People's Panel: Naomi Stirrat

Naomi Stirrat Naomi Stirrat is studying in Edinburgh and hoping for a big break in the world of acting
Occupation: Student Age: 21 Lives: Glasgow Voting Intentions: Undecided

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Twenty-one-year-old Naomi Stirrat studies acting in Edinburgh, alongside volunteering as a youth worker with young people of high school age.

She says she is currently undecided about how she will vote in September and needs more information if she is going to make an informed decision.

"I am currently undecided as I feel that the promises from both sides of the debate are unrealistic. I do think Holyrood should have more power or responsibility but I think a United Kingdom feels more secure."

She is also sceptical about the promise of a more Nordic model from the "Yes" side of the debate:

"Many of the 'Yes' enthusiasts have said we'll become like Norway and see that as a good thing, but the cost of living in Norway is high. They can't import certain things (like limitations on their beers) as they need to keep their economy afloat (ie. only drink their own beer). I don't like the sound of that."

However she finds the potential of new opportunities for the arts industry highly persuasive.

"The 'Yes' campaign seems to value the arts more. I'm training to be an actor and I want to live in a country where there is plenty of funding available for theatre, film and TV. I also want my job to be valued.

"At the moment, I am still totally undecided."

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