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Untruths, deceits, bias & dirty tricks by Unionists to undermine serious debate about independence for Scotland.
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Britain to host next Nato summit

BRITAIN is to host next year's Nato summit - possibly just weeks before the independence referendum.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, September 28, 2013 7:17 AM

Unionists will doubtless see this as an another opportunity to strike one of those "crushing blows" against Scotland's independence campaign which, curiously, never seem to have any effect on Yes campaigners or any impact on support for a Yes vote. I note that already one of the more seriously delusional British nationalist fanatics who haunt this place is making the ludicrous prediction that holding the Nato conference in Scotland will have the "inevitable consequence of yet more SNP MSPs resigning from the party". Utter nonsense, of course.


Personally, I would welcome the Nato conference coming to Scotland. Just as I would welcome any debate that might be had on Scotland's post-independence relationship with the alliance. I have not the slightest doubt that such a debate would serve only to further expose the UK Government's increasingly shrill scare-mongering on the matter. Those who are opposed to Scotland's membership of Nato would have an chance to make their views known. At the same time, the anticipated conciliatory - or, at least, non-committal - tone of any Nato response to the UK Government's anti-Scottish lobbying would provide reassurance for those who take the view that conditional membership of Nato is in Scotland's best interests.


Most importantly, what would be highlighted by the event would be the fact that the decision on Scotland's relationship with Nato must be taken in Scotland by a government elected by the people of of Scotland. And the only way this can happen is if we vote Yes in next years' referendum.

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The limits of democracy

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We’ve already noted part of Willie Rennie’s appearance on Newnight Scotland this week, reinforcing the strange phenomenon by which the Unionist parties continue to suggest that an independent Scotland would be a dictatorial state more reminiscent of Zimbabwe than a modern western democracy with a proportionally-elected parliament.

 


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The wee boy is at it again. Best just to ignore his innane utterances.

 

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, August 17, 2013 11:18 AM

Willie Rennie's role as a quote dispenser for the anti-independence campaign suggests that it may be reasonable to take him to be a good barometer of British nationalist thinking. Which is cause for considerable concern.

Note the reluctance to allow that an independent Scotland would be a functioning democracy. Is it that Rennie actually doubts the democratic credentials of the Scottish Parliament? Is it that he has reservations about the democratic effectiveness of the electoral system which was, after all, designed by the British parties for their own purposes?

Is it that he questions the commitment to democratic principles of the people of Scotland?

Or could it be that, put to the test, he was torn between acknowledging Scottish democracy and maintaining Project Fear's line that independence would inevitably lead to some kind of one-party dictatorship?

And what are we to make of Rennie's barely coherent babbling about "the UK’s nuclear deterrent"? Is it really the view of the British parties that rUK should be permitted to impose its WMD on another sovereign nation against the democratically expressed wishes of the people? What kind of democracy is this?

To whatever extent it may be sensible to take Rennie seriously it seems that arrogant, aggressive imperialism continues to be a defining characteristic of the British state - even if Scotland is one of the few remaining places where this overbearing sense of unchallengeable entitlement can be exercised.

Why would anybody vote to keep Scotland in this position? Why would anybody vote to empower people who hold Scotland, its Parliament and its people in such casual contempt?

Why would anybody vote No in Scotland's independence referendum?

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The keepers of the gate

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Professor Michael E. Smith, the Chair of International Relations at the University of Aberdeen, is a man who it’s fair to say knows his onions when it comes to the politics of transatlantic defence. A native of the USA who describes himself as “increasingly intrigued about independence”, he’s written extensively on EU military and security policy, and also understands the internal machinations of NATO a touch better than plebs such as ourselves or even, dare we say it, Willie Rennie.

 


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An expert analysis on Scotland and NATO from a renowned academic. Professor Smith highlights some of the scaremongering that Better Together are deploying in the vain hope of retaining Trident in order to secure their seat in the United Nations Security Council

 

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The unnecessary umbrella

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The No campaign is fond of mocking the SNP’s insistence that an independent Scotland could be a member of NATO while still getting rid of Trident. The USA in particular, it’s frequently argued, would simply not stand for the Scots taking the strategic base at Faslane out of the North Atlantic picture while still seeking the benefits of the alliance’s military presence and protection.

 


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As always the comments section is just as illuminating as the article itself.

 

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