‘A vote for yes is a vote for social justice’

Derry man Justin McNicholl.
Derry man Justin McNicholl.
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Justin McNicholl left Derry to go and study at university in Scotland when he was 18.

Justin is now 31 and is happily married with two children and lives in Stirling. He is a social worker specialising in mental health.

“Fundamentally the reason I am voting yes is because I like that the pledge by the yes campaign to lift 200,000 children out of poverty should they gain independence. I think a vote for yes is a vote for social justice.

“Scotland, as many people already know, boasts great natural resources and I believe that should we achieve independence then we will be more than capable of standing on our own two feet.

“I work on the ground for Falkirk Council and I have seen the hurt and pain caused by the government down in Westminster. I’ve seen the hurt and pain caused by such policies as the bedroom tax. The only way we can ensure a better more fair Scotland is by voting yes on Thursday.”

Justin, a former pupil of Faughanvale P.S. and St. Columb’s College, said he would like nothing more than for his two young children to grow up in an independent Scotland.

“I love the idea of an independent Scotland and I believe it’s practical, plausible and could work out but despite all this I think the no voters will win. Be that as it may, I don’t think we will be weaker should be fail to gain independence, if anything this referendum has sent a message to David Cameron et al that they [the British establishment] must start taking Scotland.”