Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Scottish Independence: Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon suffer a humiliating defeat as SNP backtrack to accept 'more neutral' indyref question, SNP Govt can’t write an unbiased question; looking pathetic now!

Dear All

It seems that the ‘retreat from Moscow’ has started for Alex Salmond and Scotland’s unpopular Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Today is a milestone and another defeat for the SNP Government as they have run up the ‘white flag’ and agreed to the Electoral Commission’s request for the SNP’s proposed referendum question to be changed to a “more neutral” form of words.

Blair Jenkins of Yes Scotland walked out into no man’s land and firstly declared an intention to surrender the position which was indefensible.

Time for a quote by Alex Salmond:

“My problem is that I have too many talent people and not enough Cabinet positions.”

Well, seems the SNP Cabinet can’t draw up an unbiased question.

Talented indeed, me thinks not!

The Electoral Commission’s said the planned ballot paper question for 2014 - “Do you agree that Scotland should be an independent country? Yes/No” - was potentially biased in favour of a Yes answer.

They have come up with a plainer wording: “Should Scotland be an independent country?

So, people at the ballot box will have a simple Yes / No” on their paper.

In the past much shouting of the odds by Scottish Government Ministers was done, this is Scotland’s election made in Scotland they cried and their cybernat supporters piped up straight behind them as Salmond and co threatened to over-rule the politically impartial Electoral Commission if they disagreed with its suggestion.

How the world has changed with the total collapse of independence support.

23% with Nicola Sturgeon at the helm pushing the debate backwards instead of forward!

On the financial front, the two main campaign groups, Yes Scotland and Better Together, will each be permitted to spend £1.5m in the crucial final four months before polling.

Presumably beforehand Mr. Salmond will wish to address why Scots are unwilling to be active in his independence campaign even within his own party.

Alex Salmond can’t even tempt his own supporters onto the streets to support him now!

In Glasgow, the Sturgeon clique has to stagger events in order for people to attend both thus giving the impression of large interest when there is none!

John McCormick, Electoral Commissioner for Scotland, said:

“Voters are entitled to a referendum which produces a result they can have confidence in. The recommendations we have made today are an important part of giving voters that confidence. But it is of course for the Scottish Parliament to have the final say.”

So, the retreat has started, as Salmond and Sturgeon lead the remnants of the clique and hangers on across the cold bitter snowy wastelands, people will start to drop out and dodging the column with excuses.

Alistair Darling, leader of the pro-UK Better Together groups said:

"I am pleased that the impartial Electoral Commission has rejected the fixed referendum question which Alex Salmond demanded. They have also rejected the nationalist's attempts to silence their opponents by setting spending limits that would have given them an unfair advantage. The commission’s experts have also said that nationalist attempts to gag business, unions and civil society are wrong”.

Time for a quote by Alex Salmond:

“My problem is that I have too many talent people and not enough Cabinet positions.”

It seems now that SNP members and indy supporters should be asking the hard questions of Salmond and Sturgeon who have completely botched this campaign up.

Nicola Sturgeon needs to stand down as Independence Minister, she is part of the problem and not part of the solution.

Today is a humiliating defeat made worse by the hot air and bluster of previous rhetoric by Salmond and Sturgeon.

As Eric Cartman of SouthPark would say:

'This campaign sucks ass dude!'

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

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