Cumbernauld’s Ann Ballinger explains why she’ll be voting ‘Yes’

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 22:15 on 17 June 2014.
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SPEAKING to Cumbernauld Media as part of our new ‘Why I’m Yes’ video project, Ann Ballinger – a key face behind the town’s ‘Women for Independence’ campaign – has outlined why she believes Scotland should be an independent country.

As part of the new series, videos will regularly be uploaded to Youtube which feature interviews with the key faces behind the local pro-independence campaign, led by Yes Cumbernauld. Ms Ballinger was the second person to be interviewed for the series which will be broadcast through the Cumbernauld Media Youtube channel – ‘Cumbernauld Television’.

Facing a variety of questions, such as her personal reasons for backing independence, her reaction to polling statistics and her vision for an independent Scotland, Ann outlined the reasons why she feels people should back Scotland leaving the United Kingdom.

Explaining her reasons for backing a Yes vote and for supporting Scottish independence, Cumbernauld resident and former General Secretary of the Scottish Secondary Teachers Association, Ann Ballinger said: “I believe every country should determine their own future, and Scotland is an independent, free, grown-up country, and we should be in charge of our own destiny.”

“The Scottish people being able to choose our government, and holding them to account whenever they do things that we don’t like,” the Chair of Cumbernauld’s ‘Women for Independence’ branch explained.

“Independence is our opportunity to make decisions that will affect our children and our grand-children, and our children’s grand-children,” Ms Ballinger added. 

“This is the future for the generations to come after us… it’s a wonderful gift to give our children and grand-children.”

The new ‘Why I’m Yes’ series will see various local pro-independence campaigners outline their vision for a separate Scotland and outline why they believe Scotland should be an independent country. 

The videos will then be uploaded to Youtube and will hopefully help local voters to better understand the arguments for and against independence, as the referendum on whether or not Scotland should divorce the UK marriage nears.

Ms Ballinger’s video will appear alongside interviews with Jamie Hepburn, SNP MSP for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, and Rachel Glover from Yes Cumbernauld. 

Scots will go to the polls on Thursday 18 September and answer the straightforward ‘Yes/No’ question, ‘Should Scotland be an independent country?’.
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