Fresh fears Scottish independence referendum will face external influence

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Lord Wallace of Tankerness attended the fund-raising dinner in Edinburgh

Scottish independence: Fresh fears Scottish independence referendum will face external influence

It was revealed today that a fundraising dinner - comprising few Scots but including mainly London-based guests who were charged £150 per head - was held by the Scottish independence 'No' campaign.

News of the dinner heaps increasing pressure on Unionist parties who are charged by the SNP with wasting "no time in flooding their referendum campaign with money from London Tory coffers

"proving once again they do not believe the decision on Scotland's constitutional future is one for the people of Scotland to take."

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The Sunday Herald today revealed that the dinner, held in Edinburgh, was organised by the United & Cecil Club (U&CC) - a Tory dining club based in Sussex. The newspaper claims that the revelations offer an insight into who is funding Better Together. The Sunday Herald further revealed that the U&CC helped "bring around 50 people from London and the southeast to the dinner, suggesting significant funding for Better Together is already from outside Scotland."

The new head of the Scottish independence Yes Scotland campaign, Blair Jenkins, has urged the rival Better Together campaign to come clean over where their contributions are coming from.

Amidst mounting concerns that Scotland's historic independence referendem will be influenced by individuals and organisations outside Scotland, Mr Jenkins said it should be "the people who are taking the decision in Scotland" who contribute to the rival campaigns.

Mr Jenkins, a former BBC Scotland chief, urged the pro-Union organisation to be "transparent" about who is funding them.

The challenge comes after the SNP repeated its call for the "anti-independence" campaign to agree to voluntary donation rules for the referendum campaign, after a poll found that a majority of Scots want donations to be limited to those eligible to vote in the referendum.

The Party released details of a YouGov opinion poll showing that 53 per cent of people in Scotland believe referendum donations should be controlled in this way, compared to 27% who disagree.

Better Together said it would publish all donations above £7,500 on its website but is being asked to provide more substantial reassurances.

The launch of Yes Scotland has been funded primarily by two sources. Firstly, there is the £1m donation bequeathed to the SNP by the late Scottish makar Edwin Morgan and secondly another £1m donated by Euromillions lottery winners Chris and Colin Weir.

Mr Jenkins said that most of the funds spent by Yes Scotland would be raised during the campaign.

On the day the No campaign launched, Alistair Darling - who is currently facing criticism in relation to the Libor fraud scandal - claimed their campaign would be ‘completely transparent’. However, he has promised only to abide by the minimum requirements set by the Electoral Commission on political donations, and the source of the No campaign’s funding remains shrouded in mystery, warns the SNP.

Between now and summer 2014, when the regulated period begins, there will be no official limits on donations. However, Yes Scotland has already enforced a voluntary maximum £500 limit on its website – with larger donations only accepted after establishing whether the person is on the voters’ roll in Scotland.

The Nationalists have called on Better Together to listen to the concerns of Scots and accept the voluntary restriction on donations.

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@jkei705 tweeted link to this page. 2012-08-09 11:17:48 +0100
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commented 2012-07-31 14:59:09 +0100 · Flag
I share your concerns Charles.We will never receive a fair/ equal deal from LONDON. They cannot because they are a bankrupt nation intent upon maintaining the standard of living of their fat cat mates .They dont understand the word fair or equal partnership. This means Scotland will in perpetuity seek to secede, until the only solution possible therefore must happen…….. The Union of the parliaments is no more……………It therefore makes sense to do so as soon as possible, since every day we stay is one less day we have squandered in terms of finance On the plus side, the oil which was due to run out 20 years ago according to lying baskets in the SLABOUR party, only has at least another 100 years left according to a recent estimate ,and we have not even looked at our west coast yet ! We have paid Thatchers dole queues and Labours mismanagement for the last forty years. We have never ever had a share at all, let alone a pro rata share of our revenues and we subsidise the United Kingdom whilst being lied to by quisling scum who profess to represent us, when all they do is feather their own nests at our expense, and tell us a pack of lies.People have been shot for less!
SCOTLAND NEEDS INDEPENDENCE . When do we need it? 300 years ago (but better late than never).Scotland does not need a marriage guidance counsellor , she needs a dissolution of an unequal partnership.
commented 2012-07-31 13:51:52 +0100 · Flag
Scotland will become independent again.If not now then soon.But if not now why not? We could be building a Scottish Scotland,with Scottish values,rebuilding industry,housing,re-nationalising,transport,power generation,the national grid,what is needed to be rebuilt.Building a country for the people,for your grandchildren,for my grandchildren,we can do it now instead of leaving it for them to build.
@CharlesOBrien3 tweeted link to this page. 2012-07-26 11:37:15 +0100
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commented 2012-07-26 10:01:44 +0100 · Flag
There does indeed appear to be European legislature not least of all in the Helsinki agreement,which curtails Londons meddling in theory. Im afraid the stakes here are so high from Westminsters point of view that they are truly desperate, and will still try to make political capital fom the procedures. WE ALREADY had them claiming to hand control to Edinburgh, when as I understand this, they have no control whatsoever according to European legislation (and the last part of the Helsinki agreement) ,and the right to self determination and the use of referenda are devolved to the regions such as Catalonia Scotland Wales . I am reluctant to equate London cannot interfere with LONDON will not try . We will emerge as having the right to self determination no doubt, but LONDON will be forced to co operate rather than willingly honour this requirement.I am perhaps over cautious, but I have learned never to trust anything which is said from Wastemonster,especially if it appears to be compliant !The European & international community are probably where we must carry favour more than anywhere , because whilst London have nothing left to lose by kicking Scotland again and again,internationally they take on a much more formidable line up, and dare not upset USA Canada New Zealand Australia and especlally our European Community partners . .We live in interesting times……………….but they are about to become a lot more devious rather than interesting!
commented 2012-07-26 09:00:22 +0100 · Flag
It was the international community, led by the EU Council Of Ministers that forced Tony Blair and Donald Dewar into delivering devolution of powers to Scotland. Blair, like his role model, Thatcher, hates Scotland
commented 2012-07-26 02:13:20 +0100 · Flag
There is a vague recollection,in my mind that under the United Nations,there has to be no outside interference from the present governing system,not certain of the wording,But the United Kingdom is a signatory to the law.Indeed helped to create it when other large unions got broken up,I suppose never thinking that we in Scotland would want independence.It is supposedly to help the indigenous people to self determination.There are other bits niggling in my brain.
commented 2012-07-25 19:36:46 +0100 · Flag
The Dustbin Lids are showing at 6% in Scotland. That I would suggest will be further reduced as they are now seen as surplus to requirements and having no relevance in Scotland whatsoever. The last thing Scotland can afford is entertain this bunch of prostitute chameleons any longer.
commented 2012-07-06 13:34:13 +0100 · Flag
How come that with Tories/Britnats fund raising always involves stuffing their fat faces with food?

@Charles Patrick O’Brien, “I have no fear as I do suspect that a lot of money will come from the Tories,and other interested unionist politicians,and asset strippers.The reason I have no fear is because they will be found out,and the people will learn the truth”
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commented 2012-07-03 10:48:22 +0100 · Flag
I have no fear as I do suspect that a lot of money will come from the Tories,and other interested unionist politicians,and asset strippers.The reason I have no fear is because they will be found out,and the people will learn the truth.
commented 2012-07-03 09:23:22 +0100 · Flag
Lord Wallace of Tankerness attended the fund-raising dinner in Edinburgh

Do his care staff know he was out on his own?
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