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Untruths, deceits, bias & dirty tricks by Unionists to undermine serious debate about independence for Scotland.
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The No Campaign borders on hypocrisy

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A couple of years ago, I had a client based in Eupen in Belgium. The best way to visit them was to fly to Dusseldorf before being picked up and driven to Belgium. I asked the driver "when will we cross the border?

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Marr's views on SNP challenge BBC rule - Scotsman

Marr's views on SNP challenge BBC rule - Scotsman | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Marr's views on SNP challenge BBC rule
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Andrew Marr's negative comments on the SNP therefore unfortunately exclude him from commenting in a BBC capacity on the independence debate.
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It will be very interesting to see how the BBC will interpret item (6) of the BBC's Royal Charter (2006) in relation to Andrew Marr's participation/commenting in a BBC capacity on the independence debate. Time will tell.

 

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Revealed: Yes Scotland email account was illegally accessed by foreign hacker, police believe

Revealed: Yes Scotland email account was illegally accessed by foreign hacker, police believe | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
STAFF at Yes Scotland are now facing the possibility that confidential information about donors and funding arrangements could have been accessed by the hackers.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, August 22, 2013 6:51 AM

Credit is due to the Daily Record for at least acknowledging that the real story here is the hacking of a Yes Scotland email account. What a pity they have to spoil it by telling blatant lies. The article by Elliot Bulmer was not "presented as coming from a representative of the politically neutral Scottish Constitutional Commission". It was very explicitly stated that the article was written in a personal capacity.

Other media coverage of this matter has been at least as dishonest but generally more determined to bury the hacking story in an avalanche of patently contrived righteous indignation about the mundane fact that a professional academic was paid a very small fee for doing a piece of work.

Nobody is more vocal in expressing theatrical outrage at this little bit of trivia than the hapless Better Together campaign chief, Blair McDougall. One would not, I think, have to be overly cynical to wonder why he is quite so frantically determined to divert attention from the unfolding scandal of "dirty tricks" being used by parties as yet unknown but evidently no friends of Yes Scotland.

We might also note, with a degree of surprise which will vary according to how familiar we are with the habits and practices of the architect of Project Fear, that the increasingly beleaguered McDougall signally fails to condemn the alleged criminality that is the real story here.


Confused priorities, perhaps? Or some more malign motive? We must each judge for ourselves.

Vincent McDee's comment, August 22, 2013 7:47 AM
The daily express hasn't bother with the hacking part, just gone for : Quit call over Yes cash for lecturer (McDoughy wish Jenkins quit)
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Quit call over Yes cash for lecturer

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YES Scotland secretly paid an academic to write a pro-independence article, it has emerged.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, August 22, 2013 8:06 AM

What was "secret" about the payment to Elliot Bulmer? It wasn't even particularly confidential. It was simply too trivial to be worth mentioning.

Why go to the trouble of illegally accessing an email account to get information that was freely available just by asking?

David Briggs's comment, August 22, 2013 12:21 PM
The hacking would appear to have been going on for some time? That's the real point and why this story could run for some time to come.
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Tam Dalyell - ‘Blair should face war crimes trial’

Tam Dalyell - ‘Blair should face war crimes trial’ | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
TAM Dalyell said yesterday that the former prime minister Tony Blair should be tried for war crimes over his decision to authorise the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

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Tam Dalyell should be ashamed of his cowardlyness when he gave in to his principles and chickened out of signing a nationalist bid to have Tony Blair tried for war crimes over his support for the illegal invasion of Iraq in 2003. This refusal to support the bid was at the bequest of senior Labaour Party colleagues. Of course, now Dalyell amits he wants Blair tried for war crimes - but he is promoting his book at the Edinurgh Book Festival. How convenient now to raise his plea for Blai to be tried for war crimes. His crocodile tears are nauseating. If you don't want Scotland to be involved in any future illegal wars:

 

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, August 22, 2013 8:51 AM

Tam Dalyell admits putting the interests of British Labour before the interests of justice. Just as his opposition to the restoration of Scotland's rightful constitutional status is motivated by devotion to the British state rather than any concern for what is best for the people of Scotland.

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Independence campaign admits it paid academic to write newspaper article

Independence campaign admits it paid academic to write newspaper article | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
The Yes Scotland campaign has admitted commissioning and paying for an article by a constitutional expert that appeared in a Glasgow-based newspaper.

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Money spent wisely as it gets facts (rather than fiction) into the MSM. I wonder what the MSM thinks about Lord Buffoon collecting £4,500 plus over £1,000 expenses for attending the Lotrds for 15 days in March.

 

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Charles Patrick O'Brien's comment, August 23, 2013 6:34 AM
Aye well how many of the Labour mob get paid for filling the newspapers with their point of view? or do they all work for free!!
vince tracy's comment, August 23, 2013 9:50 AM
Unfortunately, all the parties are as bad as each others and sadly their activities seem to pull in anyone in spheres of influence.
Charles Patrick O'Brien's comment, August 23, 2013 1:17 PM
Its legal and normal to pay somebody for their work,this does not make somebody or a party bad but YES Scotland is not a political party.
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In colours pink and gold

In colours pink and gold | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
There's a rather horrible article by Margaret Curran in the Scotsman today. (No real news there.) It's a combination of empty noise and ugly smears about the pursuit of independence - an attempt to...
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Keep them coming Magret - you and your colleagues in Better Together simply make the caswe for Scottish Independence. So, please please don't stop your incoherent mumblings - Scotland needs them. They will increase the Yes vote next year and that's for sure.

 

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Scott Macnab: Labour's fate post-2014 unclear - Scotsman

Scott Macnab: Labour's fate post-2014 unclear - Scotsman | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Scotsman Scott Macnab: Labour's fate post-2014 unclear Scotsman Johann Lamont's party is still undergoing a healing process of sorts after its humbling in the 2011 Holyrood elections left it deposed as the dominant party of Scottish politics, a...
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To suggest that Lamont gets the better of Salmong is far from the mark. It is obvious that she reads from prepared scripts and rarely reponds to the Fitst Ministers answers - just more pre-prepared sound bites. In fact most Scots I talk to cringe at her constant heckling style (?) and constant bawling and shouting. It is way past the time for Scottish Labour to get over its visceral hatret of the SNP. The people of Scotland have spoken and will speak again in 2014. Time for Scottish Labour to stick up for what's best for Scotland instead of their own political interests.

 

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Labour critics call for McLeish to join SNP - Scotsman

Labour critics call for McLeish to join SNP - Scotsman | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
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SENIOR Labour figures were dismayed yesterday by Henry McLeish's prediction that a crisis in unionist politics could lead to a Nationalist referendum victory.
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Labour all at sea.

 

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‘UK should have created oil fund’ says Darling

‘UK should have created oil fund’ says Darling | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
ALISTAIR Darling has acknowledged that the UK should have invested its North Sea oil bounty for future generations, but warned voters that remaining reserves cannot be both “spent and saved” by future governments.

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Well done Peter A Bell for an excellent taking apart of Alistair Darling's spluttering performance on BBc's Hard Talk. He reveals his abysmal record in government. The slight uptick in the UK's performance in early 2010 was nothing more than "a dead cat's bounce" - a term well known in financial markets.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, August 20, 2013 9:39 PM

Darling is very good at forgiving himself and those for whom he speaks. Can we afford to be so blasé? I think not!

The squandering of oil revenues was not just a one-off misjudgement. It was a wilful act symptomatic of a mindset which still prevails in the British state. Who can doubt that if a similarly exploitable resource were discovered tomorrow, it too would be purloined for the purposes of an economic and political elite?

The bottom line is that Darling is not to be trusted. It's nothing personal. He just happens to be mired in a political system that is as corrupt as it is incompetent. A system that will protect itself at any cost to the people.

In Scotland we are fortunate in having not only the will and the capacity to do things differently, we also have the opportunity. All that is required is that we trust ourselves rather than the likes of Alistair Darling. All we have to do is vote Yes next year.

When you think about it, why would we do anything else?

Bruce Milne's comment, August 21, 2013 7:57 AM
A similar exploitable resource such as shale gas maybe! To hell with public opinion and the know consequences lets frack......
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The keepers of the gate

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Professor Michael E. Smith, the Chair of International Relations at the University of Aberdeen, is a man who it’s fair to say knows his onions when it comes to the politics of transatlantic defence. A native of the USA who describes himself as “increasingly intrigued about independence”, he’s written extensively on EU military and security policy, and also understands the internal machinations of NATO a touch better than plebs such as ourselves or even, dare we say it, Willie Rennie.

 


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An expert analysis on Scotland and NATO from a renowned academic. Professor Smith highlights some of the scaremongering that Better Together are deploying in the vain hope of retaining Trident in order to secure their seat in the United Nations Security Council

 

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Ed Miliband is 'getting it right' as Labour leader - The Courier

Ed Miliband is 'getting it right' as Labour leader - The Courier | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
The Courier Ed Miliband is 'getting it right' as Labour leader The Courier SNP defence spokesman, Angus Robertson, said: “In reality, and in all circumstances, Scottish yards will secure orders from around the world on the basis of their skills and...
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The "fish wife" has spoken so it must be right - lol

 

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Closing ranks

Closing ranks | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
When we commissioned our poll, we were about 50/50 in terms of whether the mainstream media would cover it. When the results came in, we cautiously shifted to 60/40 in favour. No matter how piqued ...
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As always the comments section is as interesting as the article itself. However, it is a very well written article and deserves your attention.

 

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Liberal Democrats have a vision for federal structure after No vote - Herald Scotland

Liberal Democrats have a vision for federal structure after No vote - Herald Scotland | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Liberal Democrats have a vision for federal structure after No vote Herald Scotland WITH reference to the No parties, Ian Bell writes that "now they refuse to say what the choice truly involves" or "say nothing about the aftermath of a No vote"...
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What chance the Lib Dems being in a position to influence constitutional change after any No vote next year - fat chance. In any case Scots will vote Yes in the 2014 Referendum on independence for Scotland. 

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Revealed: Yes Scotland email account was illegally accessed by foreign hacker, police believe

Revealed: Yes Scotland email account was illegally accessed by foreign hacker, police believe | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
STAFF at Yes Scotland are now facing the possibility that confidential information about donors and funding arrangements could have been accessed by the hackers.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, August 22, 2013 6:51 AM

Credit is due to the Daily Record for at least acknowledging that the real story here is the hacking of a Yes Scotland email account. What a pity they have to spoil it by telling blatant lies. The article by Elliot Bulmer was not "presented as coming from a representative of the politically neutral Scottish Constitutional Commission". It was very explicitly stated that the article was written in a personal capacity.

Other media coverage of this matter has been at least as dishonest but generally more determined to bury the hacking story in an avalanche of patently contrived righteous indignation about the mundane fact that a professional academic was paid a very small fee for doing a piece of work.

Nobody is more vocal in expressing theatrical outrage at this little bit of trivia than the hapless Better Together campaign chief, Blair McDougall. One would not, I think, have to be overly cynical to wonder why he is quite so frantically determined to divert attention from the unfolding scandal of "dirty tricks" being used by parties as yet unknown but evidently no friends of Yes Scotland.

We might also note, with a degree of surprise which will vary according to how familiar we are with the habits and practices of the architect of Project Fear, that the increasingly beleaguered McDougall signally fails to condemn the alleged criminality that is the real story here.


Confused priorities, perhaps? Or some more malign motive? We must each judge for ourselves.

Vincent McDee's comment, August 22, 2013 7:47 AM
The daily express hasn't bother with the hacking part, just gone for : Quit call over Yes cash for lecturer (McDoughy wish Jenkins quit)
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Independence White Paper publication date 'confusion'

THE Scottish Government has fuelled fresh speculation over the publication of its independence White Paper after altering its official referendum timetable.

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Peter E Bell says: "Sometimes I think the Scottish Government is just taking the pish out of rabid British nationalists such as Jim Murphy."


I would agree Peter if you had also included The Herald and other MSM as well as JIm Murphy.


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Peter A Bell's curator insight, August 22, 2013 7:55 AM

Sometimes I think the Scottish Government is just taking the pish out of rabid British nationalists such as Jim Murphy.

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The Queen Of Madland

The Queen Of Madland | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

We try very hard not to be crude on this website. But sometimes you’ve just got to bite the bullet and point out that someone’s a completely boneheaded moron who shouldn’t be sent out for bread and milk without grown-up supervision, let alone given a senior political position in what was once a respectable major party.

 


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Keep your comments coming Magret. They are adding daily to the number of Scots supporting the Yes campaign for an independent Scotland.

 

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, August 22, 2013 8:43 AM

It could well be argued that Secretary of State for Scotland is the ideal job for a "completely boneheaded moron".

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Margaret Curran: Nationalism is a cultural threat

Margaret Curran: Nationalism is a cultural threat | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
TALENT and experience are all that matters – not where a person comes from, writes Margaret Curran

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What a devastating critique of Curran's rant by Pater A Bell. It was very interesting to read the comments section below this article. 

 

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, August 21, 2013 12:40 PM

That was hard going! And I skipped chunks of it! Who would want to linger long amidst Margaret Curran's vile flirtations with ethnic nationalism.

And who the hell is she to declare Alex Salmond's "beliefs" - far less "interpret" them for us applying her warped prejudices, convoluted associations and painfully contrived allusions? I recognise nothing of the Alex Salmond I know in Curran's outrageous calumnies and vile smears. I recognise only the snide, salacious insinuations of a character sorely twisted by rancid resentment.

Nor do I recognise anything of the independence movement with which I have been involved for over half a century. Like all her British nationalist ilk Curran speaks of Scotland's civic nationalist movement as one who is infinitely more foreign to our affairs than simply being of another nationality, ethnicity or culture. She speaks as one separated from the realities of modern Scottish politics, not by the mere borders of a nation, by the impenetrable barriers of her own prideful ignorance, primitive tribalism and mindless bigotry.

Blind and deaf to her own hypocrisy she defends a British state that is daily more repressive, more isolationist and more socially divisive while spewing hateful lies about those who want no more than that Scotland should be empowered to take a different and a better path.

If you cannot find a better reason to vote Yes in next year's referendum then do so for the precious opportunity to rid Scottish politics of repulsive individuals like Maggie Curran.

David Briggs's comment, August 21, 2013 5:03 PM
She's to be encouraged. Keep flapping your gums Maggs!
Charles Patrick O'Brien's comment, August 22, 2013 9:47 AM
Curran can make anybody cringe add that to the Scottish cringe and its almost asking to be beaten,just in case you think a wrong thought i.e. non Labour thought,if they ever had a thought.
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Salmond accused of 'playing fast and loose' with BBC over plans

Salmond accused of 'playing fast and loose' with BBC over plans | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran slams First Minister over plans to break up broadcaster.

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This must mean that Curran likes the BBC in Scotland as is. I wonder why.

 

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, August 22, 2013 6:06 AM

Another day. Another "Salmond accused" headline.

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THE welfare cuts imposed by Westminster are the political ...

THE welfare cuts imposed by Westminster are the political ... | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
Scotland sends around £60billion worth of taxes to the Treasury each year but a government we didn't vote for at Westminster decides how much we get back. If we had that £60billion to spend as we wished, we could create a ...
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No-campaign accused of over-zealous online censorship

No-campaign accused of over-zealous online censorship | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it

The anti-independence campaign group Better Together has been accused of routinely censoring messages from its online Facebook page if they do not express pro-Union views.

 


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Better Together would never censor anything. Believe that and you will believe the moon is made of cheese.

 

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Sam Ghibaldan: Can SNP snatch poll victory? - Scotsman

Sam Ghibaldan: Can SNP snatch poll victory? - Scotsman | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
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Sam Ghibaldan: Can SNP snatch poll victory?
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... fights on opponents' territory.
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Once again it is all about the SNP. Can't the Scotsman get it into its corporate thick head that the 2014 Referendum on independence for Scotland is for the people of Scotland to decide and not the SNP. The Scotsman like the Labour Party seem to have a visceral hatred of the SNP, a party incidentlally that Scotland's people elected.

 

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Is Better Together using fear to drive its campaign forward?

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Henry McCleish told Scotland Tonight that the campaign was 'complacent and divisive'.

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Scottish independence: No Commonwealth issue - SNP

Scottish independence: No Commonwealth issue - SNP | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
THE SNP has said an independent Scotland will remain part of the Commonwealth, amid suggestions by a top official that membership would not be automatic.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, August 20, 2013 1:23 PM

It is rather disturbing how much these British nationalists relish what they perceive to be problems for Scotland. They really do not have our interests at heart at all.

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Clydeside loses out to South Korea to build £½bn Royal Navy tankers

Clydeside loses out to South Korea to build £½bn Royal Navy tankers | Unionist Shenanigans | Scoop.it
A CLYDE shipyard has been snubbed over a £452 million contract to build four tankers for the Royal Navy, raising question marks over claims of the UK defence dividend for Scotland.

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That's another $452,000,000 of North Sea oil money vanished from the Scottish economy.

 

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, August 20, 2013 3:01 PM

Not much advantage to being part of the UK then.