Independence Minded? talks to Alex Massie about Scottish referendum vote

We talked to the writer and blogger, who has been covering the independence debate for the Spectator and the Scotsman, to find out his thoughts on the actual effect of the grassroots, whether there has been media bias, who has the upper hand on the Yes or No side, and more.


At the start of July 2014, we were lucky enough to have an extended video interview with journalist and blogger Alex Massie, whose writing about the Scottish independence referendum vote I have seen shared by those on both the Yes and No sides of the debate.

That’s not to say that they agree with him, but if there is any figure who commands universal respect in this campaign then I have yet to find them. Having observed goings-on over the past few years, I personally was keen to find out how Massie thinks the debate has developed, and who he thinks are the main players. There is an undeniable grassroots movement, but is it having the effect that some within it imagine? And what of media bias?

Anyway, you’ll find description of the questions below. The interview is split into three parts, each of which goes into different ground. Thanks to Alex for his participation, you can find more from him on his Twitter page.


How much has really changed in the run-up to the referendum?

In the first part of our interview, journalist Alex Massie, who has been writing for the Spectator and the Scotsman about the Scottish referendum, discusses the current political situation in the run-up to the vote — and whether much has really changed in terms of which side is likely to win.

Not a single opinion poll has yet found a majority for yes, a majority for independence. From that perspective, you’d have to say that very little has changed in the course of the past two years.

Has grassroots made a difference, and which side is the more positive?

In the second part of our interview, Alex talks about whether the grassroots movement has really made a difference to the campaigns, before addressing whether Yes has really been the more positive of the two sides.

[The Yes campaign] spend so much time talking to each other, I think they too easily believe their own message. They find it quite difficult, I think, to understand how anyone could honestly disagree with them, how you could be a good-faith Unionist.

What will happen if there’s Yes vote? Or a No vote? And is there really media bias?

In the final part of our interview, Alex reveals his opinions on what will happen if there’s a Yes or No vote. He also addresses accusations of media bias regarding coverage of campaigning for the Scottish independence vote.

The people who complain of media bias tend to be the people who feel they’re losing in a campaign.

Independence Minded? is a series of Scottish referendum portraits by Michael MacLennan. For more visit independenceminded.com, facebook.com/independenceminded and twitter.com/theindieminded.