Wednesday - Aug 23, 2017

Scottish independence debate starting to heat up as voting draws to a close

the Scottish independence vote now being rated as “too close to call” UK’s financial and stock markets in a state of disarray

One of the most important events in UK history is scheduled to take place on Thursday 18 September 2014 when those eligible to vote in Scotland will take part in a referendum to decide whether Scotland should become an independent country which will see an end to their 307 year long political union with England.

The campaign for and against Scottish independence has long been rated as “too close a call” although in recent weeks a distinct narrowing of the opinion poll lead that has been held by those against separating from England has been seen to be narrowing after a stirring televised debate held between the Nationalist first minister Alex Salmond and former Chancellor Alistair Darling.

The general consensus was that during Salmond’s overall pre-dinner performance, he was seen to be visibly floundering when asked to provide answers about the controversial question of future currency, which Darling was very quick to pick up on and take full advantage.

In general, the independence campaign appears to be lagging behind in all of the U.K.’s significant polls, however a recent survey organised by a middle of the road Scottish Sunday newspaper found that support for a ‘No’ vote had actually dropped by two points within the last few weeks to 55 percent, those in favor of independence had increased their position by two points to sit on 45 per cent.

In the meantime, another survey, conducted on behalf of of the ‘Yes’ Scotland campaign, but reportedly using the same methodology that the pollster uses for media clients, actually had those likely to choose to reject independence sitting at just 52 percent, while those in favor were at 48 per cent. For Yes, a two-point swing towards support for independence.

As far as international interest in an independent Scotland is concerned, Tony Abbott, the Australian prime minister, in a recent interview stated that it was “difficult to see how the world would be helped by an independent Scotland”.

“The people who would like to see the break-up of the United Kingdom are not the friends of justice, not the friends of freedom, and the countries that would cheer at the prospect of the break-up with the United Kingdom are not the countries whose company one would like to keep,” Mr Abbott summed up.

In an almost immediate response, Alex Salmond slammed the Australian Prime Minister’s Abbott’s comments as “foolish, hypocritical and offensive”, going on to add that the Scottish independence process is about freedom and justice and that gaining independence from the British Commonwealth does not seem to have done Australia any harm.”

Those in favor of Scottish independence consistently maintain that Scotland would be very capable of making their own contribution to international security in the same way as other medium size European countries whilst adding that, to date, the debate on independence should act as an example of how to settle sovereignty issues peacefully and democratically.

Photo: Edinburgh from Calton Hill with Dugald Stewart Monument 3 – Courtesy of Ad Meskens

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