The Scottish Independence Referendum
This year on the 18th of September there will be a historic vote to be made in Scotland. The future of the United Kingdom is in the balance with the people in Scotland being given a once in a generation opportunity to have their say on whether Scotland should remain a part of the UK or become its own independent country. Who can vote? Most people over the age of 16 who lives in Scotland will be entitled to vote. As with other UK elections, to get a vote you will need to register in advance . Unlike other UK elections, 16 and 17 year olds will be able to vote in the referendum. Until the 18th of September you may make your vote in our online poll below and support your vote with a comment that will be visible to other site visitors. You can support any comments you agree with and also share your vote on Facebook.
Should Scotland
be an independent country?
 
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Yes / 204 No / 76

Make your vote count on September 18, 2014
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This vote is for my grandchildren, I want them to grow up in a fairer society, something that will never happen under Westminster, I have a good feeling about this referendum. Saor Alba
Margaret Smith
Total Votes: 34
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I initially thought that Scotland would be better to remain in the UK but have been to many debates and did a lot of research and feel that we would be better off being independent. Plus the Better Together campaign has been poorly run and seems to be mainly scaremonger stories
Gillian Sloan
Total Votes: 33
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I'll lose my job if I vote Yes, however I WILL vote Yes. There is much talk of uncertainty; just remember that the UK government has refused to enter into talks about post-Yes Scotland, so that's a big reason why. We pay more in than we get out and Westminster wouldn't fight so hard to keep Scotland if we were as poor alone as they say. Things we oppose are implemented anyway: privatisation, nuclear weapons etc. Why are we so keen to believe that we're useless? No shared history is lost, no borders will go up, we won't move. We will be equal - what's wrong with that? People voting Yes are not racist, they are trying to better Scotland and make Scots opinions count, those voting No are happy to trundle along being governed by Westminster who have no interest besides the money we bring in. It's not about the SNP nor football or racism; it's about Scotland being governed by her people. Please, please do your research: if not for you then for future generations. Vote Yes.
Richard Fraser
Total Votes: 29
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Always has been and always will be a huge YES from me!
Jordan Inglis
Total Votes: 29
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I want a fairer, greener Scotland For My Daughter To Inherit.
janis wilson
Total Votes: 24
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Scotland should b run by Scottish people
edward dougan
Total Votes: 24
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It's our chance to get away from the sleaze of Westminster and get a Government and society that serves the people!
Paul
Total Votes: 21
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It is time that one of the world's oldest nations governed for itself and its people.
Bob Ewen
Total Votes: 16
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A Scottish government for the people of Scotland. Get rid of Trident, rid of the House of Lords. Tax raised in Scotland stays/spent in Scotland.
Stuart Cunningham
Total Votes: 15
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I am as patriotic about Scotland as anyone who hails from these lands. I really believe that it's in our best interests to remain a part of the union. The YES campaign simply do not provide enough detail or concise answers for me to justify gambling with my children future. If they provided me with proper evidence that made me believe my children's future would be brighter with a YES vote i'd have clicked YES instead.
John McKenzie
Total Votes: 15
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Yes, yes and yes
Lisa clark
Total Votes: 13
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What is ours is ours and should remain in Scotland. Let Scotland flourish now, it is our time to reap the benefits of our assets and free ourselves from Westminster control. I want a better future for my children and grandchildren and so on.. So be it I say YES
Margaret. Craig
Total Votes: 12
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Ecological and social reasons are why I'm naturally voting Yes.
Billy Strand
Total Votes: 12
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defanatly yes got to think of the kids give them a chance of what wee should have had 30 year ago
craig arthur
Total Votes: 10
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I more socialist than nationalist yet the labour party left me and others a long time ago. We only have to look at our former industrial towns and ask ourselves is this the best it gets? Surely not. Surely we can build more prosperous, equal society that helps the poor and the sick rather than victimises them. Create a vibrant economy where people are paid a decent wage. And if we can't then at least we will have no one to blame but ourselves. But it won't be for the want of trying...
Scott
Total Votes: 9
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The only way ;)
Peter Nichol
Total Votes: 9
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Rid ov wastemonster for ever
Henry west
Total Votes: 9
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Yes yes yes!
vonstarr
Total Votes: 8
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It has to be yes, no longer should we be subservient to a foreign government. FREEEEEDOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Angus McClane
Total Votes: 8
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Tell us the basics!!! What tax and how we pay for health???
Fergus McGougan
Total Votes: 7
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I will be voting for independence because i do not want to be ruled by a government who has not got Scotland's best interests at heart. In the long run if we gain independence I think, after some teething troubles Scotland will become a strong vibrant nation unshackled from years of Tory policies. A vote for independence is not a vote for the SNP or Alex Salmond it is a vote for democracy!
Donnie Chisholm.
Total Votes: 7
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Britain is a small island and we should be sticking together. The people never asked for this. It was Alex Salmond who decided,he just to be the big shot. There are issues to which he does not have an answer.
Jessie Pickett
Total Votes: 7
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There will be plenty of job loses. I work for the MOD, I will lose mine. Vote No!!!
John Mcdermott
Total Votes: 7
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Free SCOTLAND!
Zachary Jones
Total Votes: 6
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If we would be so useless and poor on our own. Why is the UK so determined to keep on "subsidising" us? The answer; we wouldn't be and they don't. Vote YES for independence and YES for a brighter future for Scotland.
David C
Total Votes: 6
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united we stand...divided ???
david colman
Total Votes: 6
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Nothing adds up!! We can get everything we want with devolution and have the security of the UK.
Chris Finnigan
Total Votes: 6
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Because Scotland gets treated with contempt,they are so desperate for us to stay united,it it seems to me that yes is correct way to vote.
lyniez
Total Votes: 6
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Yes for my kids and their kids YESj
Mike
Total Votes: 6
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Yes, yes, yes!!!
Eleanor Reilly
Total Votes: 6
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No No No! I don't want my children to be poor. I don't believe we are capable of going it alone.
Michelle
Total Votes: 5
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For democracy. For welfare. Against Tory. Against nuclear weapons.
Ross Couper
Total Votes: 5
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When you get down to the figures, Scotland has always contributed more than her fair share. That is without taking into account the £10 billion or so of tax revenue each year from Scottish Oil, even allowing for the maritime border having been redrawn north of Edinburgh. I don't understand the fuss about the EU either. The two strongest economies in Europe are Switzerland and Norway. They chose to join the European Free Trade Area but both had referendums on EU membership, and the people in both countries said NO. That would be Scotland's best choice as well. Labour are against it because it would be much harder to get a majority at Westminster without the Scottish seats. The Conservatives are against it because they would need to raise taxes in England to compensate for the loss of the Oil Revenue. Give people the facts instead of the propaganda and hopefully this time Scotland will say Aye!
Nick Barton
Total Votes: 5
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Some English journalists label the Scots as subsidy junkies and we in return sometimes blame the English for everything that is wrong in the world , let's agree to split and remain friends.
Jim Miller
Total Votes: 5
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Once in a lifeteime opportunity - seize it!
Ian Nairn
Total Votes: 5
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I want to live in a just society, a country that cares for the poor, the sick and marginalised. I want my children, grandchildren and future generations to live in a country that invests in green energy, jobs with a living wage, no zero hours contracts, free childcare, no weapons of mass destruction on our shores, no MPs fiddling their expenses and no House of Lords. Gordon Brown has claimed that Independence would cost every household £450. Well, I would still vote Yes if that were the case. We have saved much more than that since the SNP came to power with the council tax freeze and free prescriptions alone. If Labour had been in power we would be paying hundreds of pounds more in council tax, still be paying for prescriptions and our students would be paying for their college and university courses (Joann Lamont has said Labour will do this if they win the next election). Fregus McGougan, we already pay for our Health Service so that is not an issue. I urge you all to vote YES!
Deirdre Murray
Total Votes: 5
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Time for us to take control of our destiny and make Scotland a great country for future generations
Allan McClure
Total Votes: 5
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Yes all the way for me. It's time we took responsibility for our own nation.
Tony Randall
Total Votes: 5
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Yeah I want Scotland to be in dependent country so we can have our Owen powers and also take to do with our Owen taxes
david robertson
Total Votes: 4
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I spent my early years in a small independent European country. There has never been any question in my mind that Scotland could be anything but better off as an independent nation. Vote Yes!
Daniel Owens
Total Votes: 4
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I think it would be a disaster
Jackie mclatchie
Total Votes: 4
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Forward!
Paul McLatchie
Total Votes: 4
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yes all the way
arch
Total Votes: 4
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Dear Scotsmen, you have a historical moment in front of you. Look at my country, Greece, how are we struggling with austerity and poverty. Because we transferred our national rights to the EU and now we have neither economical or political autonomy. Leave UK, demand the exit from EU and try to organise your political life with democratic and social terms and bases. Greetings from Athens
Pavlos
Total Votes: 4
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i am voting yes because lets face it, what have Westminster done for anyone apart from themselves. I think we will be better off alone and would be good not to be governed by a bunch of rich public schoolboys that have no grasp on moneys real value.. furthermore the scaremongering from the better together campaign has became my main reason for Voting YES!
Stuart Arthur
Total Votes: 4
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Change is both inevitable and necessary. I want to be part of the change Independence will bring for all, not only in Scotland but throughout the world.
Neil Anderson
Total Votes: 4
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A no vote will mean that Scotland will continue to be England's bitch, and to be used for whatever purpose England decides, whether that be to continue robbing us of our resources or indeed to call on daughters and sons of Scotland to die for them wheneve they decide to start more illegal wars. NO MORE OF THIS THANK YOU !!!!
Bill tohill
Total Votes: 4
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No one knows what Scotland will be like following a Yes vote. It is only after the people of Scotland decide their future that the work can really start to shape our country into a fairer and more representative society. It is to a great extent a leap of faith. For me I have faith in my fellow countrymen and countrywomen that they will seize the opportunity presented and vote for an independent Scotland. Yes, yes and yes again for me.
Gregor Morgan
Total Votes: 4
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I can only assume that an Independent Scotland would thrive better than we are doing under the United Kingdom Government at the moment . At least give us a try !!!
Constance Hickie
Total Votes: 4
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It has to be yes! I was unsure but after much research reading, we must have control over our own finances and how we spend them. The better together campaign has produced nothing but negative propaganda and spin.
Garry Ross
Total Votes: 3
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It will provide better opportunity for social justice, a fairer society and greater democracy in scotland.
Paul
Total Votes: 3
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Yes yes yes
neil McMahon
Total Votes: 3
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We do not want Westminster to fleece Scotland to pay for their mistakes any longer
Brian hay
Total Votes: 3
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Have yet to have a no campaign reason to reconsider
darren cameron chapple
Total Votes: 3
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I have always wanted an independent Scotland so I will vote yes
H mcmanus
Total Votes: 3
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YES YES YES x 3 in this house. Saor Alba !!!
Elaine Black
Total Votes: 3
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no
Peter O'Shaughnessy
Total Votes: 3
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Scotland must become independent in order that my children can grow up in a fairer, more equal society where not only the super rich matter.
martin petrie
Total Votes: 3
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YES, for our future & the future of our kids & grandchildren!
JC
Total Votes: 3
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Decisions about Scotland should be made by a government in Scotland acting for the people of Scotland - Westminster acts against Scotland!
Heather McLean
Total Votes: 3
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Im voting yes because I really want to see the looks on their faces when news of the yes victory filters through to westminster
Duncan Clark
Total Votes: 3
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Enough is enough,its our turn now!
barry morrison
Total Votes: 3
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I want Scotland to be an independent country for the sake of my young nephew so I will vote yes
martin
Total Votes: 3
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I believe our independence will work for the people of Scotland, equality for all, give my children the best future possible
Steve Livingstone
Total Votes: 2
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Yes yes yes
val
Total Votes: 2
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Yes it's time Scotland made the decisions for its own people
Chris miller
Total Votes: 2
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It's a no brainer
Lynn mcmorrow
Total Votes: 2
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Weigh up the pros and cons and the only decision i could make was yes!
Robert Docherty
Total Votes: 2
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imagine the possibilities with a yes vote.....absolutely no one holding Scotland back wow....the sky is the limit
johno
Total Votes: 2
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We are living with the alternate just now and it's not working. There must be something better than this. Vote Yes.
Ryan
Total Votes: 2
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Torys out forever. Westminster will rape & pillage Scotland, then sow the ground with salt if the vote is no. This is for the future, seize the day.
Brian Irwin
Total Votes: 2
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If any country has the financial means to run its self why give another country the power to rule you.
Francis Traynor Burns
Total Votes: 2
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I want a government that puts me, and every other Scot right at the heart of all their decisions. I think we are all worth it.
Gina Singleton
Total Votes: 2
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If we get Independence I hope people are gaurnteed some kind of a full time job but I have made my mind up to vote yes And then we will have control of our tax and also better NHS and police
john
Total Votes: 2
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YES!
Kirsten MacLeod
Total Votes: 2
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I will be voting YES in the forthcoming referendum becausefor the future of my children and following generations. I believe Scotland isa strong nation, culturally, economically, mentally. I find Scots to be forward thinkers, inventors and compassionately nation.
Nina Strachan
Total Votes: 2
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Best chance of creating a better society for the people who live in scotland.
Jamie Lees
Total Votes: 2
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Yes yes yes
gwen
Total Votes: 2
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I Want A Fairer Scotland for Future generations of scots, Not Ruled By Corrupt Westminster Governments who We In Scotland Did Not Vote For!
Karen Brownlee
Total Votes: 2
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Because it is the only logical choice!!!
Margaret
Total Votes: 2
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I'm voting yes for the future of Scotland We have to do this for the future of our children and there children and to stop us going bankrupt sorry Westminster is just not connecting with Scotland Vote Yes yes yes
Graham MacPherson
Total Votes: 2
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Since the UK is already going bankrupt it's best to get out before they take us with them. http://www.cobdencentre.org/2010/08/the-uk-is-broke/
Phoenix Dawn
Total Votes: 2
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saor alba
jim clark
Total Votes: 2
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NEVER in a million years. Alex Salmond is a joke. NO, NO, NO
m. macleod
Total Votes: 2
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For all the right reasons you have to vote yes its a no brainier
Jim clelland
Total Votes: 2
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Please remember people who are in the no camp the Scottish mp,s in London are only fighting for there jobs the money we could save.
E.M.Mgeachie
Total Votes: 2
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When Scotland goes independent I hope there will be plenty of work for people but in saying that am for for a yes vote
john
Total Votes: 2
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It's the only way!!!!!
Allan McPherson
Total Votes: 2
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Yes I think Scotland should be an independent country because if we done it 300 years ago then I can`t see why not now.
charles mcmanus
Total Votes: 2
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Scotland, run by those who live here and love here. Couldn't be simpler for YES!
Duncan McAllister
Total Votes: 2
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Could you please provide more information about who or what organisation is running this site.
Ray Burgess
Total Votes: 2
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Yes yes yes
brian
Total Votes: 1
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When a child is born he or she will not depend on the parent all their lives, They have to stand on their self. That's what Scotland is doing, standing on their two feet and not depending on someone.
SN
Total Votes: 1
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I will vote yes for an independent Scotland if we can guarantee there will be plenty of jobs and no pay off and the taxes spent in Scotland yes yes
carol
Total Votes: 1
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Yes
Robert Graham
Total Votes: 1
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No more Tory governments.
Susan Henderson
Total Votes: 0
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I want to know that my vote counts, and that Scotland gets the government the majority of us vote for.
Ann Dolan
Total Votes: 0
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I'd like to see a fairer society, where the government actually works for us, to create a fairer society....any financial benefits would be a bonus...
Eileen
Total Votes: 0
Recent News
Yes at 37% in YouGov poll
SUPPORT for a Yes vote in the independence referendum has increased, but more than half of Scots still want to remain part of the UK, the latest opinion poll suggests. The latest research by YouGov found 37% of people questioned said they support independence, up two points from last month, with 52% planning to vote No, down by one point. One in 10 people were undecided about how to vote on September 18, while 1% said they would not be voting, according to the poll for The Times. When undecided and non-voters were removed, support for a Yes vote was 42% - the highest support for independence YouGov has reported - with 58% backing the union.
Scottish independence would leave families worse off, says Gordon Brown
Gordon Brown has claimed that low and middle-income families in Scotland would be more than £1bn worse off if the country votes for independence, and re-elects Alex Salmond's government. The former prime minister said a line-by-line comparison between the Scottish National party's tax and spending plans with Labour's offer to voters, which includes higher taxes for the wealthiest, would cost every household in Scotland £450. In a speech before Scottish Labour opened its spring conference in Perth, Brown stepped up his party's attacks on the first minister's economic policies and heavy reliance on oil revenues, in a concerted effort to portray the SNP as the party of business and the better off.
Police discuss post-Yes intelligence and security sharing
Scotland's chief constable has revealed talks are under way to discuss intelligence sharing if there is a Yes vote in the independence referendum. Security and intelligence services are reserved to Westminster, with the Metropolitan Police providing the UK lead in counter-terrorism. If Scotland was independent, these powers would fall to Holyrood. But Sir Stephen House said he did not view this as a "massive significant issue." He was speaking in a wide-ranging interview with BBC Scotland to mark the first year of the new single Police Scotland force. Sir Stephen said: "There's no doubt that in the months after a Yes vote, there would have to be lot of thought put into this. I'm not saying that we haven't thought about it already."
Vote against Scottish independence will not rule out further devolution – PM
David Cameron has pledged that the Tories will back plans to give Scotland more tax and law-making powers, stepping up the battle to win over undecided voters before September's independence referendum. The prime minister said that increasing the Scottish parliament's powers to raise and set taxes was "the right thing to do" and would not be a consolation prize for Alex Salmond's nationalist government in the event of a no vote in September.

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