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Untruths, deceits, bias & dirty tricks by Unionists to undermine serious debate about independence for Scotland.
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Scotland to compile secret list of teenage voters for referendum

Scotland to compile secret list of teenage voters for referendum | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Names and addresses of 16- and 17-year-olds eligible to vote on independence to remain confidential under data protection laws

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Misleading headline.

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Vincent McDee's comment, March 12, 2013 6:29 PM
Severin has published his reasons for the headline: Guardian staff

severincarrell

12 March 2013 6:00pm

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I used the word "secret" in the intro quite deliberately. The story sets out why it is secret: it is not intended to be a loaded or inherently critical word, but to be literally accurate.

You could read this as being proof of how the Scottish government has striven very hard to make this work (and that's what the second par alluded to).

The list of all under 18 year olds eligible to vote will not be disclosed to anyone outside a very strictly controlled group of official staff involved with electoral registration and the voting process: it will be secret in that sense, and is a far tougher policy/test than the current selective use of confidentiality in some regards with the adult register.

There will be a merged list produced from that data, which will exclude any age identifying information. But even that merged list of all voters will not be released to anyone other than the two registered campaign groups - Yes Scotland and Better Together. No-one gets to know who the 16 and 17 year olds are. That will be secret.

Because it is a blanket ban on any public disclosure at all, that is different from current electoral practice which upholds confidentiality in some circumstances.

With the very rare exceptions where an elector can seek to keep their home address secret, every adult elector's name and address will be published on the open register held at public libraries or in a council offices for public inspection.

There is a second level of confidentiality an elector can seek: to make sure their home address is not included in the commercially available registers used by the likes of 192.com.

But these measures for under 18s go well beyond that: no-one can get to see it.

The comments about the story quoting John Curtice are fatuous. It also quoted three people out of four in favour of the measure (and he is neutral).
Peter A Bell's comment, March 13, 2013 6:17 AM
I acknowledge and appreciate the response. I'm sure Severin Carrell will, in turn, acknowledge and appreciate that my rather mild criticism of the headline was made in the context of a plethora of quite purposefully pejorative reporting in the mainstream media. I happily accept that this article may have been misidentified as part of that.
Jim Arnott's comment, March 13, 2013 6:41 AM
It is pleasing to see a newspaper taking the time to explain its headline. So often with the MSM, the headline is deliberately chosen to achieve a political point which has little to do with the body of the article. I, like Peter, accept the explanation given.
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Wings Over Scotland | Richard Baker is a liar

Wings Over Scotland | Richard Baker is a liar | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

It’s nice to see Scottish Labour taking turns. Today it’s Richard Baker who’s been wheeled out to spout idiotic and instantly-disproveable untruths at the Scottish public.


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The Unionists are up to there old tricks - tell as many lies over and over again and the bigger the lie the better. This article is first class at exposing the lies and misinformation perpetrated by wee Richard Baker - wee in stature and wee in intellect. Simply put, this is just more Unionist shenanigans

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, March 12, 2013 6:05 AM

British Labour lies exposed.

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10 Gaffes from the No campaign this year so far... (11 if you count Georgie)

10 Gaffes from the No campaign this year so far... (11 if you count Georgie) | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

  1. The UK Government's "pound for independence" gaffe saw the Treasury say independence would cost just £1 each for the period 1999-2011 – backfiring on claims that an independent Scotland would be worse off.


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Jim Arnott's insight:

At this rate there will be over 100 No campaign gaffes by the time of the Referendum. Keep them coming No Campaign - I know these gaffes are persuading some Scots to see the folly of voting to maintain the status quo.

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SNP badly wounded by John Swinney's friendly fire

SNP badly wounded by John Swinney's friendly fire | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
JOHN SWINNEY'S report on the true cost of independence was a major boost for the Better Together brigade.

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Who the Hell is Torquil Crighton when he is at home? Is he an expert on oil exploration or an oil economist? I don't think so. As I see him, he is nothing more than a wee unionist - enough said. Oh! that Westminster had only looked at scenario planning over the last 40 years and the UK might not be in the financial mess it's in at the moment.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, March 11, 2013 8:38 AM

Torcuil Crichton presents a demented British nationalist rant worthy of Poor Old Cockers. Is The Record now competing for the same audience as The Telegraph?

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Brian Monteith: SNP promises smack of bribery

Brian Monteith: SNP promises smack of bribery | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
LAST week, Nicola Sturgeon made a speech where she said that through a new constitution she would end child poverty in an independent Scotland.

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I like this comment in the comments on the article:

 

Don't know about the rest of you but when I see these absurdly bias headlines I just go straight to the comments. If the comments show the article to be interesting or balanced only then do I read it. Life's too short....


Maybe I should have taken this sage advice before I read this article - but then I would not have known just how absurd Brian Momteith is.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, March 10, 2013 9:08 PM

Brian Monteith displays a remarkable and truly depressing paucity of aspiration. And no imagination whatsoever. He acknowledges the role of a constitution in establishing and defining the "institutions and processes" of a democratic nation. But he then ignores or denies the role of these institutions and processes in providing basics such as education and addressing the societal imbalances that are a "feature" of the capitalist economic system.

He treats commitments to providing education and to ending child poverty as if they are promises made in isolation - abstracted from the apparatus and infrastructure of the state. But that is not the case. Indeed, it is so obviously not the case that Monteith must resort to presuming to speak for Nicola Sturgeon in order to give his arguments a molecule-thin veneer of credibility.

Will Brian Monteith remember that it was he, and not Sturgeon, who spoke of using statistical sleight of hand to "banish" child poverty? Will other British nationalists recognise this straw man? Will they be honest enough to acknowledge it if they do?

The fact is that there is no reason whatever that a constitution shouldn't guarantee education. It is, after all, no more than an institution, or set of institutions, charged with delivering a process.

Likewise, there is no necessary impediment to actually ending child poverty. It is simply an aspect of the state's redistributive function.

The common factor here is choice. Governments choose to impose limits or restrictions on access to education. Likewise, child poverty is a consequence of the choices made by successive governments. It is perfectly possible to make different choices. All that is required is the political will.

The first step is to actually want change. To aspire to something better. Nicola Sturgeon has done no more than voice this aspiration. The knee-jerk negative response from the British establishment, which Brian Monteith exemplifies, is reason enough to believe that the British state is incapable of even considering different choices.

The British state will not deliver the better nation and society that the people of Scotland want. Only independence will allow us to choose better for our children.

Charles Patrick O'Brien's comment, March 11, 2013 6:31 AM
Excellent comment and I can only concur with Peter Bell.
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Conservatives go to war on 'bias' at the BBC - Telegraph

Conservatives go to war on 'bias' at the BBC - Telegraph | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
A bitter battle is breaking out between senior Cabinet ministers and the BBC, with claims that the corporation is “biased” and “too close to Labour”.

Via Infidel Patriot
Jim Arnott's insight:

So not only is the BBC utterly biased regarding independence for Scotland, it is biased against the Conservatives. Obviously the BBC is out of control. Wouldn't be ironic if the BBC's bias was eliminated by the unionist Conservatives?

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Defence Secretary's decision has given the SNP an open goal


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Poor Old Cockers teases us with the merest hint of a suggestion that the scales may be falling from his bloodshot-white-and-blue British nationalist eyes, only to let us down by quickly reverting to his customary, spittle-flecked anti-SNP ways.

Is Poor Old Cockers offended by the lies and betrayal of the British state that he has glimpsed through the pea-soup fog of his Britnat prejudice?

Is he at all concerned at the impact on Scotland of this betrayal?

Not a bit of it! All that troubles Poor Old Cockers is the fact that the hated SNP may have been gifted some political advantage. His main criticism of Philip Hammond, it seems, is that the man is not sleekit enough to do Scotland down in a less  obtrusive manner.

It is not the betrayal of Scotland that's got Poor Old Cockers' dilapidated dander up. It's the failure to live up to perfidious Albion's traditional standards of underhanded deviousness.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, March 6, 2013 5:33 AM

Poor Old Cockers teases us with the merest hint of a suggestion that the scales may be falling from his bloodshot-white-and-blue British nationalist eyes, only to let us down by quickly reverting to his customary, spittle-flecked anti-SNP ways.

Is Poor Old Cockers offended by the lies and betrayal of the British state that he has glimpsed through the pea-soup fog of his Britnat prejudice?

Is he at all concerned at the impact on Scotland of this betrayal?

Not a bit of it! All that troubles Poor Old Cockers is the fact that the hated SNP may have been gifted some political advantage. His main criticism of Philip Hammond, it seems, is that the man is not sleekit enough to do Scotland down in a less  obtrusive manner.

It is not the betrayal of Scotland that's got Poor Old Cockers' dilapidated dander up. It's the failure to live up to perfidious Albion's traditional standards of underhanded deviousness.

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Wings Over Scotland | The stability of chaos

Wings Over Scotland | The stability of chaos | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

Not content with this morning’s Daily Mail masterclass in misinformation on pensions and embassies, eagle-eyed reader Andy Inglis also offers us this quite remarkable interpretation of the Eastleigh by-election result from the same source:


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Wings Over Scotland | We’ll pay for this

Wings Over Scotland | We’ll pay for this | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

There’s a stereotype of Scottish people that their reaction to a sunny day is that of this post’s title – that good weather now isn’t something to be enjoyed, but merely a harbinger of much less favourable conditions to come.

Rather than make hay while the sun shines, runs the old joke, the pessimistic (and stingy) Scots go out to the shops looking for umbrellas being sold at a discount.


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Better Together survey rejects pro-independence responses

Better Together survey rejects pro-independence responses | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

An online business survey being distributed by the Better Together campaign has been criticised after it emerged that only options critical of independence are permitted.


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Business survey only allows options that are critical of independence. Why? Is it because they are afraid of the answers they might get if they allowed businesses to express opposition to the status quo? This is no way to carry out a survey of business opinion on the pros and cons of Scotland remaining in the United Kingdom.

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Vince Cable says Scots would miss RBS share bonanza if they vote for independence

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.


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Unionists attempting to bribe Scots with their own money.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, March 13, 2013 5:33 AM

The scare stories continue.

Bill Cruickshank's comment, March 13, 2013 2:59 PM
Bribery or Blackmail? Both acts of desperation. It would appear that the Union must be in real danger when senior members of the UK Cabinet resort to the tactics of gangsters and loan sharks.
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No 10 sources say PM won't face FM in referendum debate

OVER the years the live political TV debate has played a major role in determining the outcome of crucial votes.


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Cameron is certainly running scared. How demeaning that he suggests Scotland's First Minister should have a debate with a failed former Chancellor. Cameron has to substantiate his claim that Scotland would be better staying with the status quo. Cameron et al have signally failed to make their case and hence his refusal to debate with the most accomplished politician promoting the positive vision of an independent Scotland. Scots will not be impressed with such a big feartie.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, March 12, 2013 6:41 AM

Cameron understandably running scared from a head-to-head debate with Alex Salmond. The ignorance and parochialism of the British establishment is revealed in the fact that a "senior Whitehall insider" imagines the First Minister to also be the leader of the Yes Scotland campaign.

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Wings Over Scotland | Careless Torc tells lies

Wings Over Scotland | Careless Torc tells lies | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

When the Daily Record lost Magnus Gardham to the Herald, they made sure to call on a like-for-like replacement. Torcuil Crichton, the newspaper’s self-styled “man in Westminster” (and who has never approved a single comment on his political blog in almost five years), is Gardham’s only rival as the most virulently and overtly Unionist staff reporter – as opposed to opinion columnist – in the Scottish media.


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Jim Arnott's insight:

As always, read the comments section of the article.

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Independence: Organ transplant claims challenged

Independence: Organ transplant claims challenged | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
A LEADING kidney specialist has challenged claims from pro-UK campaigners that an independent Scotland would have problems getting vital organ transplants from the rest of the UK.

Via Peter A Bell
Jim Arnott's insight:

I couldn't have said this any better than "Guga" in the comments section of the article:

 

"There seems to be no end to the attempted scaremongering, bile-mongering, blatant lies and propaganda being regurgitated by the One Nation, Bitter Together Unionists, Quislings and Fifth Columnists.

The anti-Scottish attitude of the Quislings in particular is both disgusting and cringe-worthy. They don't appear to realize that their behaviour is appalling to real Scots, and must give a very poor impression to many people overseas when they see these pathetic little people berating their own country.

We know that the English are desperate to hang on to Scotland as they know that we are propping up the failed English state, but if the Quislings are so keen on being part of England, all they need to do is move.

The Hootsmon, being English owned and English run, will, of course, continue to print all the lies and bile emanating from, and on behalf of, their sponsors in the New Blue London Labour Party (Scottish Branch)"


As always, don't neglect to read the comments section on articles posted on the scotsman. .

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, March 10, 2013 2:29 PM

More unionist scaremongering lies exposed!

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Salmond snubs Darling talks


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Darling just doesn't know his position. He is an MP and head on the No campaign. He is not Prime Minister and in seeking a debate with the First Minister of Scotland he is acting above his pay-grade. When he has something positive to say about Scotland, that will be the time to ask for a dedate with the Yes Scotland campaign. Until he has something positive to say, I suggest he spends his time in serious contemplation of the issues affecting Scotland. 

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, March 9, 2013 10:56 AM

As any informed observer will realise, Darling's challenge to Salmond was only issued in the first place because he and his minders knew that it would be rejected. Facing Salmond in head-to-head debate is the very last thing Darling wants. This is a man who cannot even hold his own when presenting a prepared speech to a sympathetic audience. A man who constantly gives the impression that he is addressing the issues from the remote safety of some time in the mid-1970s.

Protocol demands that, at this level, politicians only deal with their opposite number. Darling's opposite number is Blair Jenkins. Someone he is equally unfit to debate with. Salmond's opposite number is David Cameron. But Cameron wants to delegate all the hard stuff to his British Labour lackeys.

Charles Patrick O'Brien's comment, March 10, 2013 5:32 AM
Nail on the head Peter.
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UK admits long future for oil & gas | Scottish National Party

UK admits long future for oil & gas | Scottish National Party | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

On the day figures show the health of Scotland’s economy the UK Government’s Energy Minister has exposed the no campaigns’ doom and gloom predictions by admitting that North Sea oil & gas has a long and healthy life ahead of it.


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Coming on a day when the No campaign’s only response to the latest GERS figures has been to talk down the future of the oil & gas sector, these comments clearly show the doublethink at work at the heart of the anti-independence camp. 

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Bill Cruickshank's comment, March 6, 2013 5:32 PM
Judging by the amount of new build office accomodation taking place in and around Aberdeen, I think the oil companies would agree.
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Wings Over Scotland | Lagging behind the story

Students of the Scottish media weren’t exactly surprised when the BBC’s Glenn Campbell published a story yesterday lunchtime (12.07pm) entitled “Scottish independence: Luxembourg warns against ‘going separate ways’” and opening with the more specific line “The government of Luxembourg has warned against Scotland becoming an independent country.”


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Wings Over Scotland | Respecting the electorate, Unionist-style

Wings Over Scotland | Respecting the electorate, Unionist-style | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

We were oddly pleased to discover yesterday that the full iPad edition of the Daily Record is free five days a week. Partly because, regardless of content, reading the actual paper (albeit on a screen) is a much more evocative wee reminder of home than a generic website, and partly because the Record’s online presence carries only a fraction of the stories of the print version.


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Who does Willie rennie think he is when he describes workers as turkeys? Again, this is further evidence of unionist contempt for democracy.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, March 5, 2013 5:28 AM

Willie Rennie displays unionist contempt for voters.

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Wings Over Scotland | The nest of lies

Wings Over Scotland | The nest of lies | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

When someone sent us the image below on Twitter, we actually went to the “Better Together” Facebook page to verify it was real, because it can be hard to tell the No campaign’s real leaflets and posters from satire. But it’s totally genuine.


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This is so typical of the Better Together campaign. It is well worth reaqding the comments section at the end of this article.

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