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> Is The Union Already Lost?, Referendum: 18th September 2014
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post 1st Jan 2014, 05:01pm
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Despite what appears to be a reasonable lead in opinion polls, it is increasingly clear that major figures within the parties represented by the pro-union campaign are becoming nervous about the result Scottish independence referendum on 18 September 2014.

In a front page article in this week's Sunday Times, under the headline 'Tories fear Scots will break away', senior Conservative figures north and south of the border voiced concerns that the anti-independence group Better Together was "too negative and lacked momentum". David Cameron's own election guru, Lynton Crosby, is mentioned in the article as saying that the Better Together is "so feeble that the future of the UK is in doubt", and the expert voting forecaster made the unexpected prediction that an SNP victory was "not only possible but likely".

The article also mentioned Scottish secretary Alistair Carmichael and Boris Johnson, the London mayor, who are among a group of senior Tories who believe that many undecided voters may be swayed by lingering antipathy towards the Thatcher government's destruction of heavy industry in Scotland, leading wavering voters to choose 'Yes' in the referendum.

The increasingly outspoken condemnation of Better Together's pro-union strategy is also fuelling tensions in the cross-party group, with much of the focus of resentment coming to rest on the Better Together leadership of Alistair Darling. The former Labour chancellor has opted for a strategy based on highlighting the alleged economic and financial risks of separation; however, many commentators now assess the strategy – dubbed 'Project Fear' – as damaging to the unionist cause, at the same time isolating large swathes of voters who see the message as predominantly anti-Scottish.

The Sunday Times article also cited a poll this month which suggested that the pro-independence Yes Scotland campaign is closing the gap in the race for referendum votes, cutting the 'No' lead from 19% to 14%, while a recent poll for the newspaper put the 'No' lead at just nine points.

In a related article last week, a leaked advertising agency report commissioned by Better Together has suggested that the unionist group needs to move swiftly away from its damagingly negative strategy. The major London-based agency highlighted one prominent danger of the negative campaign being that voters might associate a 'No' vote with saying 'No' to Scotland.

What do you think: is the Union already lost? Or is the Better Together lead now largely unassailable with nine months to go?

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- GG   Is The Union Already Lost?   1st Jan 2014, 05:01pm
- - GG   Just posting a reply to check this topic. Unfortun...   1st Jan 2014, 05:15pm
- - TeeHeeHee   Happy Birthday Martin ( )   1st Jan 2014, 05:36pm
- - john.mcn   I just hope they keep doing what they are doing. ...   1st Jan 2014, 05:44pm
- - Dylan   We Scots are not and will never be second class Ci...   1st Jan 2014, 05:51pm
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|- - john.mcn   QUOTE (Dylan @ 1st Jan 2014, 06:08pm) We ...   1st Jan 2014, 06:47pm
- - bilbo.s   Good analogy, John. Eagerly awaiting the response...   1st Jan 2014, 05:51pm
- - Ruchazie Rat   QUOTE (GG @ 1st Jan 2014, 05:18pm) ... Th...   1st Jan 2014, 05:52pm
- - Dylan   The Politics of Nationalism. ! Elitist who co...   1st Jan 2014, 06:02pm
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- - red rooster   Seems to me that both sides are as bad as each oth...   1st Jan 2014, 06:42pm
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- - Guest   I'll be voting no, All Alex Salmond wants is t...   1st Jan 2014, 06:49pm
- - bilbo.s   First good comment from Dylan. Well done !   1st Jan 2014, 07:34pm
- - wombat   or is he "stringin"' us along   1st Jan 2014, 07:40pm
- - DavidT   Completely off topic, but I particularly enjoyed t...   1st Jan 2014, 08:01pm
- - wombat   RE: Is The Union Already Lost?   1st Jan 2014, 08:16pm
- - *Russ*   Why do we want independence? Well for me personal...   1st Jan 2014, 08:40pm
- - eidas   Reading comments from family and friends in Scotla...   1st Jan 2014, 08:41pm
- - JAGZ1876   QUOTE (eidas @ 1st Jan 2014, 08:58pm) I s...   1st Jan 2014, 09:04pm
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