With little over three weeks to go we are still no clearer on some of the big questions

LAST Thursday, The Scottish Parliament met for the final time before the referendum.

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And it was the final First Minister Questions before the referendum in September.

Unfortunately, despite being just a little over three weeks until polling day we are still no clearer on some of the big questions of the campaign.

Evening Times readers still have no clear answer on what currency they will use when they go shopping, or what they will be paid in or have their child benefit or pension paid in.

To try and stem the tide, the SNP rolled out the Chairman of their Fiscal Commission, the group they asked to come up with currency options.

But instead of helping their cause he created even more chaos by appearing to suggest the use of a currency for a temporary period.

Just what currency is less than clear but the Yes campaign appear to have opted for a 'sterlingisation' plan.

Now, over the coming three weeks we might all be hearing a lot more of this term but let's be clear what this means for Scotland.

It means using another country's currency but not having a central bank.

Think countries like Panama with an average wage of £250 per month or a pension of just £60 a month.

What this means is having interest rates set by another country but with no Scottish input.

No lender of last resort to back up our banks or guarantee our savings.

A disaster for Scotland's financial services industry which is backed up by the UK treasury and the Bank of England and which employs almost 200,000 people in Scotland.

In fact, it's the one option the SNPs own Fiscal Commission ruled out because it would be so bad for Scotland.

But such is the chaos in the Yes side's argument that they are latching on to anything to try and save their flagging campaign.

And the Yes side stooped to a new low last week with their lies over the future of Scotland's NHS.

Only very rarely do politicians and the media use words as strong as lie but in this case the scaremongering tactics of the Yes campaign deserve nothing less.

They know, you know, that the NHS in Scotland is totally controlled by the Scottish Government and the Scottish Parliament.

The NHS in Scotland has been fully devolved since 1999 and nothing anyone else does in any other part of the UK can change that.

That is why suggestions that a No vote will place at risk Scotland's loved and cherished NHS mark a new low in the debate and signal just how desperate the Yes side are that they will now, without doubt, say anything and do anything in order to try and get your vote.

Quite frankly, every Evening Times reader and every Scot deserves much better than this.

Real answers on jobs and pensions, on our currency and on public services because nothing less will do.


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