HEAVYWEIGHT INTERVENTIONS SHOW NO CAMPAIGN LOSING ECONOMIC ARGUMENTS
Sunday, 03 February 2013 18:34
The anti-independence No campaign has suffered a blow as clear signs emerge today (Sunday) that they are losing the economic arguments on an independent Scotland.
Two of Scotland’s most significant entrepreneurs Jim McColl and Sir Tom Hunter highlighted the need for Scotland to be able to shape its own economic policy, with the latter subjecting the anti-independence campaign to scathing criticism warning “No campaigners are digging themselves one enormous hole if they believe that a dual ‘status quo’ and ‘scare them to death about independence’ message will work.
Meanwhile Jim McColl, CEO of Clyde Blowers highlighted the fact that “the only credible way to secure the normal financial powers [is] through a Yes vote for independence. The entrepreneur also made clear that “on a simple balance sheet calculation, Scotland can afford to be independent if we so choose.
The criticism comes on the same day as a newly published Mail on Sunday poll showed that the anti-independence campaign’s scaremongering on Scotland’s financial future was failing to make an impact as 41% of Scots believe they will be better or no-worse off in an independent Scotland, compared to 38% saying they’ll be worse off.
Commenting, SNP Westminster Leader Angus Robertson MP said:
“The anti-independence campaign has been determined to scaremonger and whip up uncertainty over Scotland’s economy, but today’s events have blown a major hole in their efforts.
“Sir Tom Hunter has rightly warned them that they are simply ‘digging themselves into a hole’, while Jim McColl has made a positive and compelling case for Scotland to gain the powers we need over our own economy.
“As if these heavyweight interventions weren’t bad enough for the No campaign, an opinion poll today has shown that their scaremongering is simply failing to register with people.
“Clearly the No campaign’s argument that an independent Scotland will cost everyone the grand sum of £1 is doing little to turn people against the idea.
“The fact is that with the powers of an independent Scotland we will gain the tools we need to make Scotland a more prosperous, fairer country and no amount of negativity from the No campaign will change that fact.
“It is becoming increasingly clear that the anti-independence side is losing the economic argument as more and more people recognise the opportunities that a Yes vote in next year’s referendum offers Scotland.
“On the economy as on a host of other issues, it is people in Scotland who are best placed to make decisions over the direction Scotland takes and only a Yes vote will give us the opportunity to shape policies that always put the needs of people living here first.