Pro-independence campaigners reject the austerity policies of Britain’s right-wing central government.
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Scotland's swithering "middle million" has Britain's future in its hands.Six months from Tuesday, Scottish voters must decide whether their country should become independent, breaking up Great Britain as it has existed for 300 years.Polls suggest as many as a quarter of Scotland's 4 million voters remain undecided, and their choice will determine the outcome.Salmond has appealed to Scots' patriotic hearts, painting the referendum as a choice between starkly different economic and social models: English austerity and Scottish social democracy.Salmond is critical of Britain's budget-cutting, Conservative-led government, and says an independent Scotland will follow a different path, using its resourcefulness and North Sea oil revenues to create a dynamic economy and a strong social safety net.The anti-independence campaign, backed by Britain's three main national political parties, stresses the uncertainties that an independent Scotland would face.Most polls show the anti-independence side ahead by 10 points or more, and long-term trends suggest only about a third of Scots are firmly committed to independence.The University of Edinburgh history professor Tom Devine said the "No" side's negative campaigning had dented support for independence. He said a warning from British Treasury chief George Osborne that an independent Scotland wouldn't be able to keep the pound – as Salmond has long promised – had exposed the lack of a "plan B in the nationalist camp".
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