I find that teenagers are like most people - you get the rough with the smooth.
Therefore no reason why they shouldn't be allowed to vote?
How do you feel the independence camp are progressing - are your questions being answered more like? Reassured that should the vote be yes that there will be a smooth transition of the things that will directly affect you?
I haven't heard much from the Yes camp but, worryingly, nothing at all from the No one. How can undecided voters be expected to reach any rational conclusion if they don't get sufficient information from both sides - or, even worse, be swayed by the most active side (even if it were the No camp)?
Also there seems to be a feeling now that if those who already oppose independence become apathetic about voting, because they think it's unlikely to happen anyway, then the Yes ones will win. Hopefully, now that the actual date of the referendum is known, this might act as a wake-up call. I know it made me feel uneasy for the first time because the whole thing suddenly became a reality, not just a vague future event.
As far as I'm concerned there is still too much confusion and unanswered, or half-answered, questions around. As I'm in receipt of the State Pension, and other welfare benefits, my main concern is what will happen to these, and this is what we're told -
“Benefits, tax credits and the state pension would continue to be paid as now in an independent Scotland. It would be for future Scottish administrations to deliver improvements to the system, designed for Scottish needs.”
The state pension and pension credits would be paid through the Scottish Government, rather than through the UK Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). However, you would continue to receive your payments in the same way as you do today.
Well that is reassuring, but it also means that the Scottish Government will be tying itself to England until such time as they get round to 'improving' the system, which they admit could take 2/3 years. Also I'd like to know just what these 'improvements' are. Promises that we won't be worse off just aren't enough, but, as with so much else, the SNP are fighting shy of giving any concrete answers. Surely if they had half a grain of sense they might have a plan in place now, or at least before the referendum, and not expect people who rely on such things to hang around in a state of uncertainty for three years or more?