The Scottish National Party today (Wednesday) called on the leaders of the No campaign to come clean and say if they have seen the UK Government’s taxpayer-funded opinion poll – at a cost of over £46,500.
The Cabinet Office website reveals that they commissioned polling from Ipsos Mori on: “Market research on attitudes in Scotland towards Scottish independence”.
The UK Government’s failure to publish their own results comes as public polls continue to show growing support for Yes – raising questions regarding what the No campaign has to hide.
Commenting, SNP MSP Linda Fabiani said:
“The UK Government has spent over £46,500 of the public’s money on this polling. Presumably David Cameron and George Osborne will know about the results – it was effectively their poll – but they must come clean on whether they have, and commit to publishing it in full.
“David Cameron is apparently visiting Scotland this week, and he will have to answer these questions when he is here.
“George Osborne will face questions today at the Scottish Affairs Committee – so he can take the opportunity to say whether he has seen the findings, and agree to their publication.
“As for Alistair Darling, the question is whether he is party to the information in this poll? If he has seen it, it’s clearly unacceptable that a political campaign has been given access to taxpayer-funded research that is being kept hidden from the public.
“And if he hasn’t, it shows how out of the loop Mr Darling has become.
“They could clear up the whole mess right now by doing the right thing and publishing the poll right away.
“And the fact that this extensive and expensive polling exercise is controlled by the UK Government Cabinet Office in London indicates that the No campaign is being run out of Downing Street – not by people in Scotland.
“That Westminster is so desperate to hide the results of this poll speaks volumes. Polls show that the momentum is with the Yes campaign.
“No matter how bad the results are for the No camp, David Cameron must face up to the uncomfortable truths in the poll and ensure that his government publishes the results in full.”
Notes to editors:
The Cabinet Office has confirmed public expenditure of £46,550 to Ipsos Mori on “market research on attitudes in Scotland towards Scottish independence”.
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