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Salmond claims Scottish voters now realize they were 'tricked' by London politicians

Monday, September 22nd 2014 - 04:49 UTC
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“I think the vow was something cooked up in desperation for the last days of the campaign and I think everyone in Scotland now realizes that,” said Salmond “I think the vow was something cooked up in desperation for the last days of the campaign and I think everyone in Scotland now realizes that,” said Salmond

Alex Salmond, the defeated leader of Scotland's nationalists accused Prime Minister David Cameron and other London politicians of tricking Scottish voters out of independence by making a false “vow” about granting them new powers.

Salmond, who is stepping down as leader of the pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP) after spearheading a failed campaign for Scotland to leave the United Kingdom, said Britain's three main political parties had won last Thursday's referendum vote by 55-45%, by deception.

“I think the vow was something cooked up in desperation for the last few days of the campaign and I think everyone in Scotland now realizes that,” said Salmond, referring to a pledge made by Cameron and other leaders two days before the referendum to rapidly expand Scottish autonomy in the event of a “No” vote.

Though Cameron has said he is determined to deliver the new settlement he has since linked new powers for Scotland to agreeing new constitutional arrangements for the rest of Britain, including England, at the same time.

But the opposition Labour party has rejected the linkage, raising the possibility that political squabbling could delay a new deal for Scotland.

”It is the people who were persuaded to vote NO (in the referendum) who were misled, who were gulled, who were tricked effectively,“ Salmond told BBC TV. ”They are the ones who are really angry”.
 

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  • Anglotino

    No they don't. It's only been 3 days.

    Now go away.

    Sep 22nd, 2014 - 05:02 am 0
  • gordo1

    This fat odious little man is a liar with a “chip on his shoulder” and bitter that his fellow countrymen didn't believe his lies.

    Sep 22nd, 2014 - 05:41 am 0
  • Redrow

    Even if they'd voted Yes, Salmond wouldn't have gone independent for 18 months. So whether this takes 4 months or 6 months is surely besides the point.

    Salmond lost the referendum, is still getting much of what he really wanted anyway, and yet still manages to display no grace whatsoever. What a statesman.

    Sep 22nd, 2014 - 05:59 am 0
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