A Poll conducted by the Fire Brigades Union Scotland has revealed overwhelming support for Scottish independence amongst its members and resulted in the FBU Scotland submitting a paper to the Scottish government calling for an independence referendum.

The Union polled 978 members and the results indicated 591 were in favour of independence.  The poll also showed a massive majority, almost 90%, in favour of an independence referendum.

However, support for the Calman Commission proposals, that would see Scotland's block grant reduced and limited tax varying powers handed to Holyrood, was backed by only one fifth of the respondents.

The FBU survey was in response to the SNP's draft bill calling for an independence referendum.  Union officials are reported to have been surprised by the poll results.

Executive Council Member, Roddy Robertson, said: "I was quite surprised myself by the result of the poll. Maybe it is because our firemen and women tend to be young. There might also be historic reasons. It is within living memory that firefighters had a bitter dispute with the Labour government."

The Scottish government welcomed the news and claimed it was evidence of growing support for independence amongst the traditional Labour movement.  The full results of the survey are expected to be published shortly.

A bitter dispute in 2002 with the then Labour led Scottish executive over pay and conditions led to the Union  disaffiliating from the Labour party in 2004.


# Holebender 2010-06-07 01:59
Bring it on!
# RaboRuglen 2010-06-07 06:51

I'm amazed that these results ever saw the light of day.

"Union officials are reported to have been surprised by the poll results." I'll bet! Probably the understatement of the year.

# Diabloandco 2010-06-07 06:55
The Herald is reporting a different poll , where labour is way ahead of the SNP.
I am not surprised by this in the Herald, I doubt that it ever gave a supporting word to the SNP and since the arrival of their editor from the Daily Racord .......
Fairness ? Truth? Integrity?
Unlikely to appear in the Scottish press or BBBC Scotland any time soon!
Glad you are here Online!
# springy 2010-06-07 07:16
I don't trust The Herald anymore. Their article has one of those unflattering pictures of Alex Salmond.

# 1971Thistle 2010-06-07 07:45
Herald is atrocious these days, really, really dreadful. It misses no opportunity to kick the Scottish Government, and where necessary, makes them up. Saturday's leader column heraldscotland.com/.../... was a particularly pointed example.

It conflates NHS cuts (credited to SNP) with troughing at one of Purcell's arms length quangos (no mention of Labour), then repeats the Skills Development Scotland. Enter - for the first time in the editorial - Iain Gray, as knight in shining armour with his sword of truth and shield of justice.

It is vile, agenda-driven stuff, but as it ever was.

Fortunately, the barriers to entry to news dissemination are now low enough to be non-existent...keep blogging!
# springy 2010-06-07 08:10
Christ, I never read that editorial, The Herald are in a worse state than I realised. To ignore Iain Gray misleading parliament over the false name change claim was one thing but to manipulate the SDS story in the way The Herald has done is an affront to journalism. I expect to see sales of this paper really plummeting now.
# Clare 2010-06-07 08:34
The Herald is a national disgrace.
# Colin Stevenson 2010-06-08 12:15
Colin,I agree with all the comments re. "Herald". It was the paper in my home from the earliest Period which I can remember. This would be from the late 1940's.Last october I sent an "E" mail to the effect that I would no longer be purchasing the "Herald",this was not printed ( Of course!). I have not bought it scince then and will not until it becomes a fair , quality, truthful, Scots paper again. I may have to wait some time.
# enneffess 2010-06-07 18:03
The problem with polls is they are generally too small, and if targetted at a specific audience will have skewed results. What is also of interest is the wording of the questions. That can make a subtle difference to the results. But I would have expected the Herald to at least give details of the FBU poll to use it as a comparison with the other.
# baudron 2010-06-07 22:01
This link will show how the question's were worded www.fbuscotland.org/
i think the question's were quite fair.
# enneffess 2010-06-08 20:59
The questions are fair. Be interesting to see what the Herald's were like.

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