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The Scottish independence referendum and the debate about Scotland's constitutional future
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Messages ain’t scary – warnings of doom don’t add up

Messages ain’t scary – warnings of doom don’t add up | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
THE last week of indy campaigning has been pretty scary, with lots of dire warnings about the consequences
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No camp in grocery price rise claims

No camp in grocery price rise claims | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
THE price of groceries would rise under independence, pro-UK campaigners have claimed, after a leading supermarket boss admitted his company faced higher costs doing business in Scotland.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Any self-respecting journalist would have asked the obvious question of Justin King, the chief executive of Sainsbury's. They would have demanded to know if the company's plans to introduce differential pricing according to factors such as distance from distribution depots apply to the whole of the UK.

This entirely hypothetical professional journalist might also have pressed Mr King on the question of how he would anticipate his company's competitors might respond to such a move.

There are probably a lot more questions that a real journalist would have asked. But since these creatures appear to be the stuff of myth, at least as far as the "Scottish" mainstream media is concerned, there is little point in speculating further on how they might behave.

And yes! I know this comment won't get past the Herald's censors. But it will be widely distributed in any case and will probably be seen by far more people than  actually read this scaremongering article.

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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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John Lewis warns on Scotland prices

John Lewis warns on Scotland prices | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Prices in Scottish branches of John Lewis and Waitrose may be higher than in the rest of the UK if the country votes Yes to independence.

Peter A Bell's insight:

Sir Charlie Mayfield is undoubtedly correct to note that "it costs more money to trade in parts of Scotland". The fact that he singles out Scotland, however, indicates that his observation has more to do with serving the British nationalist propaganda machine than with stating some reasoned economic or business argument.


The reality is that the cost of doing business varies from one location to another even within one country - including England. Is Sir Charlie Mayfield intimating that these variations are to be reflected in prices across the John Lewis and Waitrose operations? Or is he just another lackey of the British state making empty threats in an attempt to intimidate the people of Scotland?


THE BBC CONTINUES TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST SCOTTISH LICENCE-PAYERS BY PROHIBITING COMMENTS ON ITS SCOTTISH SITES.

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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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