Scottish independence round-up: YouGov | Hearts

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

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A new YouGov opinion poll for the Times has added to evidence that support for independence has risen with one month to go before the vote.

The poll recorded the highest level of backing for a Yes vote in its polling on the referendum question, although No support maintained a 14-point lead.

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In other referendum news, oil and gas forecasts by the OBR have been described as “incredibly pessimistic” in a newly-published report by business group N-56, Hearts have issued a statement accusing pro-independence campaigners of attempting to “hijack” the club’s logo ahead of yesterday’s Edinburgh derby against Hibernian, and Alex Salmond has said that keeping the pound without the backing of the Bank of England is a viable “transitional option” for an independent Scotland.


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 BBC’s Steven McKenzie meets the collectors acquiring and preserving material from the Scottish independence referendum campaign.

Alex Stevenson, Parliamentary editor of, assesses claims that Scottish values are fundamentally different from those in the rest of the UK,

The Telegraph talk to politicians, business leaders and ordinary voters up and down the country, discussing some of the key topics in the independence referendum debate.

The SNP wants to protect the NHS here, while the coalition is destroying it over the Border, writes Lesley Riddoch.

Political commentator Gerry Hassan addresses the lack of doubt or uncertainty expressed by those in favour of Scottish independence, writing: “If the SNP could adopt a different tone it would speak to the Scotland which is unsure, nervous and waiting to be won over.”

Canada’s CBC News take an in-depth look at the Scottish independence referendum debate, and its parallels with the Quebec sovereignty movement.

University of Southern Queensland academic and former Glasgow University student Malcolm Brown reflects on the nature of Scottish identity in the context of the independence referendum.

Sir Adrian Bird, Professor of Genetics at Edinburgh University, and vice-principal of Aberdeen University Bryan MacGregor give their contrasting views on the impact of Scottish independence on research funding for Scottish universities.

Professor John Curtice takes a detailed look at the data behind YouGov’s latest poll, which shows support for a ‘Yes’ vote at a higher level than in any previous YouGov survey.

The BBC’s ‘Daily question’ blog looks at the possible role of the BBC after independence, the potential for a new Scottish Broadcasting Service, and parallels with broadcasting across the island of Ireland.