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The best of both worlds

Ross MacRae  |  10 June 2014

It’s decision time. With just 100 campaigning days left until the referendum people in Scotland are focussing on a decision that will have profound effects on their lives and the lives of generations to come. The scale of the decision has now come in to focus and as it’s done so we’ve seen a marked …

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It’s game on as we approach the referendum

Ross MacRae  |  29 April 2014

As we approach the business end of the referendum campaign things are getting bigger. The Better Together team has just doubled in size, we have moved in to a new campaign headquarters that will see us through until September and our army of activists is growing as the number of campaign events increase. It’s game …

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Why young Scots are voting no to independence

Ross MacRae  |  2 April 2014

Back in 2012 when the referendum campaigns kicked off, one of the most hotly debated subjects was the franchise. There were debates on whether Scots living in the rest of the United Kingdom should be able to have their say and there were incredibly important arguments over the ability for our serving armed forces personnel …

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Wheels coming off the wagon

Ross MacRae  |  21 February 2014

It’s been a pretty big few weeks in the referendum debate. The arguments around the currency and membership of the European Union that have been rumbling along since mid-2012 have come to a head in what’s being described as the nationalists’ worst period of the campaign. First, all three candidates to be the next chancellor …

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Not a price worth paying

Ross MacRae  |  24 January 2014

The year of the referendum is finally upon us. As the independence referendum campaign enters its 20th month we are just beginning the actual year of the referendum. Here in Scotland we’re giving the Americans a run for their money when it comes to campaign marathons… So how can we get an accurate snapshot of …

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From Jessie J to Plan B

Ross MacRae  |  19 December 2013

‘It’s all about the money, money, money …’ so the great political philosopher, Jessie J, tells us – and in the debate over Scottish independence she couldn’t be more right. Three weeks ago the Nationalist government launched its much-vaunted white paper on independence, 18 months after Alex Salmond had launched his campaign for separation. Throughout …

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Getting the facts

Ross MacRae  |  22 November 2013

The mantra of the undecided voter in the independence referendum is ‘I want the facts.’  People are naturally distrustful of politicians and governments who clearly have an obvious agenda. Right from the beginning of the referendum campaign, when you talk to people on the doorstep or on the street they want an impartial body to …

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A question of trust

Ross MacRae  |  17 October 2013

In 1988, then vice-president George HW Bush made a speech at his party’s national convention accepting the party’s nomination for president. The most famous line from this speech was a clear unequivocal pledge – ‘Read my lips: no new taxes.’ The pledge was credited, in part, for winning Bush the presidency.  However, after raising taxes, …

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