The changing face of Scottish politics is reflected in the launch of the country's first pro-independence titleby Gerry Hassan / November 26, 2014 / Leave a comment
The new Scottish newspaper The National has already been a success on two levels: first, it has had impact and been a story itself, and second, in terms of sales, selling out its 60,000 print run on the first day.
Launched as a five-day pilot from Monday this week, it looks almost certain to continue for the immediate future. The brainchild of its editor, Richard Walker; he is also the editor of the pro-independence Sunday Herald, both of which are owned by Newsquest.
The National’s primary rational is the independence cause. On 18th September Scotland went to the polls and only one of the daily and Sunday newspapers supported independence: the Sunday Herald which saw a 111 per cent increase in its sales year-on-year.
The feel of The National is like a cross between The Independent, Sunday Herald and Metro. It is bright, brash and distinct; and while it hasn’t broken any major news stories yet it has provided a space for some of the emerging and well-kent faces of the independence referendum such as the journalist and broadcaster Lesley Riddoch and Patrick Harvie, leader of the Scottish Greens. I did hear in my local newsagent this morning, one reader ask for it as “The Independent,” while for differing reasons even ex-Sun editor Kelvin Mackenzie has wished the venture well (being pro-Scottish independence as he judges it good for England).