By David Torrance
Was once it easily a victory for worry over hope?
How did the higher jointly crusade come so as regards to wasting it?
How did the convinced crusade come so just about profitable it?
What can the folks of Scotland – and different aspirant international locations – examine from this seismic democratic occasion? Scotland’s independence referendum on 18 September 2014 was once the main major poll in Scotland’s historical past. The a hundred days as much as 18 September was once the authentic crusade interval and the world’s media used to be gazing. David Torrance used to be there all through, in entrance of the cameras, at the radio, within the newspapers, on the debates and gatherings, aware of a number of the behind-the-scenes manoeuvrings.
A passionate federalist at center, defined disparagingly by means of the outgoing First Minister as ‘Tory-leaning’, Torrance made a valiant try to stay ‘professionally neutral’ all through. His observation and research because the crusade went via its many twists and turns used to be continuously insightful, if no longer regularly popular.
'Reading this diary again in the course of the modifying strategy it was once transparent that, like (Nate) Silver (the US polling guru whose view used to be that the definite crusade had nearly no likelihood of victory), I received loads of issues flawed (including the most probably margin of victory) but in addition many stuff commonly right. at the very least i will plead, as newshounds frequently do, that i used to be most likely correct on the time.'
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