The Dream Shall Never Die: 100 Days that Changed Scotland Forever
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The inside story of the campaign that rocked the United Kingdom to its foundations, and the implications of the Scottish independence movement for the future of British politics.
Alex Salmond has been a passionate supporter of Scottish independence his whole life. In September 2014, he came close to realising that dream.
In a riveting daily diary, written with his trademark wit and charm, Salmond takes us into the heart of the YES campaign, revealing what was said and done behind the scenes as the referendum reached its dramatic climax.
He explains how the YES campaign energised the entire Scottish nation and rewrote the rulebook for grassroots political campaigning, not just in the UK but throughout the world.
He also looks ahead to the critical role of the ‘national question’ in the future of British politics, making clear that the referendum was not the end of a process, but the beginning of one. The dream of Scottish independence is very much alive.
Twenty-Nine: Thursday 10 July Golf is a serious business. Indeed, it is a forum where you can do some very serious business. Geoff Aberdein has been very nervous of my presence at golf tournaments given the obsession of the Daily Telegraph with the Medinah Ryder Cup of 2012. He thinks they will monster me for playing golf instead of attending to business. I have explained many times that it doesn’t matter what we do. If I walked on water, they would accuse me of Christ impersonation and
oil supply company. The ancient Chinese used to pay doctors when they were well. This preventative company operates on the same principle with oil and gas pipelines. Then back to the ‘boardroom’ for a meeting with BrewDog. I introduce the braw lads from the Broch to Aberdeen Asset’s Martin Gilbert, who wonders at first why I have introduced him to a pair of ragamuffins. He then fires a series of financial questions at BrewDog’s Martin Dickie, who knocks them out of the park; the clincher is that
(from Blair) and rumination on why I got such great publicity while his was so awful. Finally, we got down to talking about Grangemouth, and it took a matter of minutes to agree on what needed to be done. The next day UK Business Secretary John Hutton and John Swinney went to Grangemouth and the dispute was settled. I wasn’t unsympathetic to Gordon’s view on the ‘poisonous legacy’ and it was only one meeting, perhaps on a bad day. However, I left the meeting with a firm impression that this man
that all is far from well in the NO campaign. The television pictures show me chatting with smiling mums and babies, in contrast to the Better Together image which has Alistair sitting with one glum-looking aide and a poster. On my way to Glasgow for a final interview with Jackie Bird when I hear that BP have declared officially for NO. This is not just another piece of waffle from the chairman Bob Dudley in his individual capacity, but presented as a company position. There has been, of
Angus Robertson and in Europe by Ian Hudghton make up a formidable SNP parliamentary array. My ministerial team, including the law officers, throughout my term as First Minister are due many thanks. As some may know, I am an admirer of Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson. It is said that the one political gift that he lacked was the ability to sack people. In my case there were reasons I found this difficult. I can honestly say that I did not have a single failure in my ministerial team, and