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Behold the clown prince of British politics: who's laughing now?

'RESPECT," said David Cameron to the UKIP leader Nigel Farage after the Conservatives received their biggest shock since 1997 in the English local elections on Thursday night.

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Referendum 2014
The Scottish independence referendum and the debate about Scotland's constitutional future
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A Welshman with a vote

A guest post by William Totterdell Dear Wee Dug, fellow ginger, My wife regularly reads me your blog or sends me a link to some great comments. I guess I am one of the silent ones, no Facebook, blo...
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STV announces line-up for live referendum 'town hall' debate

STV announces line-up for live referendum 'town hall' debate | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Yes or No – The Debate will be broadcast on Tuesday, September 2 between 8pm and 10pm.
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Jim Murphy vs Alex Salmond, Scottish independence campaigning (31Aug14) - YouTube

Labour's Jim Murphy versus SNP's Alex Salmond on the vexed issue of Scottish independence, and the capaign for it getting more uglier, and with more lies pus...
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Something incredible is happening in Scotland. And if the result is a yes vote the shock to the UK will be extreme

Something incredible is happening in Scotland. And if the result is a yes vote the shock to the UK will be extreme | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Paul Mason: The Scots may vote no to independence this time. But history shows these movements intensify until something gives
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Salmond: Ignore Jim Murphy and Nigel Farage

SNP leader Alex Salmond has urged people to steer clear of unionist rallies after Better Together accused the Yes campaign of turning
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British nationalists are now actively trying to incite violence. That was the sole purpose of Murphy's "Shouting Tour". That is why Farage is coming to Scotland. That is why right-wing thugs from the BNP, SDL etc. are starting to turn up at events. They know they can't win, so they will try to de-legitimise the whole process.


It is essential that Yes supporters don't take the bait. We must not allow ourselves to be provoked.

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A Portrait of the Nation as a Young Woman

This timely coming of age story resonates with Scotland’s search for identity in the modern world. Its characters, places and events serve as apt metaphors of the complex interconnecting influences affecting the 2014 referendum on the nation's future. Themes of identity, ambition and community intertwine to form a tale as much about its vibrant cast of characters as its underlying political inspirations.

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A man without a clue - YouTube

Willie Rennie auditions for The Thick Of It on Sunday Politics Scotland, as Gordon Brewer asks him a question he simply doesn't have the first idea of the an...
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A telling demonstration of how Better Together's propaganda cannot withstand any kind of scrutiny.

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THE GALLERY OF ROGUES - The Art of Satire in the Scottish Independence Referendum with Greg Moodie - YouTube

THE GALLERY OF ROGUES is a humorous portrait of twisted genius Greg Moodie; the comic-strip chronicler of Scotland’s Independence Referendum with all its pan...
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Lamont: our ad isn't sexist...I've met women exactly like 'patronising BT lady'

Lamont: our ad isn't sexist...I've met women exactly like 'patronising BT lady' | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
JOHANN Lamont, the Scottish Labour leader, has claimed to have met women "exactly" like the one in the Better Together TV advert which has been condemned as patronising and sexist.
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It is increasingly easy to understand why British Labour in Scotland and their Tory allies in Better Together tend to keep Johann Lamont firmly muzzled. She can't open her mouth without embarrassing herself and the campaign to deny the sovereignty of Scotland's people. Including, and perhaps especially, Scotland's women.


In trying to defend the cringe-inducing #PatronisingBTLady video Lamont offers the rationalisation - clearly dreamt up by the same hapless crew that devised the TV ad in the first place - that it merely reflects what No campaigners are hearing on the doorsteps. Although this sounds like a feeble excuse, I suspect that there may be a grain of truth in it. I don't doubt that some women say silly things. I know for a fact that many men do. Usually when they are parroting the drivel fed to them by the British nationalist propaganda machine. (There can't be many Yes campaigners who haven't seen the edges of a red mist descending when some numpty demands to know what currency we will use. Often in a manner which suggests that they imagine they have hit upon the most devastatingly original political argument of all time.)


What makes the #PatronisingBTLady thing so offensive is that Better Together's inept spin-quacks (Aye! I'm talking about you, Blair McDougall!) purposefully set out to create a composite character, stitched together from all the odd inanities that common courtesy dictates should have been afforded a veil of discretion, in order to create a grotesque caricature which was then presented as representing a typical Scottish woman.


In making this video and allowing it to be screened, Better Together has exhibited a casual, mindless sexism that would have sounded alarm bells in the minds of anybody who was not unthinkingly convinced that the absolute righteousness of their cause outweighed considerations such as decency and respect.


In defending the video, Johann Lamont demonstrates that she is either too stupid to realise why it is offensive (which is a disturbingly plausible proposition), or so wedded to the British nationalist cause that she will brook no criticism of its propagandists even when they show a sneering contempt for women which, in any context other than the effort to preserve the old order and the old ways, she would doubtless condemn outright.

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Darling must explain his part in £4BN secret deal | Scottish National Party

Darling must explain his part in £4BN secret deal | Scottish National Party | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
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Scottish independence plans ‘amateurish’ - general

Scottish independence plans ‘amateurish’ - general | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
AN independent Scotland would struggle to get Nato membership and the country’s security would be threatened by Alex Salmond’s “dangerous” defence plans, one of the UK’s foremost military figures has claimed.
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General Sir Richard Shirreff's petty and petulant rant provides an excellent example of somebody commenting for the purpose of political point-scoring rather than with the intention of offering a reasoned analysis. No sensible person would have expected the White Paper to set out every last minute detail of a defence policy which will, in any event, be a matter for the democratically elected government of the day.


Those of us who have actually been involved in the referendum campaign from the outset, rather than having been lately drafted in to assist with a bit of British nationalist scaremongering, are aware that there are a number of different proposals for Scotland's defence arrangements. Notably, those put forward by Dr Phillips o'Brien, Director of the Scottish Centre for War Studies at the University of Glasgow (http://goo.gl/WdszN), and "Securing The Nation: Defending an Independent Scotland"(http://goo.gl/cCl1KX), a report written for Scottish Global Forum by Dr John MacDonald and Lt-Col (Retd) Andrew Parrott.


What these papers, and others, demonstrate is that there is a rich fund of authoritative and innovative thinking on the subject of Scotland's defence arrangement which isn't intellectually hobbled by defeatism, the conviction that Scotland is inherently incapable and the priorities of the British nationalist propaganda machine.

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Almost at the limit

Thank goodness there are only 18 days of the independence campaign remaining. We're not sure we have the capacity to absorb much more idiocy like the below. Betting £800,000 to win £973,333 isn't "...
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Never knowingly unhysterical

Never knowingly unhysterical | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

If you'll forgive one of my very rare switches to the first-person view, readers, I've found the last few days in the independence referendum particularly weird. That's because my current life is c...

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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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New risk to Scotland as 100 Tories back EU exit | Scottish National Party

New risk to Scotland as 100 Tories back EU exit | Scottish National Party | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

The threat to Scotland’s place in the European Union in the event of a No vote has been highlighted again today – after it emerged that up to 100 Tory MPs are preparing to include a personal pledge in their election manifestos to vote for the UK to quit the EU.

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Whose fear is it anyway?

Fear is all around us. All they feel is fear. They fear it in their fingers and fear it in their toes. They have nothing to fear but fear itself. And boy is that a powerful emotion. Especially...
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Eilidh Whiteford MP for Banff & Buchan: Pensions Secure and More Affordable in an Independent Scotland

Eilidh Whiteford MP for Banff & Buchan: Pensions Secure and More Affordable in an Independent Scotland | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Following a report in today’s Sunday Post citing letters from private and public organisations about pensions being unaffected by a YES vote and independence, the SNP has reiterated that the people of Scotland can look forward to safer state pensions and should dismiss the NO campaign’s scaremongering.

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Dad's fury as son narrowly escapes attack by No supporter

Dad's fury as son narrowly escapes attack by No supporter | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
SCHOOLBOY Kieran Loudon was campaigning with dad Gavin alongside independence stalwart Jim Sillars in Kirkcaldy, Fife, when a chair came crashing down from the balcony.
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British nationalists are desperate to provoke violence. They have realised that they cannot win their campaign to defend the ruling elites of the British state so they resort to trying to tarnish the entire democratic process.

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Pensions are safe with independence - YouTube

With a Yes, we can protect and strengthen state pensions by making sure they rise in line with inflation, average earnings or 2.5% - whichever is highest.
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Rickets returns as poor families find healthy diets unaffordable

Rickets returns as poor families  find healthy diets unaffordable | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
The UK Faculty of Public Health will call for national food policy including sugar tax as concerns rise over vitamin deficiencies
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This is NOT my country!

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The meltdown of the No campaign – The game that changed

The meltdown of the No campaign – The game that changed | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

It's quite remarkable how fast it has happened.  Barely a week ago we were being told that the second TV debate was Alex Salmond's last chance to save Yes.

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HBOS accused of misleading the public over £4bn rescue

HBOS accused of misleading the public over £4bn rescue | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
A highly questionable deal between a major British bank, the previous Labour government and UK financial regulators resulted in the publication of misleading information that led the public to invest hundreds of millions of pounds in the failing bank.
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Flashmob in Dundee City Centre - YouTube

Flashmob does Caledonia in Dundee City Centre. YES ALL THE WAY!
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Huge open mic session to celebrate Scottish legacy

Huge open mic session to celebrate Scottish legacy | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
BILLED as the biggest ever open mic session, a celebration of Scotland’s legacy to the world will be performed live the day before the nation goes to the polls.
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I'm voting yes to create more and better graduate jobs - YouTube

Isla Winchester will graduate from university in 2015. She is voting Yes in the 2014 referendum to help create more and better graduate opportunities.
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