Scottish Independence: ‘No’ leads in new poll

The campaign has been largely peaceful. Picture: Getty
The campaign has been largely peaceful. Picture: Getty
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A NEW poll today put the No side ahead again by 53 per cent to 47.

The Survation survey showed voting intentions unchanged from a similar survey published at the end of last month.

It follows the YouGov survey at the weekend which put Yes ahead for the first time, by 51 per cent to 49.

Yes Scotland chief executive Blair Jenkins said: “This puts Yes support at its highest yet in a Survation poll, which confirms we are in touching distance of success next Thursday, and will galvanise all those who are wanting and working for a Yes to redouble their efforts.”

Better Together campaign director Blair McDougall said: “This fight for Scotland’s future will go right down to the wire, but it’s one we will win.”

Today, First Minister Alex Salmond and his deputy Nicola Sturgeon were marking the 17th anniversary of the referendum which delivered the Scottish Parliament by sharing a platform with Canon Kenyon Wright, one of the key architects of the devolution scheme, who is now backing a Yes vote.

Canon Wright said he had hoped for a second question on the ballot paper – an autonomous Scotland in a new relationship with a radically reformed UK.

He said: “That door was wide open in Scotland. It was slammed shut by the Prime Minister and the usual suspects.

“Like many who shared that hope, I became convinced that the only way forward for the kind of Scotland I believed in, was independence – or what I prefer to call ‘interdependent independence’. For we are still together in these islands, but as adults, come of age.

“Again and again a Westminster government we did not elect claimed the right to impose policies we rejected and an ideology we do not accept. Devolution has no answer for that.

“Scotland needs something devolution can never give – the secure power to make her own decisions; to follow her own vision of a just fair society, to take her positive place among the nations of Europe and the world, to be free from the constant interference from Westminster.”

Meanwhile, angry mothers accused Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling of scaremongering and bullying voters in an online debate on the referendum.

Contributors to internet forum Mumsnet pressed the leaders of the Yes and No campaigns on a range of issues during the webchat, including the unresolved currency question, the impact on mortgages of independence and the future of the National Health Service.

But both were forced to defend the wider tactics of their campaigns after complaints about the way voters were being treated.

But Mr Darling insisted that warning voters about the implications of independence did not amount to scare tactics.

And Mr Salmond insisted that recent polls had shown that voters believed the campaign was “being conducted in a way which did Scotland credit and good”.