My Journey to Yes

By Jenny McKiernan THE YES campaign is on the cusp of a breakthrough according to the latest polls, with independence supporters within touching distance of winning. These polls are only part of the story: a strength of the Yes movement… Read More ›

42 Reasons for Yes

By Adam Ramsay Better Together know they are ahead. They also know that, the more people hear the arguments for independence, the more likely they are to vote yes. For them, the strategy is therefore simple. It is what football… Read More ›

Beyond Yes

By J. Simon Jones Something, it seems, has changed. Things seem different. With August comes the realisation that it’s next month. Soon, all this might be over. One afternoon recently I spent some time canvassing in Pollokshields which, alongside neighbouring Govanhill,… Read More ›


By Mike Small Standing on the steps of No 10 Margaret Thatcher spoke these words: “Where there is discord, may we bring harmony … may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. And where there is… Read More ›

The Voice

By J. Simon Jones This past week hasn’t been a stellar one for the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). It’s being described as a u-turn in the press but that’s to ignore the wider damage it’s brought about not just… Read More ›

Bring It On

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Women for Independence are holding events and stalls across the country (all details are here). As part of our series celebrating women’s role in Scottish democracy, we’re delighted to have a guest piece by Mary… Read More ›

Generation X

In the first of our interview series featuring young people and their views on the new Scotland, this by student journalist Sean Martin (@smarti51) He’s quite remarkable, for a 17-year-old. As well as a Yes Scotland campaigner, he’s an MSYP,… Read More ›

Republic of Books

There’s quite a commotion about a book – The Claim of Scotland – published in 1968 by HJ Paton. It’s as though some have come across the revelation that people wrote on Scottish independence before even the Reverend Stu (!)… Read More ›

Book Report

By Mike Small There seems to be an outpouring of good non-fiction titles around Scottish politics, culture and identity. I don’t know if this is just an illusion that I’m experiencing, coincidence, the time of year, or an offshoot of… Read More ›

British News

By Mike Small Grangemouth doesn’t register on the British newsstand. Wrong country. It’s funny to see these front pages as a snap-shot. It makes me feel almost entirely cut-off from this political culture. But Martin Kettle, over at the Guardian… Read More ›

Altered State

We continue our series publishing extracts from Closer. Mike Small argues that with cultural revival, growing consciousness of the roots of economic inequality and a democratic renewal, we are entering an altered state through the independence movement. Closer to what?… Read More ›

Beyond Austerity Unionism

By Jonathon Shafi Thatchers funeral was a gathering of the ruling class. All of the corrupt ‘sirs’, proven war criminals like Tony Blair and Henry Kissinger and the millionaire Tory cabinet together in mourning. No doubt the plush receptions that… Read More ›