Scottish Referendum

Scottish Referendum

Should Westminster Recall The Scottish Referendum

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Media Bias & Propaganda Campaign

Total Rubbish in the Daily Record - but this scares the older generation, is this fair?

George Monbiot in the Guardian, 10 September 2014:

“If Scotland becomes independent, it will be despite the efforts of almost the entire UK establishment. It will be because social media has defeated the corporate media. It will be a victory for citizens over the Westminster machine, for shoes over helicopters.
It will show that a sufficiently inspiring idea can cut through bribes and blackmail, through threats and fear-mongering. That hope, marginalised at first, can spread across a nation, defying all attempts to suppress it. That you can be hated by the Daily Mail and still have a chance of winning.”

Lloyds TSB, RBS all said they would be moving their head office in the event of a YES vote. The media however spun this story. Printing everywhere that banks were leaving Scotland in the event of a NO. 

Legally they would have had to have had their head office registered in the UK. It was a procedure they were carrying out. Both clearly said that they would be no losses to jobs in Scotland. 

The bank had hoped to keep its contingency plan secret until after the vote, even though most analysts had assumed it would have to move south to avoid the higher funding costs that would stem from losing the backing of the Bank of England.

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Politicians seized on the announcement. Danny Alexander, UK Treasury chief secretary, said: “If all these great institutions locate to England, you would absolutely see a loss of jobs at headquarters, but over time you would see a pulling away in terms of engagement with Scotland.

In a memo to RBS staff, Ross McEwan, the bank’s chief executive, reassured them that any move of its head office would be “a technical procedure . . . not an intention to move operations or jobs”.

Headlines however came out like this 

"Scotland's biggest companies reveal Yes exodus plans
Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds Banking Group, TSB, Clydesdale, Tesco Bank and Aegon have revealed they have plans to quit for England if Scotland votes Yes in favour of independence on September 18"

It's headlines like this that are in full breach of the Edinburgh Agreement & statements like this that swayed the 65+ generation into a NO vote. 


The UK's biggest retailers are being asked to intervene in the Scottish referendum debate, spelling out how a yes vote next week could force up the costs of doing business in an independent Scotland and result in higher prices in the shops.

With the explicit support of No 10, the initiative – which will come in the form of a letter to be released at the weekend – was being led by Sir Ian Cheshire, the chief executive of Kingfisher, the business behind B&Q, the DIY chain. Other retailers understood to have agreed to back the initiative so far include Marc Bolland, the chief executive of Marks & Spencer, and Charlie Mayfield, chairman of the John Lewis Group. Andy Clarke, the chief executive of Asda, and John Timpson, boss of the Timpson shoe repair business, also support it.

Is this right and fair? Westminster pushing retailers to speak out saying prices will rise? And therefore scare them into saying NO. 

The Daily Mail should be seriously reprimanded as they have instigated so much hate

Will Judy Murray pay the price for Andy's referendum 'betrayal'? English Strictly fans predict backlash against mother after tennis star Andy's last minute backing for independence

By Richard Spillett - September 19th 2014, 10:44:22 am

Tennis star Andy, who lives in Surrey, provoked anger by backing independence on the day of the historic vote. His views may now hit his mother's chances on the BBC show

- Andy Murray "betrayal" - how ???? 

This caused hate - look at this on twitter

Could independent Scotland become a backdoor into England for thousands of immigrants? How Salmond plans to open borders to 24,000 every year

Another Daily Mail headline - in my YES phone canvassing it was this particular headline that terried a 65+ lady 

All spun to provoke fear. The truth was SNP in white paper wanted to encourage immigration 24,000 people to come to Scotland. This would be based on a robust points system, which would mean that only skilled people - people who have something to bring to us, would be let in. Unlike current UK policy where door is open to one and all. 

Are headlines like this fair?

I notice a trend also in the media was to tear apart Alex Salmond personally. Painting him as a nasty English hating Nationalist trying to tear the Union apart! 

This is wrong. So wrong & scared people. 

The Queen also - she refused to speak out about the Referendum. However Better Together quoted her as did the media on more than a few occasions.

Pictured in the Mirror - implying she was on the NO side.

The Telegraph  - headline "The Queen loves Scotland. Who would wrench it from her?"

This is wrong!

Mirror Headline 

"Don't let me be last Queen of Scotland: Monarch in talks with PM over UK break-up"
Daily Record !!!

Obama was asked by Cameron to help him keep hold of Scotland, just like he asked Putin. Obama said something favourable about the British state but then went onto say that the decision on independence was up to the people of Scotland.

Putin done likewise then his administration leaked it to the media that they were asked, and yesterday someone from the US administration also leaked it to the media that Cameron ASKED Obama to say something for him.

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