Protesters are angry at changes to Hong Kong's political system which will allow direct elections but from a pool of candidates approved by Beijing. Tensions have escalated since late August, when Beijing announced its highly restrictive framework for the 2017 election, touted as the first time Hong Kong's 5 million eligible voters out of a population of 7.2 million will enjoy universal suffrage. Only two to three candidates can be on the ballot, and they will be picked by a Beijing-friendly committee.
On 18 September voters will be asked the Yes/No question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?"
The final push for votes comes as a a YouGov poll for the Sunday Times suggested that, of those who have made up their mind, 51% planned to back independence, while 49% intended to vote no.
Having spent last week in Glasgow, I would say the biggest variable is going to be turnout. When political enthusiasm reaches the relatively apolitical world of the council estate, the pub, the nightclub and energises people, turnout can do weird things to poll predictions. Alex…Read