Daily Digest: Welfare scare stories, High-Speed Rail study and Welsh Barnett funding

Westminster welfare scares ignore the grim reality of Tory cuts

In a startling display of hypocrisy, Ian Duncan Smith, the Tory minister whose benefits cuts are harming families across the country, has claimed that a Yes vote “would risk the well-being of vulnerable people who are currently supported” by the UK welfare system. Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael this morning described the system as “fantastic”. Brass neck doesn’t cover it.

Daily Digest: St. George's Day, Gordon Brown and more CBI resignations

Happy St George’s Day! First Minister Alex Salmond is taking the independence case to Carlisle today for a St George’s Day speech in which he will explain that Scotland and England will remain the “closest” of friends after a Yes vote and that the ties that bind the nations will “continue and flourish after Scotland becomes independent”. Addressing business leaders he will put the case that an independent Scotland would be a “powerful economic counterweight to London”, helping to rebalance growth across the British Isles.

From Scunthorpe Conservative to Yes campaigner

In an article in Scotland on Sunday last weekend, Yes activist Andy Lythgoe, born and brought up in Scunthorpe, explained his conversion to Yes. The following are extracts from the full article which you can read here

Had an independence referendum been on the agenda when Andy Lythgoe moved to Scotland a quarter of a century ago, he would have voted No.