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Logic's Rock: Just Who Hates The English?

Logic's Rock: Just Who Hates The English? | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Nigel Farage being unceremoniously ejected from The Canons' Gait pub on Edinburgh's Royal Mile after bizarrely disturbing the afternoon trade by bringing in a press pack and Student counter-demo, has opened up the question over whether the desire for Scottish Independence is inherently anti-English.
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The Scottish independence referendum and the debate about Scotland's constitutional future
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Scotland Yet: a film about independence (FULL MOVIE)

Help support independent Scottish film making by purchasing a DVD of the film: word-power.co.uk/books/scotland-yet-I702811629295/ Scotland Yet is a feature length…
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Tensions rise over question time for Salmond, Darling in Monday's TV debate

Tensions rise over question time for Salmond, Darling in Monday's TV debate | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Tensions have erupted over Monday night's TV debate on independence, with the Yes and No camps locked in a furious battle over how many minutes Alistair Darling and Alex Salmond will be given to cross-examine each other.
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More unfounded allegations from the anti-independence campaign. It now seems to be standard procedure for them to toss out such accusations in the run-up to TV debates. No doubt the hapless architect of Project Fear, Blair McDougall, thinks it a wizard wheeze. Personally, I find it infantile and tedious. But I long since gave up hope of Better Together conducting itself in a mature and responsible manner.

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A Postcard from New Zealand

A Postcard from New Zealand | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
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The ordinary people

The ordinary people | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
The startling lack of "grassroots" support in the No campaign has been a recurring theme on this site. Time and again, people presented as typical members of the public turn out to be dedicated pol...
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Listen to those who speak out reluctantly

SIR Ian Wood's intervention in the referendum debate came as a surprise.
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When historians write their accounts of Scotland's referendum campaign, Magnus Gardham will surely loom large in the section dealing with the role played by the mainstream media. If these histories are honest and accurate, he will not be flattered by what he reads.


This piece encapsulates the fatally blinkered prejudice of the British nationalist propagandist trying to pass themselves off as an informed and impartial commentator. For a start, there is the obsession with Alex Salmond. It has suited the anti-independence campaign to cast the referendum as being all about Alex Salmond for the simple reason that it is easier to attack even a relatively popular politician than it is to attack a worthy aspiration such as independence.


That was the knowing part of it. But for some British nationalists - particularly those of the British Labour in Scotland variety - it really is all about Alex Salmond and the SNP. Because, for them, it is all about the status of their party. They are driven, not by any constitutional or economic considerations, but by a bitter, tribal, intellect-crippling resentment at having been demoted by the electorate and by a lustful craving to turn the clock of Scottish politics back to a time when they enjoyed the hegemony that they regard as theirs by right.


Perhaps even more than an obsession with Alex Salmond, however, the British nationalist ideologue is marked by an apparent inability to question the anti-independence campaign. An inability which is even more marked among journalists whose professional responsibility it is to question absolutely everything. What we see from Magnus Gardham and his ilk is anybody who speaks out against independence being treated as if their credentials are impeccable and their impartiality beyond question, while voices favouring a Yes vote - however distinguished and well-qualified - are rubbished or ignored.


Here, for example, we find Sir Ian Wood portrayed as an eminently trustworthy and dispassionate academic. It doesn't even occur to Magnus Gardham to question the fact that Sir Ian is explicitly siding with the No camp, and contradicting his own earlier figures on oil reserves in the process.


And while Dr Anna Gregor is lauded as a "respected professional without political affiliations" there is no critical examination of her arguments and not so much as a mention of other highly respected professionals, such as Dr Phillipa Whitford, whose voice warning about the threat to Scotland's NHS is at least as authoritative as those openly opposing independence.


Throughout the referendum campaign it has only ever been the Yes case which has been scrutinised by the mainstream media. There has been no matching scrutiny of the No campaign. The default position taken by the likes of Magnus Gardham is that anything the anti-independence campaign says is factual and valid, while everything the pro-independence campaign says is questionable. All analysis of the case for independence has been based on the assumptions of the No campaigned. And there has been almost no critical analysis of those assumptions.


It is undeniable that this bias has distorted the referendum campaign. If the press has a duty to inform, then it has been abominably derelict in this duty. If it doesn't, then what the hell use is it?

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The No camp is losing out in this carnival of democracy

If you had the good fortune to be Blair McDougall, director of Better Together, what kind of referendum campaign would you really like to run?
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A Chat with Crawford Beveridge

A Chat with Crawford Beveridge | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Crawford Beveridge, Scots-American businessman and the chair of the Scottish Government’s Fiscal Commission, joins Derek Bateman to explain how the group reached its recommendation that an independent Scotland should embrace Sterling in a currency union with England.
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#YesBecause - YouTube

On the 18th of September. People in Scotland have one vote each. A choice of two journeys for this country.
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A Yes means more jobs for young people in Scotland - YouTube

Isla Winchester will soon graduate from university and is voting Yes to ensure we have the powers here in Scotland to create new and better quality jobs for ...
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BBC will be available but will we want to watch it?

BBC will be available but will we want to watch it? | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Don't bemoan the media, become the media - or so the digital democracy slogan goes.
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The McCrone Legacy

The McCrone Legacy | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

As readers of this site will be well aware, 40 years ago the UK government economist Professor Gavin McCrone analysed the effect of North Sea oil on the finances of a notional independent Scotland,...

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Scottish Yes flags hang in former Labour stronghold of Dundee

Scottish Yes flags hang in former Labour stronghold of Dundee | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
SNP looks to independent future to arrest city’s slow decline
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Target hit as one million people sign the Yes Declaration | Yes Scotland

Target hit as one million people sign the Yes Declaration | Yes Scotland | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
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Why are the No campaign saying different things north and south of the border? | Yes Scotland

Why are the No campaign saying different things north and south of the border? | Yes Scotland | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

More and more people are waking up to the threat that a No vote poses to Scotland’s NHS, following the stark warnings in the past few weeks from Labour politicians south of the border.

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Women not given hope by Yes campaign admits Smith

Women not given hope by Yes campaign admits Smith | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: Actress Elaine C Smith, one of the leading cultural voices in the Scottish independence movement, has admitted it has failed to capture the imagination of women.
Peter A Bell's insight:

I don't know what events Elaine C Smith has been attending, but her description doesn't match any event I've been at. If there was a problem in the early days of the Yes campaign getting women to fill places on the platform at meetings that problem was overcome a long time ago. With people like Natalie McGarry, Carolyn Leckie and Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh on panels it is ridiculous to suggest that women are being side-lined.


I'm also highly dubious about about this idea that there has to be a separate, special kind of politics just for women. Or that politics must adjust to accommodate women. Frankly, I find this a pernicious and demeaning notion. If the referendum campaign has demonstrated anything it is that women are perfectly capable of engaging with the politics we have. They have not needed a space set aside for them nor any particular allowances made. They have strode into the foray alongside their male counterparts and have held their own without so much as a hint of a fainting fit.


It may well be that politics in Scotland is being transformed by women. In which case, more power to them, I say. But I reject utterly any suggestion that politics must be transformed FOR women.

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My Journey to Yes

My Journey to Yes | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

THE YES campaign is on the cusp of a breakthrough according to the latest polls, with independence supporters within touching distance of winning. These polls are only part of th...

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Banffshire & Buchan Coast SNP: Independent Scotland "Would be Higher in Development Table than UK Even Without Oil"

The Scottish National Party has welcomed comments from the author of a Credit Suisse report ‘The Success of Small Countries,’ who said this morning “small countries are successful and in general better off than bigger countries.” 

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The story of a soldier boy

The story of a soldier boy | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
“Soldier boy” was an affectionate nickname given to me by my father before he passed away. It was both said with pride and his way of calling me a dunderheid. Dad was an intelligent, cerebral, well...
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How decisions on data and analysis have biased the referendum debate

How decisions on data and analysis have biased the referendum debate | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
By Jim and Margaret Cuthbert Decisions on what data to collect, and how it should be analysed, are not on the face of it the most exciting topics in the world: and yet, some of these decisions have...
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Tales from the Campaign Trail (2)

Only in Scotland - the country with aspirations to be the best place for children to grow up (only clearly not just yet) - would we exclude children from this great big chat we are having with ours...
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Witterings of a Weegiewarbler: Steven McBrien's Withering Wit Strikes Again With An Open Letter to Better Together

Witterings of a Weegiewarbler: Steven McBrien's Withering Wit Strikes Again With An Open Letter to Better Together | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Dear Alistair Darling, Jim Murphy, Anas Sarwar, Johann Lamont, Tom Harris, Blair McDougall, Danny Alexander, Ruth Davidson, Willie Rennie and other esteemed champions of the Better Together Campaign,

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Yes for More

Yes for More | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

I’ve been Daily Mailed. Apparently I’ve ‘slated’ the Yes campaign and accused it of ‘deceit’. Who knew. To explain, when I left government I promised on Newsnight Scotland to present m...

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Episode 12: The Case for Independence

Episode 12: The Case for Independence | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Two heavyweights from health and economics entered the Bateman studio complex this week to discuss the case for Yes.
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Scottish independence: Lib Dems back Yes vote

Scottish independence: Lib Dems back Yes vote | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
TWO former Liberal Democrat politicians have announced their support for a Yes vote in Scotland’s independence referendum.
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Scottish independence: Go out and win - Salmond

Scottish independence: Go out and win - Salmond | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
ALEX Salmond gathered his MSPs together last night after the final Holyrood session before the independence referendum and told them: “Go out and win.”
Peter A Bell's insight:

I realise Tom Peterkin is paid to use pejorative language when writing about the the independence campaign. He would be failing in his remit if he referred to the aspiration to restore Scotland's rightful constitutional status. He simply can't say anything so positive. So, instead, we get "bid to break up the United Kingdom".


But surely this exhibits the kind of inconsistency and confusion that we've come to expect from British nationalism's propagandists. Is it not the claim of all the British parties that the UK would remain should Scotland vote Yes? Have they not asserted that what is left after Scotland becomes independent is still the UK, and the sole continuator state? Except when it comes to debt, of course. In relation to debt and debt alone Scotland is a joint continuator state according to that "special logic" that British nationalists use.


The question for Mr Peterkin, therefore, is whether the UK can be both broken up and remain the same. I don't expect an answer.

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Scotland Can be Independent, Scotland Should

Scotland Can be Independent, Scotland Should | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
I think it is clear that the majority of people living in Scotland believe in the benefits of free education, of a publicly funded NHS and of socially progressive welfare policies. Many of such ideas originated in a post-war United Kingdom. However, ...
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