Head of Better Together campaign insists 2014 about more than next government
Issues like the ‘bedroom tax’ should not be the basis for people to decide whether to vote for independence, the head of the Better Together campaign said today.
Labour MP Alistair Darling made an appearance at the Scottish Liberal Democrats conference as part of the campaign to keep Scotland in the Union.
Speaking to Holyrood ahead of a joint speech between him and former Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy, he said the vote next year was not just about choosing the next government.
His comments came after Scottish Lib Dems voted to defer and reconsider the controversial social housing under-occupancy charge.
He said: “I keep making the point that we are deciding in a referendum on the future of the next 300 years.
“This is not about electing the next government which if you don’t like you can kick them out after five years.
“I think the bedroom tax is unfair, unjust. But Better Together is on a much wider basis. People will elect several different governments both in Scotland and in the UK over the next 300 years , but we are talking about a lifetime, not something for the next parliament.”
Darling added that Better Together, which has had a stall at the conference, was attracting people who had never been involved in politics before, but just wanted to preserve the United Kingdom.
He said: “The thing is, right from the start we have said, we won’t win if this is some kind of political ding-dong between the parties. People don’t want that. This is an opportunity for people who for understandable reasons don’t want to be involved in party politics. Better Together is deliberately set up to include people from different political backgrounds and some with none at all.”