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.