16 September 2014
Have the pro-Union parties concluded they must be more upfront about new powers for Scotland?
Both sides in the Scottish referendum campaign make their final pitches to voters as the latest polls suggest the result remains too close to call.
Both sides in the Scottish independence referendum debate seize on a pledge by the three main Westminster parties to devolve more powers.
Two men die as a helicopter on its way from Scotland to Humberside Airport crashes into the sea off the East Yorkshire coast.
Garry Lockhart tells the High Court he killed his son Michael after strangling his wife Janet so they could "come back together as a family".
A tiger which which killed a zoo keeper from Glasgow got to her by walking through an "open" door, an inquest hears.
Alex Salmond is quizzed on claims his predictions for North Sea oil recovery are too high.
Gordon Boyd: Up already and at work an hour ahead of back home here in the Netherlands. Can't wait to get back tonight and cast my vote tomorrow. Here's hoping for a bright and prosperous future for our country and peoples. Nae bickering in the future and jut let's get oan wi' it.
Charlie: Why pay twice for NHS? It was confirmed last night the tax raising powers are to make up the shortfall from the London budget cuts. Please don't be fooled.
Willie McCall, Wick: Scots always like the surprise element and that's what will happen on Thursday as the No voters turn out in force to send the Yes campaign home to think again.
Sir Tom added that the Bank of England would set strict conditions on any deal, which First Minister Alex Salmond may not agree with.
He said: "I wouldn't like to negotiate that from a business point of view. I've got every faith in Alex Salmond, he's a very good negotiator, but he would not have a very strong hand to negotiate.
"I think if anybody thinks in those circumstances the Bank of England is independent, they are living in cloud cuckoo land."
Sir Tom added: "Long after David Cameron and Alex Salmond have left the fight, my children and their children will have to deal with how we vote tomorrow. So we better get it right."
Businessman Sir Tom Hunter has told the BBC he is worried about what currency Scotland would use if there is a "Yes" vote.
Scotland's most successful entrepreneur said he is not convinced Scotland would be able to agree a currency-sharing deal with the rest of the UK.
He said: "The fact is, we don't know what's going to happen and uncertainty for business raises our risk, raises our cost and that's not good."
tweets: Firstly, a poll asking Scots if they thought the campaign was causing divisions, 50% said No and 50% said Yes....
Pamela, Glasgow, on Morning Call: We are in charge of a large number of things but the most important things we are not in charge of - social welfare, foreign affairs and finance. I want to be in charge of ourselves.
Gerry, Uddingston: I agree with Alex Salmond's aspiration about a more just society. I think we are a very, very rich country. But unfortunately there are many many ways of travelling from point A to point B. There are too many risks and too many negotiations.
Elsewhere in the international media, Pakistan's Dawn concludes: "All would almost certainly not be lost in the event of a 'No' win, given that even the pillars of the establishment would find it hard to retreat from the prospect they have held out of greater democratisation throughout the UK. Come what may, the significance of this key moment in British history is unlikely to be lost in a hurry."
Aleksandr Polivanov, deputy editor in chief of Russia's Vedemosti writes: "Whatever the results of the voting in Scotland, unlike the Crimea referendum, it will become an example of a neat approach to redrawing borders in Europe."
Time for a wee laugh - here's Herald cartoonist Steve Camley's take on developments.
Dave, Edinburgh: I'm voting No and have never wavered. Why? Issues, not emotion. Currency union with interest rates controlled externally isn't independence. Net higher public spending per head, pensions, and NHS safer as part of a larger entity.
Liz, Stepps: The final push is on, very exciting. For far too long people have left Scottish shores for a better future. Let's give them a better future here and put our own house in order (no-one can do it for us) with a Yes vote.
South Korea's English-language newspaper JoongAng Daily runs an editorial piece on the referendum today.
The article says: "The separation of England and Scotland symbolizes the end of the British Empire. When the two kingdoms united 300 years ago, the nation began to emerge as the center of world history...It is hard to predict the outcome of the referendum.
"But one thing is clear: The United Kingdom has failed to quell the complex discontent and frustration felt by the minority Scots, despite three centuries of shared history and identity. England calls for a "Better Together" based on economic calculation, but it is doubtful whether economic benefit can override the Scots' pursuit of pride, dignity and political separatism."
George Marshall tweets: I don't know anyone who isn't voting in tomorrow's #indyref. I hope the polling stations can cope with unprecedented numbers
Mr McDougall told Good Morning Scotland the campaign had been an "amazing experience", and Mr Jenkins said it had involved "fantastic people".
Yes Scotland's Blair Jenkins added: "The promise that David Cameron made yesterday did not stand up for 24 hours. I think people in Scotland will be making a very clear choice."
Better Together's Blair McDougall said: "Right from the start we tried to be focused on undecided voters. We are still looking for these undecided voters."
Mr Jenkins also says: "I always visualised the campaign being about conversations.
"I think that's how it's been. We have really let people get on with it. Both campaigns have now had more than two years."
Better Together's Blair McDougall adds: "I do not think anyone is going to cast a protest vote.
"People realise there is no going back."
Blair Jenkins, chief executive of Yes Scotland, has told Good Morning Scotland: "It looks neck and neck.
"I believe the very, very high turnout makes polls extraordinarily difficult."
Blair McDougall, campaign director of Better Together, has told Good Morning Scotland: "I think a lot of people are really struggling with this decision.
"They want to be 100% sure they are making the right decision."
It's the day before Scotland goes to the polls, so only one issue could dominate the front pages of the newspapers.
The Sun pitches the vote as Britain's Got Talent v The Ecks Factor. It tells readers the referendum is your voice, your choice your vote.
The Daily Record appeals to campaigners to 'keep the heid' on the final day of campaigning. The Scottish Daily Mail says there are 24 hours to save Britain. Read our full review here.
Mr Salmond concludes the interview by saying in the event of a "Yes" vote he would approach negotiations with the Westminster government in a spirit of "comradely friendship".
Following comments from military figures critical of the pro-independence position, Mr Salmond says: "Listen to other comments, such as from a 102-year-old desert rat, and a range of other people who have served this country, coming out in favour of 'Yes'.
"They served for the Queen and democracy. They should listen to the words of serving soldiers - they don't believe in Yes or No, they believe in democracy."
More from Mr Salmond: "If we are successful, and I'm assuming absolutely nothing, as first minister my first act will be to say, look, the campaign's are over, what we have now is Team Scotland."
"I shall be inviting people from across the political spectrum to join Team Scotland. I shall do this regardless of the result," he adds.
On a currency union with the rest of the UK, Mr Salmond says: "An overwhelming majority of people in Scotland back the Yes campaign on this matter.
"It's in the best interests of Scotland and the rest of the UK. We're in the final stages of one of the most exhilarating political campaigns in western Europe.
"I never thought in my political life I'd see people queuing up patiently to register to vote, as I did in Dundee. What they care about is having a once in a lifetime opportunity to influence their country."
Following Alistair Darling's appearance earlier, First Minister Alex Salmond is currently speaking on Radio 4's Today programme.
Asked about further devolution offered in the event of a No vote, he tells presenter Jim Naughtie in Edinburgh: "These are the same package announced last spring - repackaged in desperation yesterday. They've been discounted by the Scottish people."
He says Scotland will use the pound following a "Yes" vote, saying there will be a "common-sense agreement. You know it and I know it."
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No supporter Elisabeth Fraser, 94, told Good Morning Scotland's Gary Robertson: "I think we are all a human family and I do not want a border between England and Scotland."
Yes supporter Audrey Birt said: "I quite agree with everything Elisabeth said, we are part of the big human community, but I am voting for us to have the power over our own situation."
Asked if he would take up Alex Salmond's invitation to join "Team Scotland" in the event of a "Yes" vote, Mr Darling says: "He is not Team Scotland. We will all play our part because it's our country too - it's not his."
JD Sports executive chairman Peter Cowgill told this morning's Radio 4 Today programme the company does not think a "Yes" vote would have a "major impact" on trade.
Asked if there was a danger prices would rise, he said: "No, not at all… we operate in Europe as well and it would be a similar process".
Asked on Radio 4 if a "No" vote would only hold back independence for a short time, Alistair Darling says: "No, because both sides are agreed. This is to settle the matter for a generation."
Professor Muriel Casals, president of the Catalan civic organisation Omnium Cultural, told Good Morning Scotland that people there were watching events in Scotland closely.
She said: "Unfortunately for us the Spanish government is saying 'you don't have the right to go to the polls to say whatever you want'. We are campaigning for the right to go to the polls. It's wonderful for you that you are going."
Udo Seiwert-Fauti, a German journalist who works in Strasbourg, told the programme: "It's amazing how much interest Germans have. They realise what is going on here."
Mr Darling adds: "Over the last 300 years, we have all built the UK together. We have benefited from that strength that comes from acting together, pooling and sharing resources in good times and bad times and I think it would be a tragedy if the relationship were broken."
Mr Darling tells presenter Jim Naughtie: "What Alex Salmond doesn't tell you is that public spending is £1,200 more per head of population here than it is south of the border."
Better Together leader Alistair Darling is speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on the final day of campaigning.
Mr Darling: "People going to the polls tomorrow will be in no doubt that you can have a stronger Scottish Parliament, with more powers and more responsibility to raise the money it spends.
"And that means the health service - if you want to spend more money on it you can do it and it really doesn't matter what is happening in the rest of the UK."
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has written to voters urging them vote "Yes".
In the letter, he asks voters to step back from the political arguments and trust in themselves as they go into the polling booth.
The letter says: "The talking is nearly done. The campaigns will have had their say. What's left is just us - the people who live and work here. The only people with a vote. The people who matter.
"The people who for a few precious hours during polling day hold sovereignty, power, authority in their hands. It's the greatest most empowering moment any of us will ever have. Scotland's future - our country in our hands.
"What to do? Only each of us knows that. For my part, I ask only this. Make this decision with a clear head and a clear conscience."
Lizbeth in Muir of Ord: Spoke to a German visitor yesterday he says "Angela Merkel says No but the folk say Yes ... you are very lucky, everyone in the world loves Scotland. We hope you say Yes."
How others see us - #bbcgms gets the view from Germany and Catalonia 0715. #indyref
The organisers of the referendum count will use techniques from forensic and computing science to handle a record number - almost 790,000 - of postal votes.
Counting staff are using scanners and advanced signature recognition software to make sure the person who posts in their vote is the same one who applied for it.
The machines will not be set to reject ballots automatically - they would then be checked by humans.
With just a day of campaigning left, the polls suggest the result of the referendum is still too close to call.
Three new polls, one by Opinium for the Daily Telegraph, another by ICM for the Scotsman and a third by Survation for the Daily Mail, were published last night. With undecided voters excluded, they all suggested a lead for "No" of 52% to 48%.
For more on the polls, go to our poll tracker on the Scotland Decides website.
For Yes Scotland, First Minister Alex Salmond kicks off his final day of campaigning with a visit to Hyspec Engineering in Stewarton, Ayrshire, to discuss jobs.
For Better Together, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander will be addressing events across the Highlands, including Kingussie, Inverness and Nairn, and Scottish Labour MSP Kezia Dugdale will join "No" campaigners at Haymarket Station in Edinburgh.
Elsewhere, well-known "Yes" campaigners including Elaine C Smith, Ricky Ross and River City cast members will address voters in Buchanan Street, Glasgow.
Tune into Good Morning Scotland for the latest Scottish independence referendum news and analysis.
On the final day of campaigning before tomorrow's vote, presenter Gary Robertson speaks to both sides in Edinburgh.
A look at the #indyref issues for Edinburgh as we hear from yes and no campaigners in the capital. #bbcgms
Polling expert John Curtice, professor of politics at Strathclyde University, has been telling Good Morning Scotland which areas of the country he thinks will be most important to the result.
He said: "This is a nationwide vote - none of them will be decisive.
"If there's anywhere one can pick out, then maybe Fife will end up closest to the Scottish average."
Military figures have warned Scottish independence would make the whole UK more vulnerable to attack.
In an open letter in the Sun newspaper, 14 former armed forces chiefs said a "No" vote in Thursday's referendum was "critical for all our security".
Breaking up Britain would "weaken us all", they added.
The letter "to the people of Scotland" was signed by seven former Chiefs of Defence Staff - Lords Boyce, Guthrie, Inge, Vincent, Stirrup, Craig and Richards.
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