Treasury forced to rewrite anti-independence paper

Reports that the Treasury had been set to release an anti-independence paper based on the UK’s lost triple-A credit rating show that the No campaign has been left in tatters as another of their assertions has crumbled.

A leaked paper reported in today’s Scotsman (Thursday 28) claims that an independent Scotland would be at risk of losing a triple-A credit rating, despite the fact that this has already been lost by the UK’s Westminster Government.

Despite the UK’s downgrade, people across Scotland have continued to receive misleading leaflets from the anti-independence campaign which continue to falsely claim that the UK holds a triple-A rating. And despite repeated calls for them to "#PulpTheFiction" of their misleading leaflets, the No campaign have yet to explain why they are still being distributed - as recently as yesterday.

Commenting, SNP MSP John Mason who sits on the Finance Committee said:

"The UK's triple-A status was a key anti-independence argument of the Tory-led Westminster Government and No campaign, and it has backfired badly - this Treasury document is going to have to be re-written before it sees the light of day.

"What this episode demonstrates is that the case against independence is based on assertion rather than fact.

"The Treasury has had to 'pulp the fiction' about the UK's triple-A status, which is a significant blow to the credibility of the No campaign.

"These anti-independence papers were promised by the UK Government at the beginning of the year, and they have clearly been delayed - now we know why, because the No campaign's assertions are crumbling one by one. Their phoney AAA argument has come back to bite them - in the same way as when the UK Government's own academic expert, Professor James Crawford, agreed that the Scottish Government's timescale for achieving independence is 'realistic'."

Details of the leaked Treasury document can be viewed at: