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Declaration of Fountainbridge

Here at the unofficial headquarters of the No Campaign it has been a leisurely start to the weekend, enjoying the sunshine and a scan of what Scotland’s political  journalists made of the Yes Campaign launch at Cineworld yesterday.

Alan Cochrane in The Telegraph wrote

At this distinctly underwhelming effort in an Edinburgh cinema, SNP leader Alex Salmond charged his troops to go out and sign up one million Scots before the referendum on independence in 2014. But it is extremely difficult to work out what they’re being asked to sign up to or precisely what they’re saying “Yes” to.

Read the full article here Telegraph

Mike Wade of The Times had this take on the proceedings

It was all bafflingly bad, not least because the SNP, more marketing organisation than political party, have shown themselves to be the most adept electoral machine in Britain over the last five years. They’ve done so, in large part, by carefully following public opinion and tailoring their vision of independence to what the public will accept. The monarchy, the pound, the army, the BBC, the DVLA, all of these apparently will be part of an independent Scotland, because that’s what the focus groups say Scottish people like.

Read Mike’s Blog here Wade’s World

Severin Carrell in The Guardian saw it like this

The first minister was the first to sign the new yes declaration, an open-ended pledge to make Scotland a “greener, fairer and more prosperous” independent nation, which won backing from actors such as Brian Cox and Alan Cumming

Salmond acknowledged that the new Yes Scotland Movement– touted as the largest community-based campaign in the UK’s political history – needed the two and a half years before the expected referendum in autumn 2014 to persuade a majority of Scots to support independence.

With four million registered voters in Scotland, signing up a million people to the declaration would cover most of those already thought to support separation but would not hit the level needed for the “yes” campaign to win.

Read the full article here Guardian

Same old song and dance says David Torrance in The Scotsman

Alex Salmond increasingly reminds me of Archie Rice from John Osborne’s 1957 play The Entertainer. As he strode on to the stage at Edinburgh’s Cineworld yesterday morning (20 minutes late, naturally), he offered the same old song and dance routine about independence, but somehow it didn’t quite work. The jokes were thinner, the applause sparser and the script uninspired. As Rice remarked to an unresponsive audience: “Don’t clap too loudly, it’s a very old building.”

Read the full article here The Scotsman

Scott Macnab writing in The Scotsman says Salmond relies a little heavily on his celebrity friends to sell independence

The Hollywood image of Scotland’s battle for nationhood has been characterised by saltire-smeared faces and kilted warriors in recent decades. But yesterday, a new generation of luvvies for independence took centre stage and there wasn’t a claymore in sight

Read the full article here The Scotsman

Eddie Barnes also writing in The Scotsman had this to say

The Yes Scotland campaign was not going to produce a precise blueprint on how exactly an independent Scotland will work,

Read the full article here The Scotsman

Coming Soon – The Top Ten Films to see at Cineworld this Weekend

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