VOTERS have sent a clear message to Nicola Sturgeon as she draws up her currency plans for any independence campaign, with Scots ten to one in favour of keeping the pound.
The debate over sterling was one of the key battlegrounds the last time that Scots were asked this ‘once-in-a-generation’ question in 2014.
Alex Salmond insisted that Scotland could share the pound in a financial union with the rest of the UK, despite the UK Government firmly ruling out this option.
Earlier this year, it was widely reported the current SNP leader favours adopting a new currency as the key to securing victory in any new referendum.
However, a new poll has found that 68 per cent of voters agreed with the statement that “Scotland should continue using the pound, rather than creating a new Scottish currency”.
Only seven per cent of people disagree, with 25 per cent uncertain. Once this group is removed, a whopping 91 per cent of Scots want to keep sterling rather than adopt a Scottish pound.
The poll of 1,009 voters by BMG Research was conducted between February 23-27 and funded by Edinburgh based Brexit campaigner Mev Brown.
The survey also shows that women remain hugely unconvinced by the… [click for full story]
SCOTS voters have given a devastating verdict on Nicola Sturgeon's SNP.
In an exclusive poll for the Scottish Daily Express they have told her to just get on with the day job and stop agitating for another vote on independence.
The poll has found that 59 per cent of people agree that the First Minister should prioritise improving public services over pursuing another vote on separation.
Only 12 per cent of voters disagree while 29 per cent are uncertain, meaning five times as many want the SNP to get on with running the country as want independence.
The poll of 1,009 voters by BMG Research - between February 23-27 - was funded by Edinburgh-based Brexit campaigner Mev Brown.
Further findings show a similar majority of people believe Holyrood politicians from all parties are failing to connect with ordinary people.
Fifty-four per cent agree that Scotland's political elite is more talk than action when it comes to dealing with problems facing Scots. Only 16 per cent disagree.
The findings come after the SNP has been in power for almost a decade, during which time political debate has been dominated by the independence question.
Over the same period, Scotland's schools have slipped down the … [click for full story]
VOTERS blame Nicola Sturgeon's SNP Government for a dramatic collapse in standards in Scottish schools, an exclusive new poll has revealed.
Record cuts to teachers and support staff, a significant increase in class sizes and a raft of failings within the Curriculum for Excellence have all contributed to the education crisis, according to the survey.
The findings come as ministers are under increasing pressure over the country's rotten education results, with the latest figures showing a drop in reading and writing performance.
Scots schools have also recorded their worst ever performance in a global study while Education Secretary John Swinney has admitted that cuts to teacher numbers had gone "too far".
Against growing anger about the dramatic collapse, Edinburgh-based political campaigner Mev Brown commissioned a survey of 1,016 Scottish voters.
Respected pollster BMG asked 1,016 adults between May 26-29 what they believed were the possible reasons for the falling educational standards in Scotland.
Fifty per cent of people blame poor behaviour and discipline in schools and forty five per cent blame poor parental support and engagement.
Teaching unions have repeatedly said the record cuts to teachers and support staff had led to growing indiscipline in the classroom.
In addition to this, the next four most common reasons given… [click for full story]
THE vast majority of Scottish voters dismiss the European Union as a “political gravy train”, according to a new poll.
The private survey showed almost half of the electorate thought the EU was a waste of money, with most people
more concerned about immigration and the state of the NHS rather than the nation’s place in the organisation.
It pours cold water on the SNP claims that Scotland is being dragged out of Europe against its will.
Former Business for Britain in Scotland spokesman Mev Brown commissioned the research by polling company BMG to find out if First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s stance was backed up by ordinary Scots.
The results proved that every age and socio-economic group, regardless of their gender or political tendencies, felt the EU was irrelevant to their lives.
Of the 1,010 Scots quizzed, 45 per cent agreed the political and economic union of 28 member states was a “political gravy train” with just 10 per cent disagreeing.
The remaining 45 per cent neither agreed nor disagreed.
However, if the uncertain category is excluded, the figure for those fed up with the EU jumps to 82 per cent.
Mr Brown said: “I commissioned the private polling to better understand… [click for full story]
Allied to the Scottish currency debate in the event of independence, there is an issue over the future of Scottish banknotes
As the currency debate drags on, many voters don’t know who, or what, to believe.
An analysis of current legislation and the currency debate so far provides some answers. Assuming a “Yes” campaign victory in September, Independence Day will be 24 March 2016.
George Osborne, the UK Chancellor, has ruled out a currency union with an independent Scotland. Alex Salmond, Scotland’s First Minister, says he’s bluffing. But what if he’s not?
The UK’s currency arrangements are unique and historically complicated.
Even in Scotland, Scottish banknotes are not legal tender. They are, however, “legal currency” insofar as they are issued with the permission of the UK Government and guaranteed by the Bank of England (BoE).
Scottish banknotes are issued subject to numerous Acts of the UK Parliament, most recently the Banking Act 2009, along with part 3 of the Scottish and Northern Ireland Banknote Regulations 2009.
Under existing regulations, Scottish banks are required to hold reserves of Bank of England banknotes and UK coinage, and have balances with the BoE to the same value of the Scottish banknotes issued – approximately £4 billion.
So, while it is true for the UK Chancellor to say that a “Yes” vote… [click for full story]