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The nuclear deterrence FAQ

The nuclear deterrence FAQ | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
When we've reached the point where even the Daily Telegraph is calling the British Prime Minister a liar, it's probably about time someone laid out the facts about the UK's nuclear weapons, and in ...
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Referendum 2014
The Scottish independence referendum and the debate about Scotland's constitutional future
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Greg Moodie Dances With The Devil | Greg Moodie

Greg Moodie Dances With The Devil | Greg Moodie | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Greg Moodie Dances With The Devil

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Spain, Scotland And Social Democracy | National Collective

Spain, Scotland And Social Democracy | National Collective | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

I was never a dyed-in-the-wool independence supporter. Growing up in Fife in the 1980s and 1990s, I always thought self-determination had an attractive ring to it, but what would it look like? What would Scotland do with independence? Pro-independence voices often bore a sense of grievance or sounded anti-English. And that never did the trick for me. Still doesn’t.

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Fresh attack on Yes case amid new oil figures

Fresh attack on Yes case amid new oil figures | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

ALISTAIR Darling has accused the SNP of basing its case for independence on fantasy economics after the Office for Budget Responsibility slashed its North Sea Oil forecasts.

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When the Scottish Government revised its oil revenue projections to update the figures in the White Paper the Tory/Labour anti-independence alliance were all in a frenzy shouting about how this adjustment to take account of new data "proved" that the SNP's figures couldn't be trusted. But when the OBR change their estimates for no evident reason other than the needs of Project Fear we are supposed to take their figures as totally reliable.


Just how gullible do these British nationalists think we are?

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Scottish Independence: Families with thriving businesses on either side of the divide arguably have more to gain or lose from a Yes vote

Scottish Independence: Families with thriving businesses on either side of the divide arguably have more to gain or lose from a Yes vote | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Gail Jones pings opens the till of the shop she runs with her husband Gavin in the English border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, selects one of the many blue Scottish £5 notes rubbing up against the English ones inside, and passes it to her husband.


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Reading this article it becomes clear that the efforts of the UK Government; the British parties; and Better Together to create an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty have had some success. But the article also serves to demonstrate why it is that people who are better informed invariably move towards a Yes vote.

Continuing concerns about currency can only be explained by the massive campaign of disinformation mounted by the British state and its agents - including the British media. Were it not for the constant stream of lies and distortions pumped out by the anti-independence mob, people would be aware that there is no uncertainty whatever about currency. Scotland will be using the pound. You can take that to the bank. There will be no need for "conversion" as the Scottish pound and the "English" pound will be effectively the same currency.

The only uncertainty is that caused by the British parties with their idiotic macho posturing over the issue of a currency union. The likelihood is that this posturing will come to a rapid and embarrassing end the moment a Yes result is declared. But even if the UK/rUK government does abolish the currency union it won't mean different currencies because the Scottish pound will still be pegged to sterling.

Similarly, fears about "border posts" can only be explained by the kind of ignorance exhibited by Ed Miliband. As anybody who has actually thought about it for more than thirty seconds must surely realise, these "border posts" that the British nationalists try to scare people with would be totally redundant.

Unfortunately, there is almost nobody in the British media who is challenging or scrutinising the claims being made by the No campaign.

Nobody asks George Osborne what would be the likely impact on the rUK economy of abolishing the currency union.

Nobody asks Ed Miliband whose movements these "border posts" are supposed to control.

People are ill-informed and misinformed because that is the strategy adopted by Better Together. And they are getting away with it because nobody in the media is holding them to account.

Whichever way the vote goes, the truth will out. People will come to realise the extent to which they have been lied to and deceived by the British parties. It will soon dawn on them how much the media have failed them. Those people, with perfect justification, will be very, very angry.

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Pensioners set to be £260 per year better off with a Yes vote

Pensioners set to be £260 per year better off with a Yes vote | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

The Westminster Government has come under fire after refusing to reveal its plans for pensions after the independence referendum.

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Journey To Yes

Journey To Yes | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

I am a single parent, now retired from local government where I worked most of my life, and have been a supporter of Scottish independence for many years.  So when the Edinburgh ...

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Tories score own goal | Holyrood Magazine

Tories score own goal | Holyrood Magazine | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
The TV audience for football matches used to be gauged by the power surges brought by millions across the country switching on their kettles. Last night German

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Episode 6: Creatives - Bateman Broadcasting

Episode 6: Creatives - Bateman Broadcasting | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Bateman Broadcasting took on the views of The Creatives this week, including newspaper editor Richard Walker, playwright and author Alan Bissett, screenwriter Sergio Casci and political strategist (yes, they can be creatives too!) Stephen Noon.

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How Scottish football could benefit from independence

How Scottish football could benefit from independence | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

A quick glance through the Scottish Government’s white paper on Independence will reveal that virtually no mention is made of Scottish sport in the 600+ page document. This is ...

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Tougher than Tories pledge will help No camp - MP

Tougher than Tories pledge will help No camp - MP | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
LABOUR’S shadow work and pensions minister has said Scots are just as supportive as voters in the rest of the UK in wanting to “control” social security as she insisted her controversial pledge to be tougher than the Tories on benefits would help the party’s campaign against independence.
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Rachel Reeves appears to have declared herself an expert on what "people in Scotland" think and want. I surely can't be the only one wondering by what authority she makes such a claim. surely others are just as curious as myself about how Ms Reeves comes by such insights.

There is certainly nothing in her quoted comments to suggest that she is any better informed about Scotland and its politics than, say, Gordon Brown, who famously claimed to be unaware of the McCrone Report. Indeed, when she trots out such glib inanities as her assertion that, "The SNP says that independence will solve all our problems", we can only assume that Rachel Reeves is as distant and disconnected from the referendum debate as any of the British politicians who have been sent north to wag a superior finger at "people in Scotland".

Here's a novel suggestion for Ms Reeves and her arrogant, condescending ilk. Maybe it would be a good idea to ask "people in Scotland" what they think rather than tell them. We can think and speak for ourselves. And even if we were to let someone speak for us, it is unlikely that we would choose someone who has absolutely no awareness of Scotland's political culture, no knowledge of our politics, and no understanding of our priorities and aspirations.

Rachel Reeves wouldn't even be on the list.

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A Letter to Scotland’s New Radicals

Radical Scotland’s re-emergence and re-invigoration around the independence referendum has been one of the most welcome and positive occurrences for many years in Scottish politics.

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Single energy market recommended

Single energy market recommended | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Single markets in electricity and gas covering the whole of Great Britain should continue if Scotland became independent, a report has said.

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Scottish independence: Talks on additional powers

Scottish independence: Talks on additional powers | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
INFORMAL discussions on bringing the next wave of powers to Holyrood have begun between the three main unionist parties in Westminster, a senior Liberal Democrat coalition figure has told The Scotsman.
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These are not "talks on additional powers". They are talks on how to withhold powers from the Scottish Parliament while putting on enough of a show of unity and intent so as to continue the deception. The British parties are NOT planning on any kind of meaningful further devolution. They are planning on burdening the Scottish Parliament with additional responsibilities whilst cutting off the funding that it needs in order to fulfil those responsibilities.

The British parties and the UK Government have no interest in empowering those who would challenge the supremacy of Westminster. Their interests are best served by crippling the Scottish Parliament and bringing it into disrepute. And that is precisely what they will seek to do if we vote No.

A Yes vote is the only way to protect our parliament and our democracy.

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✘ on September 18th #voteYes - YouTube

The #voteYes video features well known faces from across the independence movement sharing their stories of why Scotland can, should and must be an independe...

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No "black hole" for oil forecasts

No "black hole" for oil forecasts | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
One of Scotland’s most respected economists has questioned the UK Treasury’s oil and gas forecasts, arguing that Westminster’s calculations are ill-informed and “wide of the mark". The extent of Scotland’s future energy revenues has become a key battleground in the independence debate.

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Sprinting for the line

Sprinting for the line | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
The Daily Record has a new poll from Survation today, with the same razor's-edge findings as their last one. With don't-knows excluded, the vote is poised at 47 Yes 53 No, which is statistically a ...

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The billion pound Westminster botch up | Scottish National Party

The billion pound Westminster botch up | Scottish National Party | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

The Business Select Committee at Westminster has published its findings into the handling of the Royal Mail sell-off by the UK government. It reports that taxpayers have lost £1 billion over the privatisation of Royal Mail because the coalition underestimated demand for shares. Ministers involved were also accused of being afraid to fail over the sell-off last year, and of receiving “poor quality” advice.

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A tale of two hearts

From last night's Question Time. We don't think it's funny. We think it sums up the respective campaigns pretty well, in truth.

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Whisky boss: 'I've not been bullied'

Whisky boss: 'I've not been bullied' | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it



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The cataclysm continues

The cataclysm continues | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Only our very alertest readers are likely to recall our first brush with Azeem Ibrahim of the "Scotland Institute", a right-wing think tank which recently came up with a report on an independent Sc...

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The Great Debate. Salmond v Darling. Will it be equal and fair?

The Great Debate. Salmond v Darling. Will it be equal and fair? | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
by Kevin Williamson It was no real surprise to hear that Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond, will go head-to-head with former UK Chancellor, Alistair Darling, in a live 2 hour debate broadcast...

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That pesky vortex again

That pesky vortex again | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Kudos is due to the Daily Record today, which has a large and prominent feature about NHS surgeon Dr Philippa Whitford, with whom readers should be familiar. Her message, from a position of knowled...
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New calls for English devolution sparked by independence debate

New calls for English devolution sparked by independence debate | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
THE time for fiscal devolution in England has come, MPs have warned, as they made it clear the debate on independence was having a major influence on the so-called English Question.
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Independence referendum: Top surgeon becomes viral hit after making impassioned plea to vote Yes to save the NHS

Independence referendum: Top surgeon becomes viral hit after making impassioned plea to vote Yes to save the NHS | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
BREAST surgeon Dr Philippa Whitford was recorded giving a speech to the Women for Independence group as she predicted that the NHS would die in ten years if Scots vote No
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Juncker: No automatic EU entry for Scots

Juncker: No automatic EU entry for Scots | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
JEAN-CLAUDE Juncker has made clear he will respect the outcome of September's referendum but signalled that in the event a Yes vote, Scotland's membership of the European Union would not be a simple, ­automatic process.
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I see we have the usual doltish quote from Better Together. This time they take a simple statement of the obvious from Jean-Claude Juncker and insist that what he actually did was read out a passage from one of their ludicrous scare-mongering leaflets.

All that the incoming President of the ­European Commission said was that there is no such thing as "automatic" membership of the EU. Well, duh! We already knew that. The very idea of "automatic" membership is ridiculous. Which is why the sensible people - that would be those outside the No campaign hierarchy - are talking about CONTINUING membership. a concept which the Blair McDougall and his Tory bosses seem quite unable to grasp.

The anti-independence campaign is frantically trying to drown out sensible, rational voices in the referendum campaign. Voices which invariably contradict their shrill prophesies of doom. voices such as that of Sionaidh Douglas-Scott, professor of European law and human rights at Oxford University and author of an authoritative book on EU constitutional law.

Project Fear's inane propaganda on Scotland being expelled/excluded from the EU disintegrated a long time ago. They've changed their tune and are now frantically trying to sell the idea that Scotland's transition to membership of the EU as an independent nation will be massively complex and hugely costly. But, given that their original story was so embarrassingly wrong, why should we lend any credence to this new version?

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