12 September 2014 - Scotland: no vote in front
Poll: support for Scottish independence cools as referendum draws near
Severin Carrell (The Guardian)
Support for Scottish independence has fallen by three points in the latest YouGov poll, which has confirmed that the no vote is back in the lead with less than a week before the referendum.
The latest poll for the Times and the Sun has found that support for remaining in the UK has risen to 52%, leaving support for a yes vote four points behind at 48%, excluding don't knows.
YouGov found last week that the independence vote was in the lead for the first time, taking a two-point lead over no by 51% to 49%, sending shockwaves through the no campaign and causing delight among yes campaigners. That poll led to a fall in the value of the pound, and to more than £2bn being temporarily wiped off the value of leading Scottish companies. It also forced David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg to abandon prime minister's questions and head to Scotland for a day of campaigning to shore up their vote.
The latest YouGov panel has shown a shift against independence in several areas. It found that the yes vote was ahead in only one age group, amongst 25-to-39-year-olds, while in all others no was ahead. Its previous poll for the Sunday Times found the no vote was ahead just among pensioners.
Health and taxes
James Cusick (The Independent)
Alex Salmond’s vote-winning claim that only leaving the Union could save the NHS in Scotland was in danger of unravelling on Thurday night as key arguments of the Yes campaign came under sustained attack from leading economists and business leaders.
Research published by the influential Institute for Fiscal Studies think tank found that the devolved Holyrood government currently spent less on the health service in real terms than its English equivalent - undermining Mr Salmond’s claim that Westminster government posed a threat to the NHS.
“It is hard to see how independence could allow Scotland to spend more on the NHS than would be possible within a Union where it will have significant tax raising powers and considerable say over spending priorities,” the authors concluded.
Alison Little (The Express)
They insisted England's cities and regions must have more control over their affairs if Scots are to be rewarded for voting against independence in their referendum next week.
Senior Conservative William Hague sought to allay fears by agreeing English concerns must be taken into account while his colleague Eric Pickles today agrees there is "real scope" for more decentralisation in England.
The Prime Minister, Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg and Labour leader Ed Miliband have backed a Gordon Brown blueprint to swiftly draw up a new power deal for Scots if they vote No to independence.
Libby Brooks (The Guardian)
A record number of people have registered to vote in the Scottish independence referendum, with 97% of the adult population now ready to take part in next week's vote.
A total of 4,285,323 makes this the largest electorate the country has ever known for any election or referendum.
The figure includes 118,640 voters who have registered in the last month alone, as well as 789,024 postal voters. It marks an increase of over 300,000 since the last Westminster election in 2012 and includes 16- and 17-year-olds who have had the vote extended to them for the first time.
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"12 September 2014 - Scotland: no vote in front", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), décembre 2014. Consulté le 28/02/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/key-story/archives-revue-de-presse-2014/12-september-2014-scotland-no-vote-in-front