Our team would like to thank all those supporters who have joined and supported the Scottish Times (ST) community during our pre-launch stage.
Attracting 1000 supporters before we have launched the site, complimented with thousands of visits and many wishes of support, shows the appetite for what ST will soon be delivering - a professional, daily news outlet and a platform to discuss the independence referendum with innovative features which put the readers in charge of the debate.
This information site offers only a small taste of what ST will deliver and we would like to thank you for your patience during this pre-launch stage. The project is exciting and ambitious and we have been busy working with experts to design and shape the project for the months and years to come.
Be assured that we are eager to expand, keen to engage the ST community and start the debate. As soon as we know our launch date which will be early next year we will make an announcement.
To enable you to you understand the workings of the site we would like to outline what you can expect from the ST platform.
ST aims to provide a platform whereby the key issues can be influenced and debated by our readers. We will deploy the latest web technology which assesses what people really think on the issues which matter.
Readers will have the facility to criticise our articles and editorials, to ask the ST team to solicit the views of experts on any referendum subject. We will provide the facility for our community to form discussion forums and focus groups. Our platform will encourage the evolution of the citizen journalist. New internet features mean we can ensure that our community defines the issues and so puts our supporters in control of the referendum debate. This is not marketing blurb. Our platform will do all this and more.
Where we stand
At ST we will offer readers our opinions as the need arises, but we will observe neutrality in respect of the independence referendum debate. Our team contends that the electorate are often ill-served by both sides of the constitutional debate and so ST will seek to make life uncomfortable for any politician who resorts to chicanery to deceive the public regardless of the colour of rosette they wear on referendum day.
We will hold the Nationalists to account for not being open on issues such as what currency Scotland will have post-independence and we will highlight where Alex Salmond offers a void on key matters such as banking regulation or foreign policy in relation to membership of the EU and Nato.
At the same time we will seek to expose Unionist tactics of trying to frighten the Scottish population out of contemplating independence. We believe this type of politics will be counter-productive for the cause of Unionism but we also view it as a cynical perspective which leads to a lack of mature debate when what people deserve is honest and measured dialogue.
We believe all Scots should have the platform, free from manipulation, to decide the destiny of their nation.
Building the ST community
The decision to embrace independence or remain with the Union will require a collective decision which must be arrived at by a confident and informed national community. So we ask for your continued support to help build the ST community and help create an environment conducive for empowering Scots in this process by spreading the word. Please email, tweet and facebook your friends and tell them to visit, sign up and join the Scottish Times community.
What they're saying about Scottish Times
Mark Irvine: (Consultant and former chief negotiator Unison Scotland) "The launch of Scottish Times comes at an exciting time for the social media in Scotland - traditional newspapers have had their day as everyone knows..."
Marc Coleman: (Irish economist and broadcaster) "I want the Scottish Times to keep the good news about Scotland coming (hopefully there'll be no shortage of it as time goes by...)" more
James Eadie: (SNP MSP) "I’m delighted to join the Scottish Times community. The ST project is not only desperately needed but is ambitious and shows Scottish ingenuity at its best." more