Today Unlock Democracy, the UK’s leading campaign for democratic reform, launched its Scottish Referendum Watch project.
With less than 10 weeks to go until the Scottish Independence Referendum, Unlock Democracy’s new project will monitor and record what the ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ sides of the independence debate are doing and saying to attract votes as the day of the referendum looms nearer. The ultimate aim of the project is to compile a report of what the voters saw on the ground and assess the content of both the yes and no campaigns
To achieve this, Unlock Democracy is encouraging its Scottish supporters to become Scottish Referendum ‘Watchers’ and to participate in the campaign by sending in or uploading any leaflets or emails they receive relating to the referendum and to answer a short, simple survey on a regular basis concerning any other communications they have received or seen.
This is a really unique opportunity to build up data and gauge exactly what each side of the debate is saying”, said Emily Randall, Senior Campaigner and lead on the Scottish Referendum Watch campaign. “It’s also a great way to involve our Scottish supporters in a campaign that will make a huge contribution to our work. The data they provide will allows us to really reflect on and categorise the different styles of debate that voters have seen in the run-up to the Referendum, and from this we’ll be able to look at the quality of the contribution the two lead campaigns have made to the national debate on the future of Scotland.