White Paper round up: Quotes, pictures and moments of the day

First Minister Alex Salmond First Minister Alex Salmond and his deputy Nicola Sturgeon stood side by side at the White Paper launch

Has the Scottish government's White Paper day been too much to take in?

Well, this pull-together piece should help you digest the best bits and give you an appetite to consume a good deal more.

The day began at 10:00 sharp in the foyer of Glasgow's Science Centre on the banks of the River Clyde.

And it will all come to a head on Thursday, 18 September, 2014, when the people of Scotland will say "Yes" or "No" in the Scottish independence referendum.

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Stats of the day
  • The big question is, how many pages are in the A5 sized White Paper document? The final leaf reads "649", but on top of that are a further 18 pages (taking it to 667) of bullet points, chapter headings and a "seize-the-moment" preface by First Minister Alex Salmond.
  • Delve inside the publication - Scotland's Future: Your guide to an independent Scotland - and you will see more numbers (some big) - 15,000 (the number of regulars planned for a post "Yes" armed forces); £160 (the weekly single tier state pension promise); 2017(the year a new Scottish broadcasting service would be born, if independence is achieved)

If you want to crunch the numbers a bit further, look at our summary-guide on the seven key themes. You can also view some headline-grabbing pointers in our "document dissected" piece.

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Tweets of the day
  • @MrMo_J: "I haven't read it but I bet #indyplan doesn't mention ANYTHING about whether or not English people can eat Tunnocks after #Yes vote."
  • @davidtorrance:"I've reached the conclusion Nicola Sturgeon's cuffs are the stand-out feature of #indyplan day. They're stylish & relatively incontestable." (David Torrance is a Herald columnist and First Minister Alex Salmond's biographer)
  • @benjaminjsteele: "If Scottish #independence means we won't ever get "live from Holyrood" all day on the BBC ever again, maybe it isn't such a bad thing..."
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In pictures: Moments of the day
Rainbow over the Clyde Minutes before the White Paper launch on the banks of the Clyde, a rainbow arches over the Science Centre in Glasgow. Was this symbolic?
International media pass Journalists from, among others, the BBC and The Guardian, are supplied with international press cards after national passes run out. Was there a message here? asked one hack at the news conference.
Nicola Sturgeon entering the parliament A Union flag-clad man catches the eye of Nicola Sturgeon as she enters the Scottish Parliament building. Did she stop to say hello?
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Quotes of the day

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It [the White Paper] makes America's historic Declaration of Independence look like a Post-it note”

End Quote Joan McAlpine SNP MSP

Joan McAlpine, SNP MSP says: "[The white paper] answers 650 questions about Scotland's future - everything you ever thought to ask and some that probably never occurred to you. It makes America's historic Declaration of Independence look like a Post-it note."

Alistair Carmichael, Secretary of State for Scotland, says: "Rarely have so many words been used to answer so little."

Alistair Darling, chair of the pro-Union Better Together campaign, says: "The White Paper is a work of fiction. It is thick with false promises and meaningless assertions."

Alex Salmond says: "This is the most comprehensive blueprint for an independent country ever published, not just for Scotland but for any prospective independent nation."

  • You can find out a great deal more about what both individuals and organisations had to say about the White Paper in our "quotes" piece.
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Blogs of the day
Douglas Fraser, Brian Taylor and Nick Robinson BBC bloggers: Douglas Fraser, Brian Taylor and Nick Robinson
  • Nick Robinson, BBC political editor: "Today I had thought might feel like being present at the birth of a brand new nation - or, at least, the first scan which reveals what the UK's offspring might look like."
  • Brian Taylor, BBC Scotland political editor: "The verdict on independence will be delivered by the people in a referendum, not by an expert tribunal of judges weighing up the evidence submitted to them by learned counsel."
  • Douglas Fraser, BBC Scotland economy and business editor: "Well, it's not looking good for nuclear submariners or Scottish MPs. But apart from some job losses in those sectors, the message from today's independence white paper launch was one of reassurance."
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Viewpoints of the day

Colin Laing, 48, HGV truck driver, from Aberfeldy: "I believe whole-heartedly in an independent Scotland. The economic case is clear, the social case is clear, the defence case is clear."

Alfie Langlands, 28, account manager, Edinburgh: "For me there are still too many "ifs, buts and maybes" and the headline policies are a bit idealistic."

Kevan Lock, 47, window cleaner, Argyll: "I am an undecided voter and what I heard about the blueprint for Scotland was very positive and aspirational."

  • What else did the the public have to say? Go to our "your views" page and find out. In addition to "ordinary voices", a number of experts and academics have been talking to the BBC about the White Paper's contents. The BBC's James Cook also gathered the views of the public during a trip to Dundee. And more than 2,600 comments were posted on our main White Paper story page.
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Video of the day

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    Travel round-up 08:11:

    If you are coming to Glasgow by train, Central, Argyle Street, Queen Street, Exhibition Centre and Mount Florida stations are all going to be extremely busy.

    And don't forget it takes about 15 minutes - probably longer given the crowds - to walk to Hampden from the Battlefield area where the railway station is.

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    Cathkin Braes Country Park is hosting the mountain biking competition from this afternoon, with shuttle buses dropping off and picking up on the south-bound Carmunnock Road where one lane will be closed. Factor in about 40 minutes or so to get to the spectator plaza.

    Drivers on the M8, M77 and M74 should also expect very busy morning and afternoon peaks with J15 and J19 on the M8, the M8/M74 interchange and M74 at J1A expected to be particularly busy.

    08:06: Via Twitter BBC Breakfast

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    Anything you can do, I can do better 08:00:

    Yesterday on Scotland Live, we enjoyed a 41-shot rally in the table tennis tournament at Glasgow 2014 between Nigeria's Segun Toriola and Singapore's Ning Gao.

    The badminton stars went one better - well, 18 better in fact.

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    Enjoy this 59-shot rally at the mixed team final between Malaysia and England.

    Royal seal of approval 07:47:

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry were among the spectators enjoying the action in Glasgow yesterday.

    Prince Harry, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

    The Royal trio were spotted at various venues in the city including the Hydro, Tollcross Pool and the National Hockey Centre at Glasgow Green.

    Bring it on 07:37: Via Twitter Team Scotland

    tweets: 13 Gold. 8 Silver. 12 Bronze. Bring on Day 6! #GoScotland

    Medal table 07:32:

    Scotland are still in third place in the Commonwealth Games medal table following yesterday's successes.

    Australia lead the way, with England in second.

    Medal table, July 28

    Wales are now in 8th, with Northern Ireland (16th) and Isle of Man (17th) also tasting success.

    Last night at the Games 07:22: Graham Fraser BBC Scotland

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    Her success meant Scotland has equalled its best total medal haul at any Commonwealth Games ever, with 33 medals.

    Libby Clegg wins gold at Glasgow 2014

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    Coming up... 07:17: BBC Radio Scotland

    Following a fantastic night of athletics at Hampden, Scotland's gold-winning para sprinter Libby Clegg will be chatting with Gary Robertson on Good Morning Scotland just after 08:00.

    Libby, who is visually impaired, took the gold with guide runner Mikail Huggins in the T11/12 100m in 12.20 seconds.

    You can listen live here.

    Weather outlook 07:00: Christopher Blanchett BBC Weather presenter

    It'll be a cloudy start for most, with any early sunshine confined to the east coast. Through the morning this brighter weather fades as cloud rolls in from the west. There'll be some very light outbreaks of rain or drizzle initially for the spine of Scotland and further west - but most will have a dry and cloudy morning.

    Through the day it improves, brightening up with sunny spells developing across central and eastern Scotland, though always staying that bit more cloudy for western parts with showers on the west coast and through the Hebrides.

    A brisk westerly breeze adding to a fresher feel compared with yesterday. Highs of 18C in the west and 21C in the east under sunnier skies.

    For a full forecast go to the BBC Weather website.

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    Welcome 06:52: Marianne Taylor BBC Scotland news

    Good morning and welcome to BBC Scotland Live, your minute-by-minute guide to all the latest action and atmosphere from day six of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

    We will, of course, also be bringing you the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the country.

    Keep in touch with all your comments and pictures throughout the the day - you can tweet us using #ScotlandLive, email us here or text using 80295.



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