By a Newsnet reporter
Anti-independence parties have been urged to abandon plans to use the ‘Better Together’ slogan for the No campaign after it emerged it is already in use.
As exclusively revealed by Newsnet Scotland yesterday, the slogan has been used to spearhead an NHS Scotland patient programme for over four years.

The blunder by the No campaign emerged after newspaper reports confirmed ‘Better Together’ was to be the group’s official slogan.

However it emerged that Better Together was introduced by Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon in February 2008 as part of a drive aimed at supporting Scotland’s NHS Boards, frontline staff and patients in driving forward service improvement.

Bizarrely, the initiative was first announced in March 2007 by Labour’s then Health Minister Andy Kerr.

The No campaign is now facing calls to scrap its plan to use the phrase 'Better Together'.

Glasgow Cathcart SNP MSP James Dornan said the people of Scotland deserved honesty on how the No camp sees a future Scotland.  Mr Dornan accused the No campaign of hiding behind a phrase already in use because they have nothing new to offer.

Mr Dornan said:

"The No Campaign, which says we are better together with a Tory Government, must scrap its plan to use that slogan as it is already in use by NHS Scotland.

"The anti-independence parties owe it to the people of this country to present them with a vision for Scotland's future - not copy slogans already used because they have nothing new to offer.”

The slogan appears on the NHS Scotland website and is printed on official documentation and reports produced by the NHS and the Scottish Government.

A company “Better Together 2012 Ltd” has been registered with Companies House by the anti-independence campaign. 

The directors of the new company are Labour MP Alistair Darling, former Scottish Tory leader David McLetchie, Labour MSPs Jackie Ballie and Richard Baker and former Scottish Lib Dem convener Craig Harrow.


# border reiver 2012-06-11 17:55
The slogan "Better Together" suggests that somthing is wrong and needs fixing so hopefully they will come forward with the medicine and remedy to make us feel better, up to now they have just fed us a bitter pill
# Big Eye 2012-06-11 18:03
Don't tell me the No Campaign are in intensive care already!
# clootie 2012-06-11 18:06
It's the new slogan for the UK Ind party regarding Europe.

Oh! I forgot "better together" only works when you are calling the shots.

Westminster on Europe:
It would be terrible to have a remote parliament setting laws which are not aligned with your values.
Westminster on Scotland:
You are too wee, poor(honest) and stupid
# Suomi 2012-06-11 18:22
How about:

''Better together as equal partners?''
# Seagetagrip 2012-06-11 18:33
I must say I liked Clooties
"Better together
Debtors together"!!
# Mac 2012-06-11 18:45
Bitter Together would seem more appropiate with these company directors.
# Bob Kingdom of Fife 2012-06-11 20:57
c'mon folks they are copying one of 'our' registered SNP Political poster's ie, " be part of" its ' ours ' and we know it, to the ' naws ' get a new script writer or die on the political vine, Alba Gu Brath and vote ' AYE ' for INDEPENDENCE.
# Ben Power 2012-06-11 21:19
No the brightest lights on the xmas tree are they?
We need to watch out for rank conniving low cunning and treachery though.
# ituna semea 2012-06-12 14:25
The NHS after all is the Union's greatest achievement.
# Mac 2012-06-12 14:34
I see the British government are fully supporting a Falkland Isles referendum organsied by the legislative body there to determine whether the islanders are to remain a self-governing overseas territory of the United Kingdom

David Cameron said, ""Next year's referendum (late 2013) will determine beyond doubt the views of the people of the Falklands. Britain will respect and defend their choice."

It is pity that the British government doesn't show the same respect to Scots and the 2014 independence referendum.
# Willow 2012-06-13 12:19

Looks like the no campaign are going to keep the Better Together slogan.

The have named the launch date as June 25th at Napier University.

This came over the radio when I was in the hairdresser.

In 2011 I used the info from Newsnet to convince my hairdresser & partner to vote SNP

Can I just add,it wasn't just the info from the articles the posts & links were also of much value.

PS the knock on effect - all staff & some family voted SNP this year, most were non voters.

Today was a golden opportunity for discussing independence with a business owner. I rely on NNS & their community so much as I'm not really an academic type.

Sorry for drifting off topic. I understand if my comment is edited.

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