Clan Gunn Society UK President against Scottish independence
Okay, it's not the Society's position but the President has said -
I am equally sure that Independence is not the answer.
see http://www.clangunnsociety.org/presidents-message/ accessed 5 June 2014
Is the Clan Gunn President's column the right place to state his view on this important personal, political and divisive issue?
Divisive? I note that the 'poll of polls' as determined by Prof. John Curtice - see http://blog.whatscotlandthinks.org/2014/06/poll-of-polls-1-june/ -
has the average for independence at 42%. It is also worth noting that the younger the person the more they are for Scottish independence; conversely the older the person the more they are for the status quo.
And for an excellent University of Cambridge / YouGov site on the Scottish independence issue see http://cambridge.yougov.com/search/?q=scotland&x=0&y=0 ; the site deals with many other polling issues as well, including American.
13 June 2014
For those interested a new independence poll is reported here - http://ukpollingreport.co.uk/blog/archives/category/yougov
with the key feature being the narrowing of the No lead. Excluding 'Don't knows' the result is 'Yes' to independence 47%, with 'no' on 53%. Although 'Yes' has been progressively improving the result here is perhaps more margin of error and would need to be confirmed by further polls...
15 June 2014
From a detailed poll site -
However there is nothing whatsoever wrong with the Panelbase (48 per cent YES) methodology and neither is there with Survation (47 per cent YES) or ICM (45 per cent YES)...
What is important is that these three polls showed movement of 4;6 and 5 points to YES in the space of three days.
That tells us the direction of travel ...
see http://ukpollingreport.co.uk/blog/archives/8869#comments accessed 15 June 2014.
This suggests a significant shift towards the 'Yes' vote - and if that direction of travel continues the result will be interesting...
15 June 2014 (part 2)
It is worth noting that according to the 'The Telegraph' the 'Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs' will declare its neutrality on Scottish independence this week. If so, the President of the Clan Gunn Society UK used his position to give a view which is not endorsed by Clan Chiefs.
The Clan Gunn Society UK - as shown by the President's comment - seems excessively conservative when judged by the standards of the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs, and it is hardly a radical body.
18 June 2014
It's confirmed; the 'Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs' is officially taking a neutral view on the Scottish independence referendum. See http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/scottish-referendum-clan-chiefs-agree-to-stay-neutral-on-independence-9544161.html
6 July 2014
For an excellent analysis of the Scottish polls on devolution and why there is variation see http://yougov.co.uk/news/2014/07/01/why-do-polls-scotland-vary-so-much/