Sidney Godolphin, 1st Earl of Godolphin by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
Independence

Some rules apply

There’s been an agreement between the UK and Scottish governments.

This agreement was made in Edinburgh in 2012. It’s an agreement on the conduct of the referendum campaign. One of its key elements is an agreement not to introduce new policies in the 28 days running up to the referendum date. This is sometimes referred to as a ‘purdah’ period. It’s designed to stop politicians making ridiculous offers that they essentially make up as the campaign progresses. It also ensures that the choice that is offered to postal voters is the same as what is offered to those voting on referendum day.

Today, the three UK political parties supporting the ‘No’ campaign broke that agreement.

And now of course, Groucho, Chico and Harpo have cancelled their Prime Ministers Questions tomorrow, and are jumping on a plane to give Scotland more advice, and assure Scotland that, for the first time in history, they have all agreed on new powers for Scotland if it votes no. Devo-max, if you like. The same devo-max that David Cameron excluded as an option in the referendum. And those new powers – well, they’ll let you know what these are after you vote for their plan. But there is now a timetable. So now, there is a different offer on the table, even though potentially hundreds of thousands of postal voters have already made their choice.

When politicians break the most basic and fundamental agreements about the conduct of a referendum, it is very doubtful that they will keep the promises they make during that campaign.

Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that the polls show that the two opposing sides are neck and neck.

These charlatans will say and do anything to preserve the status quo. Don’t vote for these people – they have proven today that they are liars and cheats.

The prize is a better country for the people of Scotland. And that’s only 8 days away.

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