State of Donation
The No campaign’s credibility was left in tatters this morning after the National Collective responded by attempts to bully and intimidate them, saying:
“We stand by our article. We stand by its accuracy. We stand by its sources.”
This leaves Better Together in an extraordinary position lashed to money, an organisation and an individual it will doubtless regret having anything to do with.
As Ross Colquhoun put it, there are three questions Alistair Darling will have to respond to:
1. Do Better Together believe it is good practice to accept a large donation from Ian Taylor in light of concerns raised by National Collective and others over the business practice of Vitol?
2. Do Better Together believe it is acceptable to accept a large donation from an individual who is not eligible to vote in the independence referendum?
3. Do Better Together believe that their principle donor threatening legal action against their political opponents is in the spirit of fair and honest debate?
It’s time to play Make your Mind Up for Scottish Labour and fellow travellers in the No campaign.
I hope and suspect many will be appalled by this episode and how it reflects on the No campaign. Michael Gray (@GrayInGlasgow) has it all when he says:
I may be only a 21 year old student, but I will not back down. I have never been a member of a political party. This is about the freedom of every Scot, from whatever political background, to ask the tough questions of politicians and their funders at a crucial time. We don’t have the money or resources that Vitol has, but we have principle. And that is priceless.
As in much of the independence debate the ideas and campaigning are being driven and shaped by our young people, which is just as it should be.
When is the Campaign of the Year Awards again? I know who gets my vote.