Referendum round-up: Prisoner votes | Glasgow 2014

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Two prisoners have lost their legal battle for a vote in September’s Scottish independence referendum after their claims were dismissed by the UK Supreme Court.

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In other news, Alastair Smith, the Chief Executive of the organisers of Glasgow’s annual Pride parade, has given his public backing to the ‘Yes’ camp, and David Cameron is reportedly considering basing himself in Scotland in the run-up to the referendum.


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.

The comedy website Chortle looks at ten shows at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, each tackling the issue of September’s Scottish independence referendum in their own way.

Two academics from Scottish universities discuss whether the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games can boost the hopes of either side in the Scottish independence referendum.

Kehoe is a Senior Lecturer in History at Glasgow Caledonian University, while Blain is a Professor of Communications, Media and Culture at the University of Stirling.

The BBC’s Esther Webber looks at eight of Europe’s regional independence movements, all of which are keeping a close eye on the Scottish independence referendum.

GQ Magazine’s Matt Jones wonders whether the much-maligned ‘Let’s Stay Together’ video campaign might be doing more harm than good to those aiming for a ‘No’ vote in the referendum.

The Wall Street Journal’s David Roman looks at the possible effect of a ‘Yes’ vote on Scottish independence on Spain, with some in Spain worried that the Scottish vote could dash hopes of an economic recovery.

The Evening Standard’s Richard Godwin criticises recent attempts to ‘lovebomb’ Scotland ahead of the referendum vote, and suggests that some of the tactics used by British politicians and celebrities could put Scots off.

André Lecours, Associate Professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa, looks at the Quebec independence referendums of 1980 and 1995 and compares the political and social situation in Scotland to that in the Canadian province.

“For (the Left) to have any chance of taking on Scotland’s ‘forces of conservatism’ and the ‘safety first’ politics of SNP and Labour, there has to be honesty, an awareness that there are no easy answers and shortcuts”, writes Gerry Hassan in this column for Scottish Review.