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The Scottish independence referendum and the debate about Scotland's constitutional future
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How the media shafted the people of Scotland

How the media shafted the people of Scotland | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
George Monbiot: Journalists in their gilded circles are woefully out of touch with popular sentiment and shamefully slur any desire for change
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Alex Salmond: Meet the bully behind the mask - Telegraph

Alex Salmond: Meet the bully behind the mask - Telegraph | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
The First Minister tries to patronise a Telegraph political reporter with a bag of sweets while struggling to answer questions about a separate Scotland's finances.
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Poor Old Cockers is not, of course, the competent and rational observer of Scotland's political scene that he would have us believe he is. And, no doubt, as he genuinely believes himself to be. He cannot possibly be a competent and rational observer for the simple reason that he views Scotland's politics through the red mist of his pompously self-righteous anger and the toxic fog of his British nationalist fanaticism.


His perspective thus distorted by his intellectually debilitating condition, Poor Old Cockers sees his favourite hate-figure, Alex Salmond, as "patronising" and "bullying" when, in fact, this is just a man who does not suffer fools gladly making a massive effort to be patient and good-humoured in the face of the idiocy spouted by laughably ill-informed journalists.


Given the tendency of these (mainly) London-based journalists to distort and misrepresent things like the Goldman Sachs "report" it makes perfect sense for the First Minister to decline to comment until he is aware of what was actually said. It is part of the sickening arrogance of these journalists that they expect everybody to accept their word. Even when experience teaches us that, as a breed, journalists are some of the most untrustworthy people we are likely to encounter.


And any journalist who is still asking inane questions about what currency Scotland will use after independence should count themselves fortunate if the response is merely "patronising" and not the curt, two-word dismissal that such a vacuous enquiry deserves.


I suspect what really irks Poor Old Cockers is the fact that, unlike most politicians, Salmond is not impressed by meeja poseurs or intimidated by the toothless attack dogs of "Her Majesty's Press Corp". They are, as a body, worthy only of contempt. Mr Salmond is to be applauded for his efforts to maintain some civility in his dealings with them.

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Bringing the smackdown

We thought this deserved a wider audience after the Herald's appalling front-page lead scare story today by Michael Settle and Kate Devlin, channelling Jim Murphy MP: "SCOTTISH POLICE FEDERATION 5 ...
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Unionist politicians and the British nationalist media get a serious rap on the knuckles from the Scottish Police Federation.

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The Freemasonry of the Media

The Freemasonry of the Media | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
For 45 years I have been a ‘Member of Her Majesty’s Press’ and have now become a lifetime member of the National Union of Journalists. I was never one of the top gun star performers in any of the p...
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Scotland's All Campaign Media Call

Scotland's All Campaign Media Call | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

What does the Yes campaign have that No doesn't? Arguably, No doesn't have a campaign at all, just a series of commercial relationships with media outlets and one very long smear. It remains...

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We are not alone

We are not alone | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Supporters of independence are often accused of a certain degree of paranoia when it comes to their lack of trust in the Scottish and UK media. The above chart is from the latest European Quality O...

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To the editor of the Scotsman

Your defamatory lies really ought to stop. In today's edition, you allege in reference to me that: "Mr Campbell – who recently registered Wings Over Scotland as an official participant in the indep...
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The kill count

The kill count | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
It's been another one of those weekends when the independence debate has taken a bit of a nasty turn. Whether it's the Sunday Times stirring up Anglo-Scottish tensions (deliberately or otherwise), ...
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Scottish nationalists shouldn't be angry with the media for ignoring them | Left Foot Forward

Scottish nationalists shouldn't be angry with the media for ignoring them | Left Foot Forward | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Concern that the mainstream media were ignoring them has helped nationalists reach out to young people on social media.
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STV confirm: we're not re-showing Road to Referendum

STV confirm: we're not re-showing Road to Referendum | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
An acclaimed TV documentary about Scotland's path to the independence referendum will not be re-shown, it has been confirmed.
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Sign for Scotland: Not in the paper review - March

Sign for Scotland: Not in the paper review - March | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Welcome to the third of our monthly series looking back at the stories which the main stream media in Scotland didn't offer much attention to, and comparing them to those that hit the front pages.
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A developing theme

A developing theme | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
From today's Telegraph. And there's plenty more where that came from. The Mirror. The Express. The Times. The Independent. The Guardian. The Telegraph again. The Independent again. The Times again....
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The Anglosphere Media

I haven't always agreed with Martin Kettle's Guardian columns over the years. They have mixed some good, pertinent analysis of what's wrong with Britain with some unfortunate Blai...

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Rupert Murdoch's Sun swings towards yes vote for Scotland

Rupert Murdoch's Sun swings towards yes vote for Scotland | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Damning of Better Together campaign and praise for Alex Salmond indicate Scots edition will urge independence
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New Statesman | The Yes campaign is winning the ground war in Scotland

New Statesman | The Yes campaign is winning the ground war in Scotland | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
The Yes campaign's efforts on the ground are helping it close the gap in the race for independence.
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We might have hoped that after nearly three years of the referendum campaign Journalists in the mainstream media would have learned something about that campaign. Evidently, this would be a forlorn hope. Even after all this time and screeds of commentary from people who actually know what's going on these clowns continue to imagine that the Yes campaign and the SNP are synonymous.


Of course, they are only following the lead provided by British politicians. One of the reasons the anti-independence effort has been such an abysmal failure is that the British parties, particularly British Labour, have from the outset treated the referendum campaign as if it was a party political contest between them and the SNP. This has blinded them to the true nature of the Yes campaign which has quietly gone about the business of winning while the No campaign was distracted by its obsession with Alex Salmond.


Better Together could hardly bring itself to acknowledge the existence of the official Yes Scotland organisation. So it is perhaps not so surprising that it has been able to remain unaware of the real Yes campaign. A loose network of hundreds of groups and thousands of individuals which arose spontaneously and grew organically almost totally unnoticed by Alistair Darling and his Tory paymasters.


Because the alleged "big guns" of the No campaign were trained on Alex Salmond and the SNP, the unimaginative and unquestioning hacks in the mainstream media dutifully followed suit. They stupidly supposed that the theatre of set-piece speechifying and the circus of televised debates was the real campaign. While they were glued to their TV screens a massive grass-roots revolution against the old politics of the British state was taking place in Scotland. That revolution was not being televised.

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Scottish independence: Glasgow cabbie wages one-man war against the Better Together campaign

Scottish independence: Glasgow cabbie wages one-man war against the Better Together campaign | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
On the mean streets of Glasgow, where every vote is being fought over to keep Scotland in or out of the union, there's one man driving a black cab who is waging his own personal independence campaign.
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This may be the very definition of a non-story. A Glasgow cabbie who may not even exist and some condescending celebs parroting puerile platitudes. Utter pish!

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Yes for More

Yes for More | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

I’ve been Daily Mailed. Apparently I’ve ‘slated’ the Yes campaign and accused it of ‘deceit’. Who knew. To explain, when I left government I promised on Newsnight Scotland to present m...

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A Public Press: Reclaiming the Media

A Public Press: Reclaiming the Media | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
With Edward Snowden in exile, and Andy Coulson in Belmarsh and in the heat of the referendum debate it seems an ideal time to look again at the problems of freedom of expression, privacy and media ...

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Guardian journalist, John Harris, speaking at Yestival

Its refreshing to hear from a journalist who comes to Scotland, listens carefully to what is being said, then reports back to London media with a candid open-minded honesty.  The fact this hasn't h...

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The bones of what you'll believe

This is what the media is asking you to swallow today, readers: "If Scotland wants to be like the vast majority of NATO members and have no nuclear weapons stationed on its territory, NATO will cut...
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English votes may kill off independence | The Sunday Times

English votes may kill off independence | The Sunday Times | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

ENGLISH voters living in Scotland could swing the result of the independence referendum in favour of the United Kingdom, according to a new poll.

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The anti-independence campaign plumbs new depths as the British media tries to stir up anti-English feeling. Irresponsible and quite despicable!

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Media Wars

Media Wars | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Asking Ian Jack to write about new media is a little like asking Ray Reardon to comment on Grand Theft Auto. From a man who seems to have made a living writing a column about steam tr...

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Wake Up! The Nation is in Peril! Man the Soapbox!

Wake Up! The Nation is in Peril! Man the Soapbox! | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
The Daily Telegraph is like a Treasure Island of Stupidity. It's the citadel of the British elite and the glorious mouthpiece of their sublime ignorance of what's actually going on. Each read is a ...
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A slight change of emphasis

A slight change of emphasis | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Here's a story on the front page of the Guardian website. Below is the headline you see when you actually click on the link. We suppose that's a sort of balance.
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The risible confusion of the unionist press.

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Tarff Advertiser: Dumb or Dumber?

I usually try to blog on a comment by the anti-independence brigade in a manner which counters their argument yet also seeks to inform.

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