The people of Scotland have been asking this question for many months... Alex Salmond couldn't give a straight answer

It is now only a little over five weeks until the referendum.

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We will be taking the biggest decision any of us has ever taken about the future of our country, a decision that will have implications for the future of generations of Scots.

But as I've made my way around the country, the people of Scotland have become increasingly frustrated at the lack of answers from the Yes side.

And this week we have seen the case for independence fall apart as the SNP plans on currency have been exposed as nothing short of bluff and bluster.

Their claim that the rest of the UK would simply bow to their will on a formal currency union has been exposed as a baseless assertion. But what is worse, it's that they either can't or won't say what their Plan B is on currency.

And this isn't some technical question that only bankers or big business needs to worry about. It is something that affects you and every single individual, family or business in Scotland.

What will your wages be paid in? What will your benefits or pensions be paid in? What will happen to your tax-credits or child benefit payments? How will your mortgage payments be affected? How will Scottish businesses trade? Even what currency will people you use when to go shopping? You deserve a straight and honest answer from the Scottish Government.

Too much is at stake for people to take a gamble on the most fundamental question of any country ... what will its currency be?

The people of Scotland have been asking this question for many months so it came as much as a shock to me as it did to so many of the 1.7million viewers of last week's televised debate that Alex Salmond couldn't give a straight answer.

Again and again he was pressed by audience members. Time after time he bluffed and blustered his way to a non-answer.

That is why two days after the debate I was so pleased to meet with Alison Dowling, a mum of two from Erskine, to hear at first hand from her about the concerns and worries she has.

But what made meeting her more powerful was her job. Alison works in a Credit Union and every day she meets people who need advice and support on issues like household budgets and advice on financial matters.

It is not just politicians like Alastair Darling who have asked but not got an answer. It's people like Alison and millions like her across Scotland who have had to do without the clarity she needs and deserves.

It is now only 39 days until polling day. I hope that between now and the 18th of September you might get some answers. Just don't bank on it.

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