Scottish independence: Final countdown to independence vote

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With Monday 9 June marking 100 days of campaigning left until the referendum on Scottish independence, campaigners on both sides of the debate have embarked on the final push.

But how has the campaign shaped up so far and what are we likely to see in the final weeks before the 18 September vote on Scotland's future?

Here's what's likely to come up:

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Positive v negative
Yes Scotland The Yes Scotland and Better Together campaigns are fighting for votes ahead of polling day
Better Together

Striking the right tone has been vital for the campaigns.

On one side, Yes Scotland says it has been making a positive case for independence through its "Yes declaration" based on Scotland's ability to unlock its full potential.

On the other, Better Together says it has taken a similar approach, with their "Best of both worlds" slogan to make the case for Scotland staying part of Britain.

But there's been another side to campaigning. Take, for example, Chancellor George Osborne's view - backed up by Labour and the Liberal Democrats, that an independent Scotland would be blocked from using the pound.

Similarly, Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has partly made the case for a "Yes" vote being about ridding Scotland of Conservative government.

And his deputy, Nicola Sturgeon, has accused PM David Cameron of "struggling to locate that part of his anatomy" which would see him go head-to-head with Mr Salmond in a TV debate. (Ms Sturgeon's advisers assured me at the time she was referring to the prime ministers "guts". Or lack of)

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Claim and counterclaim
Banknotes Scotland's economic health has been a hot topic in the campaign

How much better off will people in Scotland be? Will public services be better or worse? What does Scotland need to be an international player?

These are all questions the two sides have sought to answer with a dazzling array of figures.

The Scottish government's most recent offering was the promise that everyone living in an independent Scotland would be £1,000 better off a year.

That very same day, The Treasury, in its own piece of analysis, said people in Scotland would get a "UK dividend" - worth £1,400 per person, per year - if they voted "No".

And not content with punting their own views, the two sides resorted to attacking each other for dodgy sums.

Mr Salmond said the Treasury's calculations had been "blown to smithereens" because they'd already been caught cooking the books, while Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander accused SNP ministers of offering voters a "bogus bonus" because their version hadn't taken all the factors into account.

Expect plenty more stats chat in the weeks ahead, as the campaigns continue to seek to put forward their economic arguments.

Independence: Scottish government view

Each person in Scotland


a year better off out of UK

  • Onshore tax receipts will be up £5bn by 2030

  • 14% increase in oil and gas production between 2013-18

  • Tax receipts currently 14% higher in Scotland than UK

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Independence: Treasury view

Each person in Scotland


a year better off in UK

  • 13% more tax needed to maintain independent Scotland public services, or...

  • 11% cut in public services needed to keep current tax levels

  • £1.5bn-£2.7bn estimated cost of restructuring Scotland's institutions

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Battleground issues
Man holding money The future of pensions has been a recurring theme

Much of the referendum campaign has focussed in on specific issues - and there's going to be a strong emphasis on that in the days, weeks and months to come.

The future of pensions and currency have emerged as key areas, added to which has been an on-going dispute over Scotland's future status in the European Union and organisations like Nato.

And, on oil, whose estimates do you believe?

Thoughts have also now turned to what might happen on 19 September.

Scotland's other pro-Union parties have now all offered voters the prospect of more Scottish Parliament powers, in the event of a "No" vote.

The prospect of a stronger Scotland within the UK has formed a key part of their argument, but the SNP government has questioned their ability to deliver and says the nation needs real independence.

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'Mibbes Aye, Mibbes Naw'
Voting booth Both sides of the campaign have been going after undecided voters

If you are an undecided voter, the campaign machines are coming your way.

Those who have yet to decide whether their "X" is going beside "Yes" or "No" are hugely influential because they're open to persuasion - and polling data for the last few months indicates "don't knows" make up anywhere between 12% and 29% of the electorate.

And then there's the battle for female voters, who, according to the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey, have historically been less keen on backing independence.

With women accounting for 52% of voters in Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon says winning the female vote means Yes Scotland will have "cracked" the referendum - but is that achievable?

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Head and heart
Statue Robert the Bruce won a famous victory during the wars of independence

The economy has been at the heart of the campaign for independence - but the so-called Braveheart argument still plays a role.

This year marks the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, the 1314 clash which saw the English army defeated by the forces of King of Scots Robert the Bruce, during the wars of independence.

A large-scale re-enactment of the event in June may well stir a few feelings of Scottish Patriotism.

Supporters of the Union have also looked to history.

During a time which has seen big world war commemoration events, David Cameron used a conference speech to pay tribute to a Scottish ancestor, Captain John Geddes who died in battle in 1915, but showed "extraordinary heroism" in representing Britain standing together "when the chips were down".

And what might the two sides of the campaign make of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, being held this summer in Glasgow?

It is one of those international events in which Scotland competes in its own right.

Scotland's former first minister Lord McConnell called for a "referendum truce" during the event. His successor, Mr Salmond, said it was "nonsensical" to suggest politics would overshadow the event.

But if you're heading to any sporting events in Glasgow between the end of July and the start of August, expect to at least see a few Yes Scotland and Better Together flyers.

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Unknown unknowns
Barack Obama Barack Obama made an unexpected intervention in the debate over Scotland's future

As one-time US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld once noted: "There are known knowns, there are things that we know that we know. We also know there are known unknowns, that is to say we know there are some things we do not know.

"But there are also unknown unknowns, the ones we don't know we don't know."

Sticking with US politics, President Barack Obama's intervention in Scotland's future definitely falls into the latter category.

And don't forget the equally unexpected declaration of the Scottish-born Labour MP for Leeds East, George Mudie, who said he would vote for Scottish independence if he was able to do so.

The referendum campaigns may well be planning every last second of their strategies, but not knowing who might be next to put their head above the parapet will keep them on their toes right up until polling day.

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    14:52: Evening Telegraph

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    14:37: Brown warning on public services

    Former prime minister Gordon Brown urged Scots not to back independence as he warned that public services would suffer should the country vote "Yes" in next month's referendum.

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    14:29: Land ahoy! Laura Bicker Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

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    Alex Neil

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    14:12: Mural painting

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    14:06: European football

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    14:00: The Press and Journal

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    13:53: Delivery van theft

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    13:43: First Major

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    13:37: Speeding ban The Herald

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    13:33: Football latest

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    13:26: It's Yerself Daily Record

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    13:18: High priority

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    A total of 58 shops and other business premises, from Peterhead in the north to Ayr in the south, were searched.

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    13:11: Edinburgh Evening News

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    13:05: Two reported over crash

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    12:49: Men cleared of 'fancy dress' rape

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    12:38: Referendum round-up

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    12:32: Samaras signs

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    12:13: Your pictures

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    You can send us your pictures via email or tweet them using #ScotlandLive.

    Text 80295 11:53: Glasgow's Big G - your views

    We're asking where you think Glasgow's Big G should be moved to. Read the story here.

    John P Jones: I think it should stay where it is, at the heart of Glasgow.

    Give us your view by texting 80295, emailing here or using twitter #ScotlandLive.

    11:49: Homeless hotel Evening Express

    Homeless people in Aberdeen have been put into hotels due to a lack of temporary accommodation.

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    In July, the local authority booked 15 rooms for homeless people to use within the city.

    11:41: The Press and Journal

    @pressjournal tweets: Highland woman, 96, apologises for crash that killed cyclist.

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    11:32: Where is Glasgow's Big G-spot?

    Glasgow City Council has revealed that the Big G used to mark the city's hosting of the Commonwealth Games will move from George Square to an as yet undisclosed permanent home. Where do you think it should go, and why?

    Tell us by texting 80295, email us here or tweet us using #ScotlandLive.

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    11:23: Shipyard bids

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    The preferred bidder should be announced early next week.

    Weekend outlook 11:14: BBC Scotland Weather Latest

    Tomorrow- not a bad start to the weekend. Plenty of dry and bright weather around. The odd isolated shower. 16/17C in the south. 14/15C elsewhere

    11:07: Ice bucket challenge

    In a video posted online, Scottish film star James McAvoy says: "I'd like to thank my ex-friend Jose Mourinho for nominating me for the ice bucket challenge.

    "I'm doing it to raise awareness of ALS, or as it is known in Britain, motor neurone disease.

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    "And, as it is the year of the Scottish referendum, I'd like to nominate our political champions Alistair Darling and Alex Salmond to do their very most."

    And as the ice water pours over him, he says: "Alex/Alistair - you have got 24 hours".

    10:52: Abuse crackdown

    Seven people have been arrested in a crackdown on domestic abuse and sex crimes in Edinburgh and West Lothian.

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    The remainder of those arrested were charged with historic domestic abuse and sexual offences.

    10:47: Downs syndrome - your views

    Prof Richard Dawkins has been criticised for his view that it may be immoral for a mother to continue with a pregnancy if she knows the baby would be born with Downs syndrome.

    Colin in Greenock: The problem with Richard Dawkins view is that it turns human beings into commodities, items of convenience. No room for the less than perfect. There is no compassion or love in his stance. Do we really want our society to be like that?

    Anonymous: Dawkins and eugenics - wrong connection. Eugenics deals with hereditary disorders, Downs is not. Personally I applaud Dawkins for bringing the obvious unspoken to the fore.

    Angela Mackay: I have a little girl who was born with Down syndrome. We were never given the option to find out of she had DS or not. If we had we wouldn't have aborted her we would have been better equipped to deal with the shock of her birth. At eight months she is achieving milestones and brings the same joy, love and happiness her two older siblings do.

    Steve from Aberdeen: As a father of four healthy children I can only applaud anyone who cares for a child with special needs. I do however agree with Prof Dawkins as it would take a special kind of person to take on the challenges associated with downs syndrome. I don't think I could ever do it.

    10:40: Body find

    Police Scotland have confirmed the identity of the woman whose body was found close to Hungladder on the Isle of Skye on Sunday evening.

    She was Margaret (Maggie) Pratt, aged 52, from Portree.

    The death is not being treated as suspicious at this time.

    10:31: Shipyard rescue

    Clyde Blowers tycoon Jim McColl is one of the bidders to rescue financially-stricken Ferguson Shipbuilders.

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    Yes Scotland tweets: Saying "thank you" to the one million people who have signed the Yes Declaration #indyref#thanksamillion.

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    10:21: Big G move

    The Big G in Glasgow's George Square, which marked the city's hosting of the Commonwealth Games, is to be given a new permanent outdoor display site.

    But the city council has not yet revealed where it will be located.

    big g

    Work will begin on Monday to dismantle it. It will then be strengthened and the metal will be treated to make it fit to be permanently displayed outdoors.

    Alongside the Big G, Glasgow City Council is looking into new homes for the 25 Clyde statues around the city.

    10:15: Morning Call BBC Radio Scotland

    We're currently discussing Prof Richard Dawkins's controversial comments that it may be immoral for a mother to continue with a pregnancy if she knows the baby would be born with Down's syndrome.

    Prof Dawkins justified his statement by saying that he was expressing a scientific opinion which reflected what actually happened most of the time.

    Do you agree? Call 0500 92 95 00, email your views here or text us on 80295.

    You can listen live to the debate here.

    Text 80295 10:05: Banter - your views

    When does banter become unacceptable?

    John Hall, Ayr: Those offended need a reality check. Obviously his comments are not pleasant and I don't share his bigotry, but privacy is the important thing here. The right to freedom of speech must be paramount.

    Mark in Cumbernauld: I have sent and received many texts that could be deemed as offensive but there was always humour in them. I don't see where the humour is in Malkys texts. That to me is the difference, they are not humorous but offensive.

    Craig: People who use such terms and consider it banter need to look at their own morality. Are these texts private? Not if sent using a phone paid for by his employer in which case they are the property of his employer.

    What do you think? Call 0500 92 95 00, email your views here or text us on 80295.

    09:56: HSBC chief warns of 'capital flight'

    Uncertainty over currency in an independent Scotland could lead to "capital flight" from the country, according to the chairman of HSBC.

    Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Douglas Flint warned that a "Yes" vote in next month's referendum could leave Scotland's financial system in a "parlous state".

    Mr Flint, who describes himself as an exiled Scot, said the sterling currency union was an "anchor of financial stability" for Scotland.

    The three main parties at Westminster have all ruled out the Scottish government's preferred option of a formal currency union between an independent Scotland and the rest of the UK.

    09:48: James Cook Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    Campaigners for Scottish independence say more than a million people have signed a declaration in favour of a "yes" vote.

    09:44: Lightbulb moment

    A village in the Highlands is to host an open access wi-fi zone in a pilot project aimed at boosting internet services for businesses and tourists.

    The zone should be up and running in Brora by the end of the month.

    Science Photo Library

    But this isn't the first time the village, which is home to just 1,300 people, has been at the forefront of technological innovation - find out here why it's been dubbed Electric City for more than a century.

    09:36: Flu jag

    Every child in Scotland aged 2-11 will be offered the flu vaccine from this autumn as part of a new immunisation programme.

    Children are two to three times more likely to be ill with flu than adults.

    So about 150,000 children aged two to five and 400,000 primary school children will be offered flu vaccination in 2014/15 to help protect them and reduce the risk of flu being spread to others.

    The vaccine will be given as a nasal spray.

    09:23: Scots sprinter wins second gold

    Teenage sprint sensation Maria Lyle claimed her second gold medal at the IPC Athletics European Championships in Swansea.

    Maria Lyle

    The Scot, 14, won T35 100m gold on Wednesday, had an equally comfortable win in the 200m event in 31.05 seconds.

    "I'm really pleased, even though the time wasn't as fast as I would have liked," she told BBC Sport.

    Text 80295 09:13: Banter - your views

    When does banter become unacceptable?

    Al from Strathaven: Here we go again. How easily offended the easily offended are! I doubt there is anyone listening who has not received or indeed sent an iffy text. Do the thought police now stop us telling the old jokes about the Scotsman, Englishman and Irishman. Its pathetic!

    Tommy in Ardrossan: Think the attitudes expressed by the texts are offensive and outdated but how did someone get hold of the private texts? Who dug them up who released them and why?

    Darren D ‏via Twitter: I'm not supporting Mackay but life would be v dull without banter.

    What do you think? Call 0500 92 95 00, email your views here or text us on 80295.

    08:58: Jean Redpath tribute

    Scottish singer Jean Redpath has died, aged 77.

    Scottish singer and songwriter Sheena Wellington told Good Morning Scotland Jean was the "foremost ambassador for Scottish traditional song for more than 50 years".

    jean redpath

    Wellington said: "She brought back lots of songs that had been lost in the mists of time and performed with such grace and humour."

    She said Jean had brought Scottish traditional music to an American audience.

    "She would walk on stage and smile at the audience and that was it, they were won over. She believed implicitly in what she was doing."

    08:51: Morning Call BBC Radio Scotland

    Former English Premier League football manager Malky Mackay has apologised for sending disrespectful text messages.

    On Morning Call, Kaye Adams asks: When does banter become unacceptable?

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

    You can listen live to the debate here.

    08:43: Ferguson's shipyards

    The first minister is due in Port Glasgow this morning to meet the workers laid off when the Ferguson's shipyard went into administration a week ago.

    The deadline for interested parties to table bids for the yard was up at 5pm last night.

    This morning it has emerged that the engineering tycoon - Jim McColl- has thrown his hat in the ring.

    The chairman of the Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions - Jim Moohan - told Good Morning Scotland he welcomed the interest that was being shown in the yard.

    He said: "I'd be very confident a very successful businessman like Jim McColl could develop a strategy and vision to put the yard in a very competitive place."

    08:35: Newspaper review

    The front pages of Scotland's newspapers carry stories of the referendum, shipbuilding on the Clyde and Paul Gascoigne, as well as the situation in Iraq.


    You can see our newspaper review here.

    08:28: What is tidal power?

    The director of the group behind a major tidal power project in the Pentland Firth said Scotland is now a world leader in tidal power.

    Tim Cornelius explained to Good Morning Scotland what tidal does and how it works.

    He said: "It is like an underwater windmill.

    "So just picture a turbine with three blades that goes underwater and literally the turbines rotate as the current comes in and the current goes out.

    "Big advantage of tidal power is it is completely submerged so you don't see it and you don't hear it."

    Mr Cornelius said the energy production from tidal was constant and high-predictable.

    08:22: Power from the sea

    The construction of a major tidal energy project is set to begin later this year in the Pentland Firth.

    It has been announced that the MeyGen scheme has secured £50m in funding.

    Of that, more than £20m will come from the Scottish Government and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

    Atlantis CEO and MeyGen director Tim Cornelius. told Good Morning Scotland: "This is now the largest tidal power project, what we call free stream tidal power, certainly in Europe, if not the world. So, it certainly puts Scotland on the map as now being the world leader in free stream tidal power."

    08:15: School gate

    The Independence referendum campaigns are being barred from most schools in Scotland ahead of polling day, BBC research finds. Read the story here.

    08:10: GP websites

    Too few GPs have a website or allow appointments to be booked online, according to Reform Scotland. Read the story here.

    08:06: BBC Scotland Travel Latest

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    In Edinburgh, Leith Walk - the traffic lights are out of action at Annandale Street, take care through the junction

    Glasgow M8 - looking slow eastbound around junction 22 Plantation

    That's true of the Glasgow-bound M77 at junction 2 Barrhead Road

    08:02: BBC Scotland Weather Latest

    It is a chilly start across most places this morning. A lot of dry and bright weather to come for many, with some good spells of sunshine - particularly across the southern half of the country.

    Some showers around through parts of the north - the most frequent of which are found in the North West Highlands, and across Aberdeenshire.

    Some showers are feeding down the west coast too.

    Showers will continue through the day, becoming more extensive down the east coast this afternoon - with perhaps the odd rumble of thunder in among them.

    Temperatures around 16/17C in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Further north, closer to 14/15C - still on the cool side for the time of year.

    08:00: Steven Brocklehurst BBC Scotland news website

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



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