Will You Join Sir Alex?
Sir Alex Ferguson has today donated to the Better Together campaign and has sent a strong message that the voices of all Scots must be heard in this debate.
The nationalists want to ban Scots living in other parts of the UK from donating to Better Together. They have also said that the amount our campaign should be able to spend, already around half what was spent in the 1997 devolution referendum, should be reduced again. They even want to cut in two-thirds the amount that business, unions and civil society will be able to spend on giving us information before we vote. For four months Scottish society would be severely restricted in how they campaign while the Scottish Government would only face restrictions on how they use taxpayers money in the last month of the campaign.
Even the independent Electoral Commission says that there is no reason for cutting back campaigning in this, the most importnt campaign we will ever see in Scotland. We think there can be only one reason for fixing the rules in this way: they want to silence opposition to breaking away from the UK.
Sir Alex agrees and has given the Scottish Government one of his famous hair-dryerings, saying:
"Eight-hundred-thousand Scots, like me, live and work in other parts of the United Kingdom. We don’t live in a foreign country; we are just in another part of the family of the UK.
“Scots living outside Scotland but inside the UK might not get a vote in the referendum, but we have a voice and we care deeply about our country. It is quite wrong of the man who is supposed to be leader of Scotland to try and silence people like this. I played for Scotland and managed the Scotland team. No-one should question my Scottishness just because I live south of the Border.”
We are urging Scots everywhere in the UK to join Sir Alex, to donate whatever you can, and to send a message to the Scottish Government, that we won't be silenced.
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