Dissecting the Referendum: The Campaigns

Although the time between the polls opening and the final result being declared was only a little more than 25 hours, the real story of how the Scottish independence referendum was won and lost has a deep history of two years or more.  For many it has been a process that has gone on for far too long, and there are calls from people across the country to move on and abandon the fierce politicking that has gripped the nation especially tightly during the last — Read more →

Dissecting the Referendum: The Result

I managed to make it until about half 5 in the morning before calling it quits and going to bed, accepting that Scotland had voted No to independence.  To be honest I was okay with it at that point, the steady stream of results that had come in from YouGov’s initial poll to the actual council-by-council results began to show rather quickly that it wasn’t going to be Yes’ night. But when I woke up a few hours later, to catch the end of the — Read more →

Predicting the Referendum Result

Today’s the day.  Today Scotland goes to the polls to decide its future and by tomorrow morning we will know whether Scotland has chosen to become independent or to remain within the United Kingdom.  There’s no telling which way the nation will vote at the moment, but I’ve tried to use recent polls to give an indication of what might unfold as the counts report their results tonight to make the process a little less nervy and uncertain! First things first, there is no doubt — Read more →

Two Weeks until Scotland’s Date with Destiny

It’s an immensely exciting time to live in Scotland at the moment, with just two weeks to go until we vote on our independence.  The public broadcasts are out in force, signs are up everywhere and hardly a conversation goes by without some passing mention.  It’s amazing to see so many people actively engaging in politics. What’s even more exciting is the fact that the Yes vote is soaring. YouGov, a perennially No-inclined pollster, gave the Yes campaign a massive four-point boost on Monday to — Read more →

Salmond v Darling – Round 2

First Minister Alex Salmond and Better Together Chairman Alistair Darling squared off last night in their last scheduled debate before the Scottish independence referendum in just 24 days’ time.  After the first debate, where Alistair Darling won, the second was seen as a pivotal moment in the campaign – and perhaps make or break for the Yes side who were sitting behind in the polls.  Fortunately for those of a Yes persuasion, Alex Salmond came out and delivered a far more convincing case for independence — Read more →