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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Yes Campaign: history shows when Scots vote No, they suffer cutbacks

YES campaigners have claimed history shows when Scots fail to vote for more powers, they face a Westminster backlash.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, August 19, 2013 2:53 AM

The contemptuous attitude to Scotland of successive UK governments will come as no surprise whatsoever to those of us not blinkered by British nationalist prejudice. It is an ingrained characteristic of the union that we are being asked to persevere with. Quite why anybody would believe that this casual disdain for Scotland and its people might change if we vote No is hard to fathom.

To vote No is to empower those who would crush Scottish aspirations. If you doubt that then, for confirmation, you need only look to the organisation which explicitly represents this scornful mindset. See how Better Together dismisses the politics of hope as "bunkum".

This too should come as no surprise. Not for nothing is the campaign to preserve the British state known as Project Fear. Fear is the very antithesis of hope. The last thing the campaign to preserve the union wants is for the people of Scotland to believe that they might build a better nation if only they choose to take into their own hands the power to effect change. Power that will only come with independence.

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Unionists attack Yes campaign for claiming indy start-up would cost only £300m

YES Scotland has come under fire for claiming the costs of establishing a go-it-alone state would be less than £300 million.


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Spot on assessment of the facts Peter (see comment below). When did facts ever get in the way of Unionist fiction? - never. The Better Together people seem to be so steeped in negativity that they just can't help themselves.

 

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, May 30, 2013 4:44 AM

Arithmetic has never been the anti-independence campaign's strong suit. And simple logic is, sadly, an early casualty of the kind of muddled thinking that characterises a campaign based on smears and scaremongering rather than any rational assessment of the facts.

The glaringly obvious fact that so sadly eludes British Labour's Ken Macintosh and his Tory allies is that the savings referred to in the Yes Scotland video need only offset NEW costs arising from Scotland resuming its status as an independent nation. Whatever the current cost of running the tax system may be, for example, we are already paying a proportionate share of that cost in full.


And even if there are one-off costs that exceed the £300 million savings identified in the Yes Scotland video, this is, by definition, one-time-only expenditure while the savings are annual. We save £300 million EVERY year. So, even if those initial start-up costs were as much as £1 billion, which I don't think anybody is seriously suggesting, the cost would be recovered in only three years. And this is before we even start to consider the undoubted benefits of bringing control of Scotland's economy back where it belongs.

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Low-information voter of the day

Low-information voter of the day | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

We should point out in advance that we’re using the word “voter” quite wrongly here. But a piece in today’s Daily Record has us beaten all ends up for wrongness.


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Independence is about the future not the past

The final part of a very good series of essays, three for independence and three against, it gave a wearily familiar view of why Scotland should stay in the UK, one we've heard quite a lot of from ...

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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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Scottish independence: it's still (almost) all about oil

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Can Scottish independence pave the way to a golden future? Perhaps! But the country will be dangerously reliant on a single source of revenue: oil.

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What country in the world with Scotland's geographical share of North Sea Oil would consider this to be a liability to be scared of?

 

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, May 21, 2013 1:13 PM

It seems that Alex Massie has become so inured to the duplicity of British nationalism that he doesn't even notice it any more. He seems blind (or should that be deaf?) to the fact that, while unionists acknowledge Scotland's economic fitness out of one side of their mouths, the other side oozes with such venomous phrases as "basket case".

And what remarkable feat of the intellectual contortionist is it that allows Mr Massie to so adroitly avoid awareness of the very real "scaremongering" that daily pervades the mainstream media? Those must truly be industrial-grade blinkers he's lugging around!

There's a strange kind of double-think going on here too as Mr Massie simultaneously complains about the independence campaign providing answers and bemoans the "fact" that they don't. What's that all about?

The rest is hardly worth bothering about. Same old stuff. The British state is divinely ordained and beyond challenge. Scotland, uniquely among the nations of the world, must pass some contrived economic test in order to claim the constitutional status that other nations own as of right. And why don't we settle for less than we might have so as not to inconvenience the Alex Massies of this world.

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Union is in its final days, John Swinney tells SNP conference

Union is in its final days, John Swinney tells SNP conference | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Finance Minister attacks Osborne budget saying Scotland needs 'spending, not cuts'.

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Jim Arnott's insight:

The BBC have lost the plot. This was shamefull - almost on a parr with Brewer's hectoring of Scotland's Deputy First Minister during the week. 

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