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Untruths, deceits, bias & dirty tricks by Unionists to undermine serious debate about independence for Scotland.
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Westminster failure to engage branded 'arrogance' | Scottish National Party

Westminster failure to engage branded 'arrogance' | Scottish National Party | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

The Westminster Government’s failure to engage with international disarmament talks in Geneva has been branded as ‘arrogance’ by an SNP MSP who addressed delegates at the talks.


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The keepers of the gate

The keepers of the gate | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

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 limits of democracy

The limits of democracy | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

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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Down the plughole

Down the plughole | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

Watchful readers will know that one of the recurring themes on this site is the impossibility of finding any real ideological differences between the three main Westminster-based parties. But to be scrupulously fair, we think we might have uncovered one now, in the light of this week’s bizarre Lib Dem policy paper on Trident.

 


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Excellent article.

 

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Beware Cyprus repeat at Faslane

Beware Cyprus repeat at Faslane | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

DOWNING Street has been quick to pour cold water on media reports that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is toying with the notion of declaring the Trident nuclear submarine base in the Firth of Clyde a "sovereign base area", in the event of Scottish voters opting for independence. Effectively, this would mean Faslane and its nuclear stockpile remaining under British sovereignty, controlled by the MoD itself.


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Faslane investment ‘shows commitment to Scotland’

Faslane investment ‘shows commitment to Scotland’ | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
PLANS for a £31.5 million investment in the Faslane naval base have been unveiled by the UK government, demonstrating its commitment to a presence beyond next year’s referendum.

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At first I couldn't believe what I was reading and then I thought this is typical of the guff the Scotsman serves up to the good people of Scotland. What a pun o' mince or is it tripe.

 

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, August 23, 2013 7:44 AM

Murrison dutifully regurgitates the discredited and comprehensively debunked unionist claptrap about Scotland and Nato. The only thing that makes his remarks even vaguely interesting is the way in which he makes a complete fool of himself by presuming to know the representatives of the Scottish Government who met with Nato officials came away "disappointed" and "ashamed". How could he possibly be aware of the way these civil servants felt? How likely is it that these professionals would succumb to such emotions?

Certainly nothing in the subsequent statements fro the Scottish Government showed the slightest hint of "disappointment" or "embarrassment". Quite the contrary. And comments from less blatantly prejudiced observers tended to conclude that the Scottish Government had every reason to be satisfied with the outcome of the talks.

Murrison is the latest in a long line of anti-independence propagandists who have shown themselves to be prepared - nay, eager - to play the bumbling buffoon in the name of preserving the British state. The entertainment value of this clownish conduct is wearing very thin.

Tony Little's comment, August 23, 2013 8:42 AM
But the burning question is "Was he paid?"
Charles Patrick O'Brien's comment, August 24, 2013 10:53 AM
I remember 1974 give or take a year when we were promised the defence posts at the St.Enoch's (now gone) Hotel,and when the SNP M.P.,s dropped down from 11 to 4 or 6,these magical "positions" vanished,we,as usual,got nothing except more sand in the face.Independence is the only way forward nothing can ever happen by staying the same.
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Reassuring news relocated

Reassuring news relocated | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

Even moderately alert readers will recall our expressing slight concern on Saturday at the recent disappearance of a page from the Scottish TUC website, in which the trade-union organisation outlined its view that the renewal of the Trident nuclear weapons system would result in a net loss of thousands of jobs in Scotland – a position which is strongly at odds with that of the Labour Party.

 


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Guest post: No more silence

Guest post: No more silence | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

It has long been clear that, if they remain in government, the Tories intend to replace Trident, and this week’s Lib Dem Trident Alternatives Review shows that they are also committed to maintaining the UK as a nuclear state in the face of public opposition. But what of the Labour Party?

 


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Why do Johann Lamontable and Arse "n" Sarwar refuse to give their opinions on the replacement of Trident with its attendant costs when they have been asked multiple times?

 

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The unnecessary umbrella

The unnecessary umbrella | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

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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No 10 rejects 'keep Faslane' idea

No 10 rejects 'keep Faslane' idea | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Downing Street says designating the Faslane nuclear submarine base as sovereign British territory in the event of a yes to independence is "not credible".

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, July 11, 2013 6:21 AM

UK government admits Faslane annexation threat was Project Fear nonsense!

Gordon Smith's curator insight, July 11, 2013 7:41 AM

Another Day, another disjointed scare story