The Wee Blue Book DON’T VOTE IN THE INDEPENDENCE REFERENDUM UNTIL YOU’VE READ THIS
Scotland is served by 37 national or daily newspapers. Not one supports independence. (The only publication to back a Yes vote is a weekly, the Sunday Herald.) Newspapers have no duty to be fair or balanced, but when Scotland faces a decision as big as the one it’ll make on September 18th, the press being so overwhelmingly skewed to one side is a problem for democracy.Our website, Wings Over Scotland, is biased too. Wesupport independence, because we think it’ll makeScotland a wealthier, fairer, happier place. We thinkScotland will be better off choosing its owngovernments to solve its problems and make themost of its opportunities, rather than hoping that thepeople of Kent, Surrey and Essex might elect oneswith Scotland’s interests at heart.
We think the facts comprehensively back that belief up. But we’re not going to ask you to take our word for it.A very great deal of what you’ve been told about independence in the last few years by Unionist politicians and the media is, to be blunt, a tissue of half-truths, omissions, misrepresentations and flat-out lies. We want to show you the truth hidden behind those lies, but using fully-referenced and impartial sources that you can go and check for yourself.
We’ll be mostly using the UK government’s ownfigures, the views of academic experts and Unionistpoliticians and officials, NOT those who support independence.
On September the 18th you’re going to have to make the most important decision any Scot in history has ever made, and it seems only fair that you should be able to do it based on the real and full facts. Scotland’s media has only told you one half of the story. Don’t you at least want to hear both sides before you decide?
Rev. Stuart Campbell
Editor, Wings Over Scotland