Darling warned on 'No' campaign negativity

Published on Monday, 10 December 2012 09:28
Posted by Vicki Mitchem

The head of the No campaign has received a stark warning from one of the campaign's most high-profile supporters that their campaign is being undermined by its own negativity.

Today's Sunday Times reports that Robert Durward, the Managing Director of Cloburn Quarry Company, has told Alistair Darling that "constantly lining up people to denigrate Scotland's options and capabilities could easily backfire and there are already signs of this."

He also warns Mr Darling: "...you risk making matters worse."

Mr Durward's comments come following a speech this week in which Mr Darling's claims about oil were undermined by figures published from SPICe, which show that Norway is considerably more reliant on its oil revenues – yet has still managed to develop one of the highest standards of living in the world, as well as creating the world's largest Sovereign Wealth Fund.

The anti-independence campaign have made a number of spurious headline-grabbing claims with no basis on reality – including suggestions that an independent Scotland would lose the giant pandas from Edinburgh Zoo, and that England would have no choice but to bomb Scotland's airports in order to defend itself from attack if Scotland became independent.

Commenting, SNP MSP Kenneth Gibson said:

"The relentless negativity from the so-called Better Together campaign has completely undermined their claim that they will make 'the positive case for the union'.

"If even those heading their campaign have nothing positive to say about decisions being made at Westminster – we can only assume it's because there is nothing positive to say about decisions being taken at Westminster.

"The scare stories we've had from anti-independence campaigners range from the spurious to the downright ridiculous – and they do no credit to themselves or their campaign.

"In contrast the pro-independence campaign has an overwhelmingly positive message for the people of Scotland. It can draw on the success story of Devolution, which has allowed us to make some decisions for ourselves, to outline what Scotland could achieve if all of the decisions affecting our lives were taken by the people who care about Scotland the most – that is, the people of Scotland themselves."

Source: ©SNP

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