A ‘Yes’ and a ‘No’ in Oamaru

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The effects of the Scottish Independence referendum held on Thursday (UK time) will be felt right around the world, including here in Oamaru.

Two Oamaru residents, originally from Scotland, have very different views on the referendum.

Oamaru resident Derek Beveridge, who came to New Zealand from Glasgow in 1958, said he was “dead against” Scottish Independence because he felt it would not work.

“The union has worked for the last 300 years and I can’t see it working with them both independent.”

Mr Beveridge said England would be fine but he was not sure how Scotland would be.

“I don’t think Scotland will be able to get by without England.

“I think they would be making a very wrong decision.”

But Mr Beveridge thinks the “no vote” will win by a reasonably big margin because the majority of people voting will be “quite smart about it”.

However, Oamaru resident Stan MacKay, who came to New Zealand from Aberdeen six years ago, said he was a “staunch nationalist” and would like to see independence.

“I have always been that way.

“I have always thought we could be self-sufficient.

“Scotland will survive much better on its own.”

While he hoped Scotland would gain independence, he did not know how the referendum was going to go, Mr MacKay said.

“I just hope they make the right decision.”

Scottish voters will have participated in the referendum by 9am today (New Zealand time) to decide whether they want to separate from England, with which they have been united for more than 300 years.

By RUBY HARFIELD

PHOTO: RUBY HARFIELD

TOUGH CALL: Originally from Scotland and now living in Oamaru, Stan MacKay (left) and Derek Beveridge have very different views on whether Scotland should become independent.