Neil Mackay is one of Scotland’s most respected columnists – and one of the most reliably pro-Sturgeon. His scathing assessment of the SNP’s campaign therefore merits attention

Source Direct: An Independence Election?


Five years on from the Brexit vote, everything has been leading to this moment of truth for independence. But that mood of certainty is giving way to frustration and self-doubt. Whisper it, but the Yes bloc is experiencing an identity crisis.

Source Direct: A Yes Slump?



I share the anxiety that this unprecedented peacetime crisis of the British state may pass without a firm conclusion. For this reason, I have campaigned for years for an early referendum. But I am also wary of a potentially sadistic dynamic between leadership and base.

Source Direct: Indy Shoegazers



There is a rumbling debate about the timing of a proposed Scottish independence referendum, highlighted by remarks from Labour’s Keir Starmer and the SNP’s John Swinney.

Source Direct: One More Time





“What we ultimately need in the SNP is the space to begin talking about new, positive ideas again. Wider democratic debate within the party needs to go beyond listening exercises. We need to facilitate discussions to develop our independence strategy and economic policy, and we need the democratic mechanisms to ensure the party is delivering the will of its membership.”

Craig Berry: Democracy within the SNP must go beyond listening exercises