28-07-2014 01:19 AM | United Kingdom

Scottish farmers wary of arguments for independence

Bullocks and heifers emptied quietly from trailers and trucks into the holding pens at Dumfries mart for the Wednesday sale. Inside, banter filled the air in the canteen, helped along by ebullient auctioneer Harry Begg.

Few sitting at the table wanted to talk about Scotland’s independence referendum, due to take place on September 18th. When coaxed, a majority was united in its opposition. “King Alex [Salmond, Scottish first minister] just wants a crown on his head,” a butcher who had come to buy stock for his shop said scathingly.

With less than two months to go before the referendum, the 65,000 farmers and others living in rural Scotland are hearing pleas from both sides of the debate – even if the battle will be won or lost in urban areas.
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