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They haven't been very wis

Better Together is unravelling before our eyes.

Every statement is treated as a joke.

They haven't been very clever with their campaign of belittling and threats. Then the love bombing has been more of an irritation. As CL says above Anne Diamond, Cowell also Bowie urging us to say No is not the best idea. On the other hand I don't really think that it's been the work of Sturgeon and Salmond who have fostered the rise of the Yes voters. That appears to be more down to spontaneous grass roots organisations being established and all the discussions / debates on the social media.

I see that Bill Munro of Barrhead Travel has written to all his employees warning them that they should vote NO as a YES voe would be bad for the travel industry. This appears to have backfired a bit.

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Bill to scrap Scots MPs post-Independence tabled:

cottish independence: A BILL which would get rid of Scottish MPs on “independence day” in the event of a yes vote, has been given permission to be tabled in the House of Commons.

The proposed legislation put forward by Western Isles SNP MP Angus MacNeil in a 10-minute rule bill was unopposed by MPs and will be debated formally on 6 June.

Mr MacNeil said it would be wrong for Scottish MPs to continue to sit in the Commons and paid for by voters in the rest of the UK once their constituencies were no longer part of the UK.

And he admitted that his Bill would make him unemployed and could bring about a change in government.

His 10 minute rule bill followed a failed attempt last week by Carlisle Tory MP John Stevenson to use the same Commons procedure to scrap Scottish MPs the day after a Yes vote.

Mr MacNeil said: “It would be wrong for Scottish MPs and their staff to be employed here when their constituents have moved on and become a successful Scotland with an oil fund in the same model of Norway.”

http://www.scotsman.com/news/uk/bill-to-scrap-scots-mps-post-yes-vote-to-be-tabled-1-3362042

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Following on from the above, Senior Tories are pushing to exclude Scottish Voters from the 2015 elections if negotiating terms of Independence.

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Senior Tories want the Prime Minister to solve the electoral conundrum that could see Scottish MPs returned to parliament even if separation is backed by banning all 59 constituencies north of the border from taking part.

The move would make a dramatic difference to the outcome of the election next year, wiping out a significant section of Labour's powerbase and a sizeable number of Liberal Democrats.

In May 2010 Labour won 41 seats, the Lib Dems 11, the SNP six while the Conservatives secured just one MP.

So far, there has been no decision on what would happen to Scotland's Westminster seats between parliamentary elections and March 2016, when it would become an independent nation, in the event of a yes vote this autumn.

It is widely assumed that elections would continue as usual but Scottish MPs would then vacate their seats when links are severed.

Tories believe it would unacceptable, however, for them to hold their seats while London and Edinburgh were negotiating the break-up of the UK

Scottish-born John Stevenson, who represents Carlisle, said: "Why should the peoples of Northern Ireland, Wales and England have laws passed in this House by MPs who for all intents and purposes are about to be part of a foreign country?"

http://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/referendum-news/senior-tories-tell-cameron-ban-scots-from-2015-uk-election-if-we-vote-yes.1396479867?utm_source=headlines&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=email%2Balert

They're really starting to envisage separation.

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The move would not make one iotas difference to the election, Scotland's vote counts for nothing, the votes of Scotland have not influenced an election for over 50 years. What middle England wants, middle England gets

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<_< The Better Together campaign seem to be grasping at straws... I would have thought that 5 months before the referendum the quality of the debate might have become a bit more focused.

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It's got to happen - anything else is a no brainer - despite what the lovely Eddie Izzard says.

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Eddie is a good solid labour man who will be standing for the London Mayor for labour. Even he has to see the damage being done to democracy by the Westminster system.

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I've always liked Eddie but didn't like his love bombing. Be great for the poorer people in London if he replaced Boris.

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This is too much: Lord Robertson telling it like it isn't in the USA:

Scottish Independence "would be cataclysmic for the world...the forces of darkness would love it" : George Robertson, 8.4.2014

Apparently Independence 'would the threaten the stability of the wider world'

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-26933998

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Unlike the foreign policies of the USA and the UK.

That has to be one of the most embarrassing pieces of nonsense ever dreamt up by Better Together.

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bet he never mentions that "the forces of darkness" where the US and UK though :P

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Good move on the part of Alex Salmond to call on Labour support for an independent Scotland. ...Stronger together - right enough. B)

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Good move on the part of Alex Salmond to call on Labour support for an independent Scotland. ...Stronger together - right enough. B)

You're right, harper. And there's every indication with a lot of groups being formed from the Left.

I think the emphasis on greater equality is bound to win the hearts and minds of people, who are so sickened by the every growing gap between the rich and the poor. Not to mention the gap between the working rich and working poor.

I think the 30 hour week is an interesting idea and worthy of consideration: "

"Our intention is for a four-day, 30-hour week to be one part of building a more equal society and a stronger economy that utilises human resources effectively."

Published tomorrow by the left-wing Jimmy Reid Foundation, "Time for Life" is the latest paper in a series on the Common Weal, the idea that Scotland can be a wealthier, healthier and fairer society by adapting progressive economic and social policies from the Nordic nations."

""If all the full-time employees in Scotland worked an optimal 30-hour week, there would be enough hours left over to provide every single person in Scotland seeking employment with up to 30 hours.""

In a recent survey 57% of workers identified overwork as a problem.

I personally know people who have become ill when no replacements were made when workers left employment, leaving other workers to carry the weight.

Long hours causes, stress, health problems and the break up of homes. British workers work longer hours than most other European nations.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/referendum-news/report-urges-four-day-week-in-indy-scotland-to-end-culture-of-overwork.23946187?utm_source=headlines&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=email%2Balert

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Scots can’t leave UK and keep Buckfast Tonic Wine says Chancellor
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Hands off, Scotland. This is England’s precious.

Though only six days have passed since David Cameron attempted to love bomb Scotland into voting against independence in the forthcoming referendum saying he couldn’t bear to see the “the most extraordinary country in history” torn apart, the government has now ditched the nice approach and gone for the jugular saying that Buckfast Tonic Wine would not be exported to an independent Scotland.

http://eveningharold.com/2014/02/13/scots-cant-leave-uk-and-keep-buckfast-tonic-wine-says-chancellor/

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I'd be more concerned about who owns the majority of the whisky industry....

www.herald.com/who-owns-our-whisky-1.826391

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