The SNP is today calling on the No campaign to take inspiration from the spirit of Christmas by ditching Project Fear and raising the bar of its campaign message.
From a series of ridiculous scare stories that the anti-independence campaign have concocted in 2013, the most ridiculous are:
• Leader of the Scottish Tories Ruth Davidson claiming that viewers in an independent Scotland might not be able to watch Dr Who.
• The claim that people in an independent Scotland would face mobile roaming charges, despite the fact that the EU moved to abolish roaming earlier in the day.
• Andy Burnham, the UK Shadow Secretary of State for Health, has a fear of independence that is opposed to independence based on his claim that people will be forced to drive on the right as soon as the pass the border from England into an independent Scotland.
• The MOD threatens to annex Faslane naval base and the UK’s Trident nuclear weapons of mass destruction in the event of a Yes vote. Only for number 10 Downing Street to embarrassingly deny the claim hours later.
• Michael Moore warned of “nightmare” implications of Scotland NOT remaining part of the Common Travel Area, at the same time the UK government was making plans to deepen the Common Travel Area with Ireland by enabling business travellers and tourists from fast-growing Asian economies to travel on common visas between the two islands to boost their economies.
• The UK Government's "pound for independence" gaffe saw the Treasury say independence would cost just £1 each for the period 1999-2011 – backfiring on claims that an independent Scotland would be worse off .
With less than nine months to go until the referendum - and the Scottish Government’s plan for independence published and in the public domain - Stuart McMillan MSP says that 2014 presents the perfect time for a fresh start for the No campaign.
"The No campaign's self-styled Project Fear really isn’t in the spirit of Christmas – no wonder people are just switching off from it as people move from No to don’t know and don’t know to Yes.
“As Alistair Darling comes under fire from both the Tories and Labour he has to start the year afresh by presenting a positive vision of the future for Scotland.
“The contrast could not be clearer – Scotland’s Future, the blueprint for an independent Scotland is characterised by attainable ambition and hope.
“The No camp will say anything to talk Scotland down, because they are incapable of saying anything good about Scotland – but in this New Year it is up to Mr Darling and No camp to offer something better that the relentless negativity they have served up so far – if they can!”