The leaders of the yes and no campaigns are making their final pitches in the Scottish referendum campaign ahead of Thursday's historic vote, with first minister Alex Salmond saying that Scotland would be the "envy of the world" if it votes to leave the UK. The three latest polls – from ICM, Opinium and Survation – suggest the no campaign has a slight lead, showing support for independence at around 48% and those backing the union at about 52%. Alistair Darling, the leader of the Better Together campaign, admitted that the vote would go "right down to the wire". Read more >>
The cartoon by Adams from the Daily Telegraph shows UK Prime Minister David Cameron and Scottish first minister and SNP leader Alex Salmond standing in a darkened room in front of a green baize table. On the table are a revolver, a single bullet, and a glass of whisky. Both men are sweating profusely as they stare in terror at the sight before them.
The cartoon is based on the idea that, in times past, military officers who had disgraced their regiments - whether by cowardice or treachery - were left in a room with a bottle of whisky and a revolver and were expected to 'do the decent thing', i.e., commit suicide. In the case of the Scottish referendum, Cameron or Salmond will not be expected to go that far if the vote goes against them, but one or other of them may be forced or feel compelled to resign.