Jim McGovern renews call on SNP to give clear answer on referendum question
25 July 2012
Jim McGovern today renewed his call for Dundee SNP MPs and MSPs to give the public a direct answer on whether or not they support one question or more than one question in the referendum, and to make public their submission to the Scottish Government’s consultation.
The Dundee West MP was responding to a statement made by Stewart Hosie MP in the Courier on Wednesday 27th July.
Jim McGovern said;
“At first glance I was willing to give the separatists the benefit of the doubt and conclude that they had missed the point of my letter.
“However, it now seems clear that they are deliberately dodging the point of my letter.”
“I have asked them to give a clear answer on whether or not they support a single question for the referendum. In reply they have tried to deflect on to other matters.”
“The press and the local separatist members in both Holyrood and Westminster have my open letter, so I won’t quote it chapter and verse, but I will quote a small section.”
“My view is straightforward – we need a clear and decisive result which settles this matter for good and I believe this can only be achieved through a single question to decide whether we are in or out.
“I am asking you to be equally frank in sharing your views and explain: first, whether you support having a single, clear cut question on independence, or whether you support a more complex ballot paper; and, second, what you said on this point in your submission to the Scottish Government’s referendum consultation process.”
Mr McGovern concluded,
“I think it would beggar belief that SNP elected members, whom I have written to, would not have responded to the Scottish governments referendum consultation.
"Therefore, the question is clear and all I and the public want to hear is a clear answer; whether or not the local separatist members in both Holyrood and Westminster support a single question that will ensure clarity in any decision made in the referendum, and what their submission was to the Scottish Government’s consultation.
“It is very telling that they are keen to avoid giving that clear answer.”