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Consultation delay is an insult to public

October 22, 2012 4:24 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting on the SNP government's plans to publish the analysis of public consultation on the independence referendum tomorrow, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said:

"For all of its tub-thumping over the amount of responses to the consultation, the SNP government has chosen to publish the analysis only after the referendum deal is done. This shows complete disrespect and could be seen as an empty gesture by the public, including many nationalists, who took the effort to respond to the consultation.

"When it comes to the independence debate the SNP government only has ears for positive news. Alex Salmond will have to explain why he felt that those consultation responses did not matter enough to inform negotiations with the UK government. If they did, why were they not released just one week earlier?

"Scottish Liberal Democrats are increasingly concerned about the SNP's obsession with secrecy. They have let people down by shunting the public consultation to the bottom of the referendum to-do list. It's time they remembered that this is a referendum for all of Scotland, not just the SNP."