What a week. Indeed, the sort of week in politics which requires everyone to go and lie in a darkened room for a while and recover. If there is a discernible pattern, it is that everyone - to a gr...
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There are a couple of niggling points about this article which may be regarded as petty but for the fact that they highlight the oft-remarked tendency of the author to blithely accept the version of reality which represents the cosy consensus of the mainstream media.
Firstly, there was no "exposé of the cybernats" by the Daily Mail. There was a prolonged exercise in bullying propaganda of the basest kind against online Yes campaigners that made outrageous claims of conspiracy without so much as a shred of evidence.
And the point about the "currency wars" leafleting drive by Better Together was not that "everybody" rushed out to pester commuters at railway stations but that hardly anybody did. There were more Yes supporters out checking on the Better Together effort than there were No campaigners participating in it.
The real story there is not the leafleting but the lies contained in the leaflet. Or the hysterical accusations of "spying" from the Daily Mail. Or Better Together's dishonest claims about the size of the event.
The stuff about Stirling University's report on inequality is excellent. Everything before that serves only as a useful reminder that it is essential to question everything that appears in the mainstream media. Oh! And that it is a good idea to get somebody to proof-read your article before putting it online. There's a couple of sentences in there on "Nordic countries" which look like a primary school exercise in correcting case and number agreement errors.