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CBI crisis over support for troubled Scottish No campaign

Issue No. 2400

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) suffered several high profile resignations in Scotland since it declared last week against independence. 

Universities, media organisations and publicly-funded bodies have all resigned. They cited issues of impartiality and political neutrality. The Scottish government waded into the row to warn that other public bodies should follow suit.

The CBI officially registered itself as campaigning for a No vote with the Electoral Commission. This means it can spend up to £150,000 on September’s referendum.

It is a sign that sections of the ruling class feel the campaign to preserve the British state is not going well. They are compelled to publicly try and influence the debate.

Poll after poll shows the trend of a narrowing lead for the pro-union camp continues.

The No campaign’s lead has dropped below 10 percent according to six polls published this month. Yet just two months ago it was up to 25 percent ahead.

The unionists are so desperate they have started wheeling out Gordon Brown to fight their corner.

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