The editor behind a front page which promised more powers for Scotland if voters rejected independence now says he has always thought it should be a sovereign nation.
Two days before the vote in September 2014, Murray’s award-winning ‘The Vow’ splash appeared on the front of the Glasgow-based Record – featuring a pledge signed by David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg promising the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats would “guarantee” more devolved powers to Edinburgh in the wake of a ‘No’ vote.
He told the Newsquest-owned title: “The reality is I have always thought as a concept that Scotland should be independent. I think that is the situation a lot of Scots find themselves in. Their heart says Yes and their head says No.
“I think the intervening years since the referendum has allowed my head to come into line with my heart. It was not a Damoclesean conversion, it was a realignment and consolidation of my belief that Scotland should become independent.
“As matters stand I would vote Yes tomorrow, but I have to admit that I do have concerns and I think probably everyone who is pro-independence should have the same concerns about how we pay our way.”
Asked whether he now regretted the ‘Vow’, Murray added: “Absolutely not, the Vow was done in good faith at the time it was done and I do not recognise any suggestion it affected the material outcome of the vote… it was pretty obvious it was the economy.
“I don’t recognise that I was either the saviour of the Union or the person who prevented independence.”