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Gordon Macintyre-Kemp: A deficit in thinking from the mainstream media

Gordon Macintyre-Kemp: A deficit in thinking from the mainstream media | scottish referendum | Scoop.it

THE mainstream press are falling over themselves to point out the size of the financial deficit that Scotland has as part of the United Kingdom. From this, unionists conclude that Scotland cannot afford to be an independent nation and that it shows how much we need the UK to subsidise us. Putting aside that remarkable lack of respect and ambition for Scotland there is, however, a question the press are not asking.

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Labour MP describes SNP surge as 'like a tsunami'

Labour MP describes SNP surge as 'like a tsunami' | scottish referendum | Scoop.it
THE scale of Labour's foreboding north of the Border has been laid bare on the eve of the first televised Scottish leaders' debate with one ex-MP and candidate admitting the SNP surge is "like a tsunami" even the world's best swimmer could not hope to survive.
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Labour too weak to handle SNP alliance say Tories

Labour too weak to handle SNP alliance say Tories | scottish referendum | Scoop.it
NICOLA Sturgeon would be the dominant player in any post-election alliance between Labour and the SNP, the Conservatives claimed last night.
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A Fate Worse than Debt

A Fate Worse than Debt | scottish referendum | Scoop.it
The most useful power the Smith Commission could grant the Scottish Government is the ability to get itself as deeply into debt as possible.
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When Scots say they want more powers for the Scottish Parliament, they are expressing a desire for their country to follow a fundamentally different path to UK austerity. It is not enough to redistribute the pain, to be allowed to choose between spending cuts and tax rises. If the Smith Commission is to save the Union, only the devolution of full borrowing powers will do.

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An acceptable answer

An acceptable answer | scottish referendum | Scoop.it

Earlier today we published an email from Daily Record editor Murray Foote about “The Vow”. In it he referred to an editorial published in the paper on 8 September, attacking the “confused and shambolic” position of the three Unionist parties on further devolution to Scotland in the event of a No vote.

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Hear no Devo..See no Devo..Speak no Devo

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Jim Murphy is Scottish Labour's only hope - Spectator Blogs

Jim Murphy is Scottish Labour's only hope - Spectator Blogs | scottish referendum | Scoop.it
At the risk of intruding into someone else's calamity, if you can't enjoy this what can you enjoy? By this I mean, of course, Scottish Labour's meltdown. (Suggestions the party…
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MPs told: Smith commission won't produce sustainable devo plan

MPs told: Smith commission won't produce sustainable devo plan | scottish referendum | Scoop.it
The commission tasked with brokering a quick deal on Scottish devolution could face calls for a suspension to head off
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Cameron has failed in duty on debate say SNP

Cameron has failed in duty on debate say SNP | scottish referendum | Scoop.it
DAVID Cameron has been accused by the SNP of a "total dereliction of duty" for not leading today's set-piece six-hour Commons debate on devolution following the Scottish independence referendum.
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These Pictures Show Scottish Independence Supporters Aren't Going Anywhere

These Pictures Show Scottish Independence Supporters Aren't Going Anywhere | scottish referendum | Scoop.it
Thousands of people flocked to the centre of Glasgow for a rally in support of Scottish independence on Sunday.

The Hope Over Fear event, organised by the socialist campaign for an independent Scotland, attracted supporters of all ages from across the city and beyond.
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Scotland being part of the UK will be as short-lived as the rainbow's lovely form, evanishing amid the storm to come.

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An individual truth about Scotland’s fracking nightmare – Scottish Statesman – Scottish News, Opinion & Comment

An individual truth about Scotland’s fracking nightmare – Scottish Statesman – Scottish News, Opinion & Comment | scottish referendum | Scoop.it
I have been very busy following the referendum debate in depth for the past many months reading vast amounts of articles and news, posting comments and generally trying to engage other people, especially the undecided, in genuine conversation about Independence.
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more of the same #Westminster #fracking #45

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As things stand

A couple of weeks on and the history of the Scottish independence referendum is being rewritten just as fast as that pesky oil that was running out turned into a bonanza lasting for the next century. The sweeping generalisations of the victors abound, especially in the media that backed them to the hilt throughout the long campaign. It’s a pity they didn’t stop to think in advance. Maybe they would have seen the writing on the wall.
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We told you so #2

We told you so #2 | scottish referendum | Scoop.it
Even we're surprised how fast these are coming true. Stay tuned for more. They're on the way. (Here are some of the times we told you so.) Nick Clegg Signs Another Pledge Diluting the poisoned chal...
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No surprises here!!!!!!

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Nick Robinson's blackout - YouTube

A mindboggling lie from the BBC's Nick Robinson. Alex Salmond gave a detailed answer several minutes long BEFORE making his complaint about the story. The an...
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Betrayal of the BBC as corrupt as its Westminster government it serves. Be gone with the lot of ye! 

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The disunited Kingdom and the confusion in Britain’s political elites

The disunited Kingdom and the confusion in Britain’s political elites | scottish referendum | Scoop.it
The Scots indyref was a watershed moment. But the debate hasn't gone away and large parts of pro-union opinion seem more angry and in dismay than they did last year. This points to future problems for the continuation of the UK.
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 Westminster politics have declared independence from the rest of the UK, and with this Scotland has become de jure self-governing and autonomous.

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Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael: 'I know who leaked Nicola Sturgeon memo'

Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael: 'I know who leaked Nicola Sturgeon memo' | scottish referendum | Scoop.it
A SCOTLAND Office civil servant was behind the leaked memo that claimed Nicola Sturgeon wants David Cameron to remain as Prime Minister.

Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has fingered an official in his own department for writing the note.
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The newspapers are preparing for a coup - and Labour is doing nothing to stop them

The newspapers are preparing for a coup - and Labour is doing nothing to stop them | scottish referendum | Scoop.it

Britain's constitution is being re-written in Daily Mail and Telegraph headlines to keep Labour out - and Jim Murphy is helping them.

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Banffshire & Buchan Coast SNP: Labour abandoned the social justice agenda in Scotland. That will be the daily business of the SNP.

Banffshire & Buchan Coast SNP: Labour abandoned the social justice agenda in Scotland. That will be the daily business of the SNP. | scottish referendum | Scoop.it
These are good days in which to become First Minister and leader of the SNP.

When Alex Salmond became leader in 1990, the SNP had just four MPs at Westminster. There was no Scottish Parliament, or even the prospect of one, and Scotland was governed by Tory Secretary of State Malcolm Rifkind.
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What Next?

What Next? | scottish referendum | Scoop.it
Six weeks later, and time to take some perspective. There are many positives to take from the campaign. The age demographics (with a majority of under 65’s voting Yes) and the Yes votes in West Central Scotland and Dundee mean that the idea of Independence is now ‘normalised’ across large parts of the population. In many parts of the country and social circles Independence is now the normal view. Self-determination is no longer looked upon as a fringe minority opinion. The significance of this for future should not be underestimated.
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Is schadenfreude fatal?

Less than two months since Scotland voted No, and it’s become clear that the big loser from the independence referendum isn’t the SNP or the other pro-independence parties, it’s Labour. Is schadenfreude fatal? I may have given up ciggies just to die from an overdose of smugness, gloating, and an overwhelming urge to yell out: “Ha ha! Fuckin’ TELT yese!”
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Go hang yourself in shame. Read it and weep.

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The shattering of The Vow

The shattering of The Vow | scottish referendum | Scoop.it

We didn’t notice this piece in Scotland on Sunday three weekends ago, because we were on holiday and, well, it was in Scotland on Sunday. But it seems odd that nobody (including SoS) has picked up on its ramifications at the time or since, because if it’s true then it would officially and conclusively mark the complete abandonment of the “vow” all three Westminster party leaders made to Scottish voters prior to the referendum, just 10 days after Scots voted to believe that vow.

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Be sure the truth will find you out

Be sure the truth will find you out | scottish referendum | Scoop.it
This morning’s Daily Record has a rather panicky-sounding editorial complaining that Yes supporters, from the First Minister down, are refusing to “move on” from the referendum result and are complaining about “betrayal”, especially in the light of yesterday’s joke of a Commons debate. The Record calls for unity and also talks, hilariously, of the “settled will of the Scottish people”.
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SNP surge brings gloom for Labour

Another week and there is more worrying news for Scottish Labour.

SNP figures show that a significant proportion of the colossal number of new members they have signed up since the referendum come from traditional Labour heartlands.
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Lamont attacks Salmond over Abellio rail contract

Lamont attacks Salmond over Abellio rail contract | scottish referendum | Scoop.it
ALEX Salmond has been accused of using his final days in power to sell out Scotland, after Dutch rail operator Abellio was awarded the contract to run ScotRail services from April 2015.
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David Cameron urges Scottish nationalists to accept referendum defeat - Telegraph

David Cameron urges Scottish nationalists to accept referendum defeat - Telegraph | scottish referendum | Scoop.it
The Prime Minister rebukes Nicola Sturgeon after she claimed it was a matter of "when, not if" Scotland becomes independent.
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Us, now, or never

Us, now, or never | scottish referendum | Scoop.it
We have fifteen hours. The next fifteen hours mark the only ones in the entire history of time in which the fate of Scotland has rested democratically in the hands of its people. In 1707 the countr...
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