An issue that has been raised on my own Welsh Language Blog, Vaughan Roderick's Welsh language Blog and BlogGolwg, the blog of the best selling Welsh language magazine, but has not been raised in English is an oddity in the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act, 2000.
The act enables the Electoral Commission to recognise official campaigns for and against a referendum question. The recognised campaigns get financial support, they gets broadcast time similar to Party Political Broadcasts, they get free access to public buildings for public meetings, they get a leaflet delivered through the post similar to the election communication that election candidates have. But under the act these benefits of being an official campaign can only be accessed if there are registered campaigns on both sides of the question.
Under the Act If there is no official NO campaign launched then there can't be an official YES campaign either.
It appears that True Wales intends to jib out of registering as an official NO campaign in order to ensure that there can't be an official YES campaign either.
A clever trick if it works out!
Anybody fancy joining my official Vote No – it's not good enough campaign? – we won't actually have to do anything to scupper the vote –just spend £70K on drinks parties whilst we think about the issue, and maybe go on telly to say it's nowhere near another step on the slippery slope to independence –unfortunately!
If there isn't an official No campaign registered by February 2nd the law says that there won't be an official Yes campaign either!
This might sound facetious and a bit daft, but I am willing to threaten True Wales that if they haven't registered as the official NO campaign by January 23rd, I will register a No! Not good enough campaign with the Electoral Commission on January 24th.
I WILL call their bluff!
I would like some support for calling that bluff - please!