The, “Yes” campaign faced the might of – The Abbotsford Team ( actively backed by the entire UK political system, the civil service, media barons, commercial and financial institutions, The City of London, Heads of State and senior politicians of countries world wide and just about anyone or anything that David Cameron and Sir Jeremy Heywood could muster in their mission to deny Scotland it’s rightful place in the world as an independent country.)
“The gathering.” At the beginning of 2012, (at his house in Edinburgh) former Labour Chancellor Alistair Darling, David McLetchie, late Scottish Conservative Leader, David Cameron’s, Director of Political Strategy, Andrew Cooper, Shadow Foreign Secretary, Douglas Alexander, Shadow Defence Secretary, Jim Murphy and special adviser to the Scottish Secretary, Euan Roddin. met in secret with the purpose of, “preparing a battle plan” which when enacted would, “kill off, once and for all time”, Alex Salmond and the Scottish National Party. The meeting lasted over 3 hours.
It was readily agreed that the only way to defeat Alex Salmond was to put their party political differences aside and to join forces so that he would be faced with the full might of the, “Union”. The, “Abbotsford Agreement” was born. It was agreed the campaign would be coordinated through the Prime Ministers Office in London, but Mr Cameron would be kept well clear of any overt campaign activities.
The Abbotsford Team – Better Together – The Strategic Directors
Alistair Darling. Moving on to the Lords June 2015.
Jim Murphy. Defeated Labour candidate 2015 General Election
Andrew Cooper. David Cameron’s, Director of Political Strategy. Elevated to the Lords June 2015
Euan Roddin. Special adviser to Alistair Carmichael, ex Scottish Secretary. Leaked the infamous “Frenchgate” memo the week before the 2015 General Election. Rehabilitated to another £75K SPAD post!!!!!!
Labour Party Team
Mr Darling, considered more than a match for Alex Salmond would front the tri-party campaign and it would be run by Scottish based politicians. It was further agreed each political party would be free to run their own pro-union campaign. The meeting was then briefed that former Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, had declined an invitation to join the, “Better Together” campaign advising he would restrict his role to the Labour Party’s own anti-independence campaign being reluctant to share a platform with the Tories and Lib Dems. Finance Available. Approximately £4 million. includes significant donations from Tory backers, senior financiers and JK Rowling, (author).
Alistair Darling’s Better Together Team
Blair McDougall. Campaign Director. Went on to become Head of Policy and Strategy for the Labour Party in Scotland, (reporting to Jim Murphy). Jobless after the 2015 General Election debacle supposed to be licking his wounds and writing a book about Keir Hardie.
Treasurer-Peter Dunphy: Lib/Dem activist for over 20 years, served as a Councillor, Parliamentary Candidate and Chair of both the Parliamentary Candidates Association and the Party youth section. Member of the National Secular Society. CEO of an international recruitment business. lives in Westminster.
Nosheena Mobarik: Formerly, Chair of CBI Scotland, Director of Better Together. Co-founder of Glasgow software company M Computer Technologies stirred up a considerable hornets’ nest for the then Labour-controlled Scottish Government when she, along with others, publicly criticized its procurement processes in a speech at a Business in Parliament conference. Got her reward. Elevated to the Lords as Baroness of Mearns
Craig Harrow; Convener and Vice President of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, Bags of lobbing experience. His P.R. company hit the headlines in Scotland when it emerged the Coalition government had handed a £30,000 contract to it for “communications support” on the referendum.
Richard Baker: Labour member of the Scottish Parliament (List – MSP) for the North East Scotland region. Labour Party in Scotland losing candidate in the 2015 General Election. Advanced his name for the vacant post of Deputy leader of the labour party in Scotland. This chappie is an unmitigated disaster and his election t the post of deputy would be a gift to the SNP. See my article on him at:
Jackie Baillie. Has been a Labour party in Scotland MSP from the date Parliament first convened in 1999. An opportunist who sits in the background until an opening provides her an opportunity to claim other peoples work as her own. Not a nice person. See my article on her: https://caltonjock.com/2014/09/16/jackie-ballie-labour-msp-consummate-liar-exposed/
The Media Campaign Strategy
BLUE STATE DIGITAL – Official Obama and Blair campaigns contractors, awarded, “Better Together” exclusive media strategy contract. Blue State Digital is a USA media strategy and technology company specializing in online fundraising, social networking and constituency development. The Company provided digital strategy and technology services for the Barack Obama presidential and a number of Blair campaigns. directed by co-founders, Joe Rospars and Jascha Franklin-Hodge. The mission statement of the Company is;
“A full-service new media agency, Blue State Digital develops and executes multi-platform digital marketing and online engagement campaigns for non-profit and advocacy organizations, political candidates, causes, brands and businesses. Our work inspires and mobilizes people, increases revenue, and cements lasting support and loyalty.”
A Company insider quote; “Future elections will be won not because the candidate was anointed by a powerful party, but because he or she was best at using a Web and new-media strategy to rally the masses.”
Just who are these guys?
What about the Tony Blair’s link?
Blue State Digital-Better Together strategy – About Gregor Poynton – UK Director of Blue state Digital. Poynton, a former Labour party election strategy manager and Scottish Labour party organiser who is married to the MP Gemma Doyle, is from Falkirk and his parents still live in the town. One of those recruited last July, who asked to remain anonymous, joined because of a long standing friendship with the Poynton family. “I wanted to help them and ensure the town is represented by someone local,”
Former Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, declined the invitation to join the, “Better Together” campaign advising he would restrict his role to the Labour Party’s own anti-independence campaign being unwilling to share a platform with the Tories and Lib Dems. Retired from Westminster politics at the 2015 General Election. Reputed to have turned down, for now an elevation to the Lords. Might be waiting for the Chilcott report.
I compiled about 30 articles on Brown see here: