TODAY’S MAIN NEWS:
The south of Scotland remains firmly against independence, according to a new opinion poll released last night.
The survey, by ComRes for ITV Border News, found sixty-one per cent of those in Dumfries and Galloway and Scottish Borders plan to vote No. That’s up two per cent from the station’s last poll in January.
In the day’s other main referendum news, the BBC has been criticised for over plans to pay Labour MSP Kezia Dugdale to co-host a politics show on Radio Scotland, and China’s premier Li Keqiang gave his backing to the UK remaining “strong and united”, his comments coming during a press conference with David Cameron in London.
COMMENT AND ANALYSIS:
Our Scottish independence site showcases some of the best comment, analysis and opinion from across the web; here are some of the day’s top pieces.
• Edinburgh Napier University academic Piotr Marek Jaworski writes that Scotland should use the Norwegian kronor as currency in the event of a ‘Yes’ vote on independence.
• Former BBC correspondent Angus Roxburgh described the lack of a Scotland-dedicated news bulletin in place of the BBC’s London-based 6pm programme as a “democratic flaw”. Read his article here, via the New Statesman.
• Jonathon Shafi of the Radical Independence Campaign offers a wide-ranging critique of the Westminster system in his call for a ‘Yes’ vote on independence. The comment piece is the latest in a series of independence essays in The Scotsman.
• Edinburgh University’s James Mitchell analyses the success of the ‘Our Islands, Our Future’ campaign, which has successfully negotiated more powers for Scotland’s island communities in the event of independence.
• “24 carat poppycock” - that’s blogger Lallands Peat Worrier’s take on Alistair Carmichael’s claims on devolution. Find out why here.