EDINBURGH, United Kingdom – Canvassers for the Better Together campaign have told Breitbart London they are seeing registered ‘No’ voters switching to ‘Yes’ on the doorstep. Although the picture is still hazy the movement has caused concern in the No camp.
Nic Conner from Bow Group, who has come to Scotland especially to campaign was one of those concerned. He said: “There were a lot of people who were no voters in the past but have switched to yes today. We have tried to ask them but they won’t tell us, although they tend to be elderly people.”
Campaigners have been sent out with list of people who on previous canvasses had told Better Together they were likely to vote no. Today the campaign is phoning and knocking on the doors of hundreds of thousands of these voters.
The news might not be as bad for the no campaign as it appears though. Former Local Government Advisor at Scottish Conservative Central Office, James Grundy, believes the movement is to be expected.
He told Breitbart London: “It’s not surprising that some people previously canvassed as no are now yes. These people were probably canvassed when no was at over 60 percent, since then margins have tightened. So you would expect to lose a proportion of previous no voters.”
There are also large numbers of undecided voters still at this stage. George Rea from Aviemore in the Highlands told us that he was intending to vote but still did not know which way to go.
He said: “I like the idea of independence but at the same time I don’t want the union to end completely. I definitely would have voted for the third option, to give more devolution if that was on the ballot paper. But it isn’t so it’s hard to know what the right thing to do is.”
Mr Rea’s comments once again raise questions about David Cameron’s decision not to put “DevoMax” on the ballot paper. Under the plan Scotland would run almost all of its own affairs from Holyrood but still remain in the UK. BetterTogether have claimed that a no vote would deliver this settlement anyway, but that argument has not always gained as much traction as they might have hoped.