Scottish Independence: British Establishment In Full Throttle Panic Mode

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
By Paul Martin

Deirdre Fulton

With less than 48 hours before historic vote, pro-independence leader calls promise of extra powers a “last minute desperate offer of nothing”

With less than two days before the vote on Scottish independence, and polls showing a dead heat between those who seek to break the 307-year bond with England and those who wish to stay united, the three main UK party leaders gave a joint promise Tuesday that Scotland will get extra powers if it votes “no”.

Betraying a sense of desperation, prime minister David Cameron, opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, and Liberal Democrats leader Nick Clegg have signed a historic joint statement that was “demanded” by the Scottish Daily Record newspaper. The declaration—”The Vow”—was published on the front page of the newspaper, pledging to deliver “extensive new powers” to the Scottish Parliament, including control over the how much is spent on the National Health Service, if voters reject the call for independence in Thursday’s referendum. This “devolution” of powers would begin Friday, the elected officials said.

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