Voter polls and buses in Alabama

It’s amazing, isn’t it. The Act of Union that joined Scotland and England was enacted in 1707.

That’s 307 years ago. So you would think that every Scot who lived at some point in those intervening three centuries, would have had ample time to make up their mind on how they would vote if they ever got the chance to decide on being an independent country once again.

But with less than 100 days to go until September’s referendum it looks too close to call.

However, a new survey of voters in this region and our southern Scotland compatriots in Dumfries and Galloway, carried out for ITV Borders, has indicated that a majority of those polled plan to vote to stay in the UK.

The ComRes survey found 61% propose to vote No, up from 59% in January. But there was also a similar rise in support for independence, with this increasing from 24 to 26%.

And already campaigners have latched on to the figures, trumpeting that it shows a majority are for this or for that. But politicians are only interested in polls when they can use them to persuade the undecided among us that everyone else is planning to vote their way and, therefore, so should they.

However, as Mary Frances Berry, former chair of the United States Commission on Civil Rights, so eloquently put it when debating the merit of polls: