Interviews and Features
By Blair McDougall
We do not need to be a separate nation to be a better nation.
The vote on the referendum is the biggest decision we will ever take as a country. It is not like a general election... Read more
The last month or so of debate has seen the key issues move closer and closer to home.
From Foodbanks and child poverty to the fall out over the latest Better Together campaign slogan – “I love my family, I’m saying No Thanks’ – the battle... Read more
Scotland has a strong voice in the world as part of the UK – something we would lose with separation.
I’ve worked for some of the UK’s biggest international poverty charities and from Bangladesh to Tanzania to the West Bank, I’ve seen for... Read more
Worldwide attention will focus on Scotland on September 18th and the days that follow. Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games gave us the opportunity to show off the best of Scottish spirit; now we must show the world that this democratic vote can be an... Read more
Better Together Response: If different respected economists cannot agree which side has the strongest case, how seriously should the public take their opinions?Feature
A constant feature of this referendum campaign has been the number of experts on one side of the argument, and Alex Salmond on the other, telling them he’s right and they are wrong.
Last week Professor Ronald MacDonald, one of the world’s... Read more
Yes Scotland Response: If different respected economists cannot agree which side has the strongest case, how seriously should the public take their opinions?Feature
The great economists of the past – e.g. Smith, Marx, Marshall, Keynes, Galbraith – were political economists, they included real life people and relationships in their discussions, analyses and theories. What they had to say was founded on their... Read more
The STV debate between Alistair Darling and Alex Salmond last week was a huge event, watched by 1.2 million people in Scotland. In the weeks leading up to it, senior nationalists were suggesting the debate was going to be Alex Salmond’s “... Read more
The advice that the Yes campaign has offered and adhered to from day one is to set out a positive vision for Scotland's future.
The snap poll conducted at the end of the STV debate showed support for Yes at 47 per cent - with substantial... Read more
After the last debate things were so bad for Alex Salmond that there were reportedly calls from within the SNP for Nicola Sturgeon to do the next one.
Actually Salmond was not terrible. But he was worse than many expected – it looked like... Read more
Better Together Response: With 50 days to go until the referendum, do the public have enough information to decide how to vote?Feature
The people of Scotland deserve to know the facts before they walk into the voting booth on September 18th.
Sadly, the nationalists have failed them. On the key issues, Alex Salmond simply doesn’t have the facts people need.
On the... Read more