EDINBURGH, United Kingdom – No campaigners have begun their final “after work” push to win the Scottish referendum. It began at 5pm (GMT) and the aim is to knock on the doors of every voter who previously told Better Together they intended to vote ‘no’.
In the Abbey Hill district of Edinburgh campaigners were assembled for a speech by their team leader. She said: “This is our one last push to save our country. Most of us have never been in the military and this is the closest we will ever come to saving our country.
“If we wake up tomorrow and we’ve lost then that’s democracy, and we should be pleased that we live in a democracy. But I don’t think that’s what’s going to happen, I think we’re going to wake up tomorrow having saved the United Kingdom.” Her comments were met with applause by a tired but motivated campaign team.
The briefing had been slightly brought forward as people were “chumping at the bit to get out on the streets”. The Abbey Hill team of around a hundred will join thousands of others in this push to get their voters to the polling stations before they close at 10pm.
Whilst this referendum has already attracted a huge turnout – far higher than any regular election – it can still be won or lost on the after-work voters. They are much more likely to be office workers, with a higher than average income and are sensitive to concerns about any damage to the economy.
This is the group that Better Together had hoped to galvanise into action after every Scottish bank said it would leave the country after independence. The campaign is also expecting to win the pensioner vote, many of whom remember WWII, but most people in this category are thought to have voted already. This is a push for middle income families, the parents of which will be heading home from work now.
Both campaigns now seem convinced they will win, but all the evidence suggests that confident predictions are premature. This referendum remains too close to call, and the voters who head to the ballot boxes after work could change everything.