Lots Of Talk But Still No Answers

voltaireToday, the latest breakfast meeting of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle took place at the Western House Hotel in Ayr.

The guest speaker was Nosheena Mobarik OBE, owner of M Computer Technologies in Glasgow and former chair of the CBI in Scotland who put forward the case for the ‘Better Together’ campaign regarding Scottish independence.

Nosheena was a passionate and eloquent speaker and covered many topics including currency, membership of the EU, financial services, public services etc. but, I’m afraid to report, the upshot was the same as usual.

It doesn’t seem to matter which side of the divide these speakers come from, it all boils down to supposition and scaremongering with no real basis on facts. As far as I understand it, the first tangible piece of information on which to debate the issues will be the SNP white paper on independence due to be published on 26 November.

I, for one, will look forward to it and hope that the majority of my concerns will be answered in that document. Until then, I would like both sides to stop the bickering and negativity and concentrate on providing us with the real facts so we can make an informed decision when the time comes.

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Bob Thomson is an IT professional with over 20 years experience in the industry having worked as a Consultant, Director, Manager and Trainer. He has vast experience using Microsoft software packages as an individual and in businesses situations.

Bob Thomson
Owner / Managing Director
Real Options

Yes Scotland – What We’ve Been Waiting For?

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The campaign for the Scottish referendum on independence is starting to gain momentum and hopefully, although a lot of negative messages have already circulated, no-one has made up their mind, just yet, on how they will vote.

This is probably the most important question we will be asked in our lifetimes and we owe it to ourselves and future generations to take it seriously, examine and debate the issues and, only then, make an informed decision.

As a Scottish citizen and a small business owner myself, I feel there is very little information to go on and I have lots of questions I would like answered and probably hundreds more that I haven’t even thought of yet. Until they are posed and answered it is not humanly possible for me to say just how I would vote.

On the 28 June this year, Blair Jenkins, former head of news and current affairs for both the BBC and ITV, was appointed Chief Executive of the Yes Scotland group. This is the campaign group set up to promote a Yes vote. Mr Jenkins says the group will be based in Glasgow and supported by people from across the political spectrum. He promises the campaign will not be dominated by party politics and that the guiding principle will be to provide high quality information to the vast majority of Scots.

I applaud this stance and hope that it leads to more positive campaigning from both sides of the debate. The message to all involved is to concentrate on the benefits of either staying in ‘the Union’ or of leaving and going out on our own. In other words “What’s in it for us?”.

I love the romantic notion of an independent Scotland but don’t think I am stupid enough to allow that to sway my vote. I wait along with the rest of you to find out the pro’s and con’s before I commit.

Is the Yes Scotland group what we’ve been waiting for? I am not sure but hopefully it evens the playing field and leads to a better discussion on our future and the future of our beloved country.

Bob Thomson is an IT professional with over 20 years experience in the industry having worked as a Consultant, Director, Manager and Trainer. He has vast experience using Microsoft software packages as an individual and in businesses situations.

He is also the Group Manager of the East Ayrshire Business Forum on LinkedIn.

Bob Thomson
Owner / Managing Director
Real Options