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PM Cameron 'emotional and nervous' about Scottish independence referendum

Monday, September 1st 2014 - 11:22 UTC
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First Minister Alex Salmond's pro-independence Scottish National Party forms the devolved government in Edinburgh. First Minister Alex Salmond's pro-independence Scottish National Party forms the devolved government in Edinburgh.
The Conservative PM hinted that there is a “silent majority” of people who were afraid to publically oppose separation. The Conservative PM hinted that there is a “silent majority” of people who were afraid to publically oppose separation.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said over the weekend he was feeling “emotional and nervous” about the September 18 Scottish independence referendum.

 Polls have consistently shown the “No” campaign ahead of the pro-independence push, but with less than three weeks to go until the ballot there remain hundreds of thousands of undecided voters.

“I'm emotional and nervous because it matters so much,” Cameron told the Scottish Daily Mail newspaper.

And the Conservative premier hinted that there is a “silent majority” of people who were afraid to publically oppose separation.

“Recently I was talking to university vice chancellors who are very much part of the silent majority. They don't want to speak out... because they worry about retribution from the Scottish government,” he said.

First Minister Alex Salmond's pro-independence Scottish National Party forms the devolved government in Edinburgh.

His comments come after the opposition Labor Party's former Europe minister Jim Murphy was egged by a “Yes” supporter in Kirkcaldy, north of Edinburgh.

Cameron's predecessor, Labor former prime minister Gordon Brown, was also heckled by a “Yes” supporter last week during a public “No” campaign meeting.

On Friday, a Survation poll for the Daily Mail newspaper revealed the “No” campaign's 13-percent lead in a previous poll earlier this month had dropped to just six points.

Of the 1,001 Scotland residents aged over 16 who were surveyed, 48% said they were planning to vote “No” -- down from 50% three weeks ago, while support for independence rose from 37 percent to 42%.

The number of Scots still undecided fell from 13% to 11%. When those who are undecided are excluded from the research, support for a “No” vote stood at 53%, with “Yes” on 47%.

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  • Anglotino

    Guess we'll know how good these polls are in just 3 weeks.

    The people will decide.

    Sep 01st, 2014 - 11:51 am 0
  • Frankdrebin

    As a Geordie I'm not bothered either way, I can see why they want it but a lot of us south of the border are in the same boat and hate the Tories.

    It would be interesting to see what happens in London if they do vote yes. Then you can accurately say the country literally falls apart under a Tory government lol

    Sep 01st, 2014 - 12:37 pm 0
  • gordo1

    Why do you hate the Tories? Labour has made us 1)the most indebted nation in the world by head of population and 2)allowed so much immigration without limit that our city streets are full of beggars from Eastern Europe and other climes. UKIP and the LibDems are just comic relief and would be quite unable to solve all the problems caused by Blairism and the Labour Party.

    Sep 01st, 2014 - 01:28 pm 0
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