Today was to have seen the first of the great sparring matches between the two leaders fighting for Scotland’s future. July 16 was the date proposed by STV for Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling to go head to head in front of a live television audience and an expectant nation.
There was possibly one politician who was more annoyed than Alex Salmond by Alistair Darling’s triumph in last week’s television debate. Gordon Brown, while cheering his side’s victory, must surely have been piqued that it was his former Chancellor who was being credited with saving the union and not himself.
The Hull to Zeebrugge ferry carries all sorts on board families from the Midlands, cyclists from Humberside, local school parties and Hell’s Angels chapters from the north of England and Wales.
It is not known exactly how many members of the armed forces are eligible to vote in September’s referendum or whether their numbers could affect the overall result, but they have become the latest battleground between the Yes and No camps, a key constituency whose support moral if not numerical is highly valued by both sides.
The success of Ukip in Scotland is being quietly celebrated in surprising quarters. There are voters, to the left and to the right, who could not bring themselves to back Nigel Farage’s candidate at the ballot box and who do not support any of his policies on Europe or on immigration.
A new type of voter has been identified in Scotland, four months before the crucial independence referendum. He or she is a unionist but reluctant to admit it, so appears in polling figures as an “undecided” or even a “yes”.
John Reid has made his first mark on the No campaign by defending the patriotism of unionists.
As we enter the final four weeks of the referendum campaign, I’ve noticed a disturbing trend in my quiet neighbourhood. There has been a proliferation of Yes posters appearing in the windows of local people, some of whom I know or thought I did.