Our Petition to the Scottish Parliament: Demand a Fair Referendum

Alistair Darling has accepted £500,000 on behalf of Better Together from Tory donor Ian Taylor. John Mann, Labour MP, called Mr Taylor’s donation to the Conservative party “dirty money”. Serious questions raised on National Collective and in The Herald relating to Mr Taylor’s business background have been ignored.

Better Together must return this money pending a full internal investigation. Whatever your view on the referendum, the Scottish public deserves to know the truth about how our politics is funded.

There cannot be a fair referendum if money is solicited from outwith Scotland or from rich Tory donors who do not vote in Scotland.

There cannot be an open referendum if funding comes from unethical sources. Our politics is once again tarnished by ‘dirty money’ and vested corporate interests.

We are submitting the following to Parliament:

“Calling on the Scottish Parliament to examine the circumstances and issues in relation to Mr Ian Taylor’s £500 thousand donation to the No campaign for the referendum on an independent Scotland, as publicised in a range of authoritative media sources.”

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There are 14 comments

  1. Geoff Huijer

    What price the constant pro-Union, anti-Independence mainstream media,
    with BBC Scotland particularly biased?

    The people of Scotland are not being given the facts by these organisations.

  2. MincePie

    If there is any point to the Electoral Commission they should intervene as this is an outsiders attempt to buy votes in Scotland. No one who does not live here should be allowed to donate to either campaign. Imagine the howls of indignation in the BBC and the MSM if there is an EU in out referendum and people who lived in Spain, Germany, France etc. made donations.

  3. Guest

    I’m sorry but you guys just follow Snp blindly. Here is a home truth! Guess who signed off the referendum rules? Got it yet? It WAS SALMOND, your very own Scottish Government. He signed off the rules which say anyone in the UK can donate, no limits, same as UK elections. If you want to moan at anyone, go to Bute House and moan at SNP. #TruthHurts

  4. youarenationalists@hotmail.com

    I’m sorry but you guys just follow Snp blindly. Here is a home truth! Guess who signed off the referendum rules? Got it yet? It WAS SALMOND, your very own Scottish Government. He signed off the rules which say anyone in the UK can donate, no limits, same as UK elections. If you want to moan at anyone, go to Bute House and moan at SNP. #TruthHurts @brimarcuswatson

  5. youarenationalists@hotmail.com

    Fair?? So it’s fair for the yes campaign to have a massive funding advantage because of the potluck lotto win? It’s fair for the yes campaign to buy the referendum because they have a lot more money? Doesn’t sound fair to me.

    1. kenneth Rae

      Ahh, so it’s fair that the Westminster machine is in full negativity mode and the vast majority of media north and south of the border is obviously bias towards the ‘NO’ side. If a multi-millionaire Scottish RESIDENT from either side wants to donate however much, I would have no problem at all with that. But you seem to think it’s more important where a wealthy donor got their wealth. I don’t think you want to go down that morality road. Because you will lose.

  6. Neil

    Do you not undermine your cause with the following sentence “solicited from outwith Scotland or from rich Tory donors”?

    The Yes campaign is actively soliciting funds from outwith Scotland, even from outwith the UK. For a so called “principled” position I don’t understand why the value of the donations make a difference.

    The Yes campaign has taken funds from “rich” people.

    What exactly is “fair” about banning people who vote Conservative rather than SNP from making political contributions?

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