Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Westminster Government hardens its position on single question regarding Scottish independence referendum, Salmond and Sturgeon under pressure now!

Dear All

It seems that the Westminster Government is determined to ensure that the Scottish independence referendum is legal, fair; decisive and not open to legal challenge.

The issue is simple for the people of Scotland, do you want independence or not.

So far the Scottish National Party has been dragging its heels as Alex Salmond wants to hedge his bets and put a second question on the ballot paper.

The second question is devo max, what devo max actually is the Scottish Government haven’t managed to articulate, it is also something they can’t deliver and have no authority to do so.

Power remains at Westminster.

Last night on Newsnight Scotland, Blair Jenkins of Yes Scotland did a rather toothless interview when asked by Glenn Campbell what an independent Scotland would look like; he said that was for the SNP Government to answer.

Jenkins then spent the rest of the interview talking up devo max which he isn’t campaigning for; Jenkins is looking increasingly like a stooge without independent thought.

His job at Yes Scotland is Chief Executive, fancy title for a man with no leadership qualities; still the money must be good, and maybe he might learn about political campaigning from his adventure!

Westminster is going to step in and lay down some ground rules; in a significant hardening of the Coalition's position, Moore is effectively ruling out a second question on the ballot paper.

No devo max means No lifebelt for Alex Salmond to show to his supporters, it seems that it is all or nothing. Devo max is a separate issue which has no place on this ballot paper; it also has no mandate and no legal basis.

Alex Salmond has wrongly decided to send in Nicola Sturgeon to be the face of independence and lead the charge.

Her next meeting with Moore will be less rosy in the garden, when the heavy political artillery starts falling on her position, she will realise that the troops and reinforcements won’t be coming over the hill for her. Ms. Sturgeon does very well when everything is going her way, but she is now meeting people who aren’t interested in her problems.

First Minister Alex Salmond and Prime Minister David Cameron will come face to face for the first time in months during a meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee in Downing Street soon and Salmond will have to get used to the word no.

In truth Salmond needs to be told publicly that Holyrood answers to Westminster, not the other way round.

Cameron is Alex Salmond’s boss.

In order to get Westminster approval for the referendum, a section 30 order must be granted by Westminster, and that will only happen if agreement is reached on one question.

Moore says he hopes agreement will be reached on October 22nd “with a fair wind".

A spokesman for Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:

"This is Scotland's referendum, and the arrangements for it should be made in Scotland, not dictated by Westminster. All of the relevant issues governing the referendum, including that of a second question, must be determined in the interests of the Scottish people."

Keep flapping son, no one is listening to tripe and bleating on your supposed 'rights', the law doesn't work that way and neither does responsible government.

Maybe if you believed in your own product you won't spend so much time and effort trying to organise a face saving exercise.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

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