‘‘I don’t want independence and I am concerned that people will think if Catalonia can do it, so can we,’’ said David Mackenzie, an insurance salesman from Edinburgh.
For now, the ‘‘Yes’’ campaign — a loose coalition that includes Greens and Salmond’s SNP — has the momentum. Its slick campaign effectively uses social media such as Facebook and Twitter to mobilize support.
The pro-union ‘‘Better Together’’ campaign, which includes both Cameron’s Conservative Party and its arch-rival Labour, has had a lackluster start.
Political commentator and former Labour spin doctor Simon Pia said the pro-union side needed to raise its game.
‘‘The SNP has stolen a march with its campaign which is very savvy and concentrates on positive reasons to split,’’ he said.
He said pro-union forces ‘‘need to offer a vision of positive and emotional alternative to independence and not just focus on the negatives of the impact of separation.’’
Lawless reported from London. Jill Lawless can be reached at http://Twitter.com/JillLawless