Independence debate wins students over

Dr Wallace McNeish, Lord Robertson, Stewart Hosie MP and Professor Nigel Seaton, principal of Abertay University, before the debate.
Dr Wallace McNeish, Lord Robertson, Stewart Hosie MP and Professor Nigel Seaton, principal of Abertay University, before the debate.

Labour grandee Lord George Robertson of Port Ellen, a former leader of the Scottish Labour Party and Secretary General of Nato, suffered a debate reversal at Abertay University.

The proposition was: “It is time for Scotland to become an independent nation state” and the debate was attended by first-year students as part of a module leading to follow-up discussion in various seminars and tutorials.

Before the debate 59% of the 200 students opposed the proposition and only 21% supported independence.

Dundee East SNP MP Stewart Hosie secured a turnaround adding 30% while Lord George lost 28% as the final vote showed 51% for independence, and 38% against.

The ‘Don’t Knows’ dropped by nearly 50% (from 20% to 11%).

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