With so little in the way of positive things to communicate in favour of the Union, the pro-unionist parties and individuals continue to resort to bare-faced lying regarding a number of important issues including the EU, pensions and (one very close to the hearts of ordinary folk like you and I) health. Scare stories surrounding the Scottish NHS, health and associated matters have been one of the main weapons of the Better Together campaign, as repugnant as they undoubted are. The scare regarding the Great Ormond Street Hospital of a few weeks’ back is a prime example.
Now, the ‘great’ Gordon Brown, the man that screwed our pensions and landed the UK into the mess it is in (exacerbated by the Tory/Lib-Dem coalition), is dishing up another health scare story. There will be no exchange of blood or transplant organs between an independent Scotland and the rUK. This is clearly a lie of the greatest magnitude and pretty repugnant too. It is a lie repeated by Labour campaigners both north and south of the border with relish. Cross-border organ and blood donations is an EU-wide arrangement, so again we see the latest ‘Scotland will be cast out, separate and alone in the world’ type of thing alongside an attempt to truly scare the Scottish public regarding a really important health issue!
The pretty despicable and totally inaccurate tweet from a wet-behind-the-ears-teenage campaigner from south of the border…who does not even have a vote this September…and hasn’t a clue how the system works. My advice to Mr Doyle is…….grow up!
Sadly, the papers in Scotland all picked up on what Gordon Brown had to say on the subject. Lies or otherwise, none of the so-called respectable papers bothered to do what Stuart Campbell of Wings over Scotland did and that was to contact NHS Blood and Transplant Organ Donation and Transplantation Directorate. The reply, as published on the WoS site was as follows:
I can confirm that Scottish independence will not affect organ donation and the system will continue as it does currently.
I hope this answers your query, please let me know if you require any further information and I will be happy to help.
Enough said. The lies that the pro-unionists will tell us to save this dysfunctional Union beggars belief. Be alert to what is printed in the papers – it is a daily barrage of lies and downright misleading headlines (in large bold type) to scare you into voting against Scottish Independence. The most basic of journalistic investigation lays these stories bare for what they are – lies and more lies. The papers in Scotland (which are basically part of the British-run media based in London and with a massive interest in retaining the Westminster establishment) will print any old lies from the pro-unionist camp – any old lie to save the Union.
Another downright mis-truth by the Better Together finally put to rest, The story is published in the Daily Record today. There are hints that this publication is becoming more Indy-friendly, but be careful of the mainstream media – after its continued and parrot-like regurgitation of the same old Unionist and Better Together scare stories and in many instances, downright lies, I still see it as a threat to independence.
From Yes Highland today…I quote…
To return to our nautical theme it would seem the No campaign scaremongering on shipbuilding has just been blown out of the water.
Some quotes from the open letter by the surviving members of the 1971 work-in at the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders.
“The UK Government is attempting to portray itself as the protector of shipbuilding in Scotland, but nothing could be further from the truth.”
“Despite the efforts of the trade union movement, shipbuilding has been neglected by Westminster governments, and there is a stronger, brighter future for our shipbuilding industry in an independent Scotland.”
“In 1979 Scottish shipbuilding employed around 35,000 people – but by 2012 there were less than 8,000, and the Westminster government aims to reduce jobs further from over 5,000 to 1,500.”
“So, the great threat that looms over our shipbuilding industry is the threat from no change, from keeping on the same downward path with Westminster. We believe there can and must be a different way forward – but that depends on bringing economic power to Scotland.”
Read the full letter at The Daily Record (no, really).
This one is doing the rounds…and it is of local interest. The person in this video is a well known character in Nairn and Inverness. He spent a good ten minutes hurling abuse at Yes campaigners when the stall was last out in Nairn. It’s a pity he has taken his particular brand of campaigning for the Union to this level. It puts the accusation of ‘blood and soil nationalism’ (amongst other things) directed to Yes campaigners and the SNP into true perspective.
It does not surprise me, only makes me cringe. After all, the Better Together (BT) campaign has worked hard use ‘nationalism’ to demonise the Yes campaign and the SNP. However, the video demonstrates another point – it also shows the reply by a panelist for Yes. The contrast between the local character who, through the use of colourful language, is clinging to the past and the reply from the panelist looking towards the future of Scotland is interesting – not just in content but in tone too. Watch it to the end and see what I mean.
Make no mistake about it – there will be change after 18th September 2014, no matter which way Scotland votes. However, do you vote for change we can control through our own independent parliament or do you vote for change we can never hope to control?
Many people planning to vote to keep the union are worried by change and demand certainties from the Yes side. There are none to be had in any walk of life and to keep asking for certainties is not particularly helpful to the Indy debate. However, here’s one you can be pretty sure of…