It’s nearly here! As the countdown to the Scottish independence referendum ticks ever closer to the exciting bit, we take a look at the frantic news reports from across the UK today.
Leaders in last ditch power promise
Westminster’s triad of political leaders are united against a common enemy – those who would see Scotland secede on Thursday. David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband have “promised” “extensive new powers” for Holyrood. But with just TWO days to go until the referendum, the Yes campaign has described the move as “project panic”. Read more on the Guardian.
Millions of Bank notes sent to Scotland
British banks have been secretly transporting millions of bank notes up into Scottish ATMs. In the event of a win for the Yes campaign, the banks fear a run on cash, so are stocking up before Thursday’s vote. Read more on the Independent.
BBC’s Nick Robinson under fire
Hundreds of Yes supporters first congregated outside the BBC’s Glasgow HQ on Sunday to protest the manner in which the BBC’s political correspondent Nick Robinson interviewed Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond. Robinson was accused of being biased, while demonstrators expressed their outrage with the BBC’s general coverage of the referendum. But since Sunday, the demonstrations have turned to calls for Robinson to be fired by the BBC. Yesterday, thousands gathered again, with huge banners with Robinson’s face on demanding his sacking, and anti-BBC slogans on sticks. Read more on the Huffington Post. In the latest twist, Salmond has thrown his support behind the campaigners calling to sack Robinson. Read more on the Guardian.
Meanwhile in London…
Trafalgar Square is today packed with pro-unionists urging the people of Scotland to vote No on Thursday. Sir Bob Geldof, Eddie Izzard, Al Murray and broadcaster Dan Snow all spoke in favour of a united UK. Geldof said: “We’re all fed up of Westminster too”, but said the UK was the “best idea ever invented”. Read more in the Evening Standard.
Blame game begins
As the UK teeters on the brink of extinction, who is going to take the blame should Scotland sever ties with the UK? According to the Financial Times, the blame game has now begun with government aides saying the government had never taken a No vote for granted, while senior figures in the government have said their concerns were ignored and that ministers underestimated the resilience of the Yes campaign.
The United States has woken up to the reality that its closest ally, the UK, could be no more by the end of this week, and they are not happy about it. As alarm builds, Josh Earnest, the White House spokesman said: “We have an interest in seeing the UK remain strong, robust and united.” Read more on the Financial Times.