Last month, Mr Cameron said the result of the Scottish independence referendum would be "decisive, legal, fair, irreversible and binding".
Within the press there was doubt about Cameron’s meaning and, therefore, I contacted the Prime Minister’s Office through their website - https://email.number10.gov.uk/ - as follows,
On the Today programme on Tuesday, 20 May, Mr Cameron said the result of the Scottish independence referendum would be "decisive, legal, fair, irreversible and binding". During the on-going debate, opinions expressed by politicians and the media have implied that a 'Yes' vote would be irreversible and that a 'No' did not preclude another referendum in some unspecified year.
As a result of Mr Cameron's reply today, The Telegraph suggests another possible meaning: that, regardless of the result, there could be no more referenda on Scottish independence.
Clearly, there are two very different interpretations of Mr Cameron's words: which did he mean
1. a Yes is irreversible and therefore there will be no more referenda
2. the result is irreversible whether it be Yes or No and there will be no more referenda
Can you clarify?
Did I get an answer? Don’t be silly! There was a reply though.
A quick email was all that was needed. Dave could have knocked it off after dinner but that was too much too expect of our Tory leader. Quickly shuttled out of No. 10 to the Scotland Office. Fortunately, Carmichael didn’t reply: at least their letter was well-constructed and written in good English.
There was no clarification of Cameron’s position. There was bumph.
… if people in Scotland vote to leave the United Kingdom that would be a permanent decision. If people vote to stay within the UK, both governments have agreed to accept the outcome of the decision and all three pro-UK parties have committed themselves to strengthening and enhancing the devolution settlement in Scotland.
There were lots of pro-union leaflets included too and very soon they’ll be helping to make compost.