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Wednesday 1st August 2012 | 10:10
Scottish National Party press release
An interview with Alistair Darling in the Times has laid bare the power struggle that is pulling apart the anti-independence campaign.
Two weeks ago, LibDem sources in the Times made clear their unhappiness that they had been left sidelined when the Tories briefed members of the media that they may seize control of the referendum on an independent Scotland. Questions were asked at the time as to whether Mr Darling as nominal head of the anti-independence campaign had sanctioned the Tory strategy.
Alistair Darling’s interview makes clear that he does not support Tory moves for Westminster to wrest control of the referendum, exposing the splits in the anti-independence coalition. With the Conservatives apparently enjoying carte blanche to set the agenda of the anti-independence campaign, questions must be asked over Labour’s continuing role.
Commenting, SNP MSP Jamie Hepburn said:
“Alistair Darling has lifted the lid on the anti-independence campaign and exposed the power struggle that is clearly taking place.
“The fact that the Tories are setting the policies of the anti-independence campaign in direct opposition to Alistair Darling’s views clearly demonstrates who is running the show.
“There is no longer any doubt that the anti-independence campaign is Tory-led, Tory-funded and Tory to its core.
“These revelations surely beg the question; how long will Labour be prepared to have their strings pulled by Tory puppet masters in London?
“The simple fact is that decisions affecting Scotland are best made by people 100% elected in Scotland. Labour’s willingness to take a back seat to the Tories is something that people across Scotland will find extremely difficult to understand.”