Darling launches campaign for the Union: ‘Better Together, united not divided’

Alistair Darling has launched the Better Together campaign against Scottish independence - warning there will be “no way back” if Scotland votes for separation.

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Alistair Darling this morning launched the “Better Togethercampaign against Scottish independence – warning there will be “no way back” if Scotland votes for separation.

Alistair-DarlingIn a speech at Edinburgh Napier University, he said “the choice we make will be irrevocable”, adding:

“If we decide to leave the United Kingdom, there is no way back. It is like asking us to buy a one-way ticket to send our children to a deeply uncertain destination…

“We can have the best of both worlds: a strong Scottish Parliament and a key role in a strong and secure United Kingdom. The truth is Scotland’s future, our future and our families’ future will be economically, politically and socially stronger as a partner in the United Kingdom.

“The truth is Scotland’s future, our future and our families’ future will be economically, politically and socially stronger as a partner in the United Kingdom.

“The truth is that this coming together of family, friends, ideas, institutions and identities is a strength, not a weakness. It is an ideal worth celebrating.”

Earlier, the former chancellor told the Today Programme:

“You can’t scare people out of it and my argument isn’t that Scotland couldn’t go it alone – I mean most countries can – and we would be quite heavily dependent and exposed to the fortunes of north sea oil if we did that, but you could do it. My argument is actually what’s best for Scotland?

“We are part of a social union, underpinned by an economic and political union – all parts mesh together.

Friends, neighbours, families – across borders – share ties that bind us together. What does this mean for us? It means that after centuries of common endeavour we should value those ties that bind us together and celebrate the diversity that exists around us.”

 


See also:

Alistair Darling: An independent Scotland will weaken its strength in Brussels 20 Jun 2012

Salmond’s independence campaign lurches from one problem to another 19 Jun 2012

“Yes Scotland” campaign in chaos as fears spread of an SNP hijack 11 Jun 2012

Salmond quits stalling and finally launches independence campaign – as poll says ‘no’ 25 May 2012

MPs accuse SNP of “biased” independence question 8 May 2012


 

The Better Together campaign will distribute half a million leaflets promoting the social union between Scotland and England, highlighting the one-in-five workers employed by English firms in Scotland, in addition to the many Scots working for the UK government in places such as the Department for International Development offices in East Kilbride.

The campaign will also point to the 800,000 Scots who live and work in England and Wales “without the need for papers or passports”. The 500,000 leaflets will be distributed at train stations across Scotland, from Fort William to Dumfries. In total, a series of 10 leaflets will be produced looking at different areas where Scotland benefits from being part of the United Kingdom.

The campaign website – www.bettertogether.net – is now live. It was built by Blue State Digital, who ran Barack Obama’s web campaigns. We will have more reaction to today’s launch later on Left Foot Forward.

 


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13 Responses to “Darling launches campaign for the Union: ‘Better Together, united not divided’”

  1. Shamik Das

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  2. Pulp Ark

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  3. NewsatLeft

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  4. leftlinks

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  5. EdinburghEye

    Why is disgraced MP-expenses cheat Alastair Darling fronting the Better Together campaign? There could hardly be a more effective way to remind Scots what Westminster’s culture of shameless grab and corruption is like.

  6. Anonymous

    You’re posting from work…..CHEAT!

    See, if I change the rules retrospectively I can “prove” all kinds of things as well.

  7. Gerard

    Why is disgraced ex-MP expenses cheat Alex Salmond fronting the Yes Scotland campaign? There could hardly be a more effective way to remind us Scots that nothing would change regarding the culture of shameless grab and corruption post-separation.

  8. Richard Angell

    Darling launches campaign for the Union: ‘#BetterTogether, united not divided’: http://t.co/6K95HOLq by @ShamikDas @UK_together

  9. John Ruddy

    Indeed, why is a man who charged US £2300 for his bed in charge of the YEs campaign (Angus Robertson). Why is everything decided by a man who charged expenses for a time when he wasnt even IN Westminster?

    But Gerard, you must realise that everything the SNP do is, by definition unimpeachable, while if it is done by someone else, it is a crime of the worst sort.

  10. Thathistorybloke

    Newsbot has a point – this is a topic where nobody discusses the issues, they just point fingers and slag one another. The issue with Darling is surely not that he is an expenses cheat; he was only one out of more than 400 who got let off. The question is whio thought he was a good choice to lead the ‘no’ campaign. Let’s face it, he was a dreadful chancellor and in the distant days when he was my MP he was n’t too great at consitiuency work either. How much do we really need another wealthy upper-class public school boy type at the top? Darling has more in common with Cameron and Blair than with any of us. The gnats must be delighted.

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  12. Alan Cowan

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  13. Jamie

    pro iraq war libor and expenses and the guy who bankrupted the uk heads the union

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