Windae polls and weegie-weighting

It’s been a hectic day. The other half is still in hospital. Today the nurse on the rehab ward phoned to say his health has taken a bit of a turn for the worse, and he’s been moved back to the acute ward in the Royal. We’re still waiting for the test results, hopefully it’s just a wee infection and isn’t too serious, but it’s put back the likely date that he’ll be back home. Which is a bummer. But after visiting him I felt a bit better. He’s comfortable, and resting.

My parents decided to take advantage of the sunny weather to have a family barbecue. So naturally it rained. They say you can choose your friends, but not your family. Which is only partially true. You can choose not to talk to certain family members, which is how me and my gran quite successfully arranged things until she popped her clogs a few years ago. We cordially loathed one another. Guess who I got the bitch gene from eh? However these days we are all, more or less, on speaking terms with one another, so a sizeable chunk of my extended family got together for burnt sausages and half cooked chicken in the rain.

The dug and me were only there a wee while before I left to visit the hospital, but it was enough time to speak with my maw and collate a wee poll of family referendum voting intentions. It’s not like it’s a representative sample or anything, but it was interesting to work out how many of us are likely to vote Yes. Few of us are SNP supporters, we’re overwhelmingly Labour voters, although we also tend to despair of the current incarnation of Labour. In terms of occupation and income we have a wide spread, and in terms of religion we split like most Glasgow families these days – a minority which is Catholic, a minority which is Protestant, and a majority which couldn’t care less. We even cross the great team divide, and include both Celtic and Rangers fans amongst our number. And a Clyde fan, but he keeps quiet about that.

Like a lot of Yes voters, I worry that I live in a wee bubble of Yesness, so the fact that a large majority of my friends are Yes supporters I tend to put down to a form of confirmation bias – you tend make friends with people who you agree with – you can’t say the same with family. I’m only counting friends I made outwith the Yes campaign for the purposes of gauging my friends’ responses to the independence campaign. I’ve made a lot of new friends as a result of this campaign, but of course they’re Yes voters already. But even so, you still ask yourself whether the fact you seem to have so many Yes supporting friends is a sort of self-selecting thing.

I did a wee poll of my other half’s care assistants. Not yer actual poll, but they’re all very friendly and chatty women, and of course the referendum comes up in conversation. It’s not like I’ve been pumping them for information or anything. They’re all working class, and hard working, women from the East End of Glasgow – and out of his regular care assistants, only one was a No (she’s on a different shift now, so we don’t see her). All the rest, the six whose intentions I know, are strongly Yes. So much for women being reluctant Yes voters. But then you wonder if perhaps it’s maybe a demographic thing, or maybe you’ve just by chance got the six Yes supporting care workers.

It’s interesting that it’s Yes supporters who seem most prone to confirmation bias, or being accused of confirmation bias. You’d think it ought to be the other way about. It should be No supporters. They’re the ones who have the media backing, which makes them think there’s a whole lot more Nawness going on than there really is. But it’s the fact that the media is almost uniformly opposed to independence that makes Yes supporters doubt the evidence of their own eyes and ears.

So back to the great family referendum vote. Not counting the weans who are too young to vote, the results from my extended family who were present today are: 7 definitely or probably No; 4 won’t say or don’t know; and … drumroll … 18 Yes or leaning strongly to Yes. Which gives 62.0% Yes, 24.1% No, don’t know or won’t say 13.8%.

Because this is my family and I know them better than YouGov, we can apply our own Weegieweighting to the don’t knows and won’t says. One of them is almost certain to vote Yes – according to my maw – but he’s not talking to me about it because we always fall out about politics. Another won’t say is probably going to vote No but doesn’t want to discuss it because she knows that she’ll be out-argued. The aunt with Alzheimers will most likely forget to vote, and my Yes voting uncle said if he thinks she’s going to vote No he won’t remind her. We have no idea about the final niece because she wasn’t there today and neither my maw or me have seen her for a few months. That gives us 19 Yes and 8 No and we’ll ignore the other two. So that’s 70.4% Yes, 29.6% No. Everyone plans to vote, except the aunt with Alzheimers who keeps having to be reminded that there’s going to be a vote.

All the relatives in England are in favour of Yes. They’ve not been included in the figures because they don’t get a vote. And so are all the actual English people my family members have married and the English kids we’ve produced. Our English relatives don’t seem to notice much in the way of anti-English racism. Not even the really posh one who teaches in a posh private school.

Have you been noticing more Yes signs in windows and on cars recently? Or is it just me? I walk the dug to the hospital where the other half is, or was until today. Over the past week I’ve noticed a new Yes poster just about every day. On the way home on the bus from the Royal Infirmary this evening, I spotted 6 houses along Alexandra Parade and the beginning of Cumbernauld Road with Yes signs in their windows – and I was only looking out one side of the bus. I’ve added my windows to the total. There are already a couple of others in local streets. I’m also seeing more and more cars with Yes stickers.

There’s not a single No sign anywhere, despite the fact that the Labour party recently dropped off a pile of Labour’s own No Thanks papers which had a cut out No Thanks on the back cover with an invititation to stick it in your window. Not a single person has taken up the offer. The only No posters I’ve seen – apart from the commercial advertising – are the wee Naw stickers that appeared on all the lampposts along Alexandra Parade after the Orange Walk.

So screw the opinion polls. Weegie polling tells me there’s going to be a Yes.



41 comments on “Windae polls and weegie-weighting

  1. kininvie says:

    What we’re seeing in West Lothian is the same…Yes voters now preparing to commit with stickers, posters, badges and go public on their alliegeance. Massively important, since undecideds, looking around them, will see that confidence and committment – and be swayed that little bit further towards Yes. We are running out of badges; we are running out of windscreen stickers – we shall order more.

    • dennis mclaughlin says:

      Was having a wee referendum discussion with a Welsh expat work colleague and I mentioned the thorny subject of foodbank dependency here in Scotland…..He comes back with a beaming smile and affirms that his Welsh folk have this honour too..
      Whit ?….that’ll be a NAW fur you then.
      It’s hard to bite yer tongue in this debate.

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  3. flooplepoop says:

    Around the southside of Edinburgh the Yes windows outweigh the naw by about 10 to 1 at least.
    As for car stickers, i would say 20 to 1 in favour of Yes so far, and i drive about 30,000 miles a year.
    I appear to be in alternative universe, but the MSM still gets sold and broadcast here, how do they do that?

  4. KarasAunty says:

    Great blog. Hope your partner gets well soon.

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  6. WRH2 says:

    I haven’t seen any Naw posters in windaes in my area which is a bit odd since I live in an area which is assumed to be Naw supporting. I’ve not had a Naw leaflet through my door either other than the one the postie delivered. But there are lots of big wooden Yes signs all over the place. There is one on the A68 which you just can’t miss. Its brilliant!

    • I loved the big car-sized yes sticker on the border sign at Carter Bar. Not much in the way of overt support in the Gretna / Annan area yet but they can be a funny lot thereabouts! 😄

      I make an honourable exception for the wee hoose near Quintinshill literally festooned with saltires and Yes-ness!

      • macart763 says:

        There are Saltires going up flag poles all over my area just now and yesterday the YES shop seemed to be doing a fair old trade when I toddled past. I was up in Oban just the other week too and noticed a fair dose of house windows sporting YES posters.

  7. John Kerr says:

    Hi Paul,
    Great article and reiterates what we have found recently. Last Sunday talking with a group of 4 women and 1 guy who had clocked our YES badges we were, as JoLa would say, “astonished” that 6 out of the 7 of us were very definite Yesses. The one woman No wouldn’t discuss it and scuttled of when she realised she was so outnumbered. Last night I was talking to 2 young women who saw my yes badge and my car sticker and they both were very definite Yesses, Interestingly they were frightened to say so to others that they were for Yes or put stickers on their cars in case there was hassle from the No side. One of them said she saw a car had been “egged” that had a Yes badge. Wouldn’t surprise me as the No folk are very bitter and frightened, because their cosy wee world is changing in front of their eyes. All this in Rutherglen where the Union Jack flies over the town hall every day and has an imported Labour MP – Greatrex – and James Kelly for our MSP – where do I start with that one?
    This is a hard-bitten Unionist area that votes in some of the worst Labour candidates that you’ll ever come across and yet their is also a strong underlying support for a Yes vote that people are reluctant to voice. I think we are going to do this, my only concern is vote-rigging and with 25% plus already signed up for a postal vote it makes it all the more important that we get every Yes out on the day. This is our one and only chance.

    Sorry to hear Andy is still not so good, hopefully he’ll be back home in your care soon. Hope you don’t mind Paul, but on that subject, can I ask anyone reading my long-winded comment to go the link at the top of the page “WEE GINGER CARE NEEDS” and donate to the fund for Andy’s care. It’s only £180 short of its target. For those who don’t know about this the extra care this money will provide and security of a roof over Paul and Andy’s heads will allow more articles on this site. We all enjoy these for free, but are forced by law to pay for anti-independence rhetoric from those mendacious bastards at Pacific Quay, who are working against us. So come on folks, if we all chip in a few more quid it will get this done.
    Look after yourself Paul, we need you to keep lifting our spirits as you manage to do on a daily basis. John.

    • Andrew Brown says:

      Thanks for reminding me about the shortfall John. Donation made today. All we need is a few more contributions to take it over the line. Hope this helps Paul. Best wishes to Andy.

  8. aitchbee says:

    I’ve found myself looking out for new Yes posters and stickers when out walking with Molly and Winky and have noticed quite a few appearing recently. Have seen precisely no ‘No’ stickers or posters though.

    We also have stickers on our car, which has led to several interesting conversations with people who see them. So much so that we got a small supply of posters, stickers and badges from Yes West Lothian, as we often ended up giving away our own stuff.,

    Both of our neighbours are Yes voters, but neither has posters up yet, as there is a certain element of being fearful of getting windows broken or their car damaged. However, we’ve had our window posters and car stickers up for a few weeks now and haven’t had any problem at all. It’s interesting, though, that the MSM would have you believe that it’s the No voters who are afraid to show their allegiance (damn cyberbat bullying!) – seems there are many fearful Yesses.

  9. macart763 says:

    Yeah, I can’t find a single no vote in my entire extended family on either side. Though there are a number of don’t knows and one who just keeps repeating that there isn’t enough information like a yogic mantra, but we ignore him because for years he thought comb overs were effective.

    As most folk are aware oil is scarce or running out. Its also volatile, difficult to get at, not worth anything really and a bit of a bother all round according to our friends in Westminster (yeah, I’m looking specifically at Osborne, Alexander and the OBR here) and that’s their considered expert opinion. Oh and whatever is there, is best handled by them, because they’re a good safe pair of hands who, because they have broad shoulders, can more than handle all that bother for us with no need for any thanks as they luuuurve us soooo much.

    Drum roll please – brrrrrrrrrrr

    I posted this link yesterday, but it bears reposting in the hopes that the odd undecided might be peeking in:

    and today?

    The relevant line from the original article in the FTs Investors chronicle, a publication where rich people advise richer people on how to become richer yet is…

    “We think that Westminster has been deliberately downplaying the potential of the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) ahead of September’s referendum on Scottish independence.”

    If you are undecided because you’re unsure on who to trust about your future well being, well that’s a big heads up. One side of this debate has been lying their collective arses off for over forty years about a resource of yours.

    Were I undecided and having read both linked articles above, I may be feeling somewhat peeved at being ripped off and lied to for those forty odd years.

    (Link to the FT original is included in that first link, but I’m not rich enough to get through the paywall)🙂

  10. Alex Wright says:

    I’m getting the same kind of vibe Paul. For over a year, I’ve stopped going to my local due to a wee fall out with the Manager ( now departed). I have only recently been popping my head back in, and there is a marked difference in the blethering department. Prior to my enforced exile, the talk very rarely ventured on to the Referendum. It was mostly skirted around, which always gave me the impression for some reason, that the majority of the punters were No leaning, but didn’t want to admit it. Also, a lot of the regulars are of the demographic that seemingly favour the No camp. You know the type: retired, Jambo’s, a few financial service guys, even a journalist employed by the Scotsman Publications.
    Jeez, how wrong was I.
    I was in there on Friday teatime, which is a relatively busy time. When I say busy, I’m only talking about maybe 20 to 30 people in a small pub, dominated by a circular bar. Because of the shape of the bar, conversations can involve a lot of shouting across at each other, which can make for good banter as for the most part,all can join in.
    I sat there slack-jawed, as people, whom I was 100% convinced were definite No’ers, got quite animated about the BBC and the Glasgow games. This then veered off in a tangent,to other aspects of the referendum, including where to get Yes window posters.
    The video of the Quebec referendum, where we were told not to trust the polls, seems to be a sound piece of advice. Going on what I witnessed in this wee pub,I am even more convinced that we will win this.

  11. What a wonderful quality of writing and spirit in this blog. You raise very valid points about confirmation bias and the need to question our own bubbles. I spent yesterday at an agricultural show on the Isle of Lewis. Both Yes and No had stalls so I made a point of having a blether with both camps asking: How do you rate the chances? The Yes stall told me 95% chance we’re going to win it. However, afterwards I realised there may have been confusion as to whether they thought I meant the island vote or the vote across Scotland as a whole. Interesting to note how one’s own lack of being specific in a casual encounter can introduce wildcards in one’s perceptual field. Over to the No camp, where their people confidently predicted a final poll of 60% No, 40% yes. Both mirror images of one another.

    It was evident that some Yes people were proud to show it with badges and car stickers and I saw no No badges except on the people staffing the stall and a man who looked uncannily like “our” new UKIP MEP. Again, there’s a need to question bubbles because this is a debate that we on the Yes side have instigated, so we have to ask to what extent the No folks are not declaring because they don’t want to play our game, until endgame. Downside of that for them if it’s the case is that it fails to encourage their own camp.

    What now over these final weeks? My sense, living in Govan, is to forget about those for whom their hip pockets are likely to be the main voting determinant. This debate needs to connect head to heart and move beyond the arid zone of currency and the EU, neither of which can have answers given until a post-Yes negotiating board is set out. Instead, we need to focus most of our effort on getting out those who aren’t registered and don’t usually vote because they think it makes no difference. If a person is living on a scheme in Glasgow or Dundee, then this is the biggest chance they’ll probably ever have in their lives to hold the same power, for one day, as the richest billionaire who wants to hold in place a political system that, being first past the post (Westminster) renders politics less participative and more easily manipulated from on high.

    If folk aren’t sure if they’re registered ask them if they received a voting card for the recent European elections. If they didn’t, the chances are they’re not registered. Help them to register because if they’re not already so they may lack confidence with the process but are embarrassed to say. Print out registration forms for their postal area and give them out, if possible, with a s.a.e. to the returning office. Also, some folks may fear registering from residual memories of why the poll tax was called a poll tax. I met one guy in Govan a while back who’d taken himself off the register away back then and had never voted since. How’s that for disenfranchisement of the poor?

    Registration is not just about people exercising the opportunity to vote. It’s also about what the great Brazilian champion of grassroots education called “conscientisation” – the raising of both consciousness and conscience. The process of becoming aware of what shapes lives, and how a new vision can be brought about. If folk are not very engaged just now then getting their voting card through the post will help to concentrate the mind. It will be an agent of conscientisation (sorry, it’s from the Portuguese – pronounced “con-shee-ent-ise-ation”). So, mind the bubble, but register, register, register. Let this become a movement to the polling stations on the day; one that bursts all bubbles.

  12. mary vasey says:

    Great post Paul and love all the great affirmative comments. We WILL win our independence guys. YES.
    Hope your other half is on the mend soonest Paul, and back where he belongs.

  13. Andy Nimmo says:

    I’ve now concocted a new Opinion Poll and would like everyone to try it out.
    Next time you’re driving in a built up area and you pull in to let oncoming vehicles the right of way. Check the response you receive.
    If you get a smile and a wave of thanks…….Yes Supporter
    If the other driver ignores you and drives past with torn face staring straight ahead……..No supporter
    I have to say there is a marked increase in the cheery thank you responses.
    But that could be down to the Better Weather as opposed to the Better Together.

  14. hektorsmum says:

    Living as I do very close to the Big Broon’s constituency I have actually seen two No’s. One was attached to a car window which also had a Help for Heroes sticker, so no guesses. Other than that for a group of people who are on the “wining side, ahem” they seem to be very reticent. On the other hand we have at least two huge RED YES signs on houses in Dunfermline. A lot of YES sticker’s on cars with more and more YES stickers to be seen on houses, mine awaits the windows getting cleaned. My wee pink YES badge normally gets smiles though I had a couple of glower’s whilst walking the dog in the Public Park. From the look of them, they normally have a bad smell under their noses, so no worries there.
    My considered opinion is that there is dirty work at the crossroads with the polls, Very much interference and none straightforward. On the other hand if you tell people they are winning, they just might take it as the truth and think that they do not have to go and vote, so a win win situation.

  15. Bamstick says:

    We live in Berwickshire, pretty near to the Border and have found that YES signs have increased recently. On a wee visit to Fife we were really pleased to see YES signs everywhere.
    The big wooden sign on the A68 has been painted with luminous paint so it glows in the dark, brilliant. We also have a big wooden sign, a YES flag, window stickers, stickers all over the car, a wee YES teddy bear etc etc and we get waved at by other drivers and pedestrians.

    We check our wee display every day as a lot of the neighbours are No voters and have told us that in no uncertain terms. So far nothing has been removed. One neighbour got very personal and called us traitors and demanded to know how much tax we paid! He said his vote was more important than ours as he worked over 60 hours a week. We just left him to his insane rants.

    There are also a lot of local businesses that we know are No sympathisers and we are boycotting them.

    My immediate family are all YES voters, but the ones we don’t talk to are definitely No voters, they even boast that they voted for Thatcher. That’s why we don’t talk to them!! Major fall out when one of them told us that the Scots were too thick to do anything. (they are Scottish too)

    My worry at the moment is that if the worst happened and Scotland voted NO my husband wants to move to another country. I love it here and want to stay and fight, but I do understand.
    We have to vote YES, we just have to, or I’ll be dragged off to some foreign place.

    • WRH2 says:

      Bamstick, I too live in Berwickshire only a few miles from the border as well. You know that border that might have border controls to stop us shopping in Berwick. The Yes signs have increased a Lot in Eyemouth just recently. And the sign you mention on the A68 is the one I mentioned in my earlier post. Its real classy. We might need to have a Yes sign competition.
      Paul, you might want to start a best sign page.

      Hope Andy is improving and best wishes to you both and the Dug.

  16. Nana says:

    Hope Andy better soon.

    All Yes is my family. Off to the bbc bias protest in Inverness & hoping there’s a good crowd even though it is pouring down and looks set to continue. Brolly to the rescue!

  17. diabloandco says:

    Heartening to read your blog – I was a tad depressed by BBBC coverage of essentially Glasgow games.

    Finding infection appears to be a tricky art .My brother in law has been struggling since an operation early in the year. Blue lighted back in every time he is released and 19 weeks after the op he is back in Gartnaval.
    Hope Andy is /will improve and recover his strength quickly.

    I note that John is drawing our attention to the appeal shortfall and am minded that originally it was stated that those who contributed by cheque or other means would not register in the indiegogo total , so I am hoping that all is well and you have reached target and more!

  18. “The video of the Quebec referendum, where we were told not to trust the polls” – I’ve not seen this – anyone got a link?

  19. Jan Cowan says:

    Yes, we don’t want folk to become complacent. We must continue to push forward towards independence.

    I used to find the Yes people reticent but now it seems to be the other way round. Mind you, the enthusiasm of the Yes voters must be difficult to combat. An easy way out is simply to pretend to be above the debate and ignore the passion. I suspect they fear their cause is lost.

    I’m in full agreement with John Kerr and his concern over vote-rigging…….for we must not underestimate Westminster and the “empire mentality”. Does anyone know how this problem can be covered?

    Thanks, Paul, for another interesting and entertaining article.

  20. McTim says:

    Here in Leith I’ve seen quite a few Yes stickers on windows and cars and no Naw Thanks ones. On one Saturday, the Better Together folks wanted to set up their stall at the Kirkgate close to the Yes people and then when they saw the Yes side were swamped with enquiries they relocated to Pilrig Church a few blocks up Leith Walk. One of the Yes team followed them and took pics. They only lasted for an hour at Pilrig Church and only one person seemed to have stopped, and only because Flipper showed up briefly and they wanted a photo taken with him. How I wished I’d known that because I only live 2 blocks away from the Church. I’d have given Flipper an earful. No amount of training can prepare him for the whipping he’s going to get from Wee Eck in August.

  21. Oneironaut says:

    Been seeing a lot of “Naw” stickers and “I’m voting No” window posters while I was making Yes newspaper runs over the last few weeks (also had a few people open the door and come after me, demanding I take the paper back and don’t put any more through their door).

    The town I’m in is a very deprived area, which makes me suspect this is more due to media and social brainwashing than anyone actually believing we’ve “better together”.
    Also if anyone has heard of that “Union Bears” collection of nutjobs, they seem to have a very heavy presence in North Ayrshire, judging by the number of their stickers I see. So there may be some degree of intimidation in there among the people who know about them.

    Curiously enough, on your line about women being reluctant Yes voters…
    A lot of people I’ve spoken to in this area have said to me that they’re voting No because they don’t like Alex Salmond (usually provoking a *facepalm* moment from me!) But I’ve noticed that it’s always women who say that.
    Not trying to be sexist or anything, I mean it’s a simple fact that everyone who’s said that to me has been a woman. Men have always muttered something about not knowing if we really will be better off independent before completely ignoring my attempts to explain. Maybe there are men who think that way too, but I’ve never encountered any of them if so.

    Not sure if women are just more susceptible to anti-Salmond brainwashing or something… Curious that.

  22. Tom Berwick says:

    We had a birthday tea in our family last night and every person to a man or woman was fervently Yes. Speaking to many of my cousins, aunts, uncles and also our English relatives I see and hear many say they will be voting YES (those that are able to) and very few declaring any support for the no side.
    I too worry I am in a Yes bubble but I am seeing more and more people I know declare YES. Even those at work that seemed dead set against it are now, with the information supplied by me and a couple of others, slowly changing their minds. One superviser at work told me not tp wear my YES badge, but he is a YES supporter and he reminded me quite rightly that we do not want to give any ammo to anyone who’d make a story out of a complaint. Keep it positive he told me, so my badges are on my gawn hame coat.

  23. bjsalba says:

    Great piece, Paul!

    I live in an area that demographically should be very strongly NO according to what the polls say. We have well above average numbers of elderly (a preponderance of them are women, of course) and a large proportion of retired folk that are English-born and most are on the affluent side.

    That is not what I am finding going round the doors. We have quite a number YES signs up in windows (apart from mine) and there are more popping up all the time. I’ve only seen one No sign in all the time I’ve been doing this (and that one is not visible from the street). If it is like that in an area such as this, where are the poll figures coming from?

    I have major doubts the accuracy of the pollsters. Remember, the bulk of their political polling business comes from the Westminster parties and the MSM – the Scottish Independence Referendum is just a side show. There were no consequences to the pollsters reputations when they got it badly wrong at Holyrood: rather than having their reputations shredded (as would happen in any normal country) they and the MSM are allowed to continue to puzzle out how it happened. Their failure is never mentioned when referendum poll results favouring the No campaign are trumpeted (as would happen in any normal country) . Why then would they risk future business by showing any possibility of a lead for the YES campaign?

    On the other hand, with such a relentless campaign against us, I think we should be out there canvassing on a daily basis until voting day.

  24. anne says:

    I too, have only ever seen one NO sign – hand painted and hardly noticeable, but more & more Yes signs. I always carry spare badges in my pocket & have posters & stickers in my car. I had to get extra supplies. When canvassing, or speaking to people in the street, the only undecideds I found, so far, seem to be older people. The fact that I’m definitely an “older person” myself is useful when talking to them. As soon as the myths about pensions & the NHS are taken care of, they go off happily with their badges, window posters & signs. Easy-peasy! I’ll never get another chance in my lifetime to fight for something I’ve believed in all my adult life!
    Hope Andy’s back on the road to recovery very soon. I take my hat off to you for giving us all the benefits of your positive insights, while you are facing such a difficult personal time.

  25. Juan P says:


    Have experienced the same when discussing the referendum with women in my social/work circles.

    If the referendum is mentioned then there are a couple who will immediately make aggressive and derogatory remarks in relation to Alex Salmond.

    I usually then say something along the lines of “I understand you hate/distrust Salmond but do you think Scotland should be an independent country?”

    Usually they just stare in disbelief as though liking/disliking Salmond and fighting for Scotland’s future are one and the same thing.

    Very depressing and I have yet to hear anyone articulate why some female voters have an absolute hatred of the First Minister.

    I get the smug thing but that doesn’t lead to the vitriolic outpourings that I’ve heard in the past. I personally think David Cameron is a bit smug but the mere mention of his name doesn’t make my face turn purple.

  26. A Greater Stage says:

    Family Poll: Ten Yes, 2 No (both Tories) and I’m in Cambuslang, the odd Naw sticker on a lampost aside I can honestly say all I’ve seen are Yes related things in people’s windows. My own feeling is that the positivity behind the message has a lot to do with it.
    I spoke to a work collaague who’s a No and while it was a considered No, he was cautious and apologetic, almost as if he wasn’t really sure of why he was a No himself, so who knows. That said, the mere fact that we even think we’re in with a chance let alone might win is a victory in and of itself.
    Thoughts are with you for the other half, hope he gets home soon. (I really need to find out what a hug smiley looks like, the one I think it is looks suspiciously like a porn stars bahookie!)

  27. Carol Jardine says:

    Working at a stand in Leith yesterday, we had several requests from folk whose neighbours had window stickers up, and they didn’t want to be left out. Lots of badges disappeared and we ran out of flags too. In three hours there was only one very angry woman who didn’t understand why us YES folk were doing what we we doing! Traditionally, Leith has been a Labour stronghold.
    I hope Andy gets home soon.
    Thanks for another great article.
    Best wishes

  28. Melvin penman says:

    Very excited by the comments on this sure.
    I we’ll up every time u think of how proud I will be of my countrymen and women , if we vote yes. It’s hard to understand anyone voting no it supporting the Westminster creed. I believe that on the day provide the door to door canvassing continues we will win. I believe that close to the date a few prominent Labour MP,s will jump ship.

    This will be the sign that Freedom is coming.
    Sorry can’t type anymore , I can’t see the screen for tears.

  29. MBC says:

    I’m not complacent, but encouraged that in my part of Edinburgh (Bruntsfield and Merchiston) the only signs I see are Yes. I suspect there are Noes who just don’t advertise it. But my Yes badge has prompted support and enquiries. Each one of us Yessers is an ambassador for the curious and the undecided.

  30. erruanne says:

    I’ve been worried that while we accuse certain journalists of living in a London bubble, we also are living in our yes bubble. But our bubble is growing daily. I’m finding fewer undecideds. A few want to be Yes and looking for information to help them – Its all about confidence. The Nos simply parrot BT favourite slogans & assertions but no actual reasons other than emotional ones. Best wishes to you and Andy.

  31. wee_monsieur says:

    My 17 yr old son had a dozen pals round for a barbecue last week and the subject of the referendum came up. All but one of them were definite yes.
    I made sure to reinforce the message with a reminder about tuition fees!

  32. Another Berwickshire resident here — we’re out in force here! Until recently no-one here would have known a referendum was taking place. Now there is the large, luminous Yes sign just south of Lauder on the A68 and a house in Lauder with small No leaflets in the windows. The village now sprouts a specially erected wooden sign with a small No sticker, and a few Yes stickers on fences and sign posts. People tend to keep voting intentions close to their chests here.

    Eyemouth boasts large Yes signs, including one on the wall of the premises of a major fish processing company whose vans, which travel all over Europe, also have Yes stickers.

    The Borders is an area not known for its indy leanings and its Tory and LibDem MPs/MSPs are very active in spreading the usual No campaigning material. John Swinney is talking in Kelso next Thursday along with Carol Fox of Women for Indy and Judy Steel. Unbelievably the local paper has covered this because of Judy’s appearance on behalf of Yes. She is very well known, and the fact she is taking a different line from her husband adds a bit of local fizz and may sway a few voters, especially perhaps women. Apart from that there are people who do not want to talk about the referendum as they see it as divisive. Wonder what they think about the struggle for universal suffrage and women getting the vote!

    • MBC says:

      Wow, that’s amazing about Judy Steele. LibDems have not exactly covered themselves in glory over this, and appear to be fighting a very underhand rearguard action. See Carmichael’s latest interview in the Herald where he talks openly of Scotland as a colony that needs to be put back in its place, and about the need for Westminster reversing devolution. Scary.

  33. Sorry, forgot to say that my good wishes to your other half are added to those from others, and hopefully he’ll soon be on the mend and back home with you.

  34. From about 2 months ago I started to really notice a lot more Yes car stickers and window posters. There are quite a few about where I live in Greenock. I probably see 2-3 Yes car stickers every day driving home from Paisley to Greenock.

    I think in the last 3 months I’ve maybe seen…3 or 4 ‘No’ equivalents.One of which is my parents’ neighbour, or as I like to call him ‘the only Tory in the village’.

    By way of these family polls. I estimate it to be 6 for Yes and 2 for Undecided in my family. Interestingly of my Aunt’s group of 50 or 60-something female friends, they are roughly split evenly between Yes/No/Undecided, with a maybe slight inclination towards No.

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