Unionist Shenanigans
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Untruths, deceits, bias & dirty tricks by Unionists to undermine serious debate about independence for Scotland.
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Welsh tax powers ups the pace for Scotland and greater devolution

Welsh tax powers ups the pace for Scotland and greater devolution | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
David Cameron and Nick Clegg have visited Wales to unveil plans for new tax and spending powers for the Welsh assembly, raising the stakes on devolution across the UK and next September's Scottish independence vote...

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If Westminster thinks Scots will fall for this they are very much mistaken. Even Scottish politicians are stating that if Scotland votes against independence it is more than likely that Westminster will give Scotland less "pocket money" is will cut the amount of money Scotland gets back from Westminster. Margaret Curran has even suggested the Barnet Formula will suffer. There is only one way to avoid this:

 

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, November 1, 2013 9:47 AM

Despite the pant-wetting excitement of unionist politicians, this latest piece of (merely proposed) constitutional tinkering has no bearing whatever on Scotland's independence referendum. The referendum ballot offers no option for further devolution. The British parties have no proposals for further devolution. And there is absolutely no rational reason to suppose that further devolution will be delivered if the people of Scotland vote for the status quo.

Why would the British government hand over powers that it has fiercely resisted handing over when the people of Scotland have forfeited the only leverage they have to secure more powers? It makes no sense.

The other fallacy in all of this is that any further devolution which the British state might grant could ever be a substitute for independence. The whole point of popular sovereignty is that it is for the people of Scotland to decide what powers their parliament should have and what powers might be delegated to some other assembly. Having powers grudgingly and gracelessly doled out by Westminster is not a solution to the problem. It is the problem!

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Davidson’s commitment to more powers questioned as Scottish Tory leader blocks debate

Davidson’s commitment to more powers questioned as Scottish Tory leader blocks debate | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson's recent conversion to more powers for Scotland is being questioned after it emerged the subject will not be debated at her party’s Scottish conference next week.


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Spectre of 1979 returns to haunt No campaign | Scottish National Party

Spectre of 1979 returns to haunt No campaign | Scottish National Party | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

In a key week in the referendum debate, the Westminster Government’s actions have demonstrated that the only way for Scotland to achieve the powers needed to build a strong economy and fair society is with a Yes vote in next year’s independence referendum.


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Jim Arnott's curator insight, March 31, 2013 3:35 PM

For those who are  too young to remeber 1979 (or those with selective memory) we were cheated. The unionists in so many ways are up to the same tricks they used in the 1979 Referendum. Please make sure we are not cheated again.

 

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Charles Patrick O'Brien's comment, April 1, 2013 5:06 AM
1973 defence jobs promised to Glasgow,and when the SNP were promised lots of jobs but there was 11 SNP MP,s,a general election was held and the SNP got reduced to 3,and the jobs got reduced 0,cheated time after time why is there still some daft enough to trust Westminster.
Jim Arnott's comment, April 1, 2013 11:23 AM
That's a great question, Charles. Why are there so many daft enough to trust Westminster. I don't think they are daft - just brainwashed by all the Westminster/Better Together scaremongering, lies and misinformation. But that will change. Folk can only take so much negativity till they start looking for the positive vision of a prosperous independent Scotland.
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Ex-civil service chief: indyref debate is so polarised it may leave toxic legacy

THE independence referendum debate has become so polarised and divisive it could leave a toxic legacy that damages the fabric of society, Scotland's former leading mandarin has warned.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, August 27, 2013 3:02 AM

I note, with no surprise whatever, that the anti-independence campaign views with horror the prospect of a democratic process being played out in Scotland. This is, after all, an alliance of the the British parties - Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and Labour - which tried so desperately to prevent the people of Scotland ever having a say in their constitutional future. When it comes to being anti-democratic, they've got form.

A fact which Sir John Elvidge signally fails to take into account when he somewhat naively assumes that those same anti-democratic forces would graciously respond to demands for more powers in the event of a No vote.

It's not going to happen!

There is far too much at stake for us to be looking at the British state through Sir John's rose-tinted spectacles. We know from bitter experience that the British state guards its power with vicious jealousy and that Westminster is not to be trusted. A No vote will be represented as a resounding affirmation of the union. A No vote will sound the death knell of devolution.


The British state does not voluntarily relinquish power. The entire devolution process to date has been about making the minimum concessions to democracy while retaining ultimate power at Westminster. There is no rational reason to suppose that this process will be altered by a No vote in the referendum. There is every reason to assume that it will be reinforced.

A No vote empowers and emboldens those who detest the very concept of democratic devolution. Filter out the vacuous chatter about devo-whatever coming from the British parties and you will hear already the clamour of those who would see the Scottish Parliament stripped of its powers and even abolished. It will be argued that such voices carry little weight. But all is relative. Even as the enemies of Scotland's democratic institutions are strengthened by a No vote, so the imperative to respond to the demands for further devolution is diminished by the forfeiture of our democratic leverage.

Sir John Elvidge has taken an unjustifiably generous view of the British state's commitment to devolution. The people of Scotland cannot afford to be so trusting. If we want the power to make Scotland a better place then we must bring our government home. We must vote Yes.

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Independence: Scots wary of more powers promise

Independence: Scots wary of more powers promise | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
PROMISES by the pro-Union parties that they will devolve more power to Holyrood if Scots reject independence have failed to convince voters, a new poll has revealed.

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The answer for Scots is so simple:

 

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, May 5, 2013 7:10 PM

The surprise has to be that so many actually swallow the patently false jam tomorrow promises.

elaineky2's comment, May 5, 2013 7:47 PM
They believe the false promises that we believed in back in the 70s,god how we were conned!Tories worse now than even then
Brian B Ritchie's comment, May 6, 2013 4:23 AM
It could be that most of that 33% are ones that just aren't bothered about more powers. i.e they will probably vote NO in any case.
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Westminster determined to cling on to power | Scottish National Party

Westminster determined to cling on to power | Scottish National Party | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

Revelations in today’s Sunday Herald show why when it comes to the crunch Westminster’s instincts are always to cling on to power.


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