I am going through old newspaper coverage (last 10 years) of the Scottish independence referendum. Here is my favourite so far, from the Scottish Sun (presumably before all the cosying up we have been hearing about during the Leveson inquiry):
“Shut him up
The Scottish Sun knows the Scottish people would NOT vote for independence. So this would be a simple way of shutting him [Alex Salmond] up (The Sun (England), February 26, 2010)”
Independence referendum: Salmond warns opposition as he launches vote plans
FIRST Minister Alex Salmond today warned his political opponents they would face the consequences at the ballot box after they dismissed his plans for an independence referendum (Scotsman, November 30, 2009).
REFERENDUMB; Nats plan £9m indy poll..but haven’t got the cash FINANCE Secretary John Swinney admitted yesterday he has NO CASH to pay for the planned referendum on independence. Mr Swinney told MSPs the £9million poll has not been pencilled into next year’s budget – despite the SNP pressing ahead with its controversial policy. And rival politicians last night warned cuts would have to be made to public services if the public vote goes ahead (ANDREW NICOLL, The Sun (England), November 10, 2009)
TV JOHN SAYS NO TO UK SPLIT TORCHWOOD star John Barrowman has spoken out against SNP government plans to break up the UK. The Glasgow-born actor is uneasy with the prospect of an independent Scotland – but added that a “yes” vote in a referendum backing independence would have to be respected (Daily Record, September 19, 2011)