In a press release email circular, the Britain First patriotic, political campaigning organisation has announced the launch of a ‘Scotland says NO!’ campaign, by what it describes as “Scotland’s only real pro-Unionist political party.”
The press release begins “Following the recent proclamations of Alex Salmond and the SNP, a coalition of pro-Union loyal factions have declared their intent to launch a wide-reaching, professional campaign to safeguard the United Kingdom, called ‘Scotland says NO!’”
This is a reference to the recent announcement by Alex Salmon, leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) to hold a referendum on the issue of Scottish independence, which is currently planned for the autumn of 2014.
The question that Alex Salmond intends to put to the people of Scotland is “Do you agree that Scotland should be an independent country?”
In an interview with BBC Radio 4, Professor Robert Cialdini, an author of best selling books that exam the psychology of why people say “yes”, has described the question as “loaded and biased."
Former Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) leader, Lord Empey, expressed his concern as to how the outcome of a yes vote could affect Northern Ireland. “We would have a foreign country on one side of us and a foreign country on the other side of us. We would end up like West Pakistan.” he said during a Lords debate of the Scotland Bill on 26 January.
The Britain First press release goes on to say “The campaign will be launched with a march and rally in Edinburgh that will take place in April.”
A website ‘www.scotlandsaysno.org’ has been set up, though this currently redirects traffic to a ‘Scotland’ page on the Britain First website.
Sources and further information
Britain First website
Scotland says NO! website
theyworkforyou.com - Lord Empey
Dr Robert Cialdini’s website
BBC Radio 4 website