Referendum 2014
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The Scottish independence referendum and the debate about Scotland's constitutional future
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Westminster propaganda war to encourage armed forces to vote 'No'

Westminster propaganda war to encourage armed forces to vote 'No' | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
WESTMINSTER has been accused of politicising the armed services after distributing pro-Union
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Eastern Europeans in Scotland will vote 'Yes' and hand Alex Salmond victory in September's referendum (according to an SNP campaigner, that is)

Eastern Europeans in Scotland will vote 'Yes' and hand Alex Salmond victory in September's referendum (according to an SNP campaigner, that is) | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Ania Lewandowska, 29, who works for SNP MEP Alyn Smith, has said she is confident the party will win the referendum - thanks to the help of 'new Scots' from Poland.
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More insidious British nationalist propaganda attempting to de-legitimise Scotland's democratic process of self-determination.

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SNP: give us big say on energy or lights will go out

SNP: give us big say on energy  or lights  will go out | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
AN INDEPENDENT Scotland would demand a major say in UK energy policy, according to a new Scottish Government report which warns the risk of power blackouts is
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Here we go again! Another British politician who is more concerned with peddling unionist lies than avoiding looking a complete fool. As Labour's shadow energy minister, Tom Greatrex can hardly plead ignorance of the fact that the Scottish Government is developing mixed generating capacity which includes a range of renewable technologies as well as more traditional methods. So he is being totally dishonest when he tries pretend that Scotland is totally reliant on onshore wind power.

These are not even clever lies. No more clever than the UK Government's so-called Scotland Analysis papers, which are such crude and transparent propaganda that no open-minded person can possibly take them seriously. People look at these papers and wonder how it can be that something worthy of the name "analysis" is unable to discover even one positive thing about independence. There are almost 200 independent nations in the world. None of them is looking to alter that status. Independence must have something going for it. And yet supposed "analysis" backed by the massive resources of the British state can find nothing positive at all. Not one thing. It is all unremitting doom a disaster.

Either they are fools, or they think we are.

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Independence: SNP ‘bullied’ bosses over currency

Independence: SNP ‘bullied’ bosses over currency | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Nationalist MSPs have been rebuked for their behaviour after “badgering” industry leaders at a Holyrood committee.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Entirely predictable and patently contrived righteous indignation from the British parties at Holyrood as they rush to defend "one of their own". If Iain McMillan's arguments were sound then he would be able to defend them against the kind of rigorous examination that parliamentary committees are supposed to conduct.

This whining for British nationalists is part of a pattern in which the anti-independence campaign are attempting to close down debate. With increasing frequency, Better Together refuses to provide speakers and panellists for debates. In part the purpose is to deny the Yes campaign a platform. In part it is to avoid awkward questions about assertions being made by the No campaign.

Alistair Darling's pathetic bleating about "cybernats" is part of the same pattern. Anti-independence propagandists such as Bill Munro of Barrhead Travel and Iain McMillan must be protected from challenge. They are to be allowed to say whatever they like. Tell whatever lies serve the British nationalist cause. Any questioning of their claims is labelled "abuse". Anybody who dares to challenge their lies is vilified as a "cybernat".

This is pure evasion. By wailing and moaning about the way in which the British state's propagandists are interrogated the anti-independence campaign hopes to divert attention from the fact that they are unable to respond to the challenges. They are unable to answer the questions. They are unable to defend their lies and distortions.

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The unwritten law

The unwritten law | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
This piece just appeared in a little corner of the Scottish Sun: Kudos to the paper for raising the issue of the No camp's incredible, almost Stalinist levels of censorship, known only thanks to th...
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There will hardly be an online Yes campaigner who has not experienced at first hand the quite blatant censorship on the official Better Together Facebook page and other anti-independence sites. We all have our stories to tell.

Like most online independence activists of my acquaintance I have been blocked by Better Together. They will doubtless claim that this was because I broke some rule. But, as Stu points out, I have no way of knowing what these rules are and was never advised of having breached them.

While I am perfectly capable of engaging in robust debate, I was always careful when commenting on the Better Together Facebook page not to give the slightest excuse for objecting to my comments on any of the usual grounds. If their admins claim that I was abusive or used offensive language then they are lying. Why would I present them with such a gift?

As far as I can determine the incident which occasioned my being blocked was also a good example of the censorship referred to. Someone had posted an image - they called it an infographic, but I pointed out that it did not qualify as such because it contained no information - which featured a claim about SNP defence policy which was completely false.

Using quotes from official sources and links to various documents I demonstrated beyond any possible doubt that the claim was untrue. I invited those defending the claim to provide evidence of their own. They declined to do so. After a fairly lengthy exchange, the entire discussion suddenly disappeared. A few moments later, the image with the blatant lie reappeared, minus all the comments challenging its veracity.

That is how Better Together operates. The entire organisation is corrupt and dishonest.

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Peter A Bell: Contradictions?

Peter A Bell: Contradictions? | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

 Observers of the ongoing debate leading up to Scotland's independence referendum will surely have observed that the arguments offered by Better Together, the Tory-led anti-independence campaign, tend to be riddled with perplexing inconsistencies and contradictions. For example, there is the fact that Alistair Darling and his Tory paymasters glibly insist that in the UK we have "the best of both worlds". Yet whenever the SNP suggest that something might be the same, or broadly similar, after independence the British parties insist, with equally bilious fervour, that this is totally unacceptable.

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Jim Arnott's curator insight, March 26, 2013 12:55 PM

Excellent piece Peter. Please keep them coming

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Wings Over Scotland | The nest of lies

Wings Over Scotland | The nest of lies | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

When someone sent us the image below on Twitter, we actually went to the “Better Together” Facebook page to verify it was real, because it can be hard to tell the No campaign’s real leaflets and posters from satire. But it’s totally genuine.

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Jim Arnott's curator insight, March 6, 2013 8:19 AM

This is so typical of the Better Together campaign. It is well worth reaqding the comments section at the end of this article.

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Ten Points For Propagandists

Ten Points For Propagandists | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

When we published our New Year’s Resolutions, we knew we weren’t being terribly original. The power of the list to convey advice in an accessible way is well known. Often, writing down the promises we make to ourselves is a good way of turning a promise into behavior.

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More crowdfunding required

More crowdfunding required | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Can we please buy the Telegraph a new picture to depict "Scottish people"?   We assume they must have misplaced that Braveheart shot with the spears.
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Yes vote pension cost warning

PENSION costs in an independent Scotland would rise fivefold within 20 years because of an ageing population and the SNP Government's spending commitments, according to a new analysis paper.
Peter A Bell's insight:

There is a reason why these so-called "analysis papers" have no credibility whatsoever.

Depending on how you count them there are around 200 independent nations in the world.

Most, if not all, of those nations have endured bitter political struggle and even bloody conflict in order to secure or defend their independence.

All of those nations agree that threatening the independence of another nation is one of the worst crimes that any nation can commit.

None of those nations is currently seeking an alternative constitutional arrangement which involves relinquishing their independence.

Is it not strange, therefore, that the British state cannot find a single positive thing to say about independence?

Does this not give away the true purpose of these papers?

Surely any genuine analysis could hardly help but find at least one positive thing about the independence that all nations value so highly. Does this not clearly indicate that what these papers present is not, in fact, impartial analysis but crude political propaganda?

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Peter A Bell: The Cybernat Diversion

Peter A Bell: The Cybernat Diversion | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Project Fear's tactics are not subtle. It's propaganda techniques are pretty crude. The very phrase, "Better Together" is an example of a propaganda technique known as the "Glittering generality". It is a phrase which has a certain primitive emotional appeal but which is ultimately devoid of content. It doesn't represent anything real or present any meaningful argument.

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When it's grim being right

When it's grim being right | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Above is an image we posted on our Facebook page a couple of days ago. It was mostly popular, getting nine and a half thousand views and 100 "Likes" (30-50 is the average), but it also attracted mo...
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Anti-independence campaign accused of deliberately peddling false information

Anti-independence campaign accused of deliberately peddling false information | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

The pro-Union Better Together campaign has been left red-faced yet again after it emerged that leaflets boasting about the UK’s triple-A rating were still being distributed.

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Wings Over Scotland | Would you like to know more?

Wings Over Scotland | Would you like to know more? | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

We think the Scotsman may finally have jumped the shark this morning. A piece by Scott Macnab (which we’re not going to link to, but have made a local copy of) on the No campaign’s year-old “decoy dossier” from yesterday is so extraordinarily, laughably biased and transparently dishonest that it couldn’t see even the most distant edges of reality with the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Don’t Panic!

Don’t Panic! | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Is the No campaign losing the plot? The cacophony of scare stories about Scotland does seem to have tipped from the bizarre to the gently unhinged. A year ago The [...]
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