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Saturday, 13 September 2014

The "negative" campaigning of the "Vote No" camp sinks to new depths.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/sep/12/scottish-referendum-icm-poll-too-close-to-call-union



"Vote No" big guns fail to halt "Yes" bandwagon.


Vote Yes campaigning.

 
Should the "Better together . Vote No" campaign win the referendum vote next Thursday, it will not be due to  winning the economic, social or prosperity arguments. It will the consequence of many people voting as a result of fear. Fear, generated by the "No" campaign, orchestrated by the Westminster political parties, because they have most to loose should the Scottish people decide to become an independent nation. 
Today, 13th September, the last weekend of campaigning, the "Vote No" camp and its allies in the television and media, together with those sections of business who fear for their own positions in an independent Scotland, have launched the most vicious, vindictive and vociferous assault on the voting yes camp ever seen before in British politics. This assault, culminates a week of intensive campaigning which started with Gordon Brown's visit to Scotland and a rather strange personal speech predominantly concerned with the NHS and the experiences of his own family. This was  followed on Wednesday, by the spectacle of Cameron, Clegg and Milliband, flying off to Scotland in a desperate attempt, to bolster the flagging No campaign. Cameron's plea that he would be heart broken should Scotland vote yes, and his appeal to the Scottish people not to break this family of nations, was linked to an appeal not to turn the referendum into another opportunity to “kick the effing Tories”. A strange choice of words for a British prime minister with Oxford education and Bullingdon club background, to choosing a public forum with the eyes of the world press and media, listening to and analysing every word.



Gordon Brown makes impassioned plea to Scots to vote no


 
 
In what many believe to be a rather bizarre promise to the Scottish people, Conservative, Labour, and Liberal Democrat, vowed to grant even more autonomy to the Scottish Parliament including powers over taxation, spending an even greater devolution. Some 18 months ago, when such an option was proposed by this Scottish National Party for inclusion on the referendum ballot paper, the proposal, was firmly rejected by the parties in Westminster. Only now, when the "No" campaign has reached the position of desperation in its attempts to retain the union, the Westminster parties have made a complete "U turn" and seem to consider that further devolution for Scotland, may be the only means of securing rejection of independence. Many observers including the Scottish public recall however, the numerous times when Westminster promises have been empty words swiftly forgotten in a very short period of time. The Westminster government rhetoric promising mountains, but delivering molehills.


Cameron, Clegg and Miliband make Scotland 'No' vote plea

 
The threats and scaremongering tactics presented by the No camp, range between the economic, with some (but not all) banks businesses and supermarket chains threatening to move the operations south of the new border, or increasing the prices of their produce on their shelves, through the sporting implications of athletes being unable to compete under the "Great Britain" banner,and culminating in a rather odd story from the chief constable for Durham that somehow, organised international criminal gangs will seek to exploit any new border between England and an independent Scotland. 
It seems that the "No" camp are sinking to the depths of desperation, in their attempts to appeal to the most emotional side of public opinion.
It is clear that those who have most to lose in the event that Scotland should vote for independence, are by inducement, threat, exaggeration and distortion of truth,seeking to restore the lead in the opinion polls that until recently indicated a comfortable win for the vote no campaign. Today's opinion polls indicate that a growing number of people have moved and are moving into the vote yes camp.The lead has been reduced over previous days to one or maybe two percentage points and the predicted result, is to close for the pollsters to call. However the bookmakers have the no camp as firm odds-on favourites. Perhaps they know something that the rest of us do not.it is clear that whatever the result next Thursday, the divisions within Scottish society on the question of an independent Scotland have created a split which may take many years if not generations, to heal. The genie of Scottish independence is out-of-the-bottle, and will not easily be put back in.