Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has launched his government’s independence blueprint, calling it a “mission statement” for the future.
FreshAir News covered it every step of the way. From 5 o’clock, we were live at the Scottish Parliament. Scroll down to listen to the whole programme again.
The 670-page White Paper promised a “revolution” in social policy, with childcare at its heart. Alex Salmond spoke to FreshAir News:
Alistair Darling, leader of the campaign to keep the Union, branded the document a “work of fiction, full of meaningless assertions”. He told FreshAir News the paper provided no answers:
The Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, told FreshAir News what the significance of today was for the campaign for independence:
As well as the interviews above, our full programme featured interviews with student reps from Better Together, the Scottish Green, Labour, SNP and Lib Dem parties; as well as a panel of MSPs for Edinburgh - Marco Biagi (SNP), Sarah Boyack (Labour), Alison Johnstone (Green) and Gavin Brown (Conservative).
The programme also heard from students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to assess how independence was being viewed across the country.
We also had an interview with the First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, who thinks independence is a bad idea for Scotland.
We had Professor Euan Cameron, a professor of Scottish History from the University of Edinburgh to put the day’s events in an historic context.
Also appearing, David Martí who is currently writing a PHD on political parties territorial demands which has a focus on Scotland, as well as Catalonia and Flanders, and Coree Brown who’s also a PhD student here in Edinburgh, focusing on how sub-state nationalist parties, namely Scotland’s SNP and Flander’s Nieuwe-Vlaams Alliantie (‘New Flemish Alliance’) understand independence in a changing world.
You can hear the programme in full, here: