Altered State: Reflections on Scotland first independence referendum

A scene from the Yes campaign, 2014

By a Reporter

A new video has emerged that reflects on last year’s Indyref, from the perspectives of various writers and bloggers from the Yes camp.

Titled ALTERED STATE: Reflections on Scotland’s First Independence Referendum. Part 1: How to Steal a Country in 10 Days, this first episode reflects on the conduct of the BBC and HM Treasury during Scotland’s Independence Referendum in the final days of the campaign;

As Newsnet Scotland revealed, Treasury civil servants were at the heart of a clandestine campaign for a No vote, sanctioned by top mandarin Sir Nicholas McPherson. Key organisations such as the civil service and BBC are supposedly bound by their own codes of impartiality.

Was the last minute reintroduction of the ‘Devo Max’ offer a clear breach of the Edinburgh Agreement and a cynical attempt to split the pro-independence vote? Did HM Treasury collude with the BBC during the illegal RBS leak of market sensitive information to damage the economic case of the Yes campaign?
Watch and make up your own mind.

This episode includes interviews with Newsnet’s Derek Bateman, Professor John Robertson, Paul Kavanagh (Wee Ginger Dug) and Christopher Silver.

Wee Ginger Dug’s New Book is now available for order.

Professor John Robertson’s latest research Scotland’s Propaganda War: The Media and the 2014 Independence Referendum is now free to view.

Christopher Silver’s new book ‘The Case for a Scottish Media’ is due for release.


  1. Superb piece of film-making. I hope as many people as possible get to see it. Look out for a Crowdfunding appeal to raise funds to turn my book into a documentary!

    Also, hope the ed doesn’t mind me plugging my latest article over at the Ponsonby Post. ‘Good Morning Scotland – The propaganda continues’

    You can read it by clicking the link between the asterisks.


  2. It’s a worry that for all the self beliefs we Scots have about how well educated we are as a nation, along comes a real eye opener like this video, showing how gullible the majority of Scots were so easily frightened to death by simple lies. Factual as it is, it’s too easy to blame Unionist black arts and propaganda for what was actually a character weakness in our current voting population. Perhaps Alex Salmond is correct in what he believed pre referendum, and a new generation may be needed to actually win Independence.
    I believe one day Scotland will be independent. We have all the resources we need, but this time round we just didn’t have a majority of self belief and courage.
    I look forward to part 2 of this fascinating and excellent video. Thanks to all for producing it.

  3. the union of Scotland and England is no longer tenable a referendum is not necessary it did not start with one and it don’t need one to end it English votes for English laws did this.


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