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Untruths, deceits, bias & dirty tricks by Unionists to undermine serious debate about independence for Scotland.
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Cameron's claims on bedroom tax challenged | Scottish National Party

Cameron's claims on bedroom tax challenged | Scottish National Party | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

David Cameron’s claims that the Bedroom Tax will not impact on some of the most vulnerable people in Scotland has been challenged by the SNP and MND Scotland.


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Alistair Darling Accentuates The Positive | National Collective

Alistair Darling Accentuates The Positive | National Collective | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

Alistair Darling Accentuates The Positive


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Can Scotland trust its own media?

Can Scotland trust its own media? | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

In the immediate aftermath of 9/11 the American media went into overdrive in seeking a bogeyman for the dreadful event.


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Simple answer - the media in Scotland cannot be trusted.

 

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UK Government announces plans to privatise the Royal Mail

UK Government announces plans to privatise the Royal Mail | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

Today the UK Government has announced plans to privatise the Royal Mail, in a move that has been widely condemned in Scotland.


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Westminster threatens annexation of Clyde nuclear bases

Westminster threatens annexation of Clyde nuclear bases | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

Despite recent promises that the anti-independence campaign would present a positive message, the UK Government is now threatening that if Scotland votes for independence Westminster could annexe the Faslane and Coulport bases on the Clyde.

 


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Peter A Bell's curator insight, July 11, 2013 4:38 AM

We note that Menzies Campbell is not much concerned with the arrogant belligerence of this latest threat from the British state Or the blatant affront to democracy. Or the insult to the people and parliament of Scotland. No! Campbell's sole concern is that the SNP might gain some electoral advantage.


British nationalists taking shallowness to the molecular level.

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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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Take a look at what you could have won

Take a look at what you could have won | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

We’ve been substantially updating yesterday’s feature on the financial strength of an independent Scotland, based on the calculations by the pro-Union economist Prof. Brian Ashcroft. Thanks to the readers who pointed out some of the finer detail.

 


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Alistair Darling calls on Better Together to advance positive case for the Union

Alistair Darling calls on Better Together to advance positive case for the Union | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
The head of the Better Together campaign has called on those wanting to keep Scotland within the Union to base their case on a positive platform that extols the virtues of membership.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, July 12, 2013 10:36 AM

Alistair Darling manages to focus on the banal and the inconsequential without neglecting the trivial and the mundane.

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Massive oil leak discovered

Massive oil leak discovered | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

We have a bit more respect for Professor Brian Ashcroft than most of the No camp’s scaremongers (indeed, we’ve even run an article of his on Wings Over Scotland), so we looked with interest at the latest entry on his blog yesterday, a piece with the fairly self-explanatory title of  “Has Scotland already spent its oil fund?”

 


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As always, the comments are very revealing.

 

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Energy report blows hole in anti-independence scares say SNP

A report highlighting possible power shortages across the UK has blown a major hole in scaremongering claims that an independent would be unable to sell its massive surplus of electricity the SNP has said.

 


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Scottish independence: 'Less EU money for farmers' - Scotsman

Scottish independence: 'Less EU money for farmers' - Scotsman | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
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SCOTLAND'S farmers would be receive lower EU payments under independence, the UK's Minister for Europe David Lidington warned the SNP government today.
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Do you really expect a Minister of the UK Unionist Government to say that an Independent Scotland would not suffer. The scaremongering continues unabated.

 

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Subtlety gauge miscalibrated again

Subtlety gauge miscalibrated again | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
A recurring source of amusement for the independence camp is the weekly reader poll in Scotland On Sunday. Time and again the surveys fall victim to deeply-implausible sudden surges in backing for ...
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Farcical beyond belief.

 

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McDonald pledges first act would be on schools | Scottish National Party

McDonald pledges first act would be on schools | Scottish National Party | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
As the Aberdeen Donside by-election enters its final day of campaigning before polls open, the SNP's Mark McDonald has promised action on school closures will be his first priority if elected.
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Interpreter required

Interpreter required | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

Prolonged exposure to the unfamiliar phenomenon of sunshine appears to be getting to some on the Unionist side in Scotland today. Firstly, Johann Lamont’s spin doctor Paul Sinclair is having some sort of nervous collapse over on Twitter, seamlessly blending every piece of absurd smearing about Alex Salmond from the last couple of weeks into a single thread of tramp-in-a-bus-station lunacy.

 


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Willie Rennie leads a party that does not actually exist - London Scot

Willie Rennie leads a party that does not actually exist - London Scot | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

Trying to have a sensible debate is one thing; having to rebut political pygmies like Willie Rennie is something else…it’s fun! We can’t take Willie Rennie seriously, and we hope he doesn’t take himself too seriously either, certainly not as a political force. Willie Rennie’s most recent intervention has all the hallmarks of Mr Rennie: mistaken on the facts; ill-advised on the style, and aimed at promoting fear worry.


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Interesting

 

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David Briggs's comment, July 15, 2013 2:25 PM
I suspect there's a decent enough wee man in there trying to get out, but he's stuck in fast forward and the ground at the bottom of the cliff is rushing towards him. I have sympathy ........but not much.
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Coalition claims it has won battle for No vote in referendum

Coalition claims it has won battle for No vote in referendum | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

DAVID CAMERON'S Government believes it has already won the battle over Scottish independence 14 months before the referendum.


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Let the self-delusion continue.

 

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, July 15, 2013 4:52 AM

There's an interesting and, perhaps, informative contradiction in this re-hashed press release from the anti-independence campaign. On the one hand the possibility of a Yes vote is dismissed with that arrogant contempt for the people of Scotland which is so characteristic of the British establishment.

On the other hand we have a tacit acknowledgement that there may well be a "narrowing of the polls" between now and the referendum. This anticipated shift in opinion is then pre-emptively discounted, with similar arrogant disdain for Scotland's voters, as evidence of nothing more than a "protest vote".

In all of this there is the pompous braggadocio that is ever symptomatic of profound insecurity. The British nationalists are seeing their campaign to preserve the British state slipping away from them. And they are afraid for the power and privilege it confers.

James McLaren's comment, July 18, 2013 4:15 AM
Never interrupt the enemy when they are making a mistake--Napoleon.
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David Cameron urges English to help fight against Scottish independence

David Cameron urges English to help fight against Scottish independence | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
David Cameron and Alistair Darling are to place British identity at the centre of the Unionist case against independence by attempting to convince the English and Scots they are part of the same family.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, July 11, 2013 3:40 AM

We've seen all the evidence we need of how the British state "values" Scotland with the latest belligerent threat to annexe Scottish territory in the event of a Yes vote. The hypocrisy of David Cameron and his British Labour allies is almost as sickening as their vaunting arrogance.

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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!

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Another Day, another disjointed scare story

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George Osborne: I'm staggered by SNP's lack of detail in indyref campaign

George Osborne: I'm staggered by SNP's lack of detail in indyref campaign | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

The Chancellor George Osborne has been taken aback by how poorly the SNP's independence campaign has gone, according to Downing Street sources.


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I'm really quite afraid that the unionistas will discontinue "Project Fear". Whilst it may have some initial impact (although I suspect impact is too strong a word in this case) from my personal conversations with people they are not only getting fed up with the negativity but are certainly starting to quewtion the basis for the senseless storiews. So long may "Project Fear" continue.

 

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, July 12, 2013 6:15 AM

It is remarkably easy to imagine George Osborne bewildered by events in Scotland. Bewildered and totally uncomprehending. Like many (most?) British nationalists, including those supposedly leading the campaign to deny Scotland's rightful constitutional status, Osborne is completely detached from the Scottish political scene. When he, or Darling, or Brown or Blair McDougall talk about the referendum campaign they have no reference point in reality. What they describe is not what actually is, but what they want others to think. And, more importantly, what they themselves desperately need to believe.


The reality is that the case for independence is being made daily by the SNP, by Yes Scotland and by groups such as Business for Scotland. Osborne and his ilk try very hard to pretend that Yes Scotland doesn't exist. And I doubt very much if he is even aware of Business for Scotland, despite the fact that it has grown rapidly to become one of the country's largest representative organisations for business.


The British nationalists may be doing a very good job of fooling themselves about the effectiveness of their "Project Fear". And we can only wish them well in this effort at self-deception. But the people of Scotland are not so easily duped. They see the all too obvious contrast between Osborne's deluded notions of a powerful anti-independence campaign and the reality of increasingly inane scare stories being slapped down with facts and reasoned argument.

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The hidden cost of the Union - HS2

The hidden cost of the Union - HS2 | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

How do you feel about the people of Scotland having to stump up £4,771 million pounds for a transport project that not only comes nowhere near Scotland, but offers absolutely no economic benefit to our economy at all?  An even better question might be: if you had £4,771 million pounds to spend on Scotland what would you spend it on?

 


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Charles Patrick O'Brien's comment, July 13, 2013 5:21 AM
I cant believe that anybody with half a brain would think it right,it looks like Westminster is getting England all geared up to dump us when we are no longer subsidising them.
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Do you agree?

Do you agree? | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

Alistair Darling’s gremlin-plagued “positive case for the Union” speech in Glasgow yesterday, even leaving aside the weakness of its tired, reheated arguments (the same old “We cannae dae it” doom and gloom resprayed with an atom-thin coat of All-New Positivitrex!) might be the most boring thing we’ve ever read.

 


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Falkirk by-election: Unite accused of rule breaches - Scotsman

Falkirk by-election: Unite accused of rule breaches - Scotsman | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Scotsman Falkirk by-election: Unite accused of rule breaches Scotsman Former chancellor Alistair Darling told The Scotsman last night that the union was facing “serious allegations” and that Labour had to select its candidate in an “open and...
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Scottish independence: Business greater clarity call - Edinburgh Evening News

Scottish independence: Business greater clarity call - Edinburgh Evening News | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Edinburgh Evening News Scottish independence: Business greater clarity call Edinburgh Evening News She said: “Independence will mean that all key economic levers, including business taxes, will be the responsibility of the Scottish Parliament,...
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As usual, very one-sided piece by the Scotsman. Busunesses in Scotland want answers from BOTH sides and certainly want more clarity from the Westminster Government and Better Together.

 

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Perspectives: Knowing little and caring less

Perspectives: Knowing little and caring less | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
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More and more misinformation from the Westminster/Unionist camp

 

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Nigel Farage forced to cancel Aberdeen lunch due to protest fears, Ukip claims

Nigel Farage forced to cancel Aberdeen lunch due to protest fears, Ukip claims | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Party's claim that itinerary was changed due to fears that demonstrations would turn ugly are denied by hotel and police
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