Scottish independence round-up: Survation | Standard Life

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CATCH up on the day in the Scottish independence debate, with this round-up of stories, features and opinion pieces featured on our dedicated referendum microsite.

A brand new poll by Survation for the Daily Record, released in the last half-hour, has put the ‘No’ campaign back in the lead ahead of next week’s independence referendum.

The survey shows the ‘No’ camp on 47.6%, ‘Yes’ on 42.4%, with 9.9% unsure of how they will vote.

In other news, Standard Life has sought to reassure investors by announcing it has put ‘precautionary measures’ in place in order to tackle any disruption caused if Scotland votes for independence.

The pensions firm’s chief executive David Nish told customers that the group is prepared to move parts of its business to England in the event of a Yes vote.

David Cameron’s political future will be hanging in the balance if Scotland votes for independence next week, Alex Salmond has claimed.

TODAY’S BEST COMMENT AND ANALYSIS

Every day we highlight some of the most interesting and talked-about articles on the Scottish independence referendum - here are some of today’s best pieces, as featured on our Indyref microsite.

Rory Scothorne: Traitors for ‘Yes’

The newly-invigorated Scottish Left should be wary of becoming too heavily involved in the early days of a post-independence Scotland lest their credibility become eroded in the difficult beginnings of the new state, writes Rory Scothorne.

Charlie Jeffery: What next if it’s a ‘Yes’ vote?

If Scotland votes ‘Yes’, politicians in Scotland and the rest of the UK will need to move quickly in order to get negotiations under way and settle emotions among voters and business, writes Professor Charlie Jeffery.

Mary Miller: Scots can follow Nordic lead

Despite No’ camp suggestions to the contrary, Scotland can take its place as a vibrant social democracy in the mould of its Nordic neighbours, writes Mary Miller of the Bergen National Opera.

Chris Game: Scotland vote appears to be defying usual referendum swing

Polling on the Scottish independence referendum does not show the usual swing towards the status quo expected in a major referendum, writes Chris Game of the University of Birmingham’s Institute of Local Government Studies.

Gerry Hassan: Independence of Scottish mind has shown up failure of British nationalism

The idea of Scottish independence has taken hold in Scotland and paved the way for a new energy in Scottish political and civil debate, writes Gerry Hassan in this piece for the New Statesman.

Alex Massie: Why I am voting ‘No’

Columnist Alex Massie will vote ‘No’ in next week’s Scottish independence referendum in defence of “a cosmopolitan country that’s a desirable destination for millions of people around the world” – he outlines his reasons for backing the Union in this piece for The Spectator.

Carol Craig: Why this optimist is voting ‘No’

Carol Craig, author of ‘The Scots’ Crisis of Confidence’, writes that despite the ‘Yes’ side appearing to “have all the best tunes”, she will vote ‘No’ to allow for the major political changes needed while remaining within the established UK state.

Natasha Lennard: Yes to Scottish Independence – and to the end of British neoliberalism

Scottish independence can act as a catalyst for new political systems and structures other than the neoliberal status quo, writes Natasha Lennard.

John Wight: Class trumps nationality in the Scottish independence debate

Writer and commentator John Wight writes in support of a ‘No’ vote in next week’s independence referendum, claiming that solidarity with working people across the UK makes a vote against independence the correct choice.

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