THE massive job of printing one million pro-independence newspapers produced in a joint project by Believe in Scotland, The National newspaper and the SNP has finished … and now the huge task of distributing them begins.
Copies of the eight-page special newspaper will now be delivered by volunteers to a million homes across Scotland.
It’s a mind-boggling operation which brings the most active and effective non-party independence campaigning group in the country together with Scotland’s only independence-backing daily newspaper and the party which won a major victory in the last Scottish elections in May.
The newspaper is targeted specifically at those voters who have not yet made up their minds on the question of Scotland becoming an independent country but remain open to persuasion
The Scottish Greens, who recently entered into a power sharing agreement with the SNP in the Scottish government, also joined in.
The newspaper is targeted specifically at those voters who have not yet made up their minds on the question of Scotland becoming an independent country but remain open to persuasion.
It contains articles by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Believe in Scotland’s Founder Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp, Scottish Finance Secretary Kate Forbes, the Scottish Greens Co-leader Lorna Slater, SNP president Michael Russell and more.
Printing finished at 18.45 on Monday night at the National’s printing plant at Cambuslang. Stuart McLean, the print centre manager, described the scale of the task as ‘monumental’. He added: ‘It was the largest print run we have produced in 20 years of printing at the Cambuslang centre … but it ran like a Swiss watch.’
Printing started on Sunday night with two presses each printing 40,000 copies an hour. The publication was printed on recycled paper and its print run was the biggest in Scotland in recent history.
Pressroom shift manager Alan Myles said: “We’re not normally in on a Monday through the day – we’re in the rest of the week, for the weeklies. Usually a Monday is quite quiet.’
Make no mistake this publication fires the starting gun on indyref2
The National’s editor Callum Baird said: “We’re taking our hats off to the print team – they’ve done a fantastic job taking on such a huge operation and the final product looks great.'
In an article published by Believe in Scotland on Sunday Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp said: ‘Make no mistake this publication fires the starting gun on indyref2 but it also starts to redefine the purpose of independence in response to the chaos of Westminster, Brexit and Covid lockdowns.
'The paper also marks a step-change in the key message of the independence movement and starts a conversation with undecided voters about the type of nation we want to build with the full powers of independence.’
Believe in Scotland’s campaigning continues with our Digital Day of Action in early December. Every penny we raise from members of our campaign goes directly on promoting independence. All salaries and administration costs are covered by Business for Scotland.
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