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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: Northern Isles 'Throw Spanner in The Works ...

Any siphoning off of oil revenues would impact on the SNP's plans for independence, which are based on Scotland taking up to £57 billion in tax revenue from the North Sea by 2018. Shetland and Orkney are looking at using their share of the ...
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What a facile argument made in this article. The author has obviously no understanding of Maritime Law in relation to enclaves and Continental Shelves. Orkney and Shetland would only be entitled to 12 nautical miles of the sea bed around the isles. Does the author not know that there is no oil in this are of the sea bed.

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Tories accused of sneaking through laws making it easier to sack workers - UnionNews | Welfare News Service (UK)

Tories accused of sneaking through laws making it easier to sack workers - UnionNews | Welfare News Service (UK) | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Unite warns government will today reduce period for collective redundancies from 90 to 45 days (Tories accused of sneaking through laws making it easier to sack workers - UnionNews | Welfare News.
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Lib Dems: Shetland and Orkney should loosen ties with Scotland and UK

Lib Dems: Shetland and Orkney should loosen ties with Scotland and UK | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

[Tavish Scott's] Orkney colleague Liam McArthur backed the autonomy plan, conceding it felt good simply to annoy SNP leader Mr Salmond.

"Annoying Alex Salmond is enough to commend any motion," he said.

 


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This must be the bottom of the barrel. But then I ask myself: "how often have I said that". I don't see any sign of positivity from the Bitter Together folks - just more of the same old negative, negative negative. 

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, March 16, 2013 8:00 PM

LibDems now have their own version of British Labour's deplorable Bain Principle.

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Referendum vote should not be based on ‘bedroom tax’, says Darling

Issues like the ‘bedroom tax’ should not be the basis for people to decide whether to vote for independence, the head of the Better Together campaign said

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I'm at a loss for words to describe the ineptitude of Darling's assertions. Also, how come Better Together was allowed a stall at the Scot Lib Dem conference and Yes Scotland was denied one. Liberal - I don't think so. Democratic - I don't think so.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, March 17, 2013 6:09 AM

British Labour's message to Scotland: "You must accept Tory government for the sake of preserving the British state."

 

Scotland's reply will be heard next year.

Jim Arnott's comment, March 18, 2013 11:03 AM
Democratic - I don't think so. Maybe I am wrong in this and that Scot Liberal Democrat members voted to exclude Yes Scotland. In this case it would in fact be democratic - but then it would certainly not be liberal.
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Independence is about the future not the past

The final part of a very good series of essays, three for independence and three against, it gave a wearily familiar view of why Scotland should stay in the UK, one we've heard quite a lot of from ...

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Nick Clegg tells Scotland: Tories cannot be trusted - Telegraph

Nick Clegg tells Scotland: Tories cannot be trusted - Telegraph | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Nick Clegg will today deliver a stinging attack on his Coalition partners by arguing that Scots cannot trust the Conservatives. (Tell us something we don't know, you Muppet!
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This is more than slightly farcical. The Lib Dems don't trust the Tories but are in bed with them to try to keep Scotland in the Union. You couldn't make it up if you tried. There is only one sensible way to vote in next years Referendum on independence for Scotland - and that is YES

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Hammond savaged after claiming Scotland 'too small' to defend itself

Hammond savaged after claiming Scotland 'too small' to defend itself | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

UK defence Secretary Philip Hammond has been criticised after claiming that an independent Scotland will be too small to attract high quality recruits.


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Nemo me impune lacessit: defending an independent Scotland

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Of course an independent Scotland would be able to defend itself. It is silly to pretend otherwise.

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Jim Arnott's curator insight, March 15, 2013 4:01 AM

The motto of the Black Watch: Nemo me impune lacessit.

 

From my latin schoolboy days the Scottish translation is: "Wha' dare meddle wi me"

 

The Unionists could do well to understand this Scottish translation.

 

Yes Scotland should, like the Black Watch, adopt this as their motto.

Charles Patrick O'Brien's comment, March 15, 2013 7:00 AM
Hammond is talking nonsense or he is just a plain liar.First at present the British Navy,have had ships built in Korea,and yes I know they are for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary,which is that part of the fleet being staffed by Merchant Seamen,and these ships carry supplies for the rest of the fleet including warheads. So the part about not building in Scotland has precedent as the RN have also use Irish Free State yards for building ships.Nothing stops them from ordering ships from Scotland,except petty minded childishness and of course a great scare story for fools.
The next part about him criticising a Scottish Defence Force,and asking how we will build our Army,Navy and air-force,its none of his business for if we do manage to become independent then we would be telling our strategy to a foreign power and that is really stupid,Oh how the Westminster party has managed to con a lot of people into demanding how we would survive an attack from outside our borders.Who is going to attack us? for the past thousand years its only been England that has attacked us,is he hinting at something?
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'Independence could be disastrous for farmers' according to Labour | Highlands & Islands | STV News

Scottish independence could be disastrous for farmers, Labour has warned. (RT @TheRealMcGowan: STV: Indy could be disastrous for farmers - according to Labour.
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Labour rural affairs spokeswoman Claire Baker says Scotland's prospective terms of membership of the EU remain unclear. Notwithstanding this, she and her fellow unionist cohorts go on to pontificate with great clarity just how badly Scotland will be affected. How can something be unclear and in the same article be so clear about the downside. As always the unionists accentuate the negative. What's new?

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Wings Over Scotland | Let’s twist again and again

Wings Over Scotland | Let’s twist again and again | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

Veteran readers of this site will know how hard it is to nail Scottish Labour down on a policy for just about anything. So when we suggested earlier today that the party DID have a (sort of) firm policy on something – namely calling on the Scottish Government to bring forward legislation to stop people being evicted over bedroom-tax arrears – we probably shouldn’t have been surprised to be contacted within minutes by a Scottish Labour press officer angrily insisting that it didn’t.


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I'm confused. ScotLab are confused. Why am I not surprised.

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Cameron retort to Salmond: what's Scottish military plan under independence? | Herald Scotland

Cameron retort to Salmond: what's Scottish military plan under independence? | Herald Scotland | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
RT @magnusllewellin: David Cameron demands Alex Salmond and the #SNP spell out plans for the military under independence #indyref http://t.co/4NavV0OViV
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Cameron just doeswn't get it. An independent Scotland would have a defence capability that suits Scotland's needs. This Scottish Defence Force has been indicated as costing more than the current UK defence spending in Scotland (£1.9bn)  and less than the current Scottish contribution  to UK defence (£3.1). The estimate for a Scottish Defence Force has been indicated to be circa £2.5bn - similar to countries with a population the size of Scotland's.. 

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BBC Scotland 'hard core' on war footing as the battle for minds heats up

BBC Scotland 'hard core' on war footing as the battle for minds heats up | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

BBC Scotland refused to change when Scotland embraced devolution, they are even further behind as the nation moves forward again and gears up for the 2014 referendum.

What we are witnessing now is a self-policing broadcasting machine that has morphed into a colonial broadcaster unable to check itself.  Unionism is eating away at its soul and a lack of accountability is allowing a minority to indulge their prejudices.


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Let's have a little correction here. As I understand it, BBC Scotland does not exist. The legal title is, I believe, the BBC in Scotland. A subtle difference which allows them to claim that they cannot be challenged about any claim of bias. They simply say that they cannot be challenged because they are simply reporting news. I would like to know when misinformation became news. I only hope that the Scottish Government is building up a dossier of BBC bias that can be used against the BBC later in the campaign. My only worry is that the damage will have been done and it is always difficult, if not impossible, to undo the damage which sticks in people's subconscious. The same is also true of misleading headlines which bear no relation to the substance of the subject being reported

 

I did wonder what had happened to Isobel Fraser - one of the most competent journalists in BBC in Scotland.

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Thousands of Scottish servicemen denied vote in independence referendum

Thousands of Scottish servicemen denied vote in independence referendum | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Thousands of Scottish servicemen will be barred from taking part in the referendum on breaking up Britain next year despite special provision being made to allow 16 and 17-year-olds to vote.

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Totally misleading. Those who qualify are as entitled to vote in Scotland's independence referendum as they would a local government election. The provisions are exactly the same.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, March 13, 2013 7:08 AM

This entire article is just plain dishonest. There is absolutely nothing in the Scottish Independence Referendum (Franchise) Bill that excludes Serving members of the armed forces. Those who qualify are as entitled to vote in Scotland's independence referendum as they would a local government election. The provisions are exactly the same.

Rather than being deceived by British nationalist lies, people would be well-advised to check the proposed legislation for themselves (http://bit.ly/16rm4qw). Crown Servants and service personnel would be well-advised to get their information from from the Electoral Commission (http://bit.ly/16rm5KV) rather than some deceitful hack with a clear political agenda.

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SNP have 'secret' plan in case they lose referendum, Lib Dems claim - Telegraph.co.uk

SNP have 'secret' plan in case they lose referendum, Lib Dems claim - Telegraph.co.uk | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
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SNP have 'secret' plan in case they lose referendum, Lib Dems claim
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Willie Rennie said he knew that the SNP is drawing up proposals for extending devolution by transferring some, but not all, powers from Westminster.
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Willie Rennie is just a wee boy playing at politics. Does he think that if the SNP have a secret plan they would share it with him. Facile in the extreme. Grow up Willie.

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A Scottish Liberal: Are we a party that supports Northern Isles separatism?

A Scottish Liberal: Are we a party that supports Northern Isles separatism? | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

Supposedly we are, after yesterday's vote at the Scottish Liberal Democrats' conference.

It's a conference I haven't been able to attend personally, due to work commitments. Unusually, the agenda was more daring, if not ambitious, than has generally been the case in recent years - with significant debates on secret courts (at which the government position was roundly defeated, again) and mental health issues (in which, even as an absentee member, I feel proud that our party had the courage to discuss this matter so openly and even prouder that we appear to understand many of the issues faced by people with mental ill-health). Unfortunately, what excites the membership doesn't necessarily excite the media and - rather than hailing our progressive attitudes on tackling Scotland's mental health problems - today's headlines are focused on what Scotland on Sunday calls a "Northern Isles devolution bid".


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A thoughtful contribution from a young man who shows lots more sense than emenates from Tavish what's his name.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, March 17, 2013 1:49 PM

The man Scotland's Liberal Democrats should be listening to instead of Tavish Scott.

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Wings Over Scotland | Medicine without frontiers

Wings Over Scotland | Medicine without frontiers | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

Recent claims made by Jackie Baillie (Labour’s shadow health spokeswoman and Better Together campaign director) suggested that Scots would be unable to gain access post-independence to medical treatment in England, because a Yes vote would lead to cross-border reciprocal health treatment becoming bogged down by red tape, complexity and costs, leading to treatment being delayed or withheld.


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Jackie Baillie is indeed the Joker in the Scottish Labour Party - that is if indeed there is a Scottish Labour Party. Let's have more and more of these shehanigans - they are great for a Yes Vote in 2014.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, March 16, 2013 8:12 PM

Jackie baillie lying again?

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ScotlandDecides.pdf

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Thanks to wingsoverscotland and Peter A Bell for downloading this series of articles as a pdf file. I will scoop this to both SayYes2Scotland and to Unionist Shenanigans. The lack of vision from the unionists makes a very strong case for a Yes vote in 2014.

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Jim Arnott's curator insight, March 18, 2013 10:31 AM

Thanks to wingsoverscotland and Peter A Bell for downloading this series of articles as a pdf file. I will scoop this to both SayYes2Scotland and to Unionist Shenanigans. The lack of vision from the unionists makes a very strong case for a Yes vote in 2014.

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Nemo me impune lacessit: defending an independent Scotland

Nemo me impune lacessit: defending an independent Scotland | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Of course an independent Scotland would be able to defend itself. It is silly to pretend otherwise.

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Jim Arnott's curator insight, March 15, 2013 4:01 AM

The motto of the Black Watch: Nemo me impune lacessit.

 

From my latin schoolboy days the Scottish translation is: "Wha' dare meddle wi me"

 

The Unionists could do well to understand this Scottish translation.

 

Yes Scotland should, like the Black Watch, adopt this as their motto.

Charles Patrick O'Brien's comment, March 15, 2013 7:00 AM
Hammond is talking nonsense or he is just a plain liar.First at present the British Navy,have had ships built in Korea,and yes I know they are for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary,which is that part of the fleet being staffed by Merchant Seamen,and these ships carry supplies for the rest of the fleet including warheads. So the part about not building in Scotland has precedent as the RN have also use Irish Free State yards for building ships.Nothing stops them from ordering ships from Scotland,except petty minded childishness and of course a great scare story for fools.
The next part about him criticising a Scottish Defence Force,and asking how we will build our Army,Navy and air-force,its none of his business for if we do manage to become independent then we would be telling our strategy to a foreign power and that is really stupid,Oh how the Westminster party has managed to con a lot of people into demanding how we would survive an attack from outside our borders.Who is going to attack us? for the past thousand years its only been England that has attacked us,is he hinting at something?
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Douglas Alexander's meaningless plan for Scotland

Douglas Alexander's meaningless plan for Scotland | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

As a supporter of Scottish independence and critic of the Better Together campaign, I was genuinely intrigued by the headline which accompanied Douglas Alexander’s piece: 'What should happen in 2014 if Scotland votes No?' (12 March).


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SNP respond to Hammond's Trident sabre rattling | Scottish National Party

SNP respond to Hammond's Trident sabre rattling | Scottish National Party | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

The SNP have responded to comments attributed to Defence Secretary Philip Hammond in which he attempted to whip up a Russian threat as a flimsy justification for maintaining the UK’s weapons of mass destruction, describing the comments as “a combination of Dr Strangelove and Kenny Everett”.


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SNP hits out as Treasury fails to reveal UK assets - Politics - Scotsman.com

THE UK government has said that it will not publish a new National Asset Register of everything it owns, leading to claims that the document has been cancelled to prevent the SNP government from using it as a basis for forming a negotiating...
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Just how low can the UK Government sink. This concealment is disgraceful. But it won't be the last, of that I am sure. 

 

Scot's - it's quite simple really - all you have to do is vote Yes in the 2014 Referendum. If there is any dispute then it will be settled by international law not the Westminster Government.

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Wings Over Scotland | The difference between talking and walking

Wings Over Scotland | The difference between talking and walking | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

For the seasoned political analyst (and also for idiots like us), it can be hard to offer a rational explanation for why any thinking human being would ever believe a word the Labour Party says about anything any more.


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You just couldn't make it up.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, March 13, 2013 9:29 AM

I would make the further point that the original proposal was more to do with gesture politics and seeking to embarrass the SNP administration that with practical help for council tenants in Dundee. The reason I say this is that it is extremely doubtful that Dundee Council could forego the option of eviction without running into some serious legal hazard.

Councils are under a legal obligation to pursue debts owed to them by all legal means. Failure to do so would almost certainly lead to charges of malfeasance. It could readily be argued that by refusing to use the option of eviction or the threat of eviction the Council would be derelict in its duty to manage the city’s finances responsibly.

The whole business of campaigning against evictions is fraught with problems and is, in any case, a distraction from the real fight, which is to abolish this abhorrent measure altogether and not to find ways of making it more palatable.

Whichever way you look at it, Dundee City Council’s Labour Group, and the British Labour Party in Scotland, are playing petty political games with this issue in a way that is utterly shameful.

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Wings Over Scotland | Desperation takes hold

Wings Over Scotland | Desperation takes hold | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

Vince Cable in today’s Herald:

    “Millions of Scots will lose out on an RBS share bonanza worth up to £800 if they choose independence, Business Secretary Vince Cable has warned.

    The Treasury is considering giving every taxpayer in the UK shares in RBS as part of a give-away ahead of the next general election. Coalition sources calculate the windfall could be worth £400 to £800 per person.

    Coalition Cabinet minister Mr Cable said his Liberal Democrat party backed the payout to ensure taxpayers benefit from 2008′s billion-pound bailout of the Edinburgh institution, although he cautioned the Coalition not to “rush” the process.

    Asked if Scots would get a chance to benefit in an independent Scotland, he said: “No. It is at the moment vested in the British Government.”

Even leaving aside the astonishingly crude bribery/blackmail aspect, we’re still a bit confused. Unionists constantly tell us that RBS is “Scottish”, and therefore an independent Scotland should take on all its debt. But apparently the people of the rUK will still own the whole bank, so they’ll get all the shares and the profits.

Sometimes, readers, it really does seem like the No camp is devoting most of its anti-independence efforts to putting us out of a job.


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Vince Cable baffles me - he always does - so nothing new

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Who scares?

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Last Updated: 07th March 2013
HERE’S a radical idea for the Better Together campaign.

Just once, just for a change, let’s hear something positive about why Scotland would be better staying part of the United Kingdom.

Because frankly, the scare stories are wearing a bit thin.

The latest is over a leaked SNP document that’s cue for a doom-laden warning about slashing pensions, cutting defence spending and shedding public sector jobs.

Strip away the hysteria and what you actually have is a sensible Government prepared to make sensible decisions about spending.

A Government aware they are operating in a tough economic climate where there is no bottomless pit of money. And that’s whether you’re an independent country or part of the UK.

Is there a single household in Scotland that doesn’t have similar conversations about what they can and can’t afford?

It would be a shambolic Government that didn’t behave in the same responsible way.

Bear in mind, too, this document was written a year ago in different economic circumstances and that oil prices and revenues have risen.

The net effect and the hard fact is that the finances of Scots are £863-a-head healthier than the rest of the UK.

Or isn’t that scary enough to tell folk?

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Wings Over Scotland | Desperation takes hold

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Vince Cable in today’s Herald:

    “Millions of Scots will lose out on an RBS share bonanza worth up to £800 if they choose independence, Business Secretary Vince Cable has warned.

    The Treasury is considering giving every taxpayer in the UK shares in RBS as part of a give-away ahead of the next general election. Coalition sources calculate the windfall could be worth £400 to £800 per person.

    Coalition Cabinet minister Mr Cable said his Liberal Democrat party backed the payout to ensure taxpayers benefit from 2008′s billion-pound bailout of the Edinburgh institution, although he cautioned the Coalition not to “rush” the process.

    Asked if Scots would get a chance to benefit in an independent Scotland, he said: “No. It is at the moment vested in the British Government.”

Even leaving aside the astonishingly crude bribery/blackmail aspect, we’re still a bit confused. Unionists constantly tell us that RBS is “Scottish”, and therefore an independent Scotland should take on all its debt. But apparently the people of the rUK will still own the whole bank, so they’ll get all the shares and the profits.

Sometimes, readers, it really does seem like the No camp is devoting most of its anti-independence efforts to putting us out of a job.


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Jim Arnott's curator insight, March 14, 2013 2:05 AM

Vince Cable baffles me - he always does - so nothing new