In my class at school all of the people my age who decided to vote yes justified their decision with ‘its what my parents told me to do’, ‘its something new I guess’ and ‘I don’t like England’ which are not valid enough in my opinion.
As little of you may know, I have a 17 year old fiancé. He also feels that he doesn’t know enough to vote. He has explained this to his parents each time they have shoved the register form in his face and refused to sign it. Until the other day. He filled it out when I wasn’t there to ‘get them off his back’. I’m worried in case they eventually persuade him to vote yes, not because I oppose that decision, but because it’s not what he wants!
I still refuse to vote.
By not voting, I hope to show I don’t feel educated enough on the subject and giving the vote to people my age wasn’t a good decision.
I just hope that whatever decision is made, that it turns out for the best.
As I said; if many of you oppose my decision then fair enough because everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I just hope you understand my point of view.