The First Minister has issued a statement clarifying this morning's report on the referendum, which was the subject of my previous blog post. Thanks to all who commented here and on facebook - please continue to express your views. Here is what the First Minister said:
"In the next few days the Cabinet will be considering a plan to put more powers for the Scottish Parliament and Scottish independence at the heart of the 2011 Holyrood campaign.
It is clear from press reports today that we will now have to appeal over their heads of the unionist MSPs to the people of Scotland next May.
The London parties have said that they will vote down the right of the people to decide, despite the ludicrous position of the Tories and Lib Dems in wanting a referendum on an AV voting system that no-one supports on Scottish polling day, and the Labour Party pursuing a referendum next spring on more powers for Wales, while denying a referendum for Scotland. The hypocrisy of all the London parties will be well and truly exposed, as will their lack of any coherent policy to generate new wealth to offset public spending cuts.
Our strategy for the election ahead therefore is to make the essential link between constitutional progress for Scotland, and the economic and financial powers we need for the Scottish Parliament to grow the economy and increase revenues to invest in vital public services.
In the circumstances we now face, our plan is to make the right of the people to have their say on independence, and the absolute requirement for economic and financial powers for Scotland's Parliament, the transcending issue of the election campaign.
Tactically, we are deciding whether to introduce a Bill to allow the unionist parties to vote it down or rather to publish the Bill and concentrate on canvassing public support.
A new re-elected SNP government will be in a powerful position to secure passage of the referendum, having successfully mobilised the people over the blocking tactics of the unionist parties."