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Untruths, deceits, bias & dirty tricks by Unionists to undermine serious debate about independence for Scotland.
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Fair warning

Fair warning | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

The Herald today reports officially (or at least semi-officially, quoting “a senior Treasury source”) what we’ve been telling you for months:


“Scotland’s annual block grant is set to be cut by hundreds of millions of pounds in a knock-on effect from George Osborne’s attempt to find £11.5 billion of extra savings across Whitehall budgets.”

 


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North Sea oil 'could have made an independent Scotland as rich as Switzerland' - World - NZ Herald News

North Sea oil 'could have made an independent Scotland as rich as Switzerland' - World - NZ Herald News | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
It was a document that could have changed the course of Scottish history.
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Although this article is from 2005, it should be reaqd and re-read by all Scots. Westminster lied and deceived Scotland in the 1970's over the benefit of North Sea Oil and they are employing the same tactics in the run-up to the 2014 Referendum. Without oil Scotland would be a viable nation and with oil it would be an economic powerhouse. Don't let anyone tell you differently.

 

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Donside - Lamont should apologise to Aberdeen | Scottish National Party

Donside - Lamont should apologise to Aberdeen | Scottish National Party | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
RT @theSNP: Lamont urged to apologise for Labour attacks on Aberdeen funding http://t.co/eWacWnTf42 #donside
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Being There | Referendum 2014

Being There | Referendum 2014 | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Seems Margaret Curran is early for the Don’t Know Week – this level of feigning ignorance is unacceptably stupid. By Citizen Smart.
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Margaret Curran doesn't have to feign ignorance - she does a great job without having to to feign it..

 

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SNP challenge Unionists on Healey claims as oil...

SNP challenge Unionists on Healey claims as oil... | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
The row over whether Scots have been misled by successive UK Governments over the true worth of North Sea Oil has refused to go away with the nationalists today challenging Tory claims that Westminster forecasts were honest.
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Tavish Scott: SNP needs to send positive message

Tavish Scott: SNP needs to send positive message | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
This week, the independence debate featured claim and counter claim. So, too, in the previous week.

Via Peter A Bell
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Poor old Tavish gets more ludicrous by the day. No doubt he claims that Bitter Together are totally focued on presenting a positive vision for Scotland - and "pigs can fly".

 

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David Briggs's comment, May 23, 2013 5:35 AM
How about a positive one from you Tavish. You're good at sneering from the sidelines I'll give you that.
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Scotland warned independence could cost billions in renewable subsidies

Scotland warned independence could cost billions in renewable subsidies | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Ed Davey tells conference that more than one-third of the UK's subsidies for wind, wave and tidal energy is spent in Scotland

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It's Davey's turn to tell is how wee, how poor and how stupid we are. Well Mr Davey, just wait and see how stupid we are when we return a massive Yes vote next year.

 

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Peter A Bell's comment, May 23, 2013 8:36 AM
And if they are not investing in renewables then they will have no choice but to access supplies from Scotland in order to meet their carbon emission reduction commitments. The alternative being nuclear, which nobody wants to invest in and which requires even bigger subsidies in any case.
HighlandM's comment, May 23, 2013 1:09 PM
I'm assuming any contracted subsidy for renewable power will be listed as a liability and therefore be part of the negotiated settlement. I don't see how it would cost an Independent Scotland anymore than it does proportionately.
HighlandM's comment, May 23, 2013 1:29 PM
Apologies, I should of added ' .... subsidy from UK Government'
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Half-full vs half-empty

Half-full vs half-empty | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
"World's biggest wave energy farm off Lewis gets go-ahead" (Herald): "Edinburgh wave energy developer Aquamarine Power says the project along the coast at Lag na Greine, near Fivepenny Borve, descr...

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Interesting comments.

 

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, May 23, 2013 7:10 AM

It seems Scotland doesn't have resources. Only impediments to independence.

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

Scottish independence: it's still (almost) all about oil | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
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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Brian Wilson: SNP plans border on the ridiculous - Scotsman

Brian Wilson: SNP plans border on the ridiculous - Scotsman | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
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Brian Wilson: SNP plans border on the ridiculous
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Brian Wilson: SNP plans border on the ridiculous. Scotland welcomes you but for how long will it be easy just to step over the border?
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I never did rate Brian Wilson. It is Brian Wilson that is being rediculous

 

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BBC Scotland refuses to disclose political guest info as concerns grow over balance

BBC Scotland refuses to disclose political guest info as concerns grow over balance | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

Concerns over a possible political agenda at BBC Scotland have increased after the broadcaster refused to disclose the names of guests who have appeared on politics programmes.

 


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Something really has to be done to demonstate to Scots in innate bias in BBC coverage of the independence debate. I particularly liked the suggestion in the comments section regarding setting up a wiki style site so that many folks could monitor and document the biased coverage of the debate on independence.

 

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Another Tory bedroom tax myth shattered | Scottish National Party

Another Tory bedroom tax myth shattered | Scottish National Party | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

The SNP has today said that “another Tory bedroom tax myth has been shattered” after new figures revealed that the soaring housing benefit bill the Tories talked about does not exist in Scotland.


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Scottish independence: ‘RBS and HBOS may leave’ - Top stories - Scotsman.com

Scottish independence: ‘RBS and HBOS may leave’ - Top stories - Scotsman.com | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Scotland’s banking giants would face “considerable market pressures” to leave their Edinburgh headquarters after independence and base themselves elsewhere in the UK, a former Bank of England deputy governor has warned.
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More scaremomgering.

 

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Darling hypocrisy as he attacks Osborne on economy | Scottish National Party

Darling hypocrisy as he attacks Osborne on economy | Scottish National Party | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

Leader of the No campaign Alistair Darling has been left facing accusations of hypocrisy after he attacked George Osborne over the state of the UK economy.


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Is Darling Scottish?

 

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Jim Arnott's comment, May 29, 2013 12:37 PM
Why did I not know that David. Silly old me. Lol
Charles Patrick O'Brien's comment, May 30, 2013 8:20 AM
Darling a hypocrite? I think he surpasses hypocrisy and takes it to a new level.Never noticed him give an answer to a question at any time.
Jim Arnott's comment, May 30, 2013 12:01 PM
Darling never needs to answer a question because the biased BBc never follows up demanding that he answers any questions they might deign to ask him.
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Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown leads Labour’s intervention in Scottish independence referendum - World Socialist Web Site

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown leads Labour’s intervention in Scottish independence referendum - World Socialist Web Site | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s intervention into the Scottish independence referendum is driven by Labour’s concern over its implications for Britain’s ruling elite.
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Gordon Brown - he was a spectacular failure as Chancellor of the Exchequer and aqlso as Prime Minister. Why should anyone listen to anything he has to say. Scots will only get the kind of scociety they desire if the are the ones calling the shotts. This can only be achieved by Scots voting for Scotland to be an independent nation. 

 

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What's behind Scottish Labour's latest cancer concern?

What's behind Scottish Labour's latest cancer concern? | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

The last two sessions of First Minister’s Questions has witnessed Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont focus on cancer treatment, specifically the availability of drugs in Scotland.


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Labours duplicity is getting worse by the week. Their hatret of the Scottish Government knows no bounds.

 

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, May 27, 2013 8:21 AM

Beware the duplicity of British Labour in Scotland!

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Labours duplicity is getting worse by the week. Their hatret of the Scottish Government knows no bounds.

 

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The McCrone Report - A Thirty Year Secret

The McCrone Report - A Thirty Year Secret | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
The McCrone Report - A Thirty Year Secret (RT @Sneekyboy: A MUST READ - The McCrone Report - A Thirty Year Secret http://t.co/RWy3HkN5qx The truth about Scotlands Oil and Westminster)...
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Crossing the borders

Crossing the borders | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

Readers will be aware that while we still link to articles in the Scotsman, we rarely encourage anyone to read pieces by Brian Wilson or Michael Kelly. Both generally issue furious, barely-coherent rants blinded by an all-consuming absolute tribal hatred of anything in any way connected to the SNP and/or independence, and amount to little more than professional trolling.


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Labour MSP Ken Macintosh left red faced as Amazon attack backfires

Labour MSP Ken Macintosh left red faced as Amazon attack backfires | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Labour MSP Ken Macintosh left red faced as Amazon attack backfires
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Please read the comments section at the bottom of this report - very revealing.

 

The comments of BBC bias are once again a very serious distortion of the democratic debate on independence for Scotland. When will it stop?

 

Only when we vote Yes in the 2014 Referendum on independence for Scotland.:

 

 

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A good day to bury bad news

A good day to bury bad news | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

This story was on the front page of the Scotsman website when we were checking the papers at 7am. It’s now not only vanished from the front page, but from every index we can find. We tried finding it with the site’s Search function using the words in the headline, but none of them bring it up.


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The main threat to Scots is not independence - it is a financial meltdown in the debt rodden UK. Better Together never mention the threat of financial chaos in the rUK - they onlt always warn of the dangers associated with independence for Scotland. Well, for one, I don't buy their scaremongering or their lies. I do however buy their threats of what they will do to Scotland after the 2014 Referendum no matter what the result.

 

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Joan McAlpine on using oil lies to rig the independence debate

Joan McAlpine on using oil lies to rig the independence debate | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
 Joan McAlpine: Stop using oil lies to rig independence debate
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JOAN McAlpine debates whether the treasury lied about the Scottish oil wealth and believes nothing it says can be considered impartial.
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THEY say age brings wisdom but we should also add honesty.

There’s nothing to lose once you’re past 90, so you might as well tell it like it is. That’s why the interview with former UK Labour chancellor Denis Healey is so important.

The man whose bushy eyebrows once entertained millions courtesy of the impressionist Mike Yarwood is now aged 96 and still very sharp.

He says the Treasury covered up the extent of Scotland’s oil wealth because they were terrified the truth would give us the confidence to become an independent country.

This says a lot about the present, as well as the past.

The British state will go to any lengths to preserve itself and the privileges of the people who run it.

That includes Westminster MPs and Treasury mandarins.

If the Treasury told lies for decades about the oil, are they likely to change their habits now, with a referendum on independence next year?

The Treasury is a branch of the No campaign run by the Tory-led Government at Westminster – with Labour’s Alistair Darling as a frontman.

Nothing it says can be considered impartial. This week it published yet another “report” claiming this time that savings will be jeopardised if we take control of our own affairs.

A first draft seen by the Scottish Government was based on scaremongering about an independent Scotland losing its triple-A credit rating and paying more for mortgages.

Then the UK lost its triple-A credit rating because of London’s economic mismanagement – so the paper was quickly rewritten to focus on savings.

In fact, world bank reforms mean that deposits will be protected across national boundaries.

And Scotland is less dependent on financial services than the rest of the UK – they contribute 8.3 per cent to our national wealth compared with 9.6 per cent in the UK.

We are perfectly capable of guaranteeing savings. The Treasury paper is pure fiction – just like their lies that under-value massive oil reserves.

In the 1970s, a government economist called Gavin McCrone wrote a report saying an independent Scotland would be as rich as Switzerland – but it was kept secret for 30 years.

Now Healey, who was chancellor during the “It’s Scotland’s Oil” campaign of the 1970s, says: “I think we did underplay the value of the oil because of the threat of nationalism.”

He says it was Margaret Thatcher who reaped the benefits and used oil wealth to fund her destructive policies that threw millions out of work. Healey doesn’t think much has changed: “I think they [Westminister politicians] are concerned about Scotland taking the oil, I think they are worried stiff about it.

“We would suffer enormously if the income from Scottish oil stopped but if the Scots wanted it (independence) they should have it and we would just need to adjust. I would think Scotland would survive perfectly well, economically.”

Lord Healey adds that accusations Scotland is subsidised by the rest of the UK are wrong and that we pay our fair share. He thinks keeping the pound as the currency of an independent Scotland would benefit England too.

Healey is of Irish descent and considers independence a “natural desire”. He might have also added that it was the “natural desire” of the privileged British establishment to stop the Scots. And there is nothing they will not do, no lies they will not tell, to achieve their ambition.

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The bombshell revelations that the BBC steadfastly refused to broadcast.

 

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Scottish referendum: BBC Scotland to invest £5m in extra programming

Scottish referendum: BBC Scotland to invest £5m in extra programming | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Money will be spent on documentaries and live coverage of the results on TV, radio and online. By Jason Deans

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More money will simply mean even more BBC bias in it's coverage of the debate on independence for Scotland. I understand, and remain to be convinced otherwise, that BBC Scotland does not exist legally. I believe the correct legal entity is the BBC in Scotland - quite a subtle difference.

 

Why the BBC will not comply with a FOI request to name the guests they have had on their political programmes is intolerable. This refusal just makes people think they have something to hide. I was apoplectic earlier this week when a Scottish businesswoman supporting the Union was given about 5 times the exposure that the representative of Business for Scotland was given.

 

The day before this, the BBC in Scotland barely mentioned the bombshell revelations that the former Chancellor of the Exchequer Denis Healey made in an interview with the Holyrood Magazine - effectively saying the Westminster Government lied about the extent and value of North Sea Oil in order to defeat the rise of Scottish nationalism and so secure the oil revenues for an already impoverished Union. I believe from what I have read the extent of the BBC coverage of this and other major relvelations by Healey  was a mere 15 seconds. If the BBC would like to give chapter and verse of their coverage of this I would be pleased to study it - I am not holding my breath.

 

Surely something can be done to hold the BBC to account for its apparent bias against the case for independence for Scotland. All we want is balanced coverage of the debate.

 

 

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Jim Arnott's curator insight, May 23, 2013 3:26 PM

Copied from my insight on the same article in Unionist Sheneigans.

 

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More money will simply mean even more BBC bias in it's coverage of the debate on independence for Scotland. I understand, and remain to be convinced otherwise, that BBC Scotland does not exist legally. I believe the correct legal entity is the BBC in Scotland - quite a subtle difference.

 

Why the BBC will not comply with a FOI request to name the guests they have had on their political programmes is intolerable. This refusal just makes people think they have something to hide. I was apoplectic earlier this week when a Scottish businesswoman supporting the Union was given about 5 times the exposure that the representative of Business for Scotland was given.

 

The day before this, the BBC in Scotland barely mentioned the bombshell revelations that the former Chancellor of the Exchequer Denis Healey made in an interview with the Holyrood Magazine - effectively saying the Westminster Government lied about the extent and value of North Sea Oil in order to defeat the rise of Scottish nationalism and so secure the oil revenues for an already impoverished Union. I believe from what I have read the extent of the BBC coverage of this and other major relvelations by Healey  was a mere 15 seconds. If the BBC would like to give chapter and verse of their coverage of this I would be pleased to study it - I am not holding my breath.

 

Surely something can be done to hold the BBC to account for its apparent bias against the case for independence for Scotland. All we want is balanced coverage of the debate.

 

 

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Labour at odds with themselves over Amazon | Scottish National Party

Labour at odds with themselves over Amazon | Scottish National Party | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

Labour has been left facing accusations of hypocrisy at First Minister’s Questions as they condemn a company that has received grant funding from them previously and has been welcomed in other parts of the UK.


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More Unionist hypocracy.

 

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Scottish independence could hit country's insurers: Report - Business Insurance

Scottish independence could hit country's insurers: Report - Business Insurance | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Money Marketing Scottish independence could hit country's insurers: Report Business Insurance Sajid Javid, the economic secretary to the Treasury, warned that the independence would mean an end to the single, integrated market for financial...
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The scaremongering and deceits just go on and on and on...

 

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Scottish independence: UK underplayed value of oil - Politics - Scotsman.com

Scottish independence: UK underplayed value of oil - Politics - Scotsman.com | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
FORMER chancellor Lord Healey has admitted the UK government underplayed the value of Scottish oil in the 1970s to combat support for independence.
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BBC bias against independence for Scotland continues unabated.

 

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