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  1. Comment on And meanwhile in Larne, the UDA enforces its imaginary paramilitary writ…
    on 1 April 2014 at 12:02 am

    @Turgon

    I know there is an election coming which your party for some unknown reason seem rather worried about but try not to tell completely bare faced lies.

    How can someone’s interpretation be a lie? A lie is a deliberate untruth, Comrade Stalin has given his opinion on Sammy Wilson’s comments, an opinion which is perfectly valid and articulate. How can this be described as a lie?

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  2. Comment on Anna Lo, and the Myth that Northern Ireland Politics is about the Border
    on 26 March 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Since about 95% of band parades are non contentious most are exactly as you suggest: celebrations where a good time is had by all. Most parades are exactly like that and the lack of any controversy let alone trouble at most backs that up.

    That’s a remarkably unintelligible leap of logic.

    A good time may have been had by those that attended, but it may be worth exploring who those people are…

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  3. Comment on Gordon Brown’s tough to trump “have-your-cake-and-eat-it formula” for Scotland
    on 13 March 2014 at 10:09 am

    More doom and gloom it seems.

    Yet the latest opinion poll shows yet another increase in support for the Yes campaign. All us idiots clearly aren’t listening to the more sensible ones lecturing on and on about how the sky will fall in once there’s a Yes vote. Stupid Jocks.

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  4. Comment on David Cameron and love bombing the Scots
    on 13 February 2014 at 11:25 pm

    “But its not independence if you don’t control your own monetary policy.

    So by that logic Spain and France are not independent countries?

    ‘Devolution Max’ is a more accurate term to describe the situation that Salmond now wants

    No it isn’t. Devo Max would still have Westminster dictating large amounts of Scottish policy. The independence referendum would give Scotland complete political independence.

    If Scotland wants to join the euro and be ‘independent’ then Salmond can sell that one.

    No one has suggested that.

    The argument for the union is Scotland is well placed to look after most of its own affairs through devolved government while being involved in Westminster government on issues which are best worked out on all UK basis, like defence and currency with monetary policy.

    I’m afraid we’ll have to disagree on that one. Westminster governance is mis-governance when it comes to Scotland. The indifference is shocking. And why would Scotland want London determining the defence policy? More nuclear weapons on Scotland’s soil? More illegal wars? That’s not what Scotland wants, as poll after poll has shown. It’s time for Scotland to look after herself.

    I appreciate your desire for a federal kingdom, but that ship has sailed. London would never do it and in Scotland the independence genie is out of the bottle and it won’t go back in, no matter what happens in September.

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  5. Comment on “If I were Scottish, I would not dream of accepting such an arrangement…”
    on 13 February 2014 at 11:12 pm

    I’m not from Scotland originally but I’ve lived in Glasgow for 8 years. I intent to vote Yes and have volunteered for the Yes campaign.

    So I suppose I am.

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  6. Comment on “If I were Scottish, I would not dream of accepting such an arrangement…”
    on 13 February 2014 at 10:59 pm

    @Barnshee

    Facts please

    You should really look this stuff up yourself. But indeed a cursory glance on google reveals plenty of information on the subject.

    (there is no such thing as “Scottish oil” its own by the Petroleum giants)

    Well, there is. It is all about where the North Sea oil receipts go to. Under an independent Scotland they would resort to Edinburgh rather than London.

    There’s a reason even Unionists aren’t saying that Scotland can’t afford to be independent. Because that argument has been shown to be false time and time again.

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  7. Comment on David Cameron and love bombing the Scots
    on 13 February 2014 at 10:18 pm

    @ Red Lion

    “This is simply not independence”

    Well, it is. I mean, Westminster not having a say in an iScotland’s defence, taxation, education etc is independence.

    Spain and France are in a currency Union. By your logic they are not independent. Which is untrue.

    keeping the pound undermines the argument for ‘independence’

    The argument for independence is that Scotland would be better looking after her own affairs rather than being ruled by London which has a poor record of looking after Scotland’s interests. Keeping the pound does not undermine this principle at all.

    Westminster could deliver a knockout blow to Salmond by declaring a Royal Commission into UK governance, and hint broadly at federalism in so doing.

    Good luck.

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  8. Comment on “If I were Scottish, I would not dream of accepting such an arrangement…”
    on 13 February 2014 at 4:37 pm

    @ Barnshee

    “England will heave a sigh of relief if/when Scotland goes for\ broke for broke it sure is.

    And what exactly are you basing this on? The millions upon millions being pumped into Better Together? Or perhaps the impassioned pleas by high-ranking Tories for the Union to be maintained. Scotland is a NET contributor to the Union, it puts more money into it than it gets back. The subsidy myth has been exposed time and time again, not even the Tories are using that one now. Get with the times.

    England will -rightly- make sure that independence means exactly that.”

    Luckily for Scotland, that isn’t England’s decision. England doesn’t have the power to ‘make independence exactly that’. They can’t even stop Scotland from using the pound.

    @GEF

    “I can’t make these Jocks out. Surely if they want independence from England surely they should also be delighted to have their own currency. Or change over to the Euro if Brussels will have them.

    Well, you see, independence and national sovereignty aren’t exactly as black and white as that (except in NI perhaps). If keeping the pound makes more economic sense then why ditch it? Scotland wants to create the best socio-economic system for herself and will do so within her remit. So, while the idea of having ones own currency is a nice one, if it doesn’t make as much economic sense as keeping the pound, well then, why choose the less viable option?

    @Mick

    To explain a forced switch in policy? Remember, “if you’re explaining, you’re losing.”

    Expect the response from the Yes camp to be calm and measured. The pound is a shared asset, that’s the line and it will be stuck to. The Yes campaign knew this was coming, they’re just surprised that the No side have jumped so early. Panic stations anyone?

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  9. Comment on “If I were Scottish, I would not dream of accepting such an arrangement…”
    on 13 February 2014 at 1:28 pm

    @Mick

    “Are we talking about the same thing? The issue is currency union, not independence as such.

    Most of my above posts are with reference to the Currency Union. Hence the references to Economists speaking on the matter.

    However, I suppose you cannot separate Osborne’s latest outburst from the real politicking of the independence campaign. They’re one and the same. As I’ve pointed out, leading economic figures on the No side have stated that a currency union would be “logical” and “desirable”. Why would Osborne not want such a desirable (for the rUK) outcome? Or is this all a political manoeuvre and in the event of a Yes vote being carried the rUK would enter into a Currency Union regardless of what Osborne has said today…? I’d bet on it.

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  10. Comment on “If I were Scottish, I would not dream of accepting such an arrangement…”
    on 13 February 2014 at 1:22 pm

    @ Son of Strongbow

    “Perhaps the Yes campaign needs a better leader?”

    Salmond isn’t the leader of the Yes campaign.

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