NO CAMPAIGN DOUBLE-SPLIT ON DAY OF RE-LAUNCH
Monday, 13 January 2014 13:36
GORDON BROWN’S ‘MORE POWERS’ PROMISE IS SLATED BY LABOUR MP AS JIM MURPHY WARNS OF TORY ‘POISON’ IN SCOTLAND
The chaotic nature of the anti-independence campaign has been exposed by a ‘double whammy bust-up’ on the day when Westminster’s Scottish Secretary attempts to re-launch the No campaign.
Gordon Brown’s ‘more devolution’ promises have been attacked by Labour MP Thomas Docherty, who made it clear that there is no political will at Westminster for Scotland gaining any new powers, saying:
“I don’t believe there is any support at Westminster for Scotland unilaterally getting further devolution without changes to the current constitutional and financial agreements.
“The choice in September is between separation and the settled system of devolution.”
Meanwhile, despite Labour being joined at the hip with the Tories in the Tory-funded No campaign, Jim Murphy MP has described his anti-independence partners as “poisonous”.
Mr Murphy, reportedly frustrated at his position on the side-lines in the No campaign, said on BBC Scotland’s Sunday Politics Show:
“Tory policies are a poison that Scotland doesn’t want to drink and doesn’t have to drink.”
Commenting SNP MSP Stewart Maxwell, who sits on the Referendum Bill Committee, said:
“This double whammy of bust-ups is a huge embarrassment for the No campaign on the day of their attempted relaunch - and a stark reminder of exactly what a No vote means.
“Gordon Brown will be seething that fellow Labour MP Thomas Docherty has exposed his talk of more powers for Scotland under the Westminster system for what they are - bogus and misleading.
“And Jim Murphy’s aggressive language on what Tory governments mean for Scotland only serves to highlight the gains of independence. With a Yes vote Scotland will always get the governments that we vote for, and no longer be governed by the 'poisonous' Tories.
“The No camp is in chaos - Alistair Carmichael’s efforts to put a shine on their negative campaign have been discredited by his own people before he’s even said a word.
"The only way that the people of Scotland can achieve the powers they want to build a fairer and more prosperous nation is to vote Yes in September."