On the day that the white paper setting out the case for an independent Scotland hit the streets, finance secretary John Swinney was in Linlithgow to answer some tough questions.
The question and answer session organised by the Yes Linlithgow campaign attracted around 150 people to Linlithgow Bowling Club on Tuesday evening where Mr Swinney said: “Scotland’s got what it takes to be a successful independent country.”
He fielded questions on currency, oil revenue, bank regulation, migration, disability, jobs, Trident, EU membership and the media. First time voter Irene McCannell (16) also raised the question of extending the campaign to have a wider appeal to young people.
Martin Henderson of Findlater’s Foods went along to the meeting as someone who wanted to find out more.
He said: “It was a good opportunity for people to find out more information.
‘‘As a businessman, what I was most interested in was the currency and how the economics will work in an independent Scotland.
“He explained that it would be in the business interests of the rest of the UK to share the pound.
‘‘Although they may say they wouldn’t accept us sharing the currency, in actual fact they would. It was useful to have this kind of background detail and there was a good mixture of people present.”
Yes Linlithgow called the event an “important milestone in the referendum campaign.”