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Glasgow's #BigIndyDebate says Yes | Yes Scotland

Glasgow's #BigIndyDebate says Yes | Yes Scotland | Scottish Independence | Scoop.it

The more people open themselves to the arguments for independence the more likely they are to move to Yes.


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Scotland is the bedrock of Britain's defences - Telegraph

Scotland is the bedrock of Britain's defences - Telegraph | Scottish Independence | Scoop.it
The SNP's proposals for its future armed forces are risible and would undermine the UK’s safety

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, April 16, 2014 7:59 AM

Con Coughlin displays all the ignorance of Scotland's independence movement that one would expect from a British journalist as well as all the sneering contempt for Scotland that we would expect from a British nationalist fanatic. But there is something more here. Something that seems to fit with a coordinated series of defence-related pronouncements from the British establishment over the last few days. Something with very disturbing undertones.

Con Coughlin appears to be suggesting that Scotland's independence poses a threat to the security of the rest of the UK (rUK). There is a distinctly Putinesque tone to a diatribe which, in another context, would surely be interpreted as a thinly veiled threat of military intervention to thwart the democratic process.

Of course, Coughlin is just another opinionated, self-important hack who mistakes his prejudices for wisdom. He certainly doesn't speak for the UK Government. But he does provide a glimpse into the pernicious ideology of extreme British nationalism. Such people are always worth keeping an eye on.

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Keep watching the skies

Keep watching the skies | Scottish Independence | Scoop.it
Remember, readers, how last year "Better Together" tried to ridicule the fact that we'd put a satirical line about "space monsters" into one of the questions in our first Panelbase poll? Remember h...

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Return of the space monsters

From the Scotsman today: "Without the offshore tax revenues, an independent Scotland’s public finances would be in a far worse state than are the UK’s. The better the argument that these revenues w...

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Red rosettes and cardboard boxes

Red rosettes and cardboard boxes | Scottish Independence | Scoop.it
A poll conducted by a Scottish Asian radio station and reported in today's Sunday Herald offers the encouraging news that 64% of its listeners back a Yes vote in the independence referendum, exactl...

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Massive increase in 'British' themed TV shows on BBC since SNP came to power

Massive increase in 'British' themed TV shows on BBC since SNP came to power | Scottish Independence | Scoop.it

The number of programmes broadcast by the BBC which contain the word 'British' or 'Britain' in the title has increased twentyfold since the SNP came to power at Holyrood.


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Accountable to you - YouTube

Another government minister ducks questioning from STV's Bernard Ponsonby - this time it's George Osborne coming to Edinburgh to tell Scots they can't use th...

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, February 13, 2014 7:23 PM

Excellent wok by Bernard Ponsonby exposing Osborne's refusal to answer questions of the implications of abolishing the currency union.

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Joining the Euro for idiots

Joining the Euro for idiots | Scottish Independence | Scoop.it
Britain and Scotland's journalists have set a high bar for stupid today, but this might take the biscuit. Almost every half-cut hack and so-called expert who talks about the currency options open t...

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A badly rattled Alistair Darling and a calm John Swinney on Carney and currency

Alistair Darling babbled on about sterling, ran the gamut of BT stock quotes. John Swinney was calm, rational - and answered questions. He's not about to los...
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Nation Shall Speak Pish Unto Nation

Nation Shall Speak Pish Unto Nation | Scottish Independence | Scoop.it
Another bad week for BBC Scotland. The four-day wringer which the ludicrous Salmond/Putin ‘story’ was forced through was followed by the silly overplaying of the Vote No Borders Tory-supporting, mi...

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Joan McAlpine: My cut and keep guide to pensions it Scotland votes Yes to independence

Joan McAlpine: My cut and keep guide to pensions it Scotland votes Yes to independence | Scottish Independence | Scoop.it
JOAN says the Scottish Parliament have done well for our older citizens - delivering free personal care and free transport - which is why we have nothing to fear from a Yes vote.

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Attempts to freeze Scotland out of investigation | Scottish National Party

Attempts to freeze Scotland out of investigation | Scottish National Party | Scottish Independence | Scoop.it

The SNP are today asking Westminster what it has to hide on new nuclear following attempts to freeze Scotland out of a European Commission investigation into a new nuclear power plant. The move illustrates concern that the European Commission will find against them.


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Darling's link to Treasury mandarin questioned

The Treasury's most senior mandarin, Sir Nicholas Macpherson, is facing questions about his relationship with Labour MP and Better Together chairman Alistair Darling after he last week put his own concerns about a currency union into the public domain.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, February 16, 2014 8:26 AM

It is doubtless right that a senior civil servant's relationship with the leader of an organisation known for its deviousness and dishonesty should be questioned. But it would be a mistake to simply assume that there is something improper in this relationship. We should bear in mind that, before betraying those who voted for him as a British Labour MP by volunteering to be the stooge for a Tory Prime Minister, Darling was once Chancellor of the Exchequer in a British Labour government. It is inevitable that, in this role, he would have the opportunity to develop contacts among senior civil servants.

What may give far more cause for concern is the manner in which the British parties are acting as one in the campaign to deny the sovereignty of the people of Scotland. The role of "Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition" is to hold the executive to account. British Labour has now abandoned its democratic responsibilities.

With the British media also all but universally giving unquestioning support to the anti-independence campaign, the British Government is effectively operating in a democratic void.

Would Osborne have been quite so sanguine about tearing up the Edinburgh Agreement if he thought his actions might be challenged either in the chamber or in the press?

Would that anonymous spokesperson for David Cameron have been quite so blasé about admitting the British state's plans to veto a Yes vote if they were not confident that neither the other British parties nor the mainstream media would kick up any kind of fuss about this blatantly anti-democratic scheming?

Would the British state have dared to so brazenly solicit the aid of foreign governments in its anti-independence propaganda campaign if it had cause to suppose this behaviour might be scrutinised?

The challenge posed by Scotland's independence movement has brought out the very worst of the British state's deeply unpleasant inherent nature. Democracy requires that the beast within be held in check by responsible politicians and effective media. At present, we have neither. Both opposition politicians and the mainstream media are woefully derelict in their duty. And the democratic process is under severe threat as a result.

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New Dunfermline MSP accused of ditching primary school pledge

New Dunfermline MSP accused of ditching primary school pledge | Scottish Independence | Scoop.it
Opposition councillors said the budget passed by Labour would mean the closure of Pitcorthie primary school.

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A Very Odd Chancellor | National Collective

A Very Odd Chancellor | National Collective | Scottish Independence | Scoop.it

“It would be a very odd chancellor of any UK government that insisted on a course of action that cost their own businesses hundreds of millions of pounds, that blew a massive hole in their balance of payments and, because assets and liabilities go hand in hand, would potentially leave the rest of the UK shouldering the entirety of UK debt.” – Nicola Sturgeon.


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The People vs the British State

The People vs the British State | Scottish Independence | Scoop.it
The rights and wrongs of currency union is really not the issue. The core of the matter is that the elite in Westminster have lost control of the argument ... Jonathon Shafi on the British regime c...

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Separate Scotland a nuclear headache 12.09.12

MPs investigating the possibility of Scotland voting for independence have heard a warning that it could force the rest of the UK to rethink replacing its nu...
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Poll suggests Yes vote in independence referendum is on the rise

The poll, commissioned by the Scotland on Sunday newspaper, showed a 5% swing towards independence, but the no camp are still ahead.
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