Independence Debate, Independence Referendum

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With Scotland's independence referendum set for 18 September 2014, Moray must consider the consequences of constitutional change.

There are questions that need close examination and a thorough airing so that local people at least reach an understanding on where we will stand on the outcome of the referendum.

The Northern Scot is offering this special debate page as a platform to discuss a wide range of opinion on the issue. This newspaper is taking an objective viewpoint to ensure your coverage is fair and balanced. Please contribute by commenting on articles or emailing

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"You weren't allowed to be outspoken about nationalism"

The Bannockburn Parade. Tom Young is pictured left wearing a kilt.

It was 35 years ago that Scotland's chances of running its own affairs through its own parliament were dashed after less than 33 per cent of the electorate turned out to vote. There was a 51 per cent support for devolution but voter turnout fell short of the 40 per cent requirement. Donna MacAllister looks back at one of the most vibrant periods in Highland politics.

Scottish independence "will damage NHS"

Published: Tue 09 Sep 2014

Concerns raised for Highland health services

NHS Highland's longest serving board member has warned a 'yes' vote will damage Highland health services and could lead to people having to pay for treatment.

Highland power 'keeps English lights on'


Published: Tue 09 Sep 2014

Alex Salmond in Inverness on Saturday

Scotland's first minister Alex Salmond was in Inverness on Saturday, saying England's lights would go out without the large and growing supply of renewable energy generated in the Highlands.

Dear staff - we'd like you to vote no


Published: Fri 05 Sep 2014

Message from chairman outlines firm's negative stance

Sawmill company BSW Timber Group has been accused of putting "psychological pressure" on its workers, including hundreds of its employees in Lochaber, to vote no in the forthcoming referendum on Scottish independence.

Council workers banned from putting Yes No stickers on their own cars


Published: Fri 29 Aug 2014

Unison said the ruling was a breach of human rights

A ROW has broken out after council workers were told to remove "Yes" and "No" campaign stickers from their cars and keep their views on Scottish independence to themselves. Council bosses warned staff that displaying stickers on their own cars during office hours was strictly forbidden and a breach of conduct - prompting a union leader to step in.

Alistair Darling heading back to Inverness


Published: Fri 29 Aug 2014

Alistair Darling is visiting the Highlands next week

Alistair Darling will be stopping in Inverness on Tuesday in a return visit to the Highlands. The Labour Party politician is leading the Better Together campaign.

A new vision unveiled


Published: Thu 14 Aug 2014

Robin McAlpine is speaking in Inverness tonight

WEALTH shared in common and for the wellbeing of all will be the topic of a lecture hosted in Inverness tonight, Thursday, August 14th.

Punters backing Scottish independence


Published: Mon 11 Aug 2014

William Hill bookmakers says punters are waging on Scotland saying yes to independence

A total of 79 per cent of all bets in Scotland on the Independence referendum have been for a 'yes' vote, according to Britain's biggest bookmaker.

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