Daily Digest: David Cameron will resign if Scotland votes Yes
David Cameron will resign if Scotland votes Yes
Benedict Brogan in the Telegraph states that “David Cameron will resign if he loses Scotland. A Prime Minister who allows the break-up of the United Kingdom cannot suffer such a statement of no confidence and continue in office. That much is understood in Downing Street, where a gnawing doubt about the referendum gets worse by the day”. Another good reason for voting Yes!
Labour leader downplays new powers if there’s a No
Johann Lamont, in comments to the Northern Echo, has given the game away that No means no substantial new economic powers for Scotland. She rejected suggestion that Scotland would gain any major “economic advantage” and “urged people in the North-East not to believe ‘propaganda’ about extra powers and riches heading to Edinburgh”. With No, the economic advantage remains firmly with London and the South East.
Defence establishment highlights problems with No and possibilities with Yes
The UK defence establishment is out in force today with Defence Secretary Phil Hammond leading the charge with same out of touch message that hosting nuclear weapons of mass destruction is good for Scotland, but being in control of our own defence forces and tailoring them to Scotland’s defence needs somehow won’t be in our interests. Yet the UK defence secretary’s trip to Glasgow has already been undermined as No campaign colleagues in the Labour party describe his visit as unhelpful. And it’s little wonder since No and Downing Street have had to u-turn at least twice in 24 hours in response to Mr Hammond’s mixed messages on what will and what will not be up for negotiation after Yes.
Instead of useless and immoral nuclear bombs, with Yes we can invest in service personnel, major surface vessels and maritime patrol aircraft – all essential for a country with a longer coastline than India, but none of which the Ministry of Defence has delivered for Scotland. We can put in place an industrial strategy that secures jobs in shipbuilding and manufacturing on the Clyde. And we’ll work closely with our neighbours and international partners in procurement and to secure our mutual defence.
The broad Yes movement – a vote for your children
In another example of the broad nature of the Yes movement, Scottish Green Party member and Equality & Human RightsAdvocate,Rob McDowall, tells the Huffington Post the he “would urge my fellow Scots to view the vote for independence as an investment in our future, an investment in the future of our children and a unique opportunity for us to create a more just and equal system which serves the interests of the people of Scotland. Call it societal reform, call it a landmark change in Scottish politics, call it whatever you want but please don't call it a vote for the SNP…. vote YES and have an input into how our nation develops and be confident in setting Scotland free from the shackles of Westminster that you have left the country in the strongest possible footing for your children and those that come after”.
Third Sector Yes responds to international development claims
Mark Bevan of Third Sector Yes has responded to the UK International Development Secretary’s claim that independence would impact negatively on international aid: “The well-worn argument of the UK having a seat at the top table in international affairs has been trotted out many times. What those who deliver the line know is that it is not the seat at the table that counts, but what is done with the privilege”. Mark highlights the deep commitment to development that Scotland has made with Malawi.