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Tavish Scott: Spain sure to go fishing after a yes

Tavish Scott: Spain sure to go fishing after a yes | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
FOR any who turn their back on the traditional turkey next week fish is an alternative. It is best when fresh, lightly cooked and not smothered in a stultifying sauce.
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Were any still in doubt that Tavish Scott is a slavering buffoon following his irresponsible dalliance with the politics of partition, this doubt will have been dispelled on reading his daft notion that Scotland's independence will magically mean more fish in the sea.

With this idiocy in mind, we may then more appropriately assess the credibility of Tavish Scott's latest work on behalf of Project Fear - his scare story about Spain taking over Scotland's fishing grounds if we vote Yes.

What strikes me most about this is the way the Tumshie automatically assumes that Scotland will be powerless in negotiations with the EU and that we would be obliged to accede to whatever demands Madrid makes. This is yet another manifestation of the British nationalist's innate contempt for Scotland.

As a unionist, Tavish Scott is quite incapable of regarding Scotland's fishing grounds as a bargaining chip in the hands of the Scottish Government. Something which, along with renewables potential and much else, would strengthen the bargaining power of Scotland's negotiators.

Just as the oil is a benefit to Britain but a liability to an independent Scotland, so to Tavish, as to all British nationalists, a seat at the top table is only a valuable advantage so long as that seat is occupied by a representative of the British state. The default assumption is that Scotland simply couldn't cope. Norway does well as a small country negotiating on its own behalf. But Tavish simply cannot conceive of Scotland aspiring to do likewise.

Being as shallow-minded as British nationalists tend to be, Tavish misses another point. Member states in the EU do not stand alone. They form groups. Blocs using their combined negotiating power to pursue some common interest. Tavish Scott, blinded by his British nationalist ideology and his sneering contempt for Scotland, sees no possibility of Scotland being part of any such grouping. He envisages Scotland powerless and alone, shunned by the rest of Europe which he imagines standing in solidarity with the British state's petty desire to seek revenge for the perceived slight of a vote to restore Scotland's rightful constitutional status.

It simply doesn't occur to the clown that Scotland and Norway would have a shred interest in protecting North Sea fishing grounds.

Look closely at Tavish Scott. Ask yourself whether this is the sort of person you want to empower by voting No.

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Click here to support Fly me to Scotland by Will McLeod

Click here to support Fly me to Scotland by Will McLeod | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Hi everyone, I'm Will McLeod, an independent journalist in Washington DC. I've covered a number of stories over the years, including reporting from Zucotti Park during the Occupy movement. My monday morning Netroots Radio spot went viral in Scotland. You can download the full podcast here: http...
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Danny Alexander: iScotland would need Wonga style bond markets to pay for public services

An independent Scotland would require the "bond markets equivalent of Wonga" to pay for public services if it rejected a share of the UK national debt, Danny Alexander has claimed.
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Do these British nationalist politicians never tire of running Scotland down? Have they learned nothing from the abysmal failure of their campaign of derision, denigration and scaremongering?

And, of course, the is the usual inconsistency and contradiction. Even as Danny Alexander is flaunting his sneering contempt for Scotland, Sir Nick MacPherson, the Permanent Secretary to the Treasury, confirms that the UK Government stands by it’s earlier position that the UK Government is legally responsible for all the UK’s debts.


It is not possible for Scotland to default on a debt for which it has no legal liability.


Besides, there is no threat to "default". The Scottish Government has made it abundantly clear that its preference is for an arrangement whereby Scotland can continue to contribute to the cost of servicing UK debt. It is the UK Government which is threatening to make this impossible. Does Danny Alexander seriously imagine that the markets will turn a blind eye to the irresponsible behaviour of British nationalist politicians who threaten to abolish a functioning currency union without even carrying out an impact assessment or any kind of consultation?


The ratings agencies will no more disregard the folly of Alexander and his ilk than they would the insanity of Scotland accepting responsibility for any part of the UK's debt without obtaining some kind of negotiated quid pro quo. Nor will they be unaware of the fact that it is the UK/rUK which is refusing to negotiate such a quid pro quo.


The British state is rejecting the offer from Scotland of continued assistance with its debt even after independence ends its liability. The markets will have no reason to penalise Scotland for the rUK's intransigence and 

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Aye Nominate

Aye Nominate | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
It's dead simple. Take a short video of yourself giving your main reason for voting Yes, then nominate 5 people to do the same. Here's the link to the Twitter and Facebook pages. We'll post the bes...
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Treasury Chief confirms the debt is the UK's | Scottish National Party

Treasury Chief confirms the debt is the UK's | Scottish National Party | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

SNP MP Stewart Hosie today welcomed the confirmation from Sir Nick MacPherson the Permanent Secretary to the Treasury, that the UK Government stands by it’s earlier position that the UK Government is legally responsible for all the UK’s debts.

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A third of Labour voters already voting Yes | Yes Scotland

A third of Labour voters already voting Yes | Yes Scotland | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
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Warning of polling station clashes as tensions rise

Warning of polling station clashes as tensions rise | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

FEARS of "absolute carnage" outside polling stations on Referendum Day amid a growing atmosphere of intimidation have been raised by the No camp.

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Unionists are desperately trying to provoke violence as a means of de-legitimising the referendum. All Yes voters should have sense enough to walk away from British nationalist thugs.

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New poll: support for Yes is up eight points in a month

New poll: support for Yes is up eight points in a month | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Support for Scottish independence has risen eight points in a month, according to a new poll.
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Lallands Peat Worrier: Carebear Unionism

Lallands Peat Worrier: Carebear Unionism | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
This, give or take, was the sort of thing I was expecting Alistair Darling to say a week ago. Britain is a great country, a historic achievement - and it should be put away with a little dignity. I sat, waiting for Darling to find his lyricism, to remember a few verses of the auld sang that made the whole enterprise worthwhile. Answer came there none. Given a privileged platform before the nation, afforded an opportunity for the final word on why Scots should vote No on September the 18th, Darling fluffed it. He had no music in his soul for the Union, just a jabby array of gripes and unstrategically over-detailed indictments. Since the meltdown, however, a curious turn has taken over the No campaign: they seem to have given up on arguments. 
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Sterling tumbles as poll puts Yes campaign within 'touching distance of victory' - Telegraph

Sterling tumbles as poll puts Yes campaign within 'touching distance of victory' - Telegraph | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Analysts say sterling could fall further in the run-up to Scotland's independence vote on September 18

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Alistair Darling urges No vote based on family

Alistair Darling urges No vote based on family | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
ALISTAIR DARLING has urged undecided voters to say No to independence, arguing that staying in the UK was the “right” thing to do for their children.
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I am happy for the referendum to be treated as a test of common sense. Were it so, and were common sense as good a guide as Alistair darling appears to believe it is, then there would be a landslide vote for independence.


It makes no sense at all to vote for endless austerity rather than an end to austerity.


It makes no sense at all to vote for more spending on useless weapons of mass destruction rather than having that money spent wisely for the benefit of our whole society.


It makes no sense to vote for the privatisation of our health service rather than voting to protect NHS Scotland from the depredations of Uk Governments.


It makes no sense to vote for the false promise of phantom "powers" for out parliament when we can have all the powers of a normal nation by voting Yes.


Nothing Alistair Darling says makes any sense.

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Breakthrough poll shows that Yes has the big momentum | Yes Scotland

Breakthrough poll shows that Yes has the big momentum | Yes Scotland | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Yes Scotland has welcomed a poll which shows the highest support yet for Yes in a YouGov survey.

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Whatever the result, we are all winners in this debate ...

Remember Prescott, the bruising baron?
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Witterings of a Weegiewarbler: No Contingency Plan For a "Yes" Vote.

Witterings of a Weegiewarbler: No Contingency Plan For a "Yes" Vote. | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

We heard it again last week, it’s been voiced before by MPs, top civil servants and several Lords a Leaping. Interestingly it would seem that only those with a vested interest in the British State appear to care about this. Joe and Jemima public haven’t really had it at the forefront of their concerns, at least in so far as media reports have indicated. 

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A Lot Of Scots Are Really Very Angry At Better Together's Latest Adverts

A Lot Of Scots Are Really Very Angry At Better Together's Latest Adverts | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
This morning, the Better Together campaign launched a new advertising campaign to convince Scottish voters to vote against independence in the upcoming referendum.
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The Proclaimers and others donate almost £170,000 in less than a month to Yes Scotland

The Proclaimers and others donate almost £170,000 in less than a month to Yes Scotland | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
The main pro-independence campaign has received almost £170,000 in donations in less than a month, including a cash boost from the Proclaimers.
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Posted Missing

Just a couple of thoughts to calm my nerves…are we really that close? I was wondering about the No messaging after the disastrous PatronisingWoman – and her defenders like Margaret and Johann – and...
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Referendum 'assault' video emerges

Referendum 'assault' video emerges | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

A video has emerged which appears to show a supporter of the United Kingdom kicking out at a female protester.

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Bringing the smackdown

We thought this deserved a wider audience after the Herald's appalling front-page lead scare story today by Michael Settle and Kate Devlin, channelling Jim Murphy MP: "SCOTTISH POLICE FEDERATION 5 ...
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Unionist politicians and the British nationalist media get a serious rap on the knuckles from the Scottish Police Federation.

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It's NOT all about pounds and oil

It's NOT all about pounds and oil | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
A special report by Asianomics, written by Scottish economist Jim Walker, lays out a powerful case for independence.� The full report is available in pdf format here.� A synopsis of the argument is laid out below.� It is NOT all about pounds and oil. It is time for Scots to take responsibility for
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Tommy Sheridan interview- freedom - YouTube

The artist taxi driver
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North Sea oil production to continue well beyond 2050 says leading academic

North Sea oil production to continue well beyond 2050 says leading academic | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Oil production in the North Sea "can confidently be expected to remain viable beyond 2050" one of the industry’s most respected academics has said.

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Assessing the earthquake

If anyone was still harbouring any doubts as to the significance of last night's poll news, they would surely have been dispelled by this serious, thought-provoking and perceptive analysis on the B...
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A surprising development

A surprising development | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
The rather sour Times leader linked in the tweet doesn't actually specify the numbers, and the poll isn't officially released yet as we write this, but we'd been hearing rumours of a Y47 N53 (excl....
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FM - Yes vote to trigger boost for food & drink | Scottish National Party

FM - Yes vote to trigger boost for food & drink | Scottish National Party | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Alex Salmond will today [Tuesday] pledge to work with the food and drink industry following a Yes vote to ensure they capitalise on the unprecedented global publicity generated by independence.

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American take on the Scottish referendum with NO MEDIA BIAS. - YouTube

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