Scotland politics

Scottish independence: Referendum a 'test of judgement', says Alistair Darling

Alistair Darling and the new posters Image copyright Getty Images

The referendum is a test of "judgement over patriotism", according to the chairman of the Better Together campaign Alistair Darling.

Mr Darling made the statement as he unveiled the pro-union group's new family-orientated poster vans.

He said "we believe the best future, for the love of our families" is as "a proud and prosperous part of the UK".

On Saturday, Alex Salmond said only independence could give Scotland control of its "key economic levers".

Unveiling the poster campaign in Greenock, Mr Darling spoke about family and children.

He said: "I love my country. We all do. That is why I want Scotland to be strong.

"Our case to those who are undecided is that we believe the best future, for the love of our families, for the love of our children, for the love of our country, is as a proud and prosperous part of the United Kingdom."

He added: "That is why this referendum isn't a test of patriotism. It is a test of judgement. What is best for Scotland?"

However, speaking on Saturday, Mr Salmond said, under current arrangements, most people have "friends and family who have had to leave to get a job or further their career".

He said: "Independence isn't a magic wand but we'll be able to tailor economic policy to put job creation in Scotland first instead of a Westminster policy which has consistently favoured London.

"The Scottish government has already set out a long-term jobs plan which shows what can be achieved with control of key economic levers.

"By contrast, the failure of the 'No' campaign to guarantee a single jobs [creation] power is important new information in the campaign as we reach decision point as a country."

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