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Untruths, deceits, bias & dirty tricks by Unionists to undermine serious debate about independence for Scotland.
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Prime Minister David Cameron backs Rangers and Celtic move to Premier League

Prime Minister David Cameron backs Rangers and Celtic move to Premier League | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Old Firm are the Prime Minister's secret weapon in a bid to win the Scottish independence vote
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As someone says in the comments section this must be an early April Fool's joke. Much more true is that such an article just highlights what a sad joke David Cameron has become (err become???)

 

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Spectre of 1979 returns to haunt No campaign | Scottish National Party

Spectre of 1979 returns to haunt No campaign | Scottish National Party | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

In a key week in the referendum debate, the Westminster Government’s actions have demonstrated that the only way for Scotland to achieve the powers needed to build a strong economy and fair society is with a Yes vote in next year’s independence referendum.


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Jim Arnott's curator insight, March 31, 2013 3:35 PM

For those who are  too young to remeber 1979 (or those with selective memory) we were cheated. The unionists in so many ways are up to the same tricks they used in the 1979 Referendum. Please make sure we are not cheated again.

 

Vote Yes in the 2014 Referendum on independence for Scotland.

Charles Patrick O'Brien's comment, April 1, 2013 5:06 AM
1973 defence jobs promised to Glasgow,and when the SNP were promised lots of jobs but there was 11 SNP MP,s,a general election was held and the SNP got reduced to 3,and the jobs got reduced 0,cheated time after time why is there still some daft enough to trust Westminster.
Jim Arnott's comment, April 1, 2013 11:23 AM
That's a great question, Charles. Why are there so many daft enough to trust Westminster. I don't think they are daft - just brainwashed by all the Westminster/Better Together scaremongering, lies and misinformation. But that will change. Folk can only take so much negativity till they start looking for the positive vision of a prosperous independent Scotland.
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Leaders: Pensions row will tell a lot about SNP - Scotsman

Leaders: Pensions row will tell a lot about SNP - Scotsman | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Scotsman Leaders: Pensions row will tell a lot about SNP Scotsman The unions maintain that while the bulk of the pensions arrangements are managed by Westminster, the SNP administration has it within its devolved powers to alleviate some of, in its...
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More sloppy, lazy "journalism" from the Scitsman. No mention of the fact that if the Scottish Government were to allieviate the pension position in Scotland then the Westminster Government would claw back up to £100 million in the Scottish block grant. I am sure that even if the Scotsman doesn't acknowledge this the unions must be aware of this fact.

 

Unions in Scotland should Vote Yes on 18/09/2014

 

 

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UK Government unveils plan for 'tax security' from North Sea oil

UK Government unveils plan for 'tax security' from North Sea oil | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Ministers say the scheme will secure thousands of jobs and billions of pounds in investment. (RT @clickma: Yesterday Labour bedroom tax PR stunt and today Condems oil PR stunt.
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Vince Cable says North Sea Oil is an expanding industry - so he must be right. Alex Salmon says North Sea Oil is an expanding industry - so he must be wrong say Unionists. If it wasn't so serious it would be laughable.

 

The Unionists are busy constructing McCrone Mark 2.

 

Vote Yes and protect Scotland's North Sea Oil assets.

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Scottish Parliament

Scottish Parliament | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Labour MSP calls for emergency legislation to mitigate the "bedroom tax".
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Jackie Baillie accusing anyone of politicking has to be the joke of the millenium thus far. 

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Scottish independence: Curran ‘negative’ SNP claim - Top stories - Scotsman.com

Scottish independence: Curran ‘negative’ SNP claim - Top stories - Scotsman.com | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
The Shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran yesterday claimed that the SNP was using a “negative” argument by claiming that the best way to get rid of the Conservative Government was by voting for independence.
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Anybody in the Better Together camp accusing the SNP of being negative is totally unbelievable. If Curran ever tried to utter the positive it would stick in her craw. Grow up woman and try engaging in the bebate.

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Peter A Bell: Contradictions?

Peter A Bell: Contradictions? | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

 Observers of the ongoing debate leading up to Scotland's independence referendum will surely have observed that the arguments offered by Better Together, the Tory-led anti-independence campaign, tend to be riddled with perplexing inconsistencies and contradictions. For example, there is the fact that Alistair Darling and his Tory paymasters glibly insist that in the UK we have "the best of both worlds". Yet whenever the SNP suggest that something might be the same, or broadly similar, after independence the British parties insist, with equally bilious fervour, that this is totally unacceptable.


Via Peter A Bell
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Excellent piece Peter. Please keep them coming

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Gordon Brewer doesn’t understand … anything

Gordon Brewer doesn’t understand … anything | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Scottish News, News Scotland - Politics, Economy, Culture and intelligent opinion | Newsnet Scotland, uniquely Scottish
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Another excellent article by newsnetscotland. This time on the BBC's coverage  of the week in which the date of the 2014 Referendum was announced. The nonsensical coverage continues unabated. It is interesting that many people are asking what has happened to the very professional presenter Isabel Fraser. The point about more in-depth programmes that would inform the debate on both sides of the argument is well made - but when were BBc Scotland ever interested in listening to points well made. Bring back Isabel Fraser to Politics Scotland on a Sunday as quickly as possible - aye, and pigs can fly.

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Air traffic control

Air traffic control | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
We don't know about you, viewers, but when we tune into a two-hour TV programme called "Scottish National Party Spring Conference 2013", we sort of expect the large bulk of that show to be, well, t...
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I am sick fed up of the sight of Curtice on BBC. 

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Scotland: Labour really needs to get its act together | Kevin McKenna

Scotland: Labour really needs to get its act together | Kevin McKenna | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
RT @NicolaSturgeon: Another great piece from Kevin McKenna - http://t.co/LQTMJYTXqv
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Labour supporters must be ashamed of the Labour Party's lack of vision for Dcotland and it's lack of involvement in the political debate on Scotland's future. They will not be forgiven by true supporters of Labour's values.

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Westminster determined to cling on to power | Scottish National Party

Westminster determined to cling on to power | Scottish National Party | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

Revelations in today’s Sunday Herald show why when it comes to the crunch Westminster’s instincts are always to cling on to power.


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Fair and balanced #2

Fair and balanced #2 | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
We're only just now getting round to watching last night's special edition of Newsnight Scotland. It's off to a cracking start. Great work there, BBC Scotland graphics team.
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I watched Brewer's performance last night and was appalled by his behaviour. This morning, I watched it again with my wife who has little interest in politics. She was equally appalled and thought Brewer's constant interuption of Nicola Sturgeon was so rude. She also made the comment that if Brewer and the BBC continue in this vein it will drive more people to vote for independence. I make mention of this as I think it is interesting that my wife is typical of many female Scottish voters who are not especially interested in politics but are interested in the future of Scotland and who think the BBC's bias will drive "don't knows" to vote Yes in next years Referendum. I still think, however, that I would like to see the BBC's bias monitored independently.. 

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War Weary

War Weary | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
By Jamie Maxwell "The most cynical thing I have ever seen" The Labour Party was uncomfortable debating the looming invasion of Iraq in the Scottish Parliament ten years ago and seemed equally uncom...
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Scot Lab's shameful performance in the debate on Iraq in the Scottish Parliament. I watched it live for most of the debate and was totally disgusted Jenny Marra's contribution. Not only Scot Lab (if such a beast even exists) but New Labour are, in my opinion, unfit for office until they show some contrition for their support of Tony Blair and George Bush's warmongering.

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Ed Miliband defends vote policy on welfare sanctions

Ed Miliband defends vote policy on welfare sanctions | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Despite party rebellion Labour leader justifies ordering own MPs not to vote against emergency bill or block principle of sanctions
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Labour has lost all respect in this shamefull inaction.

 

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Scottish Banks and UK Oil

Scottish Banks and UK Oil | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Scottish News, News Scotland - Politics, Referendum, Economy, Culture and intelligent opinion | Newsnet Scotland, uniquely Scottish
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Isn't it always interesting that when unionists refer to North Sea Oil it is a UK asset and when they referred to banks they are a Scottish liability. This article exposes the bias inherent in the BBC including the BBC in Scotland (as its official title is).

 

Most oil experts acknowledge that at least 90%of North Sea Oil will, under international maritime law, accrue to Scotland. Don't be in any doubt why the UK government at Westminster are fighting tooth and nail to denie Scotland its independence.

 

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Jim Arnott's curator insight, March 31, 2013 3:22 PM

Isn't it always interesting that when unionists refer to North Sea Oil it is a UK asset and when they referred to banks they are a Scottish liability. This article exposes the bias inherent in the BBC including the BBC in Scotland (as its official title is).

 

Most oil experts acknowledge that at least 90%of North Sea Oil will, under international maritime law, accrue to Scotland. Don't be in any doubt why the UK government at Westminster are fighting tooth and nail to denie Scotland its independence.

 

Vote Yes in the 2014 Referendum on independence for Scotland.

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The oil debate for busy people

The oil debate for busy people | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
We know you don't have all day. Let's see if we can clear this up in under 600 words. "The oil will run out by 1994." (Labour MP Tony Benn, May 1979) "The oil will run out by 2000." (Labour MP Ioan...
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Thanks to wingsoverscotland and the Rev Stu for this excellent expose of "The Great Oil Robbery".What I see Westminster doing now is preparing a McCrone Report Mark 2 -i.e. deceiving the people of Scotland about the value of North Sea Oil to Scotland. 

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Ministers say North Sea oil better off within UK - UK - Scotsman.com

Ministers say North Sea oil better off within UK - UK - Scotsman.com | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
SCOTLAND’S oil and gas industry would be better positioned to withstand global shocks within the UK than it would if Scotland was an independent country.
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What were unionists saying not more than 10 days ago? Oh yes - North Sea Oil is depleting fast. Now they say it will last for another 40 years and is a great asset to the UK, but not for Scotland. Now they even say the North Sea Oil will only prosper if it remains the UK's oil. Do the unionists think we came up the Clyde in a banana boat - apparently aye. Don't even think of voting no next year. The only way to utilise North Sea Oil for the benefit od Scotland is to vote Yes in next year's Referendum on independence for Scotland.

 

I'll say it again: vote YES in 2014

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Davidson announces panel to look at more devolution powers | Herald Scotland

Davidson announces panel to look at more devolution powers | Herald Scotland | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
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I knew the Unionist case would crunble - just didn't realise how quickly it would crumble. I wonder how Murdo Fraser will swallow this?

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Labour MSP grabs BBC headlines again with yet another NHS attack

Labour MSP grabs BBC headlines again with yet another NHS attack | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Scottish News, News Scotland - Politics, Economy, Culture and intelligent opinion | Newsnet Scotland, uniquely Scottish
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Baillie and the BBC are up to their usual shenanigans. Has Baillie ever apologised for her stupidity over hospital acquired infection rates when in fact the rates that she criticised were in 2006 when she and her Labour party were in power. The questioned was asked in the article if the BBC has ever challenged Baillie over her crass stupidity - I don't think so. And still the shenanigans and the collusion keep coming..

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Confused Unionist Of The Morning

Confused Unionist Of The Morning | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Mere minutes later, due to alert reader Greg Moodie: In fairness, we must applaud the apology and the deletion of the original tweet. Remarkably few BT campaigners have the dignity to acknowledge w...
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At least the lad was good enough to apologise for his crass error. I'm surprised Ruth Davidson didn't qualify for "Confused Unionist of the Morning" - after her professed desire for more tax raising powers for Scotland. Wasn't she totally opposed to Devo Max. The reasons for voting Yes in the 2014 Referendum on independence just keep coming thick and fast.

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Sitting comfortably? Okay. Prepare to get angry. Really, terribly, nail-spittingly angry

Sitting comfortably? Okay. Prepare to get angry. Really, terribly, nail-spittingly angry | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
IF the decision to renew Trident had not been taking, tuition fees could have been scrapped for 30 years, 150,000 more teachers and nurses could be employed - and so the list goes on.
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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'.

Via Peter A Bell
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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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Tories and SNP clash over wind power

Tories and SNP clash over wind power | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
The Scottish government says a poll shows cross-party public support for wind farms as the Conservatives cite evidence of widespread opposition.

Via Peter A Bell
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More Tory scaremongering and distortion. Interesting that the article says: "However, Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse highlighted the poll suggesting that 77% of SNP supporters, 76% of Liberal Democrat supporters, 68% of Labour supporters and 55% of Conservative supporters "support the continuing development of wind power as part of a mix of renewable and conventional forms of electricity generation".So even when Tory supporters back wind power, the Tories dismiss this as irrelant.

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Alex Salmond gambling with the future of our children

Alex Salmond gambling with the future of our children | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
FORMER Chancellor ALISTAIR DARLING believes having our own Parliament in Edinburgh but also being part of the United Kingdom is the best outcome for Scotland.
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This is an excerpt from Alistair Darling on Wiki.

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"Alistair Darling was born in London[2] the son of a civil engineer, Thomas, and his wife, Anna. He is the great-nephew of SirWilliam Darling, a Conservative MP for Edinburgh South (1945–1957). He was educated in Kirkcaldy, and the private Loretto School,[3] Musselburgh, East Lothian, then attended theUniversity of Aberdeen where he was awarded a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B). He became the President of Aberdeen UniversityStudents' Representative Council.

Before joining the Labour Party at the age of 23 in 1977, Darling was a supporter of the International Marxist Group, the British section of the Trotskyist Fourth International.[4] He became asolicitor in 1978, then changed course for the Scots bar and was admitted as an advocate in 1984. He was elected as a councillor to the Lothian Regional Council in 1982 where he supported large rates rises in defiance of Margaret Thatcher's rate-capping laws and even threatened not to set a rate at all.[4] He served on the council until he was elected to Parliament. He was also a board member for the Lothian and Borders Police and became a governor of Napier College in 1985 for two years."

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Someone who knows Darling well said that the posh boy from Loretto before he went to his first Labour Party meeting in East Lothian dressed more like a hippy than a posh boy to conceal his true background - he even went to the extent of shredding his denims to be seen as more acceptable to "the brothers".- and we're supposed to take this guy seriously.

 

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Top 10 Unionist Myths - DEBUNKED - BANNED then RE-DEBUNKED

Top 10 Unionist Myths - DEBUNKED - BANNED then RE-DEBUNKED | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
This is a simple video that lays out some basic arguments about the political debate. It's been banned by the No campaign and taken off You Tube. Are these really the same people that have been ble...
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Every Scot should listen to this before it's taken down by unionists.

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