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Mr Salmond, Scotland’s first minister, announced last week that he wants the question on the ballot paper to be: “Do you agree that Scotland should be an independent country?”

In the poll, which was paid for by former Conservative donor Lord Ashcroft, 41 per cent of Scots answered ‘yes’ to this question and 59 per cent replied ‘no’.

Another group of Scots were asked: “Should Scotland become an independent country, or should it remain part of the United Kingdom?” This time, support for independence fell to 33 per cent, with 67 per cent preferring to stay in the UK.

Lord Ashcroft said that the different responses showed the importance of ensuring that the question was framed neutrally. He said: “The SNP have chosen the version of the question most likely to deliver the answer that would most please them.

“Alex Salmond is committed to asking the Scottish people whether they want independence, but he is equally determined to get the answer he wants.

“The question is too important to be asked in such a partisan way.” Lord Ashcroft’s pollsters interviewed 3,090 adults in Scotland between 26 and 31 January 2012.

The news came as deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said he was in favour of further fiscal powers for Scotland, saying devolution was “not a tablet of stone”.

He told a committee of peers in the House of Lords on Wednesday: “We are looking at what home rule means in a modern setting.

“I think there should be further steps towards greater autonomy, fiscal and otherwise, for Scotland. That is what most Scottish people believe as well.”

Mr Clegg added: “Devolution is not a tablet of stone it is a process, there are so many devolved states around the world. Look at Spain, for instance. Catalonia is often cited as an example of possible Scottish devolution. It is a process not a fixed point.”

Yesterday The Daily Telegraph disclosed that a new round of peers is likely to include one from the Scottish National Party for the first time in a bid to reach out to Mr Salmond ahead of the independence vote.


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And we are surprised that Salmond is trying to skew the results, why? I'm reminded of polls on the monarchy in Canada. In the last poll I saw, that showed a rather sizable minority for ending it, the question was framed, 'Are you in favour of ending Canada's ties to the British Monarchy?' Had the question been phrased honestly as, 'Are you in favour of re-opening the Constitution and ending the Canadian Monarchy?', the results would have been radically different and not in favour of ending the monarchy!
'Monarchy can easily be ‘debunked;' but watch the faces, mark the accents of the debunkers. These are the men whose tap-root in Eden has been cut: whom no rumour of the polyphony, the dance, can reach - men to whom pebbles laid in a row are more beautiful than an arch. Yet even if they desire equality, they cannot reach it. Where men are forbidden to honour a king they honour millionaires, athletes or film-stars instead: even famous prostitutes or gangsters. For spiritual nature, like bodily nature, will be served; deny it food and it will gobble poison.' C.S. Lewis God save Her Majesty Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom, Canada and Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, etc.! Vive le Très haut, très puissant et très excellent Prince, Louis XX, Par la grâce de Dieu, Roi de France et de Navarre, Roi Très-chrétien!

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I read something about the SNP is made up of mostly 60 year old men.
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