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Dinner with No Voters or “What I wanted to say before the Pudding hit the fan”

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10325374_842844915744161_1747748988925750116_nThis from Peter Arnott works as a part response to this conflict-averse piece by Madeleine Bunting (check the weird ethnic civic framing).

One thing that almost all of my friends who tell me they intend to vote No in September have in common is that they wish that this referendum campaign had never happened. They don’t see the need for it. They think it is needlessly sowing doubt, division and uncertainty at a time when nobody really wanted the debate to happen. They wish the whole damn thing would go away and be forgotten.

I have a certain amount of sympathy with that. I am sure Alex Salmond does too. After all, he didn’t expect the Labour Party in Great Britain and in Scotland to collapse quite so comprehensively as they did in 2010 and 2011, and thus make possible the election of a majority SNP administration at Holyrood that…

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Letter from Hanoi, Vietnam on our Independence Referendum

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The letter below arrived on the Bella desk (via Margaret who helps organise for Yes Helensburgh & Lomond).  Sometimes you need an outside view to help put things into perspective.  Thank you Phi Yến Pham.

June 28, 2014

A Vietnamese view of Scotland’s vote for independence

I have never been to Scotland, am not a journalist and normally have no interest in politics. I have, however, become fascinated by the independence debate in Scotland where I understand that some recent online polls have suggested a very high level of support for Independence[1] while the most recent offline poll suggests that Scots will be much more likely to vote in favour of independence if they think the current British government will be voted in again[2].

But the question I ask myself again and again is: why would anyone vote No?

As far as I can tell it seems to be because some people think independence…

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Originally posted on 30492 LONDON CELTIC PUNKS:

Paddy Punx

Paddy Punx Blog was started in 2009 and ran for a couple of years gaining a massive following and then just as quickly as it came it suddenly went off air. How it began or who told me about it I cannot remember but the site introduced me to literally 100’s of bands from all corners of the earth that I would never otherwise have got to see or hear. It has though left behind a legacy evident in pretty much every celtic-punk fans record collection and just in case you’re one of the poor unfortunates to have missed it we give you these massive collections put together by the blog. All contain well over 100 songs by the worlds best ever bands to have ever picked up a mandolin and play anything remotely similar to celtic-punk. We’re still none the wiser about who was behind the Blog but when…

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Arses oot fir Indy.

Originally posted on the frumious bandersnatch:

Comment: The latest research in the field of big data and social physics reveals that the best way to secure ‘Yes’ might simply be to reveal a bit more of ourselves.

The idea of a ‘collective intelligence’ within societies and communities is not new. The origin of the word, ‘kith,in ‘kith and kin’ derives from the archaic English and Germanic words for knowledge. The same word that provides the root of ‘couth’ indicating a person of some sophistication and its more oft met antonym, ‘uncouth’.

Our ‘kith’ then is the circle of peers in our community from which we take much of our instruction when it comes to decision making and most of our learning. Taking advantage of this fact and some rather surprising research in the developing field of social physics may equip us with the gentle ‘nudge’ we need to bring the…

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