With just five months to go until Scotland goes to the polls in the referendum on independence, support for the Yes campaign has reportedly closed the gap on unionists and could have taken the lead “by July”. According to an authoritative new survey, 47 per cent of Scots are now in favour of breaking away from the UK – just six points behind those who would vote to remain. The huge cut in the No campaign’s lead, down from more than 24 points last year, comes after a series of gaffes from its cross-party leadership, the Sunday Times reported. Read more >>
This cartoon by Adams from the Sunday Telegraph links the Scottish independence referendum and today's London Marathon. The cartoon is based on Aesop's fable The Tortoise and the Hare. The story concerns a hare who ridicules a slow-moving tortoise and is challenged by the tortoise to a race. The hare soon leaves the tortoise behind and, confident of winning, takes a nap midway through the course. When the hare awakes however, he finds that his competitor, crawling slowly but steadily, has arrived before him. In Adams' version, the tortoise is SNP leader Alex Salmond, and the hare is UK Prime Minister David Cameron, wearing a Union Jack waistcoat and top hat (probably a reference to his membership of the elite Oxford University Bullingdon Club). Cameron wants Scotland to stay in the UK and is actively supporting the 'No' campaign.
The message seems to be that the 'Yes' campaign is gaining momentum and could just win the referendum. Slow and steady wins the race, as we say in English.