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Referendum 2014
The Scottish independence referendum and the debate about Scotland's constitutional future
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Gerry Hassan: London Scots and the referendum

Gerry Hassan: London Scots and the referendum | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
A coterie of media-elite Scots, peddling ill-informed and biased opinion, leaves the referendum debate the poorer, writes Gerry Hassan
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Wings over Scotland | Madman Of The Year

Wings over Scotland | Madman Of The Year | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

We’ve mentioned previously that one of the core tactics the No camp appears to be utilising in the referendum debate is that of attrition through extremism. It’s a strategy borrowed from the terrifying American right wing, and has two main goals.

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Beginning the UK end-game

Alex Salmond’s stop-start independence referendum to be held in 2014 will change the shape of the UK irrevocably, whatever the result

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Peter A Bell's comment, September 28, 2012 11:40 AM
Sometimes I wonder what country these journalists are writing about from inside their bubble. Little or none of the above seems to refer to the country where I live - which happens also to be called Scotland. Had I time, I'd pick apart some of the more obvious nonsense. Like the claim that there has been doubt over whether the referendum would happen at all. One solitary sad and ever-so-slightly mad "Scottish" Labour blogger has been banging on about his inane personal conspiracy theory involving Salmond plotting to cancel the vote. This does not constitute uncertainty over the referendum. It merely suggests doubts about the judgement of those who stoop to taking such drivel seriously.

I won't bother about the other glaring errors as I am aware that, in their arrogance, journalists don't listen to any criticism. Indeed, I'll be surprised if this post is published here. Although I circumvent such censorship by ensuring my comments are posted in other places.

The only thing I can't help but remark on is the startling silliness of the final paragraph in which Mr Macwhirter suggest that the outcome of the referendum will be the same regardless how we vote. To believe this one must suppose that a YES vote will result in something less than independence. This is almost as ludicrous as believing Ian Smart's "referendum denial" stuff. Mr Macwhirter does not deign to explain why an SNP Scottish Government would abandon its primary aim having achieved it. Which is a pity, because I'm sure that would have been a work of supreme imagination.

Neither does Macwhirter explain by what process a NO vote might result in an outcome that nobody is supporting and which the Bitter Together campaign explicitly opposes. Is it really credible that a NO vote will be interpreted as a vote for more powers? Or is it more easy to accept that it will be represented as a once-and-for-all rejection of independence; a resounding affirmation of the union; and a democratic mandate to roll back devolution?

That may be a worst-case scenario. But it is considerably more plausible than the naive notion that a NO vote will magically transform fanatical British nationalists into committed devolutionists. At least, that's how it appears from here in Scotland - outside the bubble.
The1TrueScott's comment, September 29, 2012 10:48 AM
Well said. Mr Macwhirter should be held in the highest of esteem, along with JK Rowlings for his constant ability to either recycle others fiction or to alter it slightly to suit his tired and jaded view of the Scottish people and our future.