With just over a week to go until Scotland votes on its independence, we’ve been hearing from our readers on how the narrowing polls are affecting the mood around the country.
“Its wonderful to be in Scotland at the moment,” says Dell Henrickson. “I have had chats in the pub, in the chip shop and on the street. All of it animated but good-natured. My moment of the campaign was talking to a young lassie who has never voted before and queued for 40 minutes just to get into the building to register.”
“I will be voting no next week, my mind having been made up some time ago,” says kirkrussell, “[but] the momentum with the Yes campaign is readily evident.”
Below are accounts from readers from across Scotland describing the atmosphere in their area. Wherever you are in the country, we’d love to hear from you too. What’s the mood where you are? Let us know via GuardianWitness, or in the comments thread below.
In my neighbourhood there is a lot of lively if civilised debate about the referendum, balancing about 50/50 . The Yes’ stickers are certainly bigger and bolder, and the No fraternity tend not to advertise. I myself, leaned No, yearned Yes, convinced myself No, and now am surreptitiously creeping Yes.
Why? Partly because I never agreed with the current UK government policies on practically anything, so voting no would be a vote for that government and that stuck in my throat, and partly because it would be great for Scotland to stand on its own two feet and develop a national confidence that in some ways it has lacked. There is now almost a certain hysteria propelling the yes vote onwards but if that ‘power’ can be carried forward into achievements if Scotland gains independence then I suspect I know which way I’ll vote.