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英中彩票夫妇捐三百万英镑支持苏格兰独立

2014-04-22    来源:每日邮报    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

英国一对中彩票的夫妇捐助了三百万英镑支持苏格兰独立。

Lottery winners who scooped £161million are helping to bankroll Alex Salmond's Scottish independence campaign to the tune of £3million making them the biggest political donors in Britain for more than a year

Colin and Chris Weir have donated seven-figure sum since victory in 2011

Have given around £2million to SNP and Yes Campaign in last few months

Is an increase on the £1million the pair handed over in 2013

Their funds have topped those given to Tories by Michael Farmer

Setback for Better Together campaign who have failed to match spending

A couple who won £161m on the lottery has donated £3m to the Scottish Independence campaign, effectively bankrolling their push to be separated from the UK.

Colin and Chris Weir from Ayrshire, Scotland, have become Britain's biggest political donors in the past 15 months, after handing over huge sums to Alex Salmond and the Yes vote.

The pair, who scooped the huge Euromillions jackpot in 2011, have overtaken Tory donor, Michael Farmer, founder of the RK Capital hedge fund.

The couple, who have been married for more than 30 years, have given at least £2m to the SNP and the Yes Scotland Campaign in the last few months.

It is a massive increase on the £1m the pair handed over in 2013.

Colin, who was an STV cameraman, and his wife Chris, a nursing manager, are now completely funding the pro-independence campaign
They have raked in more than three times the amount of donations received by the opposing Better Together campaign.

Analysis by the Sunday Times has shown the Scottish referendum has captured around 30 per cent of political donations since the beginning of 2013.

Yes Scotland has £2m, all from the Weirs, while the opposing Better Together Campaign only has £863,000.

The surge in funds has prompted the Yes vote to carry out one of the country's biggest advertising campaigns.

The opposing Better Together campaign, led by former Chancellor Alastair Darling, has struggled to come up with similar funds to their rivals.

A poll conducted by the pro-independence political website Wings Over Scotland earlier this month found that when the 14 per cent of voters who are undecided are excluded, 47 per cent intend to vote yes and 53 per cent no.

Women voters are currently far less likely to support independence than men, with the most recent poll finding 27 per cent intend to vote ‘Yes’ compared with 46 per cent of men.

To cement his appeal, Mr  Salmond also pledged ‘high quality, universal childcare  and early learning for all of Scotland’s children’. The promise comes in addition to a previous flagship pledge to extend free childcare.

However other polls have suggested the vote could be neck-and-neck.

It was also revealed today that Alex Salmond wants Prince Charles to be crowned King of Scots in a separate coronation.

The First Minister says monarchs should be crowned in both England and Scotland if he succeeds in breaking up the UK.

At the same time Mr Salmond, in a strong signal to republicans in his own party, has firmly ruled out a future referendum on ditching the monarchy.

相关介绍:

来自苏格兰埃尔郡的韦尔夫妇2011年时赢得了1.61亿英镑(约合人民币16.9亿元)大奖,自那以后共向支持苏格兰独立的运动捐助了三百万英镑,成为英国过去15个月以来最大的政治捐助者。

韦尔夫妇在过去几个月里向支持独立的苏格兰民族党(SNP)和苏格兰独立运动组织“是的,苏格兰”(Yes Scotland Campaign)捐助了至少两百万英镑,而在2013年他们捐助了一百万英镑。但自2013年初以来,反对苏格兰独立的组织仅争取到了86.3万英镑的资助。

另据一家支持苏格兰独立的网站本月早些时候的民调显示,除去14%的不确定选票外,目前有47%的选民倾向于对独立投赞成票,53%投反对票。27%的女性选民支持独立,46%的男性支持独立。但其它机构的民调则显示支持和反对独立的力量不相上下。

苏格兰将于今年九月进行公投,以决定是否脱离英国独立。



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