LEADING pro-independence blogger and National columnist the Wee Ginger Dug has launched his annual fundraiser to help keep the project going.

The website, ran by Paul Kavanagh, launched in 2014 and relies on donors to continue publishing regularly.

With the chaos of Brexit facing the UK, and indyref2 looking set to take place in the near future, Kavanagh has said it’s “all the more important” to have pro-indy voices in Scotland.

Appealing for independence supporters to back his blog, he continued: “Almost every day this blog publishes a 1000-plus word essay on a topical theme in Scottish politics, plus a shareable graphic, and a weekly podcast. It works out at over 300,000 words a year, that’s several novels’ worth. In anyone’s language that’s good value for money.

“Yet everything published on this blog is free to everyone, there are no paywalls, no adverts which benefit me, no subscriptions.

“As always, I am asking for £10,000 in order to provide myself with a basic wage. I do make a small amount of money from other sources, from writing in The National, the sales of Gaelic maps and books, but it’s not enough to live on. Writing this blog is a full-time job. It takes up far more of my time than anything else I do.”

Kavanagh added that all support is “immensely appreciated”.

Details on how to donate to the Wee Ginger Dug are detailed here: https://weegingerdug.wordpress.com/2019/06/17/wee-ginger-dugfunder-2019/.