THERE are many reasons why a newspaper has to put up its price, ranging from the rising cost of paper and ink, to inflation and now even Brexit. And although on Monday we also have to take that same step to stay sustainable, the events of the past few days have surely proven just how important The National is to Scotland.

Theresa May’s visit north of the Border was completely overshadowed by her attempt to duck questions from our reporters. What could have been a boring press event instead exploded into a fierce debate about the freedom of the press and holding power to account.

Our front page went viral – and showed up the Prime Minister’s visit for the complete farce that it was. That’s the power of a newspaper – and that’s why it’s so important we make The National a success as we gear up for indyref2.

We’re already working hard. Over the last year, we’ve launched our Yes DIY section, which has fast become THE go-to place to find out what’s happening in the independence movement. We’ve added new columnists, features and The Jouker, our much-loved National diary. We’ve now got a racing page, after many requests, and from Monday we’ll be expanding our puzzles section with four tricky new challenges every day.

You may have heard we’ve even launched a new Sunday newspaper.

The best, and now the cheapest, way to support The National is via a print subscription. If you take one out today you still pick up the paper in the same way, through your local shop. We just send you out vouchers on a quarterly basis. This helps us get our distribution right – and allows us to put extra copies into shops where we think we can pick up new readers.

Support by The National by taking out a subscription or reserving your copy in your local newsagents. Together, we’ll win independence.

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