TODAY’S MAIN NEWS:
Chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has admitted that Scotland could negotiate to share the BBC and the National Lottery. Alexander, who “remains skeptical” of Scottish Government plans for the institutions, told the Guardian that the issue would remain up for negotiation.
Meanwhile, both the Yes and No camps are aiming to woo undecided rural voters at The Royal Highland Show this weekend, The Telegraph claim that Alex Salmond has received details on the set-up costs for an independent Scotland, and the SNP’s Humza Yousaf has claimed that independence could help ‘rebalance’ power in England.
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 favourites so far today.
• Former Labour communications chief John McTernan has hit out at plans for a new constitution following independence - and Scottish legal blogger and independence supporter Lallands Peat Worrier has hit right back. Read both pieces on the independence site.
• Writer and playwright Alasdair Gray has outlined his reasons for voting Yes in a piece for the Guardian’s ‘Comment is Free’ site.
• ’We need to talk about Li Keqiang, writes Susan Evans in Bella Caledonia. Evans outlines China’s policy on regional autonomy, and the similarities between UK and Chinese politics.
• Joyce McMillan highlights the continued success of the ‘Nordic social model’, and calls for Scotland to forge its own way in taxation and public spending rather than stick to austerity.