Scottish independence referendum: David Torrance on grassroots and positivity of campaigns

 How effective have the emerging grassroots movements actually been in the 2014 Scottish independence referendum? And has the Yes campaign been more positive than that of No? Writer David Torrance, author of ‘The Battle for Britain: Scotland and the Independence Referendum’, lends us his perspective.


Robin McAlpine of Common Weal: are you feart, or are you ready?

In a clip from our upcoming feature at the Festival of the Common Weal, Robin McAlpine asks people of Scotland “are you feart, or are you ready?”

Independence Minded? at Aye Inspired

Aye Inspired portrait: Gillian Martin

A look at the pro-independence art exhibition Aye Inspired, organised by artists Gillian Martin and Lindsay Allardyce, now on Medium:

Independence Minded? at Aye Inspired

At the Royal Highland Show

Farming For Yes image

Sunday June 29, 2014 –  Not one of our ‘proper’ portraits, but we were at the Royal Highland Show at the weekend, and talked to Farming For Yes and Rural Together about the future of Scottish agriculture – and why the result of the referendum could have a ‘devastating’ impact. Find it on Medium, or watch the video below:

Neale McQuistin, Farming For Yes, at the Royal Highland Show

Neale McQuistin, Farming For Yes, at the Royal Highland Show

“I’m not by nature a political animal, and if you asked me even two years ago if I’d be here at the Royal Highland Show giving out leaflets and talking to people in this sort of political environment, I’d have been very surprised. But somehow it just feels right to get involved in this one issue, and to do the best I can to try and get the right result. I’m not a political animal, I’m just somebody who believes that independence will be good for Scotland.”

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