A WEST FIFER’S system to set up a new political party has been hampered after the new group’s name was considered as well very similar to the Scottish National Celebration.
George Morton, from Rosyth, had written to the Electoral Fee to sign-up the Fife National Celebration but was pressured to return to the drawing board when the application was refused.
The EC reported it believed “a affordable voter” may perhaps confuse the proposed identification mark with the Scottish National Get together.
“A proposed identify are unable to be registered if, in our viewpoint, voters are most likely to confuse the party with a different party now registered in the very same section of the United kingdom (ie in England, Scotland, Wales, or Northern Eire),” said a letter to Mr Morton.
“We took the watch that a voter would likely confuse ‘Fife National Party’ with ‘Scottish Countrywide Bash (SNP)’, registered for Scottish National Party (SNP).
“At both a constituency or regional contest in a Scottish Parliamentary election, a prospect can increase the term ‘Scottish’ just before their party’s identify. This provision is stated in Scottish Parliament Elections Buy Schedule 2, Rule 4 (7) and Rule 6 (3) and in the steering on our web site.
“Thus, we should take into account the proposed identity mark with the word ‘Scottish’ prior to the proposed party title for example, ‘Scottish Fife National Party’.
“We are of the look at that ‘Scottish Fife National Party’ is probably to be confused with ‘Scottish National Social gathering (SNP)’.
“The proposed identity mark incorporates 3 words which are involved in the registered identity mark, ‘Scottish National Get together (SNP)’. Consequently, in our look at the proposed party title is equivalent to the registered identity mark.”
Mr Morton claimed he now ideas to re-implement and sign up the social gathering as the Fife Independence Get together.
“Our sole and immutable goal is independence for Fife, outdoors the EU,” he spelled out. “Fife’s inhabitants is some 370,000, considerably a lot more than that of the UN associates Liechtenstein, Andorra and San Marino.
“Why ‘outside the EU’? Mainly because we think that totally free trade with any person, anywhere, is a organic human appropriate. The protectionist racket, aka the EU, with its thousands of tariffs ripping off customers working day-in, day-out, is the pretty antithesis of free of charge trade.
“Many will regard our purpose as laughable. But politics can go incredibly rapid nowadays who predicted the implosion of the USSR and other European ‘socialist’ states to come about so rapidly?
“We invite you to think outside the box about decentralisation right up until 1974 the SNP existed, but was a tiny social gathering. In the meantime, it has been Scotland’s dominant power for several many years. Mini and microstates are the future.”