Sunday Newspaper becomes first to back independence
by Martin Kelly (3 May 2014)
The Sunday Herald has become the first national newspaper to back a Yes vote in this year's independence referendum.
In a move which shocked activists on both sides, the newspaper made the announcement in a tweet of its front page which bore the headline "Sunday Herald says Yes".
In its editorial, the Sunday Herald states: "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."
Within minutes of the announcement, independence supporters were sharing the news and retweeting the front page which was specially designed by Scottish artist Alasdair Gray.
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