Lord Wallace drops in for a cuppa

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Scotland’s advocate general was out and about in East Renfrewshire this week.

AG Jim Wallace stopped off at Age Concern Dementia Centre in Giffnock for tea, cake and a short Q&A session on Tuesday morning.

He fielded questions from staff and carers concerned mainly with the upcoming referendum vote, many reflecting attitudes in the wider community of undecided voters stranded on an island, drifting in a sea of what-ifs.

While Wallace championed the Better Together viewpoint, some questions were left to hang on the we’ll-cross-that-bridge-if-we-come-to-it line.

When quizzed on specific issues, the advisor to the UK government couldn’t answer “with any degree of certainty”, adding some points should not be pre-negotiated and “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.

One gentleman was worried about potential problems in accessing specialist care across the border, adding that, while his heart may want to see an independent Scotland, his head still has too many unanswered questions.

Lord Wallace advised that voters should not let their heart rule their head.

Other issues raised covered cross border travel insurance particularly for people with dementia, problems with migrating care packages and the plight of small grant-funded charities up against the city slick tendering departments of national charities.