White Paper round up: Quotes, pictures and moments of the day

First Minister Alex Salmond First Minister Alex Salmond and his deputy Nicola Sturgeon stood side by side at the White Paper launch

Has the Scottish government's White Paper day been too much to take in?

Well, this pull-together piece should help you digest the best bits and give you an appetite to consume a good deal more.

The day began at 10:00 sharp in the foyer of Glasgow's Science Centre on the banks of the River Clyde.

And it will all come to a head on Thursday, 18 September, 2014, when the people of Scotland will say "Yes" or "No" in the Scottish independence referendum.

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Stats of the day
  • The big question is, how many pages are in the A5 sized White Paper document? The final leaf reads "649", but on top of that are a further 18 pages (taking it to 667) of bullet points, chapter headings and a "seize-the-moment" preface by First Minister Alex Salmond.
  • Delve inside the publication - Scotland's Future: Your guide to an independent Scotland - and you will see more numbers (some big) - 15,000 (the number of regulars planned for a post "Yes" armed forces); £160 (the weekly single tier state pension promise); 2017(the year a new Scottish broadcasting service would be born, if independence is achieved)

If you want to crunch the numbers a bit further, look at our summary-guide on the seven key themes. You can also view some headline-grabbing pointers in our "document dissected" piece.

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Tweets of the day
  • @MrMo_J: "I haven't read it but I bet #indyplan doesn't mention ANYTHING about whether or not English people can eat Tunnocks after #Yes vote."
  • @davidtorrance:"I've reached the conclusion Nicola Sturgeon's cuffs are the stand-out feature of #indyplan day. They're stylish & relatively incontestable." (David Torrance is a Herald columnist and First Minister Alex Salmond's biographer)
  • @benjaminjsteele: "If Scottish #independence means we won't ever get "live from Holyrood" all day on the BBC ever again, maybe it isn't such a bad thing..."
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In pictures: Moments of the day
Rainbow over the Clyde Minutes before the White Paper launch on the banks of the Clyde, a rainbow arches over the Science Centre in Glasgow. Was this symbolic?
International media pass Journalists from, among others, the BBC and The Guardian, are supplied with international press cards after national passes run out. Was there a message here? asked one hack at the news conference.
Nicola Sturgeon entering the parliament A Union flag-clad man catches the eye of Nicola Sturgeon as she enters the Scottish Parliament building. Did she stop to say hello?
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Quotes of the day

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It [the White Paper] makes America's historic Declaration of Independence look like a Post-it note”

End Quote Joan McAlpine SNP MSP

Joan McAlpine, SNP MSP says: "[The white paper] answers 650 questions about Scotland's future - everything you ever thought to ask and some that probably never occurred to you. It makes America's historic Declaration of Independence look like a Post-it note."

Alistair Carmichael, Secretary of State for Scotland, says: "Rarely have so many words been used to answer so little."

Alistair Darling, chair of the pro-Union Better Together campaign, says: "The White Paper is a work of fiction. It is thick with false promises and meaningless assertions."

Alex Salmond says: "This is the most comprehensive blueprint for an independent country ever published, not just for Scotland but for any prospective independent nation."

  • You can find out a great deal more about what both individuals and organisations had to say about the White Paper in our "quotes" piece.
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Blogs of the day
Douglas Fraser, Brian Taylor and Nick Robinson BBC bloggers: Douglas Fraser, Brian Taylor and Nick Robinson
  • Nick Robinson, BBC political editor: "Today I had thought might feel like being present at the birth of a brand new nation - or, at least, the first scan which reveals what the UK's offspring might look like."
  • Brian Taylor, BBC Scotland political editor: "The verdict on independence will be delivered by the people in a referendum, not by an expert tribunal of judges weighing up the evidence submitted to them by learned counsel."
  • Douglas Fraser, BBC Scotland economy and business editor: "Well, it's not looking good for nuclear submariners or Scottish MPs. But apart from some job losses in those sectors, the message from today's independence white paper launch was one of reassurance."
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Viewpoints of the day

Colin Laing, 48, HGV truck driver, from Aberfeldy: "I believe whole-heartedly in an independent Scotland. The economic case is clear, the social case is clear, the defence case is clear."

Alfie Langlands, 28, account manager, Edinburgh: "For me there are still too many "ifs, buts and maybes" and the headline policies are a bit idealistic."

Kevan Lock, 47, window cleaner, Argyll: "I am an undecided voter and what I heard about the blueprint for Scotland was very positive and aspirational."

  • What else did the the public have to say? Go to our "your views" page and find out. In addition to "ordinary voices", a number of experts and academics have been talking to the BBC about the White Paper's contents. The BBC's James Cook also gathered the views of the public during a trip to Dundee. And more than 2,600 comments were posted on our main White Paper story page.
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Video of the day

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Scotland Live

    08:38: What the papers say

    The Scottish independence debate continues to dominate the front pages ahead of the 18 September vote.

    Newspapers 28 August

    The Scottish Sun leads with a story claiming that senior Conservatives confident of a "No" vote have planned a champagne bash after the poll.

    Elsewhere, The Scotsman claims that Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael would leave his UK government post in the event of a "Yes" vote and join the team negotiating on behalf of Scotland.

    You can read more in our daily newspaper review.

    Text using 80295 Referendum - Get Involved

    Duncan in the hills: If Scotland votes No this must mean an end to international football and rugby. International comes from Latin, "between nations". Voting No means you deny that we have a status as a nation.

    Anonymous: My question is exactly what extra powers will Scotland be offered?

    Robert from Larkhall: I want to ask that if the Scottish economy is withdrawn from the Bank of England wouldn't there be another banking collapse?

    08:22: Pro-independence drive

    More than 200 business figures have signed an open letter backing Scottish independence.

    Stagecoach chairman Sir Brian Souter and Clyde Blowers boss Jim McColl are among signatories who say independence is in Scotland's economic interest.

    It comes a day after a similar letter from 130 pro-UK business leaders said the case for independence had not been made.

    The pro-independence letter has been published in The Herald newspaper.

    08:16: Travel update BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    In Glasgow, delays on the M74 around Rutherglen and congestion on the M8 heading eastbound at around Junction 28 Glasgow Airport, and Junction 27 Arkleston.

    Surface water on the M80 Northbound between Junction 4A Low Wood and Junction 5 Auchenkilns is also causing delays.

    08:10: New York, New York...

    Andy Murray will aim to avoid the cramp he suffered in his first round win at the US Open, when he faces German qualifier Matthias Bachinger.

    Murray's second-round match at Flushing Meadows will open the late session on Arthur Ashe Stadium in the Big Apple.

    Andy Murray

    "I didn't feel unbelievably nervous before my first match (against Robin Haase)," Murray told BBC Sport.

    "I wasn't putting too much pressure on myself either - no-one really has any expectations of me here anyway.

    "I don't feel any different but I'm happy I'm still in the tournament. I could easily be on my way home."

    The Scot will take centre stage from 00:00 on Friday.

    08:05: Morning Call Louise White Presenter, Morning Call

    On Morning Call we are giving you the chance to put your questions to the politicians at the heart of the referendum campaign. Tomorrow it's the First Minister Alex Salmond, but today it's the turn of Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander.

    Louise White Morning Call

    So what question do you want to ask Douglas Alexander of the Better Together campaign before you cast your vote?

    Tell us what you think by calling 0500 92 95 00, texting 80295 or via email. The lines are open now.

    You can listen live to the debate here.

    Weather Update Judith Ralston BBC Weather presenter

    Rain sweeping north becoming confined to Orkney. Shetland staying dry with sunshine. Dry for a time before showers develop mainly in south. A lot of dry, sunny weather in the north pm. Temps ranging from 15C n/e coast with some mist here. 18/19 for most, 21C Inv & Moray.

    08:01: Economy Boost

    The UK is "an economy of opportunity" which supports one million Scottish jobs, David Cameron is to tell business leaders.

    The prime minister will address the CBI conference later, calling the UK one of the "most successful single markets".

    Prime Minister David Cameron

    The speech takes place in the final weeks of the referendum campaign.

    Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond challenged Mr Cameron to name a single job-creating power certain to come after a "No" vote.

    08:00: Rise and Shine... Thomas McGuigan BBC Sport

    Good morning and a warm welcome from the Scotland Live team as we provide our rolling live text service of news, sport, weather and travel from across the country between now and 6pm.



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