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The Scottish independence referendum and the debate about Scotland's constitutional future
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Scottish independence: Salmond pressed over bills

Scottish independence: Salmond pressed over bills | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
FIRST Minister Alex Salmond has been urged to make public any research the Scottish Government has carried out on the impact independence would have on the cost of people’s weekly shopping bills.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Margaret Curran is known to be one of the least intellectually acute individuals within British Labour in Scotland. So it is likely that she would have been taken in by the spin being put on this supermarket prices nonsense by the unionist media even if she had not been inclined to do so by her fervent British nationalist ideology.

Cleverer and more open-minded people will immediately have realised two or three things about this story. Firstly, they will have recognised that the supermarket executives did not say what Better Together claims they said. But we are almost at the stage now where we could shrug off the distortions and lies of Project Fear - were it not for the fact that a massive deception is being perpetrated against the people of Scotland.

Then the moderately intelligent person would have seen what the supermarket executives really did say. Which boils down to two things. Operating costs are affected by distance - not borders. And they can also be affected by the regulatory regime. What should be clear is that neither of these things is impacted by independence.

Distance is a factor throughout the UK. And geographical distances don't change just because the political arrangements are altered.

And the fact that the regulatory regime can be different in Scotland is something that businesses already have to deal with. Various aspects of that regime can be more or less favourable, from the operator's point of view. That is the situation already. Independence implies nothing new in this regard.

The point which should be glaringly obvious to all who do not suffer Maggie Curran's limitations is that the supermarkets find it best to keep the same prices across the UK despite these variations.

I could explain the reasons for this. But maybe Maggie could benefit from the mental exercise of figuring it out for herself.

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War on satire continues

War on satire continues | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Oh dear lord. The No campaign really does seem hell-bent on making life hard for those of us who occasionally enjoy mocking it by (slightly) exaggerating the depths of its “Project Fear” scaremongering strategy. They’ve attempted to terrify Scots with uncertainty over the price of stamps, mobile-phone roaming charges and having to buy in Strictly Come Dancing, but none of it’s worked.

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Supermarket prices may fall after independence!

Supermarket prices may fall after independence! | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
The No Campaign's London centric media are at it again - chasing business people to make completely innocuous comments on independence and then twisting them out of context to create a negative headline but the story has no real credibility!
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