Sunday Herald declares ‘yes’ for Scottish independence
Newspaper group says each editor has the discretion to call the direction it takes on the referendum vote.
The Sunday Herald has become the first newspaper publicly to back a yes vote in the referendum on Scottish independence on 18 September.
A headline on the front page reads Sunday Herald says Yes and is decorated with a giant thistle and Scottish flags, or saltires, in a design by the artist and writer Alasdair Gray, who had declared his support for independence.
An editorial says: “Scotland is an ancient nation and a modern society. We understand the past, as best we can, and guess at the future. But history is as nothing to the lives of the children being born now, this morning, in the cities, towns and villages of this country.
“On their behalf, we assert a claim to a better, more decent, more just future in which a country’s governments will be ruled always by the decisions of its citizens.”
The newspaper supported the Scottish National Party in the Scottish parliament elections in 2007 and 2011. It said its reporting on the referendum will remain balanced.