Scottish independence round-up: New ‘No’ adverts

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

There are 18 days left until the referendum on Scottish independence. Picture: Hemedia
There are 18 days left until the referendum on Scottish independence. Picture: Hemedia

The latest poster campaign from the pro-union Better Together group has been criticised for using families and children as reasons to vote ‘No’.

Pro-independence campaigners have claimed that the adverts suggest that ‘Yes’ voters do not care about their children - this follows a row over a now-infamous Better Together TV advert which spawned the ‘Patronising BT Lady’ internet meme.

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In other news, the author behind the best-selling political novel behind award-winning show House of Cards has said he was “appalled” by the televised referendum debate.

Meanwhile First Minister Alex Salmond has urged those who have not yet done so to take their last chance to register for this month’s Scottish independence vote. The deadline to register is midnight on Tuesday.

Our supplements on some of the key issues in the independence campaign – international affairs, financial affairs, welfare and young people – are now available as a free eBook.


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.

The Irish community in Glasgow comes under the spotlight in the latest of a series of pre-referendum reports from Mark Hennessy of the Irish Times.

Paul Mason, economics editor of Channel 4 News, reflects on a recent visit to Glasgow, and notes the inability of political elites to comprehend many of the messages and aims of grass-roots campaigners ahead of this month’s independence referendum.

Polling expert John Curtice asks whether the vast numbers of previously-unregistered voters can make a decisive impact on this month’s Scottish independence referendum.

Peter Ross visits the dancehalls of Fife to meet some of Scotland’s older voters, gauging their opinions ahead of this month’s Scottish independence referendum.

Katrin Bennhold of the New York Times looks at Welsh reaction to the Scottish independence referendum debate, speaking to residents and politicians in the Welsh town of Caernarfon.

Liam Kirkaldy of Holyrood Magazine provides a brief history of political abuse in the wake of the egging of Jim Murphy at a campaign event last week.

Kirkaldy points out that Murphy is far from the first politician to receive rough treatment, and also suggests that angry outbursts will not convince either side to change tack.

Paul Hoggart of Newsweek looks at the history of Scotland within the UK, and the issue of the monarchy in the Scottish independence debate.

Worries about their financial security leave many of the elderly in conflict over voting Yes for the benefit of the next generation, writes Lesley Riddoch.