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Untruths, deceits, bias & dirty tricks by Unionists to undermine serious debate about independence for Scotland.
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Scottish independence: UK underplayed value of oil - Top stories - Scotsman.com

Scottish independence: UK underplayed value of oil - Top stories - 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. (Unionists:
Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice......aye I'm ok wi that too!
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The same lies and scaremongering employed by the Westminster Government before the 1979 Referendum on independence for Scotland continues unabated today. Scots wont be intimidated a second time.

 

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No campaign arguments falling apart yet again | Scottish National Party

No campaign arguments falling apart yet again | Scottish National Party | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

Cracks are already showing in Labour’s own campaign against Scottish independence - over the likelihood of a Tory government at Westminster following independence- just two days after the launch. The mixed messages from Labour’s senior politicians is the latest in a series of gaffes by the No campaign.


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Moore admits UK ' speculating' on Independence | Scottish National Party

Moore admits UK ' speculating' on Independence | Scottish National Party | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

Michael Moore exposed the UK Government’s case against independence today as he admitted he was “speculating” on questions of currency and financial regulation.


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Peter A Bell's curator insight, May 16, 2013 9:29 AM

Ian Davidson evidently too daft to know better than ask a question without anticipating the answer.

David Briggs's comment, May 16, 2013 2:43 PM
The chairchoob, like most Unionists, is on the run.
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Coalition report claims independence would have 'terrifying' ramifications

Coalition report claims independence would have 'terrifying' ramifications | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

Coalition Government sources have warned of the "potentially terrifying" effects of independence on investments, life insurance policies and whether Scotland could withstand another banking crisis.


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The scaremongering continues apace. I do hope the unionists keep it up and more and more Scots are hetting sick fed up of all the negativity.

 

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, May 8, 2013 7:22 AM

Independence scare-level raised to "terrifying" as unionists descend into self-parody.

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An independent Lotto? Tories call for answers on future of National Lottery

The Scottish Government must explain how the National Lottery will operate in an independent Scotland, according to the Conservatives.


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The shenanigans just keep coming.

 

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, May 6, 2013 10:46 AM

Inane Britnat scare story of the day!

David Briggs's comment, May 6, 2013 3:01 PM
We should have our own National Lottery with all proceeds going to Scottish good causes. Obviously not to subsidise employment and sporting events in London. Problem solved. Is this one of the five hundred questions?
Alasdair Martin's comment, May 7, 2013 7:34 AM
Hmmm, something else we put more into than we get out of :-/
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Sign for Scotland: 77,000,008 questions that the ‘no’ campaign hasn’t answered

Sign for Scotland: 77,000,008 questions that the ‘no’ campaign hasn’t answered | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

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A lot more than a grain of truth in these questions for the "no" campaign to answer.

 

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Anger over pro-Union blogger's racist tweet

Anger over pro-Union blogger's racist tweet | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

A pro-Union blogger who regularly appears on BBC Scotland political programmes has caused anger after using a racist term in an online exchange.


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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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The Scottish media and its fear of the internet

The Scottish media and its fear of the internet | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

Two BBC Scotland reporters were criticised this weekend, the journalistic impartiality of Chick Young and Derek Bateman was questioned.


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Excellent article on bias in the Scottish media. 

 

Why oh why was Isobel Fraser removed from Newsnight Scotland and Politics Scotland. She is one, if not the best, of the BBC in Scotland's presenters.

 

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Rattled Tories talk up EU 'in-out' referendum to keep UKIP at bay ahead of 2015 election

Rattled Tories talk up EU 'in-out' referendum to keep UKIP at bay ahead of 2015 election | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said ministers were examining whether draft legislation in preparation for a referendum could be published as early as next year.
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Just shows how the Tories are only interested in their own fortunes.

 

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500 days to indyref: No camp pose 500 questions, Sturgeon offers better future

Voters will go to the polls to decide Scotland's future in 500 days' time.


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Peter A Bell's curator insight, May 5, 2013 11:21 AM

One has to wonder where the "No camp" has been keeping its head for the last 500 days.

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Rennie at odds with Lord Ashdown on Donorgate | Scottish National Party

Rennie at odds with Lord Ashdown on Donorgate | Scottish National Party | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

Willie Rennie has declared he agrees with Alistair Darling and the Tory funded anti-independence No campaign over Lord Ashdown’s critical comments on Ian Taylor’s £500,000 donation.


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Willie Rennie agrees with a failed former Chancellor and disagrees with his own former leader. Talk about ferrets in a sack. You couldn't make it up.

 

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UK tallies the costs of an independent Scotland

UK tallies the costs of an independent Scotland | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Britain's international reputation – and its nuclear deterrent – are two of the concerns raised by members of Parliament , should Scotland vote for independence next year.

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Surely the loss of power internationally for the rUK if Scotland becomes independent is testiment to the power Scotland will have in the world. One cannot lose power if there is no power to lose. If the rUK are so worried about their loss of power in the event of a Yes Vote then it is incumbent on the Westminster Government to have discussions with the Scottish Government as suggested in the Report. I rarely see media commentators mentioning this recommendation made in the report. All they ever report is how sensible it is for the Westminster Government not to discuss such issues with the Scottish Government.

 

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, May 2, 2013 12:37 AM

Isn't it annoying when you find some gobbet of unalloyed ignorance in a publication that purports to be authoritative and you can't put the idiots right because they don't allow comments? Here's a fine example from the formerly reputable Christian Science Monitor.

 

The article itself is just standard regurgitated unionist claptrap. The interesting bit is the picture at the top. And I don't mean the fact that it refers to some long-dead aristocrat and an acient battle, neither of which can have any real relevance to Scotland's constitutional debate. According to the caption on the picture,

 

"British Prime Minister David Cameron said Scotland should hold an independence referendum as early as next year, clashing with the Scottish National Party (SNP) which wants more time to rally support for a break from the United Kingdom."

 

A personal eye-witness account of the Battle of Bannockburn complete with smartphone video would have had a better claim to authenticity. Here in the real world, where the CSM doesn't appear to have a correspondent, we know that the SNP had the referendum slated for 2014 while David Cameron still entertained ambitions of preventing it ever happening at all.

 

I wonder if CSM takes the same kind of liberties with its reporting of US domestic politics. Thank goodness for Al Jazeera and Russian TV!

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Independent Scotland a 'basket case' if it refuses share of UK debt

Independent Scotland a 'basket case' if it refuses share of UK debt | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
An independent Scotland would be regarded as a “basket case” on the world stage if Alex Salmond made good his threat not to accept a share of the UK’s national debt, Danny Alexander has warned.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, May 16, 2013 6:33 AM

The customary Simon Johnson spin was evident just from reading the headline. Those of us not blinded by British nationalist fanaticism know full well that it is not Scotland that is making the threats here. The Scottish government has always made it clear that it was expected that Scotland would take a proportionate share of UK debt on independence. It is the UK government which has called this into question by its antagonistic, almost belligerent, attitude to various aspects of the post-independence settlement.

Danny Alexander and George Osborne need to grow up and realise that they can't have it both ways. They cannot credibly claim that Scotland will be a successor state for the purposes of debt sharing but not for purposes such as continuing membership of the EU.

If the UK government continues to conduct itself in this aggressively uncooperative manner it's not difficult to see who will be regarded as the "basket case" by the rest of the world.

David Briggs's comment, May 16, 2013 2:41 PM
I can't be bothered clicking the link ...........The Telegraph is a comic, the repetition of falsehoods becomes tiresome.
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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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Labour Commentators Are Wrong to Pull Independence Debate Ultra-Right

Labour Commentators Are Wrong to Pull Independence Debate Ultra-Right | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Scottish politics has not, thus far, swung towards the scapegoating UKIP and BNP politics of hatred. We should be asking why Murray, Smart and even McConnell and Murphy seem to wish it to do so?

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SNP/Labour heavyweights set for Donside contest

SNP/Labour heavyweights set for Donside contest | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
SNP list MSP Mark McDonald could be set to resign from the Scottish Parliament to after putting himseld forward as a candidate for the Aberdeen Donside by-election.

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Never heard of the Labour "heavyweight". Typicat Scotsman headline.The article bears little or no relation to the headline.

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Alasdair Martin's comment, May 8, 2013 3:27 PM
"Mr Young, who is secretary of the Aberdeen council Labour group, insisted that he could overturn the SNP’s majority of more than 7,000." - that made me laugh!
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The problem with positivity

The problem with positivity | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

There’s more to the campaign for independence than merely putting forward a good case for independence. People in general are afraid of change – they avoid it if possible and need not only good reasons to change, but also reasons why what they have at present isn’t working.


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Lords, Lawyers and Racist Tweets

In the run up to the Scottish independence referendum in 2014, we want an open, honest debate, free from innuendo and name calling. Is that too much to ask?

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And I would ask 500 more

It’s indescribably beautiful that the No camp’s much-trailed “500 questions” about independence actually features 507. At least they’re getting their sums wrong downwards for a change. When all those are answered they promise hundreds and hundreds more, so we thought we’d give them a head start on Volume 2.


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The answer to Peter Bell's insight question is no. The head start on Volume 2 must be very helpful to the Bettertogether camp.

 

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, May 6, 2013 5:31 PM

In the entire history of political campaigning, has there ever been a more embarrassing fiasco than #500questions?

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Better Together's short-term campaign

Better Together's short-term campaign | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Better Together are consumed by 'winning' the campaign on a week-by-week basis, writes CRAIG GALLAGHER, but a focus on negative campaigning could rot

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Bettertogether - negative, negative, negative

 

YesScotland - positive, positive, positive

 

That's the difference

 

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Scots want No camp to hand back donation from oil chief

A MAJORITY of Scots who have a view want the pro-UK Better Together campaign to return a controversial £500,000 gift from the head of the world's largest oil trading firm.


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Independence: ‘No let up’ from Better Together - Top stories - Scotsman.com

Independence: ‘No let up’ from Better Together - Top stories - Scotsman.com | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
UK Scottish Secretary Michael Moore has said there will be “no let up” from the No campaign, as there are now less than 500 days until voters decide if Scotland will become independent.
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The headline says it all: There will be "No let up" in the scaremongering, lies and deceits from Better Together

 

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SNP cannot show how Scotland would pay for own intelligence network and foreign embassies, report says

SNP cannot show how Scotland would pay for own intelligence network and foreign embassies, report says | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
SCOTLAND would have to start from scratch on the international stage, a report by a House of Commons committee has found.

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The unrelenting scaremongering goes on. 

 

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, May 1, 2013 5:54 PM

Another stunning example of the paucity of thought in the anti-independence campaign. Apparently, it didn't occur to any of them that they were going to look really stupid when asked who they imagined was paying for Scotland's embassies etc. NOW.

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No camp confusion on Scottish OBR | Scottish National Party

No camp confusion on Scottish OBR | Scottish National Party | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

The SNP is today (Wednesday) highlighting the confused state of the Libs Dems and the anti-independence No campaign in light of Finance Secretary John Swinney confirming that he is considering establishing a Scottish body equivalent to the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR).


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The Lib Dems and the Better Together camps are confused. Well there's a surprise.

 

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