By G.A.Ponsonby
The Scottish Green party has rubbished claims made by a Sunday Herald journalist who said that the party had formally decided not to join the Yes Scotland campaign for Scottish Independence.
The article, written by journalist Tom Gordon, entitled 'Greens walk out on the Yes campaign' contained a claim by Mr Gordon that the Scottish Greens had "formally decided not to join" Yes Scotland.

However questions were raised over the journalist’s claims almost immediately when a statement appeared on the Scottish Green website that made it clear that no formal decision had in fact been taken.

According to the official statement, the party will not make a formal decision until October when delegates meet at their conference.

Co-convener of the Scottish Greens Patrick Harvie has also made several tweets denying the Herald article claims.  In one tweet Mr Harvie says: "Not leaving - quite the opposite. Actively seeking involvement. Frustrated that it remains an SNP vehicle.".

Responding to questions posed by Newsnet Scotland, Mr Harvie, confirmed that, contray to the Sunday Herald article, no formal decision had been taken by the party.

The Green MSP for Glasgow, re-asserted his wish to be part of a broad Yes Scotland campaign and added:

"We're very frustrated that greater progress has not been made in broadening Yes Scotland into an inclusive organisation.

"At this point it remains a wholly SNP controlled entity, but we hope that this will change and that we will be able to recommend to conference that we participate as full members."

Meanwhile, the SNP has challenged the No campaign to agree to tight rules on donations in advance of its launch later this month.
It has been proposed that donations over £500 should only be accepted from individuals on the electoral register in Scotland.  The move means that neither campaign could accept donations from companies or trades unions. 

The involvement of these organisations would be limited to the 16-week period before the referendum, the time at which they would be legally required to register as a permitted participant in their own name and submit details of their spending to the Electoral Commission.
With the referendum for an Independent Scotland not due until 2014, neither organisation is legally bound by the rules governing donations or where a donor is based.
The proposal would see a framework put in place, with donations of over £500 only accepted from eligible voters living in Scotland.
Yes Scotland has already enforced a £500 maximum donation limit through its website to ensure that donations over this amount cannot be made without establishing whether or not the individual is on the voters roll in Scotland.
SNP Campaign Director Angus Robertson said:
"The campaign must be driven by those able to vote in the referendum.  Above all, we want to see fair play and transparency.
"This referendum is about Scotland’s future and it should not be unduly influenced by significant donations from those who won’t have the vote.
"We would hope those saying 'No' to the people of Scotland having the political power to decide what's best for their own country, will at least say 'Yes' to committing to a fair and open campaign.
"While everyone is welcome to join the debate, including the London based leaders of the anti-parties, that is as far as external input or influence should extend.
"We are working on the same basis as for UK elections and referendums, where it was decided, quite rightly, that only those on the electoral register should be allowed to donate to political parties.  The same approach should be followed for this Scottish vote.
"There is a place for corporate and trades union donations, but these must be on a separate and transparent basis, and conform to the restrictions that will be put in place by the referendum legislation on permitted participants."


# snowthistle 2012-06-10 19:44
The Guardians take on this
# MajorBloodnok 2012-06-11 15:02
That Severin Carrell, what a card. Pity he didn't ascertain the facts before submitting his copy but then why let the facts get in the way of a Unionist story.
# govanite 2012-06-10 19:49
I unusually avoided the Herald today since I knew via NNS that their banner headline was just a load of lies.

I bought the ST & it reported that John McGlynn is the latest businessman to consider Independence.
# MacSenex 2012-06-10 20:25
We invited Greens locally to meet to organise a yes campaign with an independent convener two weeks ago. Still waiting a response
# flyingscott 2012-06-10 21:56
So the Herald is firmly on-board the unionist lying bandwagon. 'Its the headline that counts', could be the new catchphrase for the No campaign.
When the greens deny, it will not make a headline.
I feel its time the Yes campaign started playing dirty too. Relying on the negativity of the unionist 'arguement' to be seen through by the Scottish people is a gamble.
# Seagetagrip 2012-06-10 22:04
Tom Gordon on the Herald in denial. Posts to the contrary of his article not given space. The Herald is a disgrace!
# edinburghdave 2012-06-10 22:46
As an SNP member I welcome Greens. Labour, Lib Dems and even Tories to the YES campaign if it means the final result is democratic self determination for Scotland and its People
# Fungus 2012-06-11 06:41
Is this going to be the norm for the debate? Printing half truths and lies then not retracting them? This really need international oversight.
# Old Smokey 2012-06-11 09:53
In case anyone hasnt noticed, this story coincided with the launch and setting up of the No campaign (see elsewhere in NNS about the No campaign blunder)
This is all part of the miss-information or as the American's would put it 'a fals flag campaign' That is puting out in the media through media connections false stories to confuse and disinfranchise the elctorate.
The Scotsman is also running one stating that Margo MacDonald isnt going to have anything to do with teh YES campaign and of course has the usual unionist suspects lines up to comment.
The name of the game is to make out in peoples minds that the Yes campaign is going no where and is all over the place
# Seagetagrip 2012-06-11 10:50
Utter desperate garbage from McKie in todays Herald suggesting that the Weirs winnings were from a European lottery, were, therfore, overseas money and the donation should be declined by the Yes campaign. How desperate is that?
Presumably, if the Weirs were to invest their 160 odd million in BRITISH financial institutions then it would be OK to donate the interest earned?
How a newspaper which is pretendy "intellectal" did not spike this is beyond belief!
# Siôn Jones 2012-06-11 12:57
is it just me, or has anyone else noticed that Salmond has been keeping a very low profile since the launch? Nicola has been busy with legionaries - so not highly visible. The Greens could actually be making the running if they were so minded! - Harvey in the debate was brilliant while the unionists were concentrating their coordinated bullying on Sturgeon.

I follow Harvey on twitter, and he has been denying this story for some time.

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