'No' campaign challenged to withdraw misleading leaflet after UK loses AAA rating
Yes Scotland today calls on the "No" campaign to withdraw thousands of leaflets due to be handed out this weekend which contain the claim: "Scots save billions on the cost of mortgages due to the UK's AAA credit rating."
Ratings agency Moody's has cut the UK's rating from AAA to Aa1, saying the Westminster coalition's debt reduction programme faced significant challenges ahead and that growth will "remain sluggish over the next few years".
News of the credit downgrading came as No campaigners began handing out leaflets as part of an "action weekend".
A spokesperson for Yes Scotland said: "The leaflet needs to be withdrawn because it is clearly misleading. The claim that the UK's AAA status is saving Scots billions on their mortgages when that rating has just been downgraded is completely discredited.
"From the outset, Yes Scotland has underlined the need for the people of Scotland to be given accurate, quality information to help them reach an informed choice in 2014. We sincerely hope that our opponents will follow our lead and start by withdrawing or correcting this leaflet.
"On the broader issue of the UK losing its AAA rating, this is further clear evidence that Westminster isn't working. The only way to ensure a sustainable economic recovery in Scotland for this and the next generation is through the powers of independence.
"We don't pretend that an independent Scotland will be a land of milk and honey, but we can do things better, live within our means and ensure sustainable economic growth and jobs."
Yes Scotland's chief strategist, Stephen Noon, challenged the Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, Willie Rennie, to withdraw the leaflet during a live discussion on BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotlandprogramme this morning.
Mr Rennie did not take up the challenge.
The first woman to be Lord Provost of Scotland’s capital has urged her former Labour Party colleagues to join the campaign for independence to ensure a fairer and more just nation.
Eleanor McLaughlin, who was once against devolution because it lacked the powers required by “a proper government”, says she is in no...
Scotland is an incredibly wealthy nation – one of the top 20 richest countries in the world, according to the Financial Times. We are wealthier per head, for example, than the UK as it is today, France and even Japan.
But despite our wealth and economic potential, Scotland lacks the powers to make the most of our...
Ahead of a question and answer session at a public meeting tonight, the Yes campaign is urging Labour voters across Scotland to “reclaim their politics and their party” by saying Yes to an independent Scotland. Deputy First Minister and Yes Scotland Advisory Board member Nicola Sturgeon - who will attend the Q&A with an...
Ending Westminster’s austerity agenda with a Yes vote would help support up to 30,000 jobs, new figures from the Scottish Government have shown.
With independence, we have the opportunity to reject the further cuts to Scotland’s budget proposed by all London-based parties and instead invest in our economy and choose a...