A referendum deal shaped by politicians, not the people

15 Oct

Unite Scotland believes today’s agreement between the Scottish and UK Government in Edinburgh confirming the terms for an independence referendum has largely ignored the views of the Scottish people.

And while Unite welcomes the control given to the Scottish Parliament to oversee the referendum’s delivery and the inclusion of 16 and 17 year olds in the vote itself, the deal also reflects the ongoing disenfranchise of ordinary people from the political process.

Unite Scottish Secretary Pat Rafferty said, “The rhetoric of both politicians and the commentariat this afternoon hails a deal on the referendum’s terms but the reality is that people’s views are still being ignored by politicians.   

This deal takes place before the Scottish Government has published and debated the findings of the recent ‘Your Scotland, Your Referendum’ Consultation.  Furthermore, other mainstream political parties effectively imposed referendum positions on their members without any consultation whatsoever.

The good news is the people of Scotland can now debate our country’s future and how we want to shape it.  The bad news is that Scotland has been left with a referendum shaped by the views of a political-class with little input from the people themselves.”

ENDS

For further information please contact Peter Welsh in the Unite Scotland Campaigns Unit on 07810157931.

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