The Campaigns

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FOR THE UNION FOR INDEPENDENCE
Currency issue

Share of the UK Debt

It was reported[1] that the Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander had written to Scottish finance secretary John Swinney demanding the withdrawal of the SNP’s “bogus” debt threat, calling it the “most irresponsible claim of your entire campaign”. He suggested the plan would lead to a sharp rise in interest rates in an independent Scotland and was "a threat to make every Scottish household pay the price for your failure to assemble a credible economic case for independence."

Labour's case for the Union

Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont has called on Scotland to reunite after a No vote and use the strength of the United Kingdom and the opportunity of devolution to achieve Labour's goals for the country [2]Scottish Labour’s vision has been for "a strong and confident Scotland playing its full part in the United Kingdom, alongside friends and colleagues in England, Wales and Northern Ireland ... we stand ready to work with others to achieve more together than we ever could alone. [3]

Emphasis has also been placed on the economic consequences of independence: "...greater cuts than under Margaret Thatcher’s government", according to Lord Reid, who was Scottish secretary, home secretary and defence secretary in Tony Blair’s government. The former insisted that rather than “offering a vision of a socially just Scotland”, the reality of a Yes vote next month would be billions of pounds of cuts to public spending [4] If an independent Scotland were forced to use the pound without a currency union, the impact on services could be “devastating”.

Liberal Democrats

References

  1. Scotsman: Alexander blasts debt threat 1 September 2013
  2. Aberdeen Evening Express: Scotland should lead UK - Lamont 10/11 August 2014.
  3. Scottish Labour party web site: United with Labour (retrieved 16 August 2014)
  4. Scotsman: Reid: Yes vote will bring cuts worse than Thatcher 16 August 2014.

Currency issue

A Times/YouGov poll in March 2014 found that Scots believe the Westminster parties are lying about their joint rejection of a currency union. The poll, which still put the pro-union camp ahead, found that 45% believe the rejection is a campaigning tactic that would be abandoned after a yes vote[1].

Share of the UK Debt

Alex Salmond responded to the attack by Danny Alexander on 1 September. "Scotland cannot default on a debt it is not legally liable for and would have no moral obligation to pay without a share of Bank of England assets. We should share assets and liabilities... Clearly, if Danny Alexander wants to take all of the assets then he gets stuck with all of the liabilities..."[2]

Labour's case for the Union

Liberal Democrats

In opposing Independence, the Liberal Democrats have not adopted the strategy outlined by their former leader Jo Grimond, who wrote:

"Once we accept...that the Scots and Welsh are nations, then we must accord them Parliaments which have all the normal powers of government, except for those that they delegate to the United Kingdom Government or the EEC."[3]

References

  1. Guardian, 28 March 2014
  2. Scotsman: Alexander blasts debt threat 1 September 2013
  3. A Personal Manifesto, Martin Robertson, Oxford, 1983 page 54