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I saw on Twitter mention of your section Referendum Debate as it Happens including a post from my blog Derek Bateman, an Ongoing Dialogue.
The blog is free, is open to all and is part of the campaign. But I would have expected at least a courtesy request for permission for use from a profit-making organisation. It seems a bit presumptuous to reprint without asking since your company would certainly object in similar circumstances.
Is it company policy now to hoover up everybody else’s creative efforts, assume ownership and reprint regardless? Do you think we are all spellbound by the name of the Scotsman and will acquiesce in gratitude for your exposure?
I neither want your publicity nor your money. In fact I want no association with you of any kind. I do not want my material appearing in your newspaper with or without my permission.
I regard that association as a stain on the reputation of my work and that of the Yes campaign. In my view you have done nothing to further the cause of democracy in Scotland, you have slavishly pursued a Westminster agenda, misled readers, treated Yes and the 40 per cent of the Scots who support it with contempt and along with the rest of the old media, let down the country at a crucial moment in its history. The contrast with the paper I joined in 1968 and the role it played in Scottish life and more precisely in the movement for devolution under men of integrity in Alastair Dunnett and Eric B Mackay, couldn’t be more marked.
You have been a national embarrassment throughout the campaign. Your belated attempt at being open-handed by reprinting material from the other side only highlights how you have been spoon-fed by the Unionists.
Please desist from printing any more of my work in your (failing) newspaper.
Yours for (a new) Scotland