Friday, August 08, 2014

Afraid of Heartbreak, a Celebrity Campaign Begs Scotland to Stay

By STEPHEN CASTLE, NYT
AUG. 7, 2014

LONDON — Scots are six weeks away from a referendum on independence from Britain, and they’re getting the hard sell from British rock stars, Olympic champions and a former captain of the starship Enterprise to keep the kingdom united.

“We want to let you know how very much we value our bonds of citizenship with you, and to express our hope that you will vote to renew them,” said a letter signed by over 200 people including Mick Jagger, Sting, Judi Dench, Helena Bonham Carter and Patrick Stewart. “What unites us is much greater than what divides us. Let’s stay together,” the letter added.

Only those who live in Scotland can take part in the referendum, and organizers of Thursday’s initiative, called Let’s Stay Together, included few, if any, celebrities who can vote on Sept. 18. They live in places like England, Wales or New York.

However, they hope an emotional appeal to their Scottish brothers and sisters, and a public petition calling on Scots to reject independence, will help Scotland vote “no.”

(More here.)

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