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Scottish Independence: Yes or No (The Great Debate)

Scottish Independence: Yes or No (The Great Debate) [Kindle Edition]

George Kerevan , Alan Cochrane
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In September 2014, a referendum will be held in Scotland to decide whether or not Scotland should become independent and cease to be part of Great Britain. In this book, two of the nation's leading political commentators will address both sides of this historic argument. George Kerevan will put forward the case for voting Yes, and Alan Cochrane will make the case for voting No. In one book, the first title in this Great Debate series, readers will be given the strongest possible arguments for both sides, fully preparing them to make up their own minds on a decision that will shape the future of Scotland and of Great Britain.

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George Kerevan is a Scottish journalist and Scottish National Party politician. He was associate editor of the "Scotsman" from 2000 to 2009. Alan Cochrane is a Scottish journalist and political commentator. He was editor of the "Scottish Daily Express" and is currently the Scottish editor of the "Daily Telegraph."

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good-natured debate 12 May 2014
This book helped me to reach a decision - both sides of the argument are well-presented but overall, this has given me the confidence to vote 'Yes', as a matter of principle. After that, the real debate can commence; without that, there is nothing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Where are the Reasons? 26 May 2014
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I was looking forward to reading this book from two well known and informed commentators. It starts with the Yes arguement from Mr Kerevan and is well written and puts that side of the question well. So far so good. Then in the second part, Mr Cochrane simply repeats all the usual stuff we've heard already with the usual lack of balance or indeed any sign of good reasons for the "No" campaign other than "Better Together" which leaves me in the dark as to why this is so. Seems the "No" campaign is the same old same old "Vote No and things will get better tomorrow", but as we all know, tomorrow never comes.
Overall, it's just an OK read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Yes and No 22 April 2014
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A book of two halves. George Kerevan's pro-independence arguments are well presented and backed up by statistics, facts and footnotes. If anything, there were rather too many statistics but it was a full argument that covered all the main issues. Top marks.

The No argument from Alan Cochrane was, however, very disappointing. It began with rallying cries of shared history, the 2012 Olympics, the Union Jack and the Queen. It then went on to rehash all the old scare stories that have already been countered by the Yes campaign. I confess I was looking for a lot more. Sadly, it seems the No arguments have run dry.

This is an interesting book and certainly brings al the arguments together which makes it useful for anyone who does not know much about the issues. For anyone who has kept up to date with the arguments, you won't learn anything new. I'll give it four stars because of George Kerevan's excellent analysis but anyone looking for a powerful argument as to why Scotland should remain within the UK will feel let down by the NO case.
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