Alistair Darling to launch Scotland’s ‘no to independence’ campaign
Former chancellor Alistair Darling to say voting for independence is like buying Scotland’s children a one-way ticket to uncertainty
A vote for independence is like buying Scotland’s children a one-way ticket to uncertainty, Alistair Darling, the former chancellor now leader of the pro-union campaign, will argue on Monday at the official “no to independence” campaign launch in Edinburgh.
Darling is leading the Better Together campaign and will promise to make the positive case for keeping Scotland in the United Kingdom.
The campaign has engaged media strategists Blue State Digital, which helped bring Barack Obama and the French president, François Hollande to power, to build a website and oversee its online strategy.
Better Together will also distribute 500,000 leaflets, which will highlight the one in five workers in Scotland employed by English firms, and those working for the UK government in places such as the Department for International Development offices in East Kilbride. They will also point to the 800,000 Scots who live and work in England and Wales “without the need for papers or passports”.
“The choice we make will be irrevocable,” Darling will tell campaigners at Edinburgh Napier University’s lecture hall. “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.
“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.”
The campaign will be running full-page adverts in Scottish newspapers bearing the slogan: “We want the best of both worlds”, advocating support for a distinctive Scottish parliament and the strength of the UK through devolution.
A series of 10 leaflets will be produced looking at different areas in which Scotland benefits from being part of the UK.