100 Days of Hope and Fear: How Scotland's Referendum was Lost and Won

100 Days of Hope and Fear: How Scotland's Referendum was Lost and Won

David Torrance


Was it easily a victory for worry over hope?
How did the higher jointly crusade come so with reference to wasting it?
How did the sure crusade come so as regards to successful it?

What can the folk of Scotland - and different aspirant international locations - research from this seismic democratic occasion? Scotland’s independence referendum on 18 September 2014 used to be the main major poll in Scotland’s historical past. The a hundred days as much as 18 September used to be the reliable crusade interval and the world’s media used to be staring at. David Torrance used to be there all through, in entrance of the cameras, at the radio, within the newspapers, on the debates and gatherings, aware about the various behind-the-scenes manoeuvrings.

A passionate federalist at center, defined disparagingly by means of the outgoing First Minister as ‘Tory-leaning’, Torrance made a valiant try and stay ‘professionally impartial’ all through. His remark and research because the crusade went via its many twists and turns used to be continuously insightful, if no longer regularly popular.

'Reading this diary again in the course of the modifying strategy it used to be transparent that, like (Nate) Silver (the US polling guru whose view was once that the convinced crusade had nearly no probability of victory), I received loads of issues mistaken (including the most likely margin of victory) but in addition many stuff extensively right. no less than i will plead, as newshounds frequently do, that i used to be most likely correct on the time.'

His diary is deliciously gossipy, entertainingly indiscreet, and a must-read for political geeks in addition to those that are looking to see what is going on backstage of Scotland's politics and media.
STEPHEN DAISLEY, STV
David Torrance has emerged as one of many campaign's most vital commentators... [his] unauthorised biography of Alex Salmond, opposed to the percentages, has develop into the prescribed textual content for the flying columns of English-based and in another country newshounds converging on Scotland during this our hour of destiny.
KEVIN McKENNA, Scottish evaluate of Books

Torrance has secured himself a trendy place within the referendum debate, partially throughout the strategic use of great jumpers and expertly crafted hair, yet mostly on advantage … [he merits] much better than the lazy impossibilist opinions to which [his federalist] proposals were subjected.
RORY SCOTHORNE on Britain Rebooted

F*** sake... David Torrance on back. Is the greasy weasel by no means aff the telly?
CALUM FINDLAY [on Twitter]

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