CATCH up on today’s news, opinion and analysis on the Scottish independence debate from Scotland and around the world in this round-up from our dedicated referendum website.
TODAY’S MAIN NEWS:
A Commonwealth Games spectator has been escorted from the swimming events for holding up a flag in support of Scottish independence.
Glasgow 2014 organisers released a statement emphasising rules have banned flags carrying a political message from the games following the incident.
In other news, politicians are to get “soapbox slots” at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to sell the case for or against independence.
MSPs and MPs will be invited to take to the stage and given a few minutes to try to win over audiences.
COMMENT AND ANALYSIS:
Our Scottish independence site showcases some of the best comment, analysis and opinion from across the web; here are some of our favourite articles from the last 24 hours of the debate.
Alex Massie takes on the political reaction to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games in this piece for The Spectator.
Massie hits out at claims that Scottish national identity has been boosted by the Games, writing: “A sense of identity – and of worth – need not be improved or otherwise bolstered by tinkering with our constitutional status.”
Barbara Miller returns to her native Scotland to gauge the mood of politicians, pundits and ordinary voters ahead of September’s referendum in this in-depth piece for Australia’s ABC News.
16-year-old Reuben Cameron gives his view on the independence debate in this piece for the Evening Times.
Cameron bemoans the lack of information targeted specifically at the younger end of the electorate, and notes that the issue has not been top of the agenda for many of his peers.
Bill Ray of computing website The Register looks at proposals for the media and telecoms industries after independence.
This in-depth look assesses proposals for universal broadband in Scotland, plans for a Scottish public service broadcaster to replace the BBC, and the possibility of mobile phone roaming charges between Scotland and England.
Ed Fieldhouse of Manchester University looks at the changes in referendum voting intention in more detail, after revealing yesterday that undecided voters are swinging towards voting ‘Yes’ but in insufficient numbers to win the referendum for the pro-independence camp.
Katrin Bennhold of the New York Times looks at the possible flag of a United Kingdom without Scotland in the event of a ‘Yes’ vote on independence.
Richard Parry, an Honorary Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, looks at the issue of state benefits in the context of September’s independence referendum.
Parry assesses both the Department for Work and Pensions’ report on Scotland’s pension prospects, and the Scottish Government’s contribution to the debate.
Both sides in the Scottish independence referendum need to behave with more empathy and fairness, writes Fraser MacDonald in this piece for The Guardian.