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Darling tells voters: don't buy Salmond's 'indy-lite ad gimmick'

Darling tells voters: don't buy Salmond's 'indy-lite ad gimmick' | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Campaigners fighting to keep Scotland in the UK "cannot afford to be complacent for one moment", former chancellor Alistair Darling will warn.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, August 31, 2013 8:13 AM

It seems that Alistair Darling has decided to join his Tory ally, Ruth Davidson, in cranking up the anti-independence rhetoric from inane scare-mongering to thinly veiled threats of punitive measures against Scotland by the government of rUK. What else can his ill-considered utterances mean? There is no inevitable reason why two independent countries cannot enjoy the benefits of close relationships. There is no necessary reason whatever why two neighbouring sovereign nations should not trade freely with one another without either of them relinquishing their sovereignty. Especially where there are pre-existing links that have been developed over centuries.

Unless, of course, one of nations decides to erect barriers. And that is what Project Fear is now hinting at in the crude and clumsy way that we have come to expect.

What else could create problems for trade between Scotland and rUK other than deliberate malicious and unquestionably illegal action by the rump British state petulantly seeking retribution for Scotland's temerity in asserting its independence? Certainly not anything that the Scottish Government is doing or is likely to do. By Darling's own admission the Scottish Government is seeking to create a post-independence situation that keeps the bits of the relationship which work well for both nations while ending or amending the bits that don't work well for either one.

The irony is that while British nationalist bandy terms such "separatist" it is only they who show any sign of thinking in terms of the kind of absolute severing that they seek to imply. It is only they who insist that the restoration of Scotland's rightful constitutional status can only be achieved at the cost of completely ending all ties between the two countries.

Scotland's civic nationalist movement seeks only a more appropriate form of association based on a recognition of the rights of both nations to freely negotiate the terms of their relationship. It is only British nationalists who are saying that there can be no relationship unless it is one defined entirely by the British state for its own purposes and imposed on Scotland without our democratically expressed consent.

And it is only British nationalists who are threatening sanctions against Scotland should we refuse to accept the supremacy of the British state and the sovereignty of the British parliament and choose instead to assert the sovereignty of Scotland's people.

I will not be intimidated. Not least because I know these to be meaningless threats. Shutting down trading and other ties would be as damaging to the economy of rUK as it would be to Scotland. Unless he is a complete moron, Darling knows this. So his threats are dishonest as well as empty.


And Darling's dishonesty does not end there. There's all this drivel about "indy-lite" as well. Unless Darling actually believes that having economic and cultural ties with another nation cannot be achieved without forfeiting independence then he is talking utter garbage. And he is dishonestly representing the arguments of the SNP and the Yes campaign. Those of us who advocate independence are in no doubt about what it means. It means bringing our government home. It does not mean slamming and bolting the door behind us when we do so.

In his abysmal shallowness Darling cannot even begin to envision a newly forged relationship between Scotland and rUK based on the partnership of equals that the union signally failed to deliver. He can see only a relationship based on the existing structures of power and privilege, or no relationship at all. What a sad and petty little man he is!

I know that this sad and petty little man does not speak for Scotland. The question is whether in making these threats he is speaking for the British parties. Are we to take it that it is now their policy to introduce economic sanctions if Scotland should vote Yes? I think we are entitled to know. And if there is no such intention, then maybe Darling and his Tory allies should stop talking as if there were.

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Public cash for Darling US visit an 'abuse' of diplomatic resources

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Nicola Sturgeon questions likelihood of additional powers after No vote | Yes Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon questions likelihood of additional powers after No vote | Yes Scotland | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Nicola Sturgeon questions likelihood of additional powers after No vote http://t.co/xPXzUlCwIf #IndyRef #YES #VoteYES #bettertogether
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Ed Miliband's 2014 New Year Message to Scotland - YouTube

As we approach the year of the Scottish referendum, I think we’re #BetterTogether – this is why: http://t.co/j4pmJRX7EW
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Twitter / Hyvast: Oh no not another black hole ...

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Oh no not another black hole discovered, but there is no filling this one
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Exclusive - Trust finds BBC Scotland guilty of breaking guidelines over EU indy story

Exclusive - Trust finds BBC Scotland guilty of breaking guidelines over EU indy story | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Scottish News, News Scotland - Politics, Referendum, Economy, Culture and intelligent opinion | Newsnet Scotland, uniquely Scottish (BBC Scotland FOUND GUILTY of manipulating the facts to suit their anti Independence agenda
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There should be a full and proper review of BBC Scotland's news blackout on the clarification given by the then Irish European Minister Lucinda Creighton to the misinterpretation of her views by the BBC's Raymond Buchanan. Lucinda Creighton complained her words had been "misconstrued", "spun" and "manipulated". BBC Scotland have given no cover whatsoever 


Newsnet Scotland can also reveal that, despite not challenging a claim by the complainant that the BBC employed a news blackout of Ms Creighton's emails to Nicola Sturgeon and Newsnet Scotland, the Trust refused to uphold a claim that the BBC broke guidelines on impartiality.


I am sure BBC Scotland's impartiality on independence for Scotland will come back to haunt them.

 

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Pick A Card

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You’ve probably guessed by now that I’m no economist. When I listen to the conflicting stream of drivel so many of them spout, I’m proud of that. However, I am a thinking voter and like to judge for myself in as far as I can with out a BSc. I’ve also learned to think of Paul Daniels whenever the British Treasury tries to tell me something. It’s amazing how they make things appear and disappear at will while wearing a fixed smile.

 


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'Uncertainty' warning over currency - Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

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Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra 'Uncertainty' warning over currency Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra A Yes vote in next year's referendum would leave Scotland and the residual UK - England, Wales and Northern Ireland - with identical public debt...
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Is this one of the rating agency which didn't see the crash of 2008 coming?

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Cable admits London ' draining the UK's lifeblood | Scottish National Party

Cable admits London ' draining the UK's lifeblood | Scottish National Party | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Vince Cable admits London draining UK's lifeblood - as Ed Balls promises even more cuts http://t.co/sgW4tvvkL3
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Scottish independence: Barnett formula change not planned, says Cameron - BBC News

Scottish independence: Barnett formula change not planned, says Cameron - BBC News | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
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Scottish independence: Barnett formula change not planned, says Cameron
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Voters in Scotland will go to the polls on 18 September 2014, and will be asked the "yes/no" question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?
Jim Arnott's insight:

Aye right..Just like a Labour MP brought in the 40% rule in the 1979 Referendum and then when a majority of Scottish voters voted Yes for devolution the conservative government of Margaret Thatcher did nothing about giving the people of Scotland the devolved administration they voted for.

 

Dont believe a word the unionists say about what they will, or will not, do in the event of a No vote. To be taken in a second time would be utter folly.

 

Vote Yes in the 2014 Referendum on independence for Scotland.

 

 

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Tavish Scott: Spain sure to go fishing after a yes

Tavish Scott: Spain sure to go fishing after a yes | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
FOR any who turn their back on the traditional turkey next week fish is an alternative. It is best when fresh, lightly cooked and not smothered in a stultifying sauce.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, December 19, 2013 12:32 PM

Were any still in doubt that Tavish Scott is a slavering buffoon following his irresponsible dalliance with the politics of partition, this doubt will have been dispelled on reading his daft notion that Scotland's independence will magically mean more fish in the sea.

With this idiocy in mind, we may then more appropriately assess the credibility of Tavish Scott's latest work on behalf of Project Fear - his scare story about Spain taking over Scotland's fishing grounds if we vote Yes.

What strikes me most about this is the way the Tumshie automatically assumes that Scotland will be powerless in negotiations with the EU and that we would be obliged to accede to whatever demands Madrid makes. This is yet another manifestation of the British nationalist's innate contempt for Scotland.

As a unionist, Tavish Scott is quite incapable of regarding Scotland's fishing grounds as a bargaining chip in the hands of the Scottish Government. Something which, along with renewables potential and much else, would strengthen the bargaining power of Scotland's negotiators.

Just as the oil is a benefit to Britain but a liability to an independent Scotland, so to Tavish, as to all British nationalists, a seat at the top table is only a valuable advantage so long as that seat is occupied by a representative of the British state. The default assumption is that Scotland simply couldn't cope. Norway does well as a small country negotiating on its own behalf. But Tavish simply cannot conceive of Scotland aspiring to do likewise.

Being as shallow-minded as British nationalists tend to be, Tavish misses another point. Member states in the EU do not stand alone. They form groups. Blocs using their combined negotiating power to pursue some common interest. Tavish Scott, blinded by his British nationalist ideology and his sneering contempt for Scotland, sees no possibility of Scotland being part of any such grouping. He envisages Scotland powerless and alone, shunned by the rest of Europe which he imagines standing in solidarity with the British state's petty desire to seek revenge for the perceived slight of a vote to restore Scotland's rightful constitutional status.

It simply doesn't occur to the clown that Scotland and Norway would have a shred interest in protecting North Sea fishing grounds.

Look closely at Tavish Scott. Ask yourself whether this is the sort of person you want to empower by voting No.

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Airport commission rejects handing APD to Scotland | Holyrood Magazine

Airport commission rejects handing APD to Scotland | Holyrood Magazine | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Devolving Air Passenger Duty to Scotland would create “perverse incentives” and distort cross-border competition between airports like Edinburgh and
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What is important to Scotland is totally dismissed. Och aye, we are definitely better together - lol  The only way for Scotland to get the policies that are best for Scotland is to Vote Yes in the Referendum on independence for Scotland on 18th September 2014.

 

 

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Alistair Carmichael: 'If we leave it to politicians, it will become a pretty ... - Herald Scotland

Alistair Carmichael: 'If we leave it to politicians, it will become a pretty ... - Herald Scotland | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Alistair Carmichael: 'If we leave it to politicians, it will become a pretty ...
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Was he saying Scottish businesses were being intimidated by the SNP Government? "Intimidation is a ...
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Carmichael is totally out of his depth. Thank you David Cameron for endorsing Carmichael as Secretary of State for Scotland - a gift to the Yes camapign big time.

 

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The ladykillers

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Today’s special referendum supplement in the Herald gives another run-out to the well-worn “women don’t like Alex Salmond” line much beloved of the Scottish press. It’s rare that a month goes by without some mention somewhere of the fairer sex’s supposed dislike for the First Minister’s somewhat gallus nature, and today’s example is very much of its type.

 


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Labour's Red Mist

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So it seems Labour's tantalising dalliance with Red Socialism didn't last very long. At the beginning of the week the docile commentariat was agog at the prospect of Labour's new foun...


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Twitter / StewartMcDonald: Y'know what. We're ...

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Y'know what. We're #bettertogether with this lot #indyref http://t.co/7A4pDxLquX
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The Scotsman cartoon: Defence cuts

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The UK government has come under pressure to reverse its defence cuts after the country’s most senior officer warned that there was a danger the UK could be left with “hollowed out armed forces.” (#BetterTogether Confessions;
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Scottish Lib Dems: SNP resort to scare tactics over future of Barnett Formula

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SNP resort to scare tactics over future of Barnett Formula

“The nationalists are now resorting to scare tactics... http://t.co/DNhDW4eSAf
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This must be the joke of the year - a Better Together assertion that the SNP are resorting to scare tactics. You just couldn't make it up.

 

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Referendum deadline 'will be missed'

Referendum deadline 'will be missed' | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
The Scottish and UK governments will miss Friday's election watchdog deadline to agree what will happen after the independence referendum.
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In my humble opinion, the reason the deadline set by the electoral commision was the reluctance of Westminster to take the advice of the commission seriously. The unionists are struggling to agree on what to offer Scotland in the event of a No vote.

 

Scots have an easy answer, Vote Yes in the 2014 Referendum on independence for Scotland.

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All the small print

All the small print | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

Ask anyone who knows about such things and they’ll tell you that not only is the headline the most important aspect of an article, but often it’s the only part of it that people read at all. It’s a fact worth bearing in mind when you scan the media coverage of the main Scottish politics story of today.

 


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Barnet may only be "safe" until 2015, Even if it remains, and that's a bit if in my opinion, Westminster will find ways of slashing the Scottish budget by about £4bn (yes billion), All three Westminster parties are commited to austerity and £4bn seems to be a figure that is being bandied about by all three parties.

 

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Vaughn Rico Felder's curator insight, January 7, 1:24 PM

I think it is important to know that every detail within an article is important. If you only read the title, all you know is the topic. But if you dive into the concepts of the topic you can figure out what it is all about and give an opinion on it.

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Can an Independent Scotland stand on its own two feet?: Can an Independent Scotland stand on its own two feet?

Can an Independent Scotland stand on its own two feet?: Can an Independent Scotland stand on its own two feet? | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
From inside the Treasury - Can Scotland stand in it's own two feet? http://t.co/5SFHg40WSn
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This is a fascinating blog post from a Treasury insider. I came about this quite by chance and believe it should be widely shared. It exposes just how Westminster has conned Scotland for many years.

 

I believe John Jappy has other relevant blog posts that should be shared and I will try to find them and have them scooped on Unionist Shenanigans

 

 

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Imbalanced UK is fundamentally unstable and wasteful | Yes Scotland

Imbalanced UK is fundamentally unstable and wasteful | Yes Scotland | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Vince Cable: "London draining life out of rest of the country". A Yes vote can revitalise Scotland's economy http://t.co/BTady5IPVp #indyref
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Councils could be banned from using 'bedroom tax' phrase in move to veto contentious language

Councils could be banned from using 'bedroom tax' phrase in move to veto contentious language | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Councils could be banned from using the phrase “bedroom tax” under moves to give Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary, the power to veto contentious language in local authority newsletters, leaflets and online publicity, critics claimed on...

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You just couldn't make up this nonsense.

 

Vote Yes in the 2014 Referendum on independence for Scotland to escape from such nonsense.

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Collecting the clues

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Rhodri Morgan, Labour former First Minister of Wales, 12 December 2013: "No reform to the Barnett Formula until after the Scottish referendum." Alistair Carmichael, Lib Dem Secretary of State for P...
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Scots should not be fooled. The Barnet Formula will be scrapped and Scotland will suffer a £4bn cut to its budget if we vote No.

 

Vote Yes in the 2014 Referendum on independence for Scotland and ensure Scotland gets policies that reflect Scotland's needs.

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Spanish Minister demolishes No campaign veto scare | Scottish National Party

Spanish Minister demolishes No campaign veto scare | Scottish National Party | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

The confirmation by Spain’s Foreign Minister that the attitude of the Westminster Government would be the "determining" factor in how his country regarded an independent Scotland’s membership of the EU has been described as “demolishing another No campaign scare story”.


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Carmichael under fire on whisky duty - Herald Scotland

Carmichael under fire on whisky duty - Herald Scotland | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Scotland on Sunday Carmichael under fire on whisky duty Herald Scotland Angus Robertson, the Scottish National Party's Westminster leader, said Mr Carmichael previously campaigned against "discriminatory" duty on whisky but was now supporting it in...
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