by Stephen Tall on August 16, 2014
Jo Swinson, Lib Dem MP for East Dunbartonshire, is inviting those who “think Scotland should be [sic] stay part of the United Kingdom” to sign a petition saying so ahead of the independence referendum on 18th September. Here’s the text of the email circulated to party members last night:
In just over a month my fellow Scots and I will cast the most important vote of our lives.
I’m hoping there’s a resounding vote for Scotland to stay as part of the United Kingdom.
Our shared values, our history and our economic success show that Scotland is best placed as part of the United Kingdom.
This referendum is crucially important for Scotland, but it doesn’t just affect Scots: it’ll affect everyone across the UK.
People living south of the border may not have a vote, but they can have a voice and encourage Scotland to stay.
It only takes a minute to show your support:
Best wishes – and thank you,
Jo Swinson MP
It’s a campaign strategy which apes the Let’s Stay Together campaign, which last week published a letter signed by more than 200 celebrities and public figures also urging a No vote. I’m not sure that any of these letters will have any influence on the way those living in Scotland actually cast their votes. But I can’t help feeling the gentle tone of the Let’s Stay Together letter, below, hits a better note than the Lib Dem petition exclaiming “Scotland should stay!”
The decision on whether to leave our share country is, of course, absolutely yours alone. Nevertheless, that decision will have a huge effect on all of us in the rest of the United Kingdom. We want to let you know how very much we value our bonds of citizenship with you, and to express our hope that you will vote to renew them. What unites us is much greater than what divides us.
* Stephen Tall is Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and editor of the 2013 publication, The Coalition and Beyond: Liberal Reforms for the Decade Ahead. He is also a Research Associate for the liberal think-tank CentreForum and writes at his own site, The Collected Stephen Tall.