Salmond guilty of ignoring public response to independence says MSP
First minister Alex Salmond has been accused of ignoring the results of a consultation with the Scottish public on the subject of a referendum on independence.
The Scottish government, led by Salmond’s Scottish National Party (SNP), ran a public consultation that led to around 26,000 responses.
The results of the consultation will be published towards the end of this month. Alex Salmond, however, is set to meet UK Prime Minister David Cameron this coming Monday for a discussion on the referendum.
This has led to criticism from both opposition and pro-union parties in Scotland, who have argued that the First Minister and the Prime Minister are going to make a deal “behind closed doors”, without taking the consultation into account.
Patricia Ferguson, Scottish Labour MSP, was scathing in her attack on Salmond’s actions. She said that the SNP has promised to listen to the public, but have failed to reveal the public’s response.
She said, “It would seem that whilst pretending to listen to Scots and what they think, the SNP actually just goes off and does whatever it is they want to do anyway.”