Scotland’s pro and anti independence campaigns heat up

Scotland’s pro and anti independence campaigns heat up

Written by Staff Writer

15 Sep, 2014 | 9:55 pm

The campaigns for and against Scottish independence are heating up with just days to go before the highly anticipated vote.

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond and Prime Minister David Cameron are due to hit the Scottish campaign trail ahead of Thursday’s independence vote.

Salmond is to join business leaders to argue that a “Yes” vote would help to grow Scotland’s economy. Cameron will be in Scotland to give a speech arguing there are strong “head and heart” reasons to vote “No”.

In Edinburgh, the “No” campaigners waved British flags and sang God Save the Queen.

Queen Elizabeth has been largely silent on the matter until yesterday when she reportedly commented on it after a morning church service near her Balmoral estate in Scotland.

The Times newspaper says she told someone in the crowd “ I hope people will think very carefully about the future “.

That sentiment was echoed by Labour MP Alister Darling — who’s leading the “Better Together” effort.

Labour MP, Alister Darling had expressed following views; “What we are saying is if you’ve got any doubt about this then don’t do it. You wouldn’t do it on any personal decision you would make and this decision isn’t just for you. It’s for your family. It’s for your country. Which is why we think people will say “no thanks” on Thursday.”

“Yes” campaigners staged one of their biggest rallies in Glasgow, Scotland’s second largest city.

Scottish national party leader Alex Salmond was all smiles as he posed for selfies with independence supporters. He accused the other side of fear mongering.

First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond said; “So we’ve got big battalions trotted out, organized by Downing Street, to say the seven plagues of Egypt will descend on Scotland on Friday if you vote ‘yes’ on Thursday. But I think people in Scotland are now of an attitude that no, this is a prosperous nation, they want it to be a just society and that is why this joyful, liberating and empowering campaign is moving its way forward.”

Polls show the vote is split nearly evenly down the middle, but with a large number of voters still undecided, leaving many people on edge.

More than four million people have registered to vote in the referendum.

News 1st’s Daniella De Mel, in Manchester, England gave us latest on the run up to the historic referendum.

“With three full days of campaigning left before the vote, politicians on both sides of the debate are set to renew efforts to win over undecided voters. The latest polls suggest the independence vote remains too close to call. Three polls published at the weekend have put the “No” campaign in the lead, while one has put the pro-independence “Yes” campaign ahead. The latest poll of polls collating the six most recent surveys – carried out between the 9th and 12th September and excluding “don’t knows” – puts the “No” campaign on 51% and the “Yes” campaign on 49%. All over the UK, there is a mood of suspense as the Union waits on the Scots to make their final decision…………. Daniella de Mel reporting for News 1st from Manchester, England.”

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