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Scottish Independence: SNP brushes off talk of 2014 ‘neverendum’ - Top stories - Scotsman.com

Scottish Independence: SNP brushes off talk of 2014 ‘neverendum’ - Top stories - Scotsman.com | My Scotland | Scoop.it
THE SNP government has played down the prospect of a second quickfire referendum being staged on independence if Scots vote No in 2014.
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Labour MP claims spy uncovered evidence of SNP youth wing infiltrating schools

Labour MP claims spy uncovered evidence of SNP youth wing infiltrating schools | My Scotland | Scoop.it
A VICIOUS war of words between a Labour MP and the SNP has deepened, after the politician publicly claimed that a nationalist 'youth wing' was infiltrating schools to 'brainwash pupils'.
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Cameron has edge over Miliband in TV battle, Guardian/ICM poll shows - live

Cameron has edge over Miliband in TV battle, Guardian/ICM poll shows - live | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Instant poll shows 54% of viewers thought David Cameron ‘won’ contestEd Miliband forced to defend his character as Paxman brings up brother David PM under pressure over VAT pledges and zero-hours contractsNigel Farage gatecrashes the Sky studios –...
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The SNP are having the last laugh – why shouldn’t they?

The SNP are having the last laugh – why shouldn’t they? | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Alex Salmond can be excused a spring in his step.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, March 25, 10:18 AM

There is much to enjoy in this article. Not least, the frisson of schadenfreude. But I was particularly enamoured of the paragraph which quite succinctly catalogues some of the main fallacies beloved of denizens of the "London bubble".


The fallacy that the SNP wanted a "third question" on the ballot. (Although it was actually only a second question.)


The fallacy that it was SNP policy that an independence referendum could only be a "once-in-a-generation" thing.


The fallacy that devolution has been delivered as promised.


The fallacy that the SNP has not accepted the referendum result.


The SNP never wanted anything other than a straightforward yes/no question on independence. But, knowing that there was sizeable public demand for a question on "more powers", Salmond neatly maneuvered the British parties into being the ones to reject the idea. The SNP got what it wanted. The British parties were seen to be the ones limiting democratic choice.


And they also found themselves duped into supporting the status quo, which was by far the least popular option among Scottish voters. Which is why they quickly had to do some very humiliating slithering to pretend that a No vote was a vote for the very thing they had just said must not be allowed on the ballot. Something they only got away with to the extent that they did because, as with so much else, the British parties were never challenged by the media on any of the contradictions, inconsistencies and illogicalities in their propaganda.

Score several points for Salmond and the SNP.


The "once-in-a-generation" thing was never SNP policy. It came out in an interview in which Salmond made it abundantly clear that he was expressing a personal opinion. He also clarified his remark by stressing that he was talking about a "political generation". None of which was reported, of course.


Devolution has most certainly not been delivered as promised. In fact, absolutely nothing implied by the infamous "Vow" has actually been delivered. The Smith Commission has cobbled together some recommendations that bear no relation to what the people of Scotland were led to believe would be their if they voted No. But not even this watery gruel has been served up. And the general feeling in Scotland is that it never will be without a strong SNP presence at Westminster. Even then, it is anticipated that the British establishment will seek to renege on the undertaking - most likely by flatly denying that there ever was an undertaking.


Which brings us to the fallacy du jour. Namely, that the SNP is refusing to accept the result of the referendum. Usually accompanied by hypocritically angry and bitter pish about independence supporters being angry and bitter.


Let go of the fallacy for long enough to look at what is actually happening and you will has not only voiced its acceptance of the result on countless occasions, but has quite evidently moved on to the business of securing a strong voice for Scotland at Westminster. Which, in itself, denotes the very acceptance of the result that British nationalist commentators feverishly strive to deny.


And, while you are visiting reality, take a look at the grinning faces of the people attending any SNP or pro-independence event. I am not ashamed to admit that, prompted by some words of consolation and encouragement from a dear English friend, I shed a tear in the immediate aftermath of the referendum result becoming known. But I have hardly stopped smiling since as I've watched the supposed victors forced to stand, transfixed by baffled, impotent rage, as all the prizes went to the supposed losers.


It is those losers who have yet to come to terms with the consequences of their lying, scaremongering behaviour during the referendum. Just as British Labour in Scotland has yet to come to terms with its rejection by the voters in 2007 and, more emphatically, in 2011. Project Fear, as the anti-independence campaign labelled itself, has not been wound up. It has simply moved to Jim Murphy's back-office where it continues to churn out the distinctive blend of inanity and insanity which oozes from the minds of such as John McTernan and Blair MacDougall.


But none of this is even visible from within the London bubble, far less comprehensible to those trapped within its reality-repelling walls. They yet cling to their fallacies. While those of us outside that bubble care less and less what those within it think or say.

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Scotland's smiles friendlier than rest of UK - Scotsman

Scotland's smiles friendlier than rest of UK - Scotsman | My Scotland | Scoop.it
SCOTS have been labelled the UK’s friendliest people by a major new study.
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Why are Scots still more likely to vote than the rest of the country?

Why are Scots still more likely to vote than the rest of the country? | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Voters north of the border are more interested in politics and more likely to vote in general election in the wake of the independence referendum
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Ed Miliband attacks 'unholy alliance' between Tories and SNP

Ed Miliband attacks 'unholy alliance' between Tories and SNP | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Miliband’s comments come as senior party source claims Tories and SNP want to damage Labour regardless of wider consequences Ed Miliband went on the offensive against the Tories and the SNP as he warned that the two supposed enemies have formed an...
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What We've Learned About Alex Salmond - Sky News

What We've Learned About Alex Salmond - Sky News | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Former first minister Alex Salmond has released his memoirs of the Scottish referendum this week. Here's what we have learned.
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Election 2015: Labour battles SNP for Scottish seats – live

Election 2015: Labour battles SNP for Scottish seats – live | My Scotland | Scoop.it
In the first of our daily election campaign live blogs, follow all the politics news with Andrew Sparrow and the Guardian’s team of reporters and commentators 6.24pm AEST Amid the talk of Labour, the SNP, red lines and pockets, Paul Goodman,...
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Salmond predicts vote-by-vote deal

Salmond predicts vote-by-vote deal | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Alex Salmond predicts a "vote by vote arrangement" between a minority Labour government and the SNP is the most likely outcome of the election.
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SNP in line for multi-million pound windfall if it becomes third force

SNP in line for multi-million pound windfall if it becomes third force | My Scotland | Scoop.it
THE SNP will enjoy a multi-million pound taxpayer windfall and cause a "profound" culture shock at Westminster if it succeeds in winning a landslide victory in Scotland at the General Election, according to senior Commons sources.
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General election TV debate dates announced

General election TV debate dates announced | My Scotland | Scoop.it
DAVID Cameron and Ed Miliband will be pitched in a head-to-head live televised debate exactly a week before the May 7 general election, if the TV showdowns go ahead, it has been announced.
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Scots 'more likely to vote' than rest of UK - Scotsman

Scots 'more likely to vote' than rest of UK - Scotsman | My Scotland | Scoop.it
SCOTS are more interested in politics and more likely to vote in the general election than those elsewhere in Britain, a survey has suggested.
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Scotland to ban smoking in cars with children

Scotland to ban smoking in cars with children | My Scotland | Scoop.it
The move follows similar bans in England and Wales, which take effect in October Scotland is to ban smoking in cars with children, bringing it into line with England and Wales, where legislation has been introduced to protect young people from...
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Jim Murphy: I'll use City of London tax to help Scottish students

Jim Murphy: I'll use City of London tax to help Scottish students | My Scotland | Scoop.it
The Scottish Labour leader says he would use £1 billion of the proceeds from his party's bankers' bonus tax to increase bursaries and fund free university education for Scots.
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He's pulled the handle on his puggy machine again !

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Conservatives slam Salmond's 'sinister' threat to install Miliband in Downing St

Conservatives slam Salmond's 'sinister' threat to install Miliband in Downing St | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Bob Neill, the Tory party deputy chairman, condemns comments made in New Statesman by SNP candidate Alex Salmond has been accused of making a “deeply sinister” threat to try to force out the Conservatives and lead to the installation of a Labour...
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Labour faces civil war in heartlands as veteran councillor sues party

Labour faces civil war in heartlands as veteran councillor sues party | My Scotland | Scoop.it
LABOUR has been thrown in to pre-election chaos in its Scottish heartlands after being sued by one of its own stalwarts.
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'UK may offer Scots second independence referendum' - Scotsman

'UK may offer Scots second independence referendum' - Scotsman | My Scotland | Scoop.it
FORMER first minister Alex Salmond has said that Scots “deserve a second chance” with an independence referendum.
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Salmond says SNP will 'hold the power' in hung parliament

Salmond says SNP will 'hold the power' in hung parliament | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Scottish National party would probably have a ‘vote-by-vote arrangement’ with a minority Labour government, says former first minister Alex Salmond has piled pressure on Ed Miliband by pledging to force the hand of a minority Labour government by...
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Independence White Paper 'failed to meet civil service standards'

Independence White Paper 'failed to meet civil service standards' | My Scotland | Scoop.it
A Commons inquiry criticises Sir Peter Housden over allowing politically partisan sections of the Scottish Government blueprint and the Treasury's Sir Nicholas Macpherson for publishing his advice to rule out a currency union.
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Alex Salmond and Anna Soubry on Andrew Marr Show 22/03/2015

Alex Salmond and Anna Soubry on Andrew Marr Show 22/03/2015.
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Get back in your box Scotland. Labour lost the last General Election but no one is suggesting they shouldn't try again. It's only Scotland that's not allowed to try again.
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Many Scots will vote SNP hoping to help Labour rediscover its soul | Ruth Wishart

Many Scots will vote SNP hoping to help Labour rediscover its soul | Ruth Wishart | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Scottish Labour’s decline has been a long, slow burn exacerbated by the decision to campaign alongside the Tories in the Better Together campaignHow can this be?
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