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SCVO chief nails colours to the mast with rejected paper

August 24, 2012 4:25 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

A draft paper written by Chief Executive of the Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) Martin Sime has shown that he tried and failed to convince the SCVO to publicly lobby for second question. This comes after it was revealed that Mr Sime has been in close communications with a top advisor to the First Minister Alex Salmond over support for a second question.

The paper was refused by the SCVO policy committee who were unhappy that its 1300 members had not been consulted on Mr Sime's proposed position.

Points raised by Mr Sime in his draft response include; "Opponents of the second question have, so far, failed to provide a narrative for the development of devolution after the referendum." It makes no mention of the Home Rule Commission established by the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

Commenting on the paper, leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie MSP said:

"Martin Sime nails his colours to the mast in this paper. Despite his public protestations the pejorative language about the SNP's "opponents" and his clear support for a second question reveals he is backing Alex Salmond.

"Martin Sime sides with the SNP by openly criticising opposition parties for being tactical and accuses them of failing to develop new policy on devolution. He impugns our motives for opposing a second question and ignores the Liberal Democrats' Home Rule Commission which is drawing up plans for more powers.

"Despite the rejection of his paper by the Policy Committee of SCVO, Martin has been doing everything possible since to support a second question and criticise the SNP's opponents in defiance of the SCVO official position."