Scotland Votes: Will ye go lassie go . . . ?

Even on Scotland’s remotest islands, opinion is split right down the middle, writes Peter Geoghegan.

14th September, 2014
Alex Salmond (centre), first minister of Scotland, attends a pro-Yes rally in Glasgow last week. Picture: Getty

Change comes slowly on the island of Lewis, off Scotland’s west coast.

Long a fastness of evangelical Christianity, it was only in the last decade that the first Sunday ferry docked at the quayside that dominates Stornoway, the largest town on the island and home to around half of Lewis’s 20,000 inhabitants. Shops still obey the Sabbath, and beyond Stornoway’s narrow streets mobile phone service is patchy and broadband more the exception than...

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