First Veterans Commissioner for Scotland appointed

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Scotland's first Veteran's Commissioner has been appointed to provide greater support for Armed Forces personnel.

Former Navy officer Eric Fraser will take on the role later this summer.

The Scottish government announced plans for the post, to champion the interest of ex-service men and women, earlier this year.

First Minister Alex Salmond confirmed the appointment when he attended the Armed Forces Day event in Stirling.

Mr Fraser, a former senior Navy officer, will work with charities, local authorities and health boards on veterans' issues and help shape future policy developments.

'Breadth of experience'

A graduate of Edinburgh University, Mr Fraser joined the Navy in 1976 and during a 37-year career served during the Falklands conflict, the Balkans war and patrolled drug smuggling around the Caribbean.

His final position before retiring from the Navy at the start of this year was as the UK Naval Attache in the British Embassy in Washington DC.

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Our 400,000 veterans, who served in the UK Armed Forces to ensure we all continue to enjoy our freedom today, will welcome this announcement”

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He will take up his role as Scottish Veterans Commissioner in August, in a three-year appointment.

There are an estimated 400,000 ex-servicemen and women living in Scotland.

Mr Salmond said: "Eric Fraser served for 37 years in a wide range of appointments, both at sea and ashore, from the Falklands to the Adriatic. As well as a great breadth of experience in strategic leadership roles, he has demonstrated clear empathy, commitment and direct experience of working with individuals and families within his command.

"The appointment of a Scottish Veterans Commissioner will complement the fantastic work our partners and stakeholders are already doing to care for our veterans, and I look forward to meeting some of them at the Veterans Village during Armed Forces Day in Stirling."

Col Martin Gibson, executive chairman of Veterans Scotland said: "We very much look forward to working with the commissioner in further enhancing communication on veterans' issues within the public sector.

"Our 400,000 veterans, who served in the UK Armed Forces to ensure we all continue to enjoy our freedom today, will welcome this announcement."

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    21:19: Bye for now Marianne Taylor BBC Scotland news

    Right, that's all from us at Referendum Live for today.

    We'll be back at 06:00 tomorrow with all the latest from both sides of the referendum debate as the final few days of campaigning begins.

    Meanwhile, you can keep up to date with developments and read analysis of all the big issues on the BBC's Scotland Decides site.

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    K.D. Turner: That last woman summed it up perfectly. We already are living in a No vote..We need a change for the better #bbcindyref #YES

    Kerr McColl: All our politicians have failed us. Just Spin Spin Spin #bbcindyref

    Sean Gallagher: Pensioners! pensions paid by the working, Independence higher taxation, jobs losses, secure your future vote NO #inderef #bbcindyref

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    Scott, Edinburgh: The word "Nationalism" is being taken way out of context. The SNP (if voted in to a free Scotland) want to open borders. Not narrow them. Elaine Smith is correct: British Nationalism brings us UKIP-like views.

    Kate MacKenzie, Leeds: If it's NO on Thursday, Westminster can hardly claim a great victory having brought the Union to this point in the first place.

    Anonymous: There has been little said about the fairness of government systems. Westminster still uses the archaic first-past-the-post system which is unrepresentative, but will an independent Scotland guarantee fairness as part of its constitution? Will there be transparency? Can public servants be made to take responsibility for their actions & corruption removed?

    Jan, Shetland: How is the Yes going fund public svs, new passport, tax, benefit, agricultural grants, vehicle offices etc. There'll b no VAT, Norway funds its economy without oil, & Shetland nearly went bankrupt by using the capital of the oil fund!

    21:06: Your views

    Anon: I just want to say after watching the last debate from Stirling, James Cook is & has been impartial and fair!!! So refreshing.

    21:00: Off Air

    Can you believe how quickly that hour passed?

    The BBC's final Referendum Debate programme, which came tonight from Stirling, has now finished.

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    Carol, Glasgow: I have worked for two American companies who moved their HQs to England, such moves are purely for tax reasons , no jobs followed. The banks are saying they will do this for legal tax reasons, simply following which legal entity their tax revenues are based, no other reason.

    Anonymous: No one has asked a member of the No campaign what they see as some of the opportunities of Independence.

    David Strathblane: Vote Yes, if you do you might regret it, if you don't you will regret it.

    20:59: Challenge for No campaign

    James Cook comes back to the audience member who asked the question. She says: "Why don't we have all of the things the No side talks about now?"

    20:58: 'Leads the world'

    Ms Davidson says she wants Scotland to be part of a country that "leads the world". She says she is "proud of everything we have built together" and the "cradle to the grave" approach of the UK.

    20:57: 'Independent country'

    Mr Hosie says independence is "absolutely normal" and he wants children to grow up in a "normal independent country".

    20:56: Concern for children

    Mr Alexander says he is seriously concerned about the results of a Yes vote for the children of Scotland and urges people to vote No.

    20:56: 'Better Scotland'

    Elaine C Smith says for her it is about the children of Scotland, and says a "Yes" vote is the first step to a "better Scotland".

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    Andrew, Dundee: A Yes vote aims to give us 8.5% of all the good things we enjoy now. A No vote gives us 100% of them.

    Anonymous: Referring to Ms Smith's point on nationalism - Scottish nationalism is not bad, but one that only emphasises being Scottish while rejecting British nationalism, hence rejecting a union of both glory and common value for 400 years is, pretty short-sighted.

    20:55: Question five

    As a young mother who is scared and unsure of the consequences of my vote for my child, and their children, what is the one thing you can say to me to give me faith in your campaign?

    20:53: Public services cuts

    Ms Davidson says Mr Hosie's claims are "simply not true".

    According to the Institute for Fiscal Studies there will be £6bn of cuts to public services following a "Yes" vote, she adds; a point denied by Mr Hosie, who says the IFS also pointed to a cut to the Barnett Formula following a "No" vote.

    20:52: Privatisation 'threat'

    Stewart Hosie says the NHS is a big issue in the referendum, and says "the real threat comes from the privatisation down south and cuts to the block grant".

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    Jade Paterson: We wouldn't be getting any extra powers if it wasn't for this referendum so why vote No?

    John Bremner: Regardless of the outcome, we have to come together. No blaming, No shaming.

    Patricia Oddie: Keep it going Ruth we need the SNP to take responsibility for what they already have control of.

    20:49: 'American levels of tax'

    Mr Alexander says Labour lifted hundreds of thousands of children and pensioners out of poverty during their 13-year term in power.

    He adds that it's not possible to have "Scandinavian levels of public services and American levels of tax".

    20:48: NHS cuts

    Ms Davidson says the SNP has cut NHS funding by 1.2%.

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    Anonymous: Can Mr Hosie provide two numbers? How much would Scotland's income be? How much will it cost to run the country? Is there surplus or deficit?

    David, Glasgow: "I would like to see"...why not we will do. Because in the UK they can't, we get rhetoric and promises that all too rarely come to fruition. The only way to make a difference and not just hear about pipe dreams, is to vote Yes.

    20:44: Written constitution

    Ms Smith says a written constitution will enshrine the right to a free health service. She says voting Yes is "the start of creating a fairer society".

    She blames Westminster for the "current politics of grievance".

    20:43: Trident costs

    Mr Hosie counters that not paying for Trident will go a fair way to making Scotland a fairer society.

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    20:42: Tax on bankers

    Mr Alexander, perhaps unsurprisingly, urges a No vote, and says he wants to see measures such as tax on bankers.

    20:42: Question four

    I want a fairer society: should I vote "Yes" or "No"?

    20:41: 'Unlikely bedfellows'

    Ruth Davidson stresses that "there have been unlikely bedfellows on all sides".

    20:41: Nationalism poser

    Ms Smith counters by asking why "British nationalism is good and Scottish nationalism is bad?"

    20:38: 'Dog whistle journalism'

    Mr Alexander attacks the "dog whistle journalism" of the SNP. He says the party will want to be able to blame "London-based newspapers" for a "No" vote in the referendum.

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    Anonymous: Why do we still talk about a currency union when the highest authority on it, Mark Carney said it is incompatible?

    Anonymous: I hope the undecided take their time out and do research instead of listening to the no campaign. Scotland will be better off.

    20:36: 'Metropolitan sneering'

    Mr Hosie points to the "Metropolitan sneering" of many London-based journalists, and claims the BBC's political editor Nick Robinson is an example of this.

    Stewart Hosie
    20:33: Uncertainties of independence

    Ms Davidson says she was a journalist herself, and it is up to the press to take whatever line they wish.

    Ruth Davidson

    She says many of the newspapers and commentators are simply warning about the uncertainties of independence.

    20:32: 'Barrage of negativity'

    Ms Smith says it has not. She says it is a "miracle" that the campaigns are neck and neck considering the "barrage of negativity and bias".

    Elaine C Smith

    It has not been a fair and balanced debate, a point reiterated to her by "many journalists", she claims.

    20:29: Question three

    Do the panel feel that the media coverage during the run-up to this Referendum has been fair and impartial?

    20:29: 'Job warnings'

    "How many more companies have to give job warnings", asks another.

    20:28: 'Haven't thought things through'

    An audience member attacks Better Together's "back of a fag packet" offer of further powers for the Scottish Parliament.

    "In the words of your own advert: you haven't 'thought things through,'" he adds.

    20:27: Fiscal strategy

    Mr Alexander says in such circumstances another country would set Scotland's fiscal strategy.

    Douglas Alexander

    "Why would you want that?" he asks the audience in Stirling and those watching at home.

    20:26: Currency union

    "Would there not be less power for Scotland if an independent Scotland entered into a currency union with the remainder of the UK," asks James Cook.

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    Anonymous: If all these financial institutions are experts in the danger of a free Scotland, how come they couldn't foresee all these banking crisis' and depressions?

    Vaz, Loch Lomond: People should be less worried about the economics of the situation and more worried about why they can't imagine their own fellow countrymen being capable of running Scotland.

    20:24: Re-balancing power

    Ms Smith says she doesn't understand why anyone would "give up the chance to have all of the power to take back some of the power".

    20:23: More devolved powers

    Mr Alexander adds that further devolution is what "most of us want".

    20:22: Devolution is 'a journey'

    Mr Alexander says he has always believed in devolution and says it is a "journey".

    He adds that he is proud of the further devolution that has already taken place, and the latest package offered by Labour, rejecting any suggestion that they have been "watered down".

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    Big Flash: Surely Scottish Labour must know a YES will revitalise their party and free them from bowing to Westminster Labour?

    AnneDon: Remember that the unionist parties kept DevoMax OFF the ballot paper because "people of rUK would have to agree them. #bbcindyref

    20:20: 'Grown up'

    Asked about whether a date for independence can be guaranteed, Mr Hosie says Scotland will be independent by March 2016.

    He says the country is "grown up enough" to look after all of its own affairs, and should reject the offer of further powers put forward by the No campaign.


    Ms Davidson says her party's plans have been available for the public to look at for weeks.

    She adds that "Scotland can be a better country without losing the things we like about being in the United Kingdom".

    20:18: Question two

    If "Better Together" were sincere about more powers, why were they only offered with one week to go?

    20:16: Email received

    Panel chairman James Cook confirms that he received the email from the Treasury, referred to by the member of the audience, without requesting any information.

    20:15: 'Leak from Treasury'

    An audience member says share prices dropped due to a "leak from the Treasury" around RBS's contingency plans.

    20:14: Team Scotland question

    When asked by Mr Hosie whether he would join "Team Scotland", Mr Alexander says he does not have to "prove" his "patriotism" to anyone.

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    Alan Hulme, Greenock: Do we really want Boris Johnson as next Conservative PM in coalition with Nigel Farage of UKIP?

    Walter, St Andrews: Can the SNP guarantee their agenda beyond 2016?

    20:11: 'Day of celebration'

    Mr Hosie says there will not be a day of reckoning on Thursday, but rather a "day of celebration and self-confidence for the Scottish people".

    20:10: Currency union

    Actor and independence supporter Elaine C Smith says many businesses who are "not afraid" are not being given a voice.

    She adds that any uncertainty could be ended by Chancellor George Osborne announcing his support for a currency union with an independent Scotland.

    20:08: Banking concerns

    Leader of the Scottish Conservatives Ruth Davidson says jobs will be lost in the banking sector if the country votes "Yes".

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    She says only the "other side" want to "silence voices" and points to Jim Sillars's recent comments about a "day of reckoning".

    20:05: 'No' offers 'safer change'

    Douglas Alexander MP, for Better Together, says "facts" have got in the way of the Yes campaign's rhetoric.

    He argues that "faster, safer, better change" is being offered by a "No" vote on 18 September.

    20:03: 'No jobs will be lost'

    SNP MP Stewart Hosie insists no jobs or functions will be lost following a "Yes" vote, and urges people to remain calm.

    He says businesses will continue to run in an independent Scotland, for their own benefit, and for the benefit of the economy.

    20:02: Question one

    Why would multi-national, billion-pound corporations issue public warnings if they don't mean it?

    20:01: And we're off

    The debate has begun. You can watch it by clicking on the stream at the top of this page, or live on BBC One Scotland.

    19:53: Coming up in 10...

    Less than 10 minutes to go till our referendum debate from Stirling begins.

    On the panel tonight is Stewart Hosie and Elaine C Smith for Yes Scotland, and Douglas Alexander and Ruth Davidson for Better Together.

    19:38: First Minister Alex Salmond

    tweets: Excitement building for tonight's #VoteYesConcert at Usher Hall with @Franz_Ferdinand @mogwaiband @FRabbits + more

    19:31: Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand

    tweets: Nice to see @FRabbits @AlexSalmond @Amy__Macdonald, @mogwaibandand and everyone at the @Usher Hall. Looking forward to the show.

    19:27: Yes concert

    The Yes campaign's pro-independence concert is about to kick-off at Edinburgh's Usher Hall.

    The line-up includes Glasgow-based bands Franz Ferdinand, Mogwai and Frightened Rabbit as well as singer-songwriters Amy MacDonald, Ricky Ross and Eddie Reader.

    A statement from Mogwai said: "This is a really exciting time for Scotland and it's great to be part of this event to campaign for #VoteYes in such an iconic venue with some top Scottish talent.

    "It's time for the decisions about Scotland to be made by the people who care most about Scotland - the people of Scotland."

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    James, Glasgow: In response to Shona Glasgow, what currency will this money that you say will be raining be in an independent Scotland? Please do tell?

    Collette Waterfield, Essex: If we stay together, will the rest of the UK get the same benefits that's Scotland do, for example free prescriptions and university places? I doubt it.

    John Irvine: Shona in Glasgow sums up the Yes campaign. The majority think they will get more money. From where I know I will be worse off: increased income tax, poll tax and national insurance, that's the reality and only the start. Has anybody in the SNP given us details? No, I wonder why? I know it would political suicide and they know. That is John Swinney is nowhere to be seen.

    Anonymous: If there was no Poll Tax, there would be no devolution. The indie movement would have stayed on the fringe. We would not be in this situation. I thank you Maggie, from the bottom of my heart, you have made Scotland a nation again.

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    Michael, Edinburgh: I am saddened in recent days at the bitterness displayed during the Referendum campaign. I fear that, irrespective of the result - Yes or No, this will divide and blight our beautiful country for the rest of my life, even if I live to be 100. Far more important matters in the world that we should all be focusing our energy on: starving sick children and innocent people being killed. Peace & love Scotland.

    Anonymous: The answer every one is looking for on Thursday is: NO. The sensible choice.

    Shona, Glasgow: It will be raining money in an independent Scotland: who wouldn't vote for that?

    Chris, Hemel Hempstead: Who is paying for this referendum? How much will it have cost in the end that could have been spend on health and education? I hope it's just the Scottish footing the bill and not everyone else.

    18:00: Queen: 'Think very carefully'

    The Queen has spoken briefly to a member of the public about the Scottish referendum.

    Outside a Balmoral church this morning, when a wellwisher joked they were not going to mention the referendum, the Queen remarked: "Well, I hope people will think very carefully about the future."

    Buckingham Palace says the Queen maintains a position of constitutional impartiality, with her view being that "this is a matter for the people of Scotland".

    17:48: 'No fake support'

    Following allegations on social media that some people taking part in last week's BBC Big Big Debate had been asked to move from the "Yes" section of the audience to the "No" section, presenter James Cook tweets: "No one was asked to 'fake' support. Some people had changed minds and team double-checked with others. #bigbigdebate"

    17:34: Campbell warns on timing

    Sir Menzies says that the pledge to give Scotland additional powers would have to be fulfilled "very quickly" after a "No" result. Failure to do so, with the general election taking place in 2015, would be like "committing political suicide in Scotland", he claims.

    17:33: Campbell on more powers

    Sir Menzies Campbell tells the BBC that in the event of a "No" vote, powers will be increased for not only the Scottish parliament - but in his view, for Wales and Northern Ireland too.

    "We are embarking on a period of very significant constitutional change, irrespective of the vote on Thursday," he says.

    Piers Morgan

    tweets: Dear People of Scotland, if you vote NO, I promise to go straight back to America. #indyref

    17:27: Your views

    Louise Johnson: I get the EU immigration policy, but am I going to be paying taxes in the UK now to support Scots as well, when they decide to have a better life down south? If (when) things go wrong up in Scotland it is not going to be welcomed by the remainder of the UK if we have to start paying for migrating Scots.

    David Francis: Isn't it pure, dead brilliant, to see ordinary Scottish people just ignore those incoherent, doom-laden, daft ramblings of The Establishment and simply say - "WE will decide this, NOT YOU!!" Roll on Thursday and the inevitable Yes vote. So, so proud of my country right now!

    17:21: Sturgeon picture

    On Facebook, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon posts a picture of herself at that Women for Independence event in Glasgow Southside. She is pictured with actress Libby McArthur, left, and journalist and commentator Lesley Riddoch.

    Nicola Sturgeon with Lesley Riddoch and Libby McArthur
    17:11: Campbell in Edinburgh

    Former Lib Dem leader Sir Menzies Campbell was among those at a "No" rally in Edinburgh today.

    Sir Menzies Campbell in Edinburgh
    17:09: Devolution debate date

    Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has announced that a House of Commons debate on further devolution for Scotland has been set for 16 October. Last week Mr Brown, a member of the Better Together campaign, put forward a timetable for more powers which was endorsed by Prime Minister David Cameron, Labour leader Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats.

    16:55: On Scotland's defence plans

    Retired Lieutenant Commander Colin May, a senior Faslane naval intelligence officer, is backing the "Yes" campaign - and adds that he knows "many Royal Navy colleagues who would be delighted to serve in Scottish Defence Forces".

    He says: "The defence plans by the Scottish government would deliver the necessary capability for Scotland and the ability to contribute to Nato operations."

    16:54: Swinney on Stiglitz comments

    Reacting to economist Joseph Stiglitz's comments in today's Sunday Herald, Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney said: "Small nations are amongst the most successful and the most equal in the developed world and Professor Stiglitz's comments (see 15:08) are a welcome reminder that this decision is about much more than economics but is about the kind of society we want to live in and the values Scotland shares."

    James Cook Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    tweets: For the record the #bigbigdebate did not edit out @georgegalloway calling yes voters "Nazis". His references to the war were kept in.

    16:41: Children of the devolution

    Twin brothers who were born minutes after Scotland voted for devolution in September 1997 are now preparing to vote in the referendum on Thursday, the Scotsman reports.

    16:39: Murdoch airs views

    Scottish Sun owner Rupert Murdoch was spotted in a number of locations in Scotland yesterday, including Aberdeen, Glasgow and Fife. The media mogul has long been interested in the referendum debate, and has been tweeting regularly on the topic over the last 24 hours.

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    Bob in London: Regarding comments on the EU and the UK having to re-apply for membership, this is total rubbish. It was the Westminster government that signed all treaties with the EU, it was not the regional Scottish government or Mr Salmond.

    Kris in Edinburgh, in response to Jenny: I disagree - Salmond was clearly being conciliatory and saying the Yes movement would reach out to every possible part of Scotland after a win for Yes.

    First Minister Alex Salmond

    tweets: Excitement building for tonight's #VoteYesConcert at Usher Hall with @Franz_Ferdinand @mogwaiband @FRabbits + more

    16:22: BBC responds to protest

    Here's some more on the protest at BBC Scotland's Glasgow HQ (see 14:10 and 15:37 entries). Protesters say BBC coverage has been biased against independence but a BBC spokesperson said: "We believe our coverage has been fair and impartial and has adhered fully to the requirements of our Editorial and Referendum Guidelines."

    Olympic diver Tom Daley

    tweets: Love Great Britain. Love #TeamGB. Love Scotland. I think we are #bettertogether

    16:07: Campaigners in Edinburgh

    BBC reporter Nick Eardley says both "Yes" and "No" campaigners are out on Middle Meadow Walk in Edinburgh on the final weekend before Scots go to the polls.

    Yes campaigners in Edinburgh
    No campaigners in Edinburgh
    15:54: More from Sturgeon

    Ms Sturgeon says that the referendum outcome "won't be determined by fear, it will be determined by hope".

    She adds: "It won't be determined by Westminster politicians, by banks or by businesses, it will be determined by all of us, the people of Scotland."

    15:51: Sturgeon: 'Biggest opportunity'

    Speaking this afternoon at a Women for Independence event in Glasgow's Southside, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says: "In just over three days' time we have the biggest opportunity any of us will ever have to improve the lives of our families and our communities.

    "This is our one guaranteed opportunity to take Scotland's future into our own hands and more and more of us are saying - let's do this on Thursday."

    15:48: Lewis voters targeted

    On the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, placards for both sides of the referendum debate vie for attention.

    Placards on the Isle of Lewis
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    Craig Scoular in Uddingston, in reply to Jack Sherlock: Is Jack really saying 16 year olds are too young to vote? I was at the BBC debate at the hydro with 8000 16/17 year old voters. Trust me, they are as engaged and as informed as any adult, if not more so. Patronising young people in this way is ignorant. We don't say some people are too old to vote do we?

    Annie: Help! I'm proud to be Scottish and have never really questioned our place as part of the UK. I now feel torn and undecided what to vote on Thursday. I have read so much and listened to so much that I'm now confused as to who I should believe! In truth my head says No but my heart says Yes.

    15:37: Andrew Browne, Editor of BBC Reporting Scotland

    tweets: Thousands of people currently protesting against alleged BBC bias outside Pacific Quay studios in Glasgow.

    Pacific Quay protest
    15:34: Airlink magnate voting 'Yes'

    Businessman John McGlynn, who founded Airlink car parks, says he will be voting "Yes" - because the offer of more powers for Scotland from the "No" side was "too little too late".

    Describing himself as a "lifelong Conservative", he says he had wanted to see a "devo max" option on the ballot paper - and that in the absence of that option, he had "no choice" but to vote "Yes".

    15:26: Coming up tonight....

    Tune-in at 20:00 for the BBC's final Referendum Debate programme.

    Panellists Douglas Alexander and Ruth Davidson for Better Together, and Elaine C Smith and Stewart Hosie for Yes Scotland, will take questions from a live studio audience in Stirling. James Cook, below, is in the chair.

    James Cook

    We'll be streaming the debate live (you'll be able to see it at the top of the page) with text commentary, and it will also be shown on BBC One Scotland.

    Kitty Raven, events organiser for Better Together,

    tweets: Great discussion with @TogetherDarling & financial services workers in Edinburgh this afternoon #indyref #nothanks

    Alistair Darling talks to financial service workers in Edinburgh
    15:16: More from Sir Harry

    Sir Harry says UK government policies will "widen inequality", writing: "The comfortably off are misjudging the future if they think playing it safe is the way to go next week.

    "There is no status quo in our economic future. The times are changing and the only choice is whether we want to be in control of our future or are we happy to hand it over to people who have shown they care little for the weak and the poor."

    15:14: Sir Harry Burns on NHS issue

    Writing in the Sunday Herald (subscription), Scotland's former chief medical officer Sir Harry Burns warns that the UK is facing increasing NHS privatisation and that there is "very little" Scotland can do about it if it remains part of the union.

    15:08: Stiglitz: 'Little basis for fear-mongering'

    Leading economist Joseph Stiglitz has said there is "little basis" for "fear-mongering" over the economy of an independent Scotland.

    Mr Stiglitz countered the view of fellow Nobel prize-winning economist Paul Krugman, who recently said in the New York Times that Scotland would face "huge risks" if it voted for independence and told Scots to "be very afraid".

    In an article published in the Sunday Herald and the Scotsman Mr Stiglitz said that while there would be risks in the event of a "Yes" vote, the risks of Scotland remaining in the union and the UK leaving the EU would be "significantly greater".

    15:04: Lord Reid 'misspoke'

    Better Together sources have told the Press Association that Lord Reid "misspoke" when he earlier told an event in Edinburgh: "If you don't know, genuinely, don't vote," - and that he meant to say: "If you don't know, vote 'No'."

    At the same event, he said: "There are a thousand ways to make a protest vote. Gambling with the future of your country and future generations is not the most sensible one of those to choose."

    14:46: Another author weighs in...

    Earlier we highlighted novelist Jenny Colgan's piece in the Observer, saying she doesn't want to be "a foreigner in my own land".

    Fellow Scottish author Janice Galloway has also written a piece for the paper, supporting a "Yes" vote.

    "We need to prepare the ground for our children now and not be afraid," she writes. "There's nothing's stopping us. We can do it if we want to. Yes. Yes. Yes."

    14:42: Unanswered questions, says Mone

    Entrepreneur Michelle Mone tells the Scotsman there are still "too many unanswered questions" and she remains concerned about the lack of clarity over a future currency in the event of a "Yes" vote. She has previously complained about receiving abuse on social media after siding with the "No" campaign.

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    Michael, Greenock: Businessmen are not all-knowing paragons of virtue. They are driven by personal wealth not fairness and the common good. Ordinary working people will benefit from independence. Don't let the businessmen and bankers influence your vote.

    Jamie in Glasgow: How dare Lord Dannatt suggest Scots are betraying lost soldiers by voting Yes? That is the most vile negativity an out of touch individual from Westminster could apply. It shows utter disrespect to men and women who are far better than him and he could not be more out of touch. This is the final straw that pushed me to a Yes.

    Anon: If Scotland has to apply to re join the EU then the same argument should apply to the rest of the UK. Their membership is based on whole of the UK - when Scotland leaves they will be in the exact same position as Scotland and will have to reapply too.

    If you are sending your thoughts via text, don't forget to include your name and town.

    14:19: Your emails

    Jenny: Alex Salmond has just said on the Andrew Marr programme there are no "No" voters just deferred "Yes" voters. So, all you "No" voters, you all now know what your potential leader thinks of you - just gullible voters waiting to bow to the greater wisdom of the great man.

    Jack Sherlock: I am Scottish, proud of it, even if I do not live there, as I am sure thousands of others are. This election process has been manipulated to try and maximize a "Yes" vote example is 16 year old too young to vote in an general election. The "Yes" voters are walking blindly into an abyss, get more local power fine but to destroy and alienate a proud UK nation of Welsh, Irish English and Scots is madness.

    Policy Holder: Salmond effectively told Andrew Marr the way the currency union would work is by Scotland having a veto on what policy directives the Westminster Parliament could give to the Bank of England. The proposition is utterly preposterous and stark staring bonkers. The final nail in the currency union coffin will be hammered home Friday morning.

    14:10: BBC demo

    "Yes" supporters are demonstrating outside the BBC's Pacific Quay headquarters in Glasgow against perceived bias in the corporation's coverage of the referendum.

    Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and the Border,

    tweets: A nice article on #indyref from The Globe and Mail

    12:59: Newspaper declares position

    Another newspaper declared its support for the "No" campaign today. In an editorial, the Scottish Sunday Express said: "The Better Together campaign has made mistakes along the way, yet its key message has never wavered - highlighting the enormous risks of going it alone and the patchwork of empty promises made by the SNP."


    Here's Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling with the Feis Rois ceilidh band, who performed on the Andrew Marr Show earlier.

    Alex Salmond, Alistair Darling and the Feis Rois ceilidh band
    12:38: Rounded view?

    The occupants of this house in Edinburgh appear to be hedging their bets, with campaign posters for both campaigns displayed in their window.

    Campaign posters in a window


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