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Untruths, deceits, bias & dirty tricks by Unionists to undermine serious debate about independence for Scotland.
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The Bank's Holiday

The Bank's Holiday | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

The debt Scotland stands to inherit as an independent nation is often used as a stick to beat the Yes camp, and various “estimates” of the size of said debt - ranging from the merely extreme to the comically deranged - are a core element of the scare stories that suggest Scotland would have a fragile economy prone to collapsing the first time there was a bad year for oil prices/production.

 


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The most frightening thing for Scots to worry about is the massive projected rise in UK national debt if there is a further bank collapse, an increase in interest rates or a collapse in the financial sector. The only way for Scots to avaoid that is to:

 

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EU vetoes report on the 'consequences' of independence

EU vetoes report on the 'consequences' of independence | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

The European Parliament has blocked a Scottish Labour MEP from preparing a report on "the consequences of the secession of the territory of a member state for its membership of the European Union". 

 


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There were concerned (expressed) that going ahead with the report would backfire on the anti-independence campaign in Catalonia as it was unlikely to state unequivocally that Scotland or Catalonia would lose their EU membership.


I had to read that last part of the paragraph again. It was indeed stating that Scotland or Catalonia was unlikely to lose their EU membership in the event of them winning independence in a referendum.


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Vincent McDee's comment, August 26, 2013 6:16 AM
Aye Jim. Kaig-Olaf Lang from the private Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (Institute for International Politics) is now suggesting a "transitional statute" by which Catalans and Scots would remind citizens of the EU, in the meantime the accession of Catalunya and Scotland get resolved.
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Lib Dem dummy missile plot sends Navy ballistic - Express.co.uk

Lib Dem dummy missile plot sends Navy ballistic - Express.co.uk | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Lib Dem dummy missile plot sends Navy ballistic Express.co.uk Under proposals contained in “Defending The Future' a Liberal Democrat government would issue a “declaratory policy of going to sea only with unarmed missiles and store a reduced...
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Gerry Hassan: London Scots and the referendum

Gerry Hassan: London Scots and the referendum | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
A coterie of media-elite Scots, peddling ill-informed and biased opinion, leaves the referendum debate the poorer, writes Gerry Hassan

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Scots to flock south if granted independence

Scots to flock south if granted independence | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
MORE than half a million Scots would consider moving to England if Scotland becomes independent, an exclusive Sunday Express poll found.

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Peter, it's more than laughable - I'm wetting myself - what a load of bollocks.

 

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David Briggs's comment, August 25, 2013 8:46 AM
Yet not a mention of the WOS panel base survey of last week. One wonders what the provenance of this survey is and more especially who conducted it? As you say Peter 'laughable'.
Vincent McDee's comment, August 25, 2013 9:00 AM
Wait till Curtice finds out it's made on only 549 interviews=Margin of error circa 10%.
David Alexander's comment, August 26, 2013 5:32 AM
keep this stuff coming.
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Stirling to host 2014 Armed Forces Day

Stirling to host 2014 Armed Forces Day | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
THE CITY of Stirling will host next year’s Armed Forces Day, the Ministry of Defence has announced.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, August 25, 2013 11:41 AM

Another episode in the ongoing anti-independence Britfest.

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Ed Miliband: Labour got it wrong on low wages

Ed Miliband: Labour got it wrong on low wages | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Party leader promises to prioritise national living wage in next Labour government (Ed Miliband: Labour got it wrong on low wages http://t.co/TNWNfAlSh0 via @guardian Fugitive Johann Lamont seen ...
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Add this to the growing list of what Westminster Labour got wrong and ask yourself would you want more of the same. The only answer is to:

 

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Independence vote 'would lead to second referendum' for rest of UK

A VOTE for Scottish independence in 2014 would result in a second referendum in England, Wales and Northern Ireland if Westminster were to agree to Holyrood's demand for a currency union, it is claimed.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, August 23, 2013 2:23 PM

It's interesting to hear anyone from the British parties stating that a referendum would be necessary. Partly because it is unusual to see such dedication to the democratic process. But also because this seems to imply that the putative referendum would be something more than advisory, as all referendums in the British state are supposed to be.

This "senior Coalition source" looks to be denying, or at least undermining, the principle of absolute parliamentary sovereignty. Or perhaps they are just talking nonsense in an effort to conjure yet another flimsy scare story on behalf of Project Fear.

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Miliband picking the wrong target

Miliband picking the wrong target | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
The Labour leader, Ed Miliband, has suffered 10 days of withering criticism from senior figures in his own party.

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More of the same old...same old ...same old rhetoric from Westminster politicians concerned more about their position on the Westminster greasy pole.

 

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, August 24, 2013 5:19 AM

It is becoming commonplace for British politicians to visit Scotland for the purpose of making pompous pronouncements on our affairs only to exhibit an almost alien detachment from the matters they pontificate upon, a profound ignorance of the issues and a total lack of awareness of the perspectives and priorities of the people of Scotland. Ed Milband is no exception.


While hardly forgiveable, it is perhaps understandable that an ultra-parochial British Labour politician venturing forth from his London lair should imagine Scottish politics to be nothing more than a prolonged haranguing of Alex Salmond and the SNP. The media ensures that little else reaches their village from the "provinces". It is probably to be expected that, fresh from the Westminster bubble, they will find it difficult to break out of their role in the hackneyed faux-adversarial two-party pantomime of British politics.


We might, with as much goodwill as we can muster, match the patronising condescension of these Tory/Labour "big-hitters" who deign to afford us a visit by forgiving them their inability to comprehend that the simplistic party-political dichotomy they are accustomed to long since ceased to be relevant in Scotland. We might just smile indulgently as they clumsily attempt to transfer the pre-packed partisan rhetoric of England's political discourse to a Scottish context.


We could even shrug off the embarrassing unfamiliarity with the fundamentals of Scotland's constitutional position that these emissaries from the British establishment evince every time they open their mouths. We know they are too busy to bother briefing themselves about the facts.


The real tragedy is that this unfamiliarity, this lack of awareness, this detachment from the realities of Scottish politics is not confined to British politicians making the occasional foray into Scotland from down south. It is mirrored in those who are pleased to call themselves Scottish politicians.


The banal, petty, ill-informed and misguided attacks on the SNP that we hear from Miliband and his ilk are simply an echo of the stuff we hear on a daily basis from British MSPs and MPs representing constituencies in Scotland.


If they have not yet realised that Scotland's politics has moved on, why should we expect Ed Miliband to do so?

Christopher D. Rogers's comment, August 24, 2013 7:26 AM
I sincerely hope that all North of the boarder vote "Yes" in 2014 in order to put the final nail in a dysfunctional Westminster that governs for London and the South East - the remainder of our nation might as well be on another planet.
Christopher D. Rogers's comment, August 24, 2013 7:29 AM
s a Welsh independence supporter who favours at a minimum a truly federal UK, its absolutely crucial for the 35 million persons who reside outside of the M25 that this busted flush be exposed and a new polity established based on an equality of the nations within a new limited structure - one that does not bow to the USA or the interests of the City of London.
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Despatches from Madland

Despatches from Madland | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

We had an interesting discussion on Twitter this afternoon with the Guardian’s Severin Carrell. As a result, we decided to check something out that we hadn’t seen anyone be clear about, and the upshot is that we can now confirm, from what we’ll call “an extremely well-placed source”, that the Herald was fully aware, every step of the way, that Elliot Bulmer’s piece had been commissioned by Yes Scotland, and that it was submitted to the Herald through Yes Scotland.

 


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Scottish independence: ‘Impartiality will be hard’

Scottish independence: ‘Impartiality will be hard’ | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
The BBC Director General has admitted that the corporation will struggle to remain impartial in its coverage of next year’s independence referendum.

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BBC: "Impartiality will be hard". No! "Impartiality should be the norm". The DG's comment demonstrates accurately the mindset of the BBC.

 

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, August 22, 2013 8:45 PM

All I take from this is that BBC coverage of the referendum will be from a strictly British perspective. So it will be inherently biased.

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Hacking of Yes Scotland computers an 'Assault on Democracy' says Blair Jenkins

Hacking of Yes Scotland computers an 'Assault on Democracy' says Blair Jenkins | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

The illegal hacking of the computer system belonging to the pro-independence campaign group Yes Scotland is an "assault on democracy" their head has said.

 


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Man paid to write article setting out his true beliefs – shock!

Man paid to write article setting out his true beliefs – shock! | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

In the latest round of silly season frothing for the Holyrood bubble, the No campaign and others have gotten their knickers in a twist about this – an article written by Elliot Bulmer for the Herald. Their beef with it, apparently, is that the Yes campaign paid him for his time and didn’t say so. Except they did say so when asked. So here are some of the problems with this confected argument.


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Shock horror. Better Together accepting £500,000 from an oil trader.

 

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It's time we stopped listening to Menzies Campbell, the self-styled Voice of Reason

It's time we stopped listening to Menzies Campbell, the self-styled Voice of Reason | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

I wonder if Menzies Campbell has read some of the latest research on the human brain? When I say latest, I mean research done within the past 20 years. Or I would like to know whether he has read the theories that adumbrated the research over the previous hundred years? If he had then he would know that the chances of a human being making a ‘rational’ decision are very slim. If he’d read the research then he’d know there is about one chance in a trillion. Rightly or wrongly, we make decisions based on our emotions dictated by our perceptions, needs and purposes. The idea of some purely ‘rational’ position is, science demonstrates, absurd.

 


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Vincent McDee's comment, August 26, 2013 6:08 AM
One can't stop what was never started.
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Scottish independence: Push in defence of Union

Scottish independence: Push in defence of Union | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
CHANCELLOR George Osborne is to lead a fresh push in Scotland in defence of the Union in the coming weeks as UK ministers prepare for the final 12 months of the independence referendum campaign.

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That's great news that Osborne is to lead a fresh push in Scotland in defense of the Union. Every time this happens it just adds more Yes votes to the campaign.

 

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Labour under fire as report vindicates FM | Scottish National Party

Labour under fire as report vindicates FM | Scottish National Party | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

The emergence of an Aberdeen City Council report vindicating the First Minister on his impromptu invitation into Bramble Brae School has put serious pressure on Labour, who must explain why the findings of the report were ignored.


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Why are Labour so crass?

 

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Westminster failure to engage branded 'arrogance' | Scottish National Party

Westminster failure to engage branded 'arrogance' | Scottish National Party | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

The Westminster Government’s failure to engage with international disarmament talks in Geneva has been branded as ‘arrogance’ by an SNP MSP who addressed delegates at the talks.


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Toughen up, Scottish nationalists, and stop playing nice

Toughen up, Scottish nationalists, and stop playing nice | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Kevin McKenna: Yes campaigners will have to change their tactics to counteract Better Together's negativity

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The Tallinn Protocols

The Tallinn Protocols | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Alert readers will be aware that we like to occasionally have a bit of light-hearted satirical fun pointing out the gulf in numbers between grassroots campaigners on the Yes side of the independenc...

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This is truly frightening for democracy.

 

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Bedroom tax: Disabled mum Lorraine harangued by rattled Labour council leader Jim McCabe after turning up at his home to confront him over eviction

Bedroom tax: Disabled mum Lorraine harangued by rattled Labour council leader Jim McCabe after turning up at his home to confront him over eviction | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
LORRAINE FRASER, 46, who lives in a three-bedroom specially adapted flat in Uddingston, is facing eviction due to the dreaded bedroom tax despite living there with her two children.
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I know this is a Westminster "tax" (or spare room subsidy measure as Unionists call it) but why a Scottish Labour Council is threatening eviction over a debt of £248 is quite ridicuclous. How much will it cost the council in legal fees if it is contested. 

 

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Scottish independence: Charities’ lobbying bill fears

Scottish independence: Charities’ lobbying bill fears | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
SCOTTISH charities fear proposed laws planned to crack down on lobbying could stop them speaking out on key issues during the independence referendum debate.

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The usual Scotsman propaganda. Why folks continue to buy this paper is beyond me.

 

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, August 24, 2013 4:08 AM

The sole purpose of this story appears to be an excuse to use the word "fear" alongside "Scottish Independence".

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Witterings of a Weegiewarbler: Dissecting the McCrone Report, the official secret of Westminster

Witterings of a Weegiewarbler: Dissecting the McCrone Report, the official secret of Westminster | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
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A must read for every Scot. We are hearing the same lies from Westminster politicians and Better Together in the 2014 Referendum Campaign that were used in the 1970's. This forensic dissection of the McCrone Report shows just what lengths the Westminsiter government was prepared to go to to hide the truth about the value of North Sea oil to the economy of an independent economy.

 

Please tweet and post this article everywhere so that Scots can see how Westminster took them for fools in the 1970s and how they are employing the self-same arguments today. Don't let it happen a second time. There is only one way to ensure it doesn't happen again and that is to:

 

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England's grievances would be addressed by a new Act of Union

England's grievances would be addressed by a new Act of Union | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Devolution has changed the relationship between England and Scotland, so a new Act is needed to reinforce the bond

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Bollocks.

 

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, August 22, 2013 7:04 PM

Why bother with a "new Act of Union" only to achieve what could much more satisfactorily be implemented through negotiations between independent nations? More satisfactorily because the settlement will be freely negotiated and not constrained by legislation which will inevitably be contrived with the primary purpose of preserving the British state and its structures of power and privilege.

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Yes Scotland close computer systems after hacking

Yes Scotland close computer systems after hacking | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
THE pro-independence Yes Scotland campaign took the dramatic step of locking down its IT system today, amid claims that an unknown hacker was still trawling its e-mails for further details about its internal affairs.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, August 23, 2013 4:04 AM

It is perhaps unfortunate that the police investigation into hacking of Yes Scotland's email account is likely to take weeks. This will provide the unionist media with an ideal excuse for failing to remind the public of Project Fear's failure to condemn criminal behaviour and their attempts to divert attention from it with some painfully contrived nonsense about a token payment to an academic.

Those who seek to deny Scotland it's rightful constitutional status will stoop to any dirty tricks in an increasingly desperate effort to preserve the power and privilege enjoyed by the elites of the British state. A little rewriting of history may be the least of it.

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Faslane investment ‘shows commitment to Scotland’

Faslane investment ‘shows commitment to Scotland’ | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
PLANS for a £31.5 million investment in the Faslane naval base have been unveiled by the UK government, demonstrating its commitment to a presence beyond next year’s referendum.

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At first I couldn't believe what I was reading and then I thought this is typical of the guff the Scotsman serves up to the good people of Scotland. What a pun o' mince or is it tripe.

 

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, August 23, 2013 7:44 AM

Murrison dutifully regurgitates the discredited and comprehensively debunked unionist claptrap about Scotland and Nato. The only thing that makes his remarks even vaguely interesting is the way in which he makes a complete fool of himself by presuming to know the representatives of the Scottish Government who met with Nato officials came away "disappointed" and "ashamed". How could he possibly be aware of the way these civil servants felt? How likely is it that these professionals would succumb to such emotions?

Certainly nothing in the subsequent statements fro the Scottish Government showed the slightest hint of "disappointment" or "embarrassment". Quite the contrary. And comments from less blatantly prejudiced observers tended to conclude that the Scottish Government had every reason to be satisfied with the outcome of the talks.

Murrison is the latest in a long line of anti-independence propagandists who have shown themselves to be prepared - nay, eager - to play the bumbling buffoon in the name of preserving the British state. The entertainment value of this clownish conduct is wearing very thin.

Tony Little's comment, August 23, 2013 8:42 AM
But the burning question is "Was he paid?"
Charles Patrick O'Brien's comment, August 24, 2013 10:53 AM
I remember 1974 give or take a year when we were promised the defence posts at the St.Enoch's (now gone) Hotel,and when the SNP M.P.,s dropped down from 11 to 4 or 6,these magical "positions" vanished,we,as usual,got nothing except more sand in the face.Independence is the only way forward nothing can ever happen by staying the same.