The Scottish National Party said that No campaign chairman Alistair Darling’s interview in the Herald today – in which he says that "I am speaking for Scotland”, and that "Cameron, for this argument, is neither here nor there" – exposes the “confused and hypocritical nature” of the No campaign.
SNP MSP Annabelle Ewing said that Mr Darling had put himself in the position of being a “human shield” for the Tories in Scotland.
Commenting, Ms Ewing said:
“Alistair Darling is the Tories’ human shield in Scotland. The Yes campaign should be grateful to Mr Darling, because he has just blown the gaff on the confused and hypocritical nature of the No campaign.
“If the No campaign agree with us that David Cameron doesn’t speak for Scotland, why do they think he should be our Prime Minister – with just one Tory MP in Scotland – imposing policies like the Bedroom Tax that 90 per cent of Scottish MPs voted against?
“And if David Cameron is ‘neither here nor there’ in a referendum debate that is for Scotland, why is the anti-independence campaign being led from Westminster and Whitehall, driven by the 13 reports published by UK Government ministers?
“Scotland has got what it takes to be an independent country, and decisions about Scotland are best taken by the people who live and work here, not by Westminster.
“These are the compelling arguments for a YES vote next September, and in trying to combat them – for example, by seeking to airbrush David Cameron from a TV debate – the No campaign are tying themselves in knots.”