Yes claim vic­tory in sec­ond indy de­bate

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Yes Ruther­glen have claimed vic­tory in the lat­est tele­vised de­bate between Alex Sal­mond and Alis­tair Dar­ling.

The pair clashed on the BBC on Mon­day night, with Sal­mond widely be­ing cred­ited with vic­tory.

A snap poll im­me­di­ately af­ter the bruis­ing en­counter called the de­bate 71 to 29 in the First Min­is­ter’s favour.

It means both men are judged to have en­joyed vic­to­ries in the two de­bates so far.

How­ever, many vot­ers were again left an­gry at the lack of clar­ity and con­fronta­tional na­ture of the de­bate, which again fo­cussed on cur­rency and the pos­si­bil­ity of ad­di­tional pow­ers for a de­volved Scot­tish Par­lia­ment.

Other top­ics on the agenda were the future of Tri­dent, oil rev­enues, wel­fare and the NHS.

Ruther­glen Cen­tral and North Coun­cil­lor, Gordon Clark, said al­though he thought the SNP leader won the de­bate, the de­ci­sion at the bal­lot box was not about Alex Sal­mond.

He said:“I think the de­bate could have been bet­ter con­trolled over­all, but Mr Sal­mond got his main points across about the pound.

“Af­ter in­de­pen­dence, we will be us­ing the pound, it’s as sim­ple as that. Mr Dar­ling ac­tu­ally made that wee slip that we could use the pound.

“But this is not about Alex Sal­mond or Alis­tair Dar­ling, or about po­lit­i­cal par­ties or Scot­land v Eng­land. It’s about who is best places to make de­ci­sions for the peo­ple of Scot­land and I be­lieve that is the peo­ple of Scot­land.

“Out of our can­vass­ing squad of 30, 22 have never been in­volved in a po­lit­i­cal campaign. This is a grass­roots campaign.”

How­ever, Coun­cil­lor Richard Tul­lett of Bet­ter To­gether, said Sal­mond had still not made his po­si­tion on cur­rency clear: “The de­bate again high­lighted the fact that Alex Sal­mond ei­ther can­not or will not an­swer the ba­sic ques­tion about what cur­rency he wants Scot­land to use if there is a yes vote.

“Just us­ing the pound with­out a cen­tral bank act­ing as a lender of last resort poses a mas­sive risk.

“Given that he strug­gled to an­swer this ques­tion in the first de­bate I was very sur­prised that he hadn’t used the last three weeks to sort out his po­si­tion. Vot­ers will start cast­ing their votes in the next week or so and for this ques­tion not to be an­swered means Scot­land is be­ing asked to take an enor­mous risk.”

Mean­while, un­reg­is­tered vot­ers have just a few days left to make sure they get their voice heard on Septem­ber 18.

Ev­ery­one must be reg­is­tered on the elec­toral roll by Tues­day, Septem­ber 2 if they want to vote.

The South La­nark­shire count will again take place at the John Wright Sports Cen­tre in East Kil­bride.

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