HOLYROOD has been buzzing with the prospect of a second independence referendum.

Last week’s Parliamentary debate was an impassioned one, as the main opposition parties supported Westminster’s position saying that the people of Scotland spoke in 2014 and now we must remain in the UK. But what they fail to acknowledge is that our situation has changed. Scotland did not choose to be a part of Brexit. We did not say that it was OK for us to be dragged out of the EU. Our hands are not tied, and a second referendum will provide the people of Scotland the opportunity to make an educated decision in regards to our country’s future.

Once the details of Brexit and the referendum are known, the people will have the opportunity to make a democratic choice regarding what is best for Scotland. It is Scotland’s choice. The people’s choice.

Although the referendum debate was temporarily suspended as news came to light over the attack on Westminster, it was for the best. Our debate could wait, but our support for our sister Parliament could not. My thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by this horrific event.

I am glad to learn two new bus routes will open in East Lothian next month, the X5 and the 106. The X5, a new express route, will run from North Berwick to the city centre, while the 106 will improve connections between Musselburgh, Haddington and Dunbar. While they will not fix all of the transportation problems we’re facing, these new routes should greatly benefit commuters in East Lothian.

It has come to my attention that the much-loved Hollies Day Centre in Musselburgh might be forced to close or relocate due to the East Lothian Council Joint Integration Board’s desire to expand the services they provide. I hope the board takes into consideration the desires and best interests of The Hollies and the people who use it. It is my hope that The Hollies continues to be an invaluable asset to the community of Musselburgh.