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.
Alan Cochrane or that ghastly man from the Telegraph', as Alex Salmond's wife calls him emerged as a Unionist hero in Scotland's recent independence battle. Using his daily newspaper column and his enviable list of Westminster and Scottish contacts, the veteran journalist mounted a personal mission to ensure the survival of the United Kingdom and the downfall of Alex Salmond's Scottish nationalist cause. At the same time, Cochrane was secretly keeping a diary charting every twist and turn in the campaign, from Westminster's decision on whether to allow the ballot to go ahead to Gordon Brown's late entry onto the scene as tensions mounted in the No camp. Through the pages of this illuminating journal, Cochrane reveals the truth about how the UK was won, offering biting analysis, telling detail and often trenchant wit. As the polls narrowed in the run-up to 18 September, the historic fight for Britain brought out the best and the worst in the characters involved. With his behind-the-scenes access to David Cameron, Alistair Darling, Gordon Brown and everyone in between, Alan Cochrane raises the curtain on the panicked, incompetent and cynical world of modern politics, sparing no one from his acerbic tongue.