The news that Falkirk Council’s arms length Leisure Trust have now pulled misleading and factually inaccurate adverts for the NO campaign funded by Tory businessmen based in the North of England has been welcomed by members of YES Falkirk.
This follows a complaint lodged with the Trust and their paymasters, Falkirk Council by the local authority’s SNP Group who claimed the adds were a breach of council rules on the use of publicly owned facilities at election time.
In an email to an SNP spokesperson, Trust Chief Executive, Maureen Campbell, agreed to pull the adverts produced by controversial Tory funded group, No Borders as well as adverts for the official Better Together campaign.
The No Borders Group was set up and funded by a cabal of Tory businessmen from south of the border and ran into difficulties when they presented themselves as ordinary members of the Borders community on the Scottish side campaigning for a NO vote in September.
One of the adverts run speaks of one national NHS demonstrating that the group appear to be unaware that Health is a devolved issue to say nothing of the fact if we had a UK wide NHS then Scots would be facing the same privatisation of NHS services as those south of the border.
This led to complaints from local YES supporters and a formal complaint to the Trust by the SNP Group and the decision to pull all political adverts from the list of programmes operated by the cinema.
Keith Houston from YES Falkirk welcomed the decision but questioned why previous action was not taken.
Said Mr Houston,
“We are grateful to those local people who complained to YES Falkirk regarding the NO adverts.
Falkirk Council has a responsibility to stick within the rules and ensure fairness in the run up to 18 September. I would therefore welcome the decision to discontinue these articles but also have to question why they were allowed to be shown in the first place.”