Saturday, 5 December 2009
SILLARS SAYS FULL STEAM AHEAD FOR INDEPENDENCE
FIRST Minister Alex Salmond needs to push full steam ahead for independence and ditch his party's damaging "step by step" approach, a former SNP deputy leader has claimed.
JIM SILLARS said it was time to stop "dabbling in devolution minimum or max" aimed at giving more power to Holyrood, and he urged Mr Salmond to push for a clear vote on the issue. Mr Sillars, who was due to speak at an SNP meeting in Edinburgh last night, claimed the party's strategy on independence was playing into unionists' hands, giving them the opportunity to "sink independence for a generation".
He called on the First Minister to undertake a fundamental review of the party's strategy on independence, and said: "It's time Alex Salmond and the small group around him realise their strategy isn't working; time to realise they have become entrapped in a referendum policy over which they have lost control. "It is now a weapon in the hands of the unionist parties, and they will choose the time, set the rules and frame the question in a manner calculated to outflank the SNP."
Citing a recent poll showing support for independence had fallen, Mr Sillars said this underlined the fact Mr Salmond's strategy of building support through his party's achievements in government, then calling a referendum on independence, was failing. He said the SNP's plan for a referendum bill, which would include the option of enhanced devolution, would leave Scotland "shorn" of the power it needed.
I and many others have urged the SNP to go full steam ahead for Independence and I know Alex Salmond is playing the long game, but support has dropped for the party over the last six months and IMO they have to highlight BROWN'S PART IN THE ECONOMIC CRISIS. Although HBOS and RBS have the word SCOTLAND in their names, they are British banks who just happen to have their HQs in Scotland. They after all have been paying huge amounts to the British Treasury. You'd think all their taxes were paid to the SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT IF YOU LISTENED TO LABOUR!