‘ Comparing Two Areas of the Political Landscape Islamic State and Scottish Independence ‘

#AceNewsServices (Opinion)- September 17 – The British political elite has lately felt obliged to combat contingencies on two fronts. It’s not quite certain about how to proceed against the so-called Islamic State.

There’s a greater sense of purpose in the context of a prospective state of Scotland.

The late surge in momentum for Scottish independence evidently took Westminster and the City of London by surprise. After all, when a referendum was first mooted and subsequently sanctioned, popular assumptions and opinion polls suggested it would be more or less a non-starter. Democracy would have its day and the status quo would be maintained.

But then the tide turned and the polling gap suddenly was reduced to a level that fell within the margin of error.

Taken aback, the establishment rallied to the unionist cause.

The leaders of the three largest Westminster parties rushed to Scotland.

Financial institutions chipped in, as did leading retailers. Independence, they said, would be a disaster in economic terms.

The big banks will ship out.

Prices will rise.

Rump Britain won’t share its currency.

The message to Scots was clear: you’ll all be ruined if you choose independence. It wasn’t all stick, though. There were carrots on offer, too, notably the vow from all sides of mainstream politics that the devolution of powers would be substantially extended — almost guaranteeing virtual independence in effect, if not in name. 

Published in Dawn, September 17 2014 

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Also  read: Campaign for independence of Scotland enters final phase

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BRITAIN: ‘ UK Government Ramp-Up Pressure on the Independence Issue This Time Targeting Defence of the Realm ‘

#AceNewsServices – BRITAIN (London) – August 21 – The UK Armed Forces have a proud and distinguished history, here are 8 benefits to Scotland so say’s the British Government today and here is their 8 offers to say NO to Independence the number 8 is the best, given situation in others countries.


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UK Government News Story

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Why is the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) helping #NO Scotland?

The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) is something every household in the UK has to pay for, works out £5 a week, it’s for BRITAIN. Then we find out the advert at the very bottom of this article was in-fact filmed in the studio above, the BBC. Now for a Corporation that has to stay un-bias toward the UK why I ask did they allow an anti-independence video to be shot in their studios. Scotland has went mad over this and rightly so. Many are saying they will refuse to pay this licence fee any longer and I will be one of them. It is only £5 a week but the principle of it all will make me and many others stop paying. The Governments mouth piece the BBC has no damn right allowing this to happen. I ask all my Scottish Brothers and Sisters to reject the BBC for what it has done here.

BBC Scotland was last night embroiled in a major row over its impartiality amid concerns it flouted its own editorial and commercial guidelines by allowing a Better Together cinema advertisement to be filmed at its headquarters using the corporation’s in-house crew.

The Scotsman can reveal that the advert – shown on screens nationwide as part of the pro-Union group’s campaign ahead of the independence referendum – was produced at a studio in the BBC’s Pacific Quay base in Glasgow normally used for quiz shows. The filming, described by Better Together as a “commercial arrangement” between a sub-contracted production company and the BBC, appears to fall foul of a number of the broadcaster’s internal guidelines. The rules warn of damage to the corporation’s standing if it is seen to be associated with “inappropriate” third parties such as political parties and lobbying organisations. Any commercial activity with such groups that could “potentially undermine the BBC’s editorial integrity” must be referred, in advance, to its editorial policy department, the guidelines add.

BBC Scotland last night insisted there has been “no breach” of its guidelines, stating that political parties are allowed to use the corporation’s facilities on a “commercial basis.” But veteran former BBC broadcasterDerek Bateman warned management at Pacific Quay were operating in a “grey zone” and said the public perception of the advert’s production would be that “the BBC is working hand in glove with Better Together”. He said: “The BBC seem unable to define what’s appropriate behaviour and what isn’t.” The Scotsman has learned that Rob Shorthouse, director of communications at Better Together, was among those present in the BBC Scotland studio when the minute-long advertisement was being made. It was filmed at the beginning of April in Pacific Quay’s studio B, used to film popular BBC network programmes such as The Weakest Link and Eggheads. The high-profile advert featured testimonies from five young Better Together supporters.

Under the BBC’s fair trading guidelines – designed to ensure the corporation’s commercial activities do not impinge on its wider reputation and values – there are explicit procedures set out for dealing with politically affiliated bodies. Guideline 4.64 warns that “the value and reputation of the BBC brand may be damaged if any part of the BBC is seen to be associated with inappropriate third parties”. Guideline 4.65 adds: “Any activity involving a third party that could potentially undermine the BBC’s editorial integrity must be referred, in advance, to the editorial policy department. Examples of such organisations include: political parties, government departments and foreign governments; lobbying organisations…” The process of creating the advert saw Better Together hire BD Network, a Glasgow-founded creative agency with offices in Shoreditch and Melbourne. BD Network then sub-contracted the job to Early, a production firm co-founded by Martyn Smith, a former executive producer at BBC Entertainment, who recruited participants and booked the Pacific Quay studio. The corporation declined to reveal how much it received, citing commercial sensitivities, but it is understood the hire fees amounted to between £5,000 to £7,000.

The ad spot proved divisive when it was screened across scores of cinemas last month. Amid growing unease over similar adverts from Yes Scotland, major cinema chains including Odeon, Cineworld and Vue took a collective decision to ban all referendum advertising from their venues. Mr Shorthouse told The Scotsman that Better Together became aware the BBC Scotland was being used for the advert “pretty early” in the project’s development, adding: “I decided that I wanted it made in Scotland, not London – so I knew pretty early on in the process that the only option was the studios at the BBC.” Asked if Better Together had misgivings about using the state-funded broadcaster’s facilities for the advert, he said: “No. This was a commercial arrangement between a production company and the BBC.” Mr Bateman, the former BBC Scotland broadcaster, said: “The BBC helps parties make party political broadcasts at election times which is legitimate, but in a case like this, as with the CBI row, they’re walking a pretty tightrope. Anybody reading about it in the heat of the referendum debate will think the BBC is working hand in glove with Better Together. What on earth do they think the public are going to think about it?”

SNP MP Pete Wishart said: “I really do hope that the BBC pay clear attention to its own particular guidelines when it comes to this kind of production and that they are able to justify absolutely that they have not breached any of their guidelines. “I am aware that Pacific Quay, as part of value for money arrangements, makes itself available to outside organisations and they have to always be careful about how this kind of arrangement looks to the public.” Blair Jenkins, chief executive of Yes Scotland and a former head of news and current affairs at BBC Scotland, said: “It is incumbent on all public service broadcasters – of which the BBC is one – to remain impartial in all matters relating to the referendum, the most important constitutional vote in Scotland in hundreds of years.”

Asked if the film was referred to and cleared by the BBC’s editorial policy department, a Pacific Quay spokesman said BBC Scotland “knew what the production was for and editorial policy were aware of it”. He went on: “There has been no breach of editorial guidelines as BBC facilities are made available to organisations and businesses who want to use them, including political parties, on a commercial basis. “During the 2012 local election campaign, the SNP produced a party election broadcast in our Dumbarton studios. Again, that was hired out in accordance with our fair trading policy and there was no editorial association with the BBC in the broadcast.”

A spokeswoman for the BBC Trust said: “We note BBC Scotland’s statement that there has been no breach of the BBC’s editorial guidelines and correct policy was followed. The trust has no plans to investigate this.”

The Advert in Question:

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Obama talks about Scottish Independence, but can’t help his own people !

Really annoyed at this one today, Obama met with UK leader and Eton boy David Cameron and Obama HAD to have a say on Scottish Independence. Well I ask, did he? I mean this was a PR stunt of the highest order. Should Scotland leave the UK, there will still be England, Wales and Northern Ireland in the Union, in reality American would have a new friend in a free Scotland

Coming from a man who stands back and watches hundreds of his own people die every day due to no Health Care and spends more on Islam than he does on his own people, I think this is a slap in the face to each and every American who actually cares about Scotland leaving the Union/UK, and I am guessing these numbers would be very low. For Obama to stand and say these things slaps in the face of Scotland also. Who is he to tell us what we can or can’t vote. I think speaking to many Scottish people this evening many are very annoyed at Obama having the cheek to even remark on this issue and his remarks were so far from the truth it is untrue, many in the World will lap his words up but up here in Scotland we all laughed and shook our heads at a disaster of a PR by David Cameron

What gives Obama the right to dictate to anyone. He can’t run his own Country properly. If I could send one message to Obama it would be “No matter what happens Mr President, you will still have the UK as a partner” He had no right to stick his mouth into any debate. I am not angry at this I am fuming! I am mad! This was David Cameron asking Obama to help his cause for a NO Vote on September 18th.

Thankfully the people of Scotland are FAR more clever than this propaganda and have as I though we would laughed this stupid stunt off. It was rediculous, ill timed, not right and since when does Obama have a say on these matter? Again, NO MATTER the outcome, the UK will still exist. This is media crap and I urge every Scottish person to ignore it and laugh at it for exactly what it is. A stupid remark rehearsed in advance on a people who have a bigger IQ than Obama does. Scotland won’t fall for this propaganda rubbish

Shaun

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#UK: `Fight for an `Independent Scotland' will come at a price and that price as always is `Business First '

#AceUKNews says according to the report in the Telegraph the well known insurance company `Standard Life’ is making provisions to quit Edinburgh should Scotland become independent and decamp to London England.

The insurance, savings and pensions giant confirms it is drawing up contingency plans to move operations from its Edinburgh headquarters if there is a Yes vote in September, while RBS also warns independence would damage its business.

Although the firm insisted in its new annual report it was not taking a stance on Scottish independence, it said the planning was necessary to protect customers and shareholders.

It is understood this could involve moving its headquarters from Edinburgh to London.

In a double blow to the Nationalists, RBS used its full-year results to warn that uncertainty over the referendum is already damaging its business and a vote for separation would be “likely to significantly impact the Group’s credit ratings”.

Among the “material issues” Standard Life said was behind its decision were uncertainty over a separate Scotland’s currency, membership of the EU, monetary system, arrangements for financial services regulation and approach to individual taxation.

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#UK : `Cameron and Salmon argue out the Pro’s and Con’s of Benefits to their Economies’

#AceNewsServices says UK‘s North Sea oil industry at stake in vote for Scottish independence

NorthSea Oil PlatformBritain’s lucrative North Sea oil and gas industry, estimated to be worth up to £200 billion in potential benefits, may be in peril should Scotland vote for independence, David Cameron has warned, campaigning against independence ahead of the referendum.

On Monday, the prime minister is due to hold his first ever Cabinet meeting in Scotland, at Europe’s oil and gas hub, Aberdeen. It is only the third time since 1921 that the UK Cabinet will have met in Scotland, with the previous meeting being in 2009 when Gordon Brown took his ministers to Glasgow.

However, this time around, the UK and Scottish cabinets will hold separate meetings, with the First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond, discussing independence in the Aberdeenshire town of Portlethen. He said on Monday that opinion polls showed the race for independence is tight, according to Reuters.

“For the past 300 years, Britain has led the way in finding new sources of energy. It is the strength of the UK’s broad-based economy which can make the difference and ensure we can invest in our energy for the long-term future.”

“I promise we will continue to use the UK’s broad shoulders to invest in this vital industry, so we can attract businesses, create jobs, develop new skills in our young people and ensure we can compete in the global race,” Mr Cameron added on Sunday.

In the light of the meeting in the north-east of Scotland, the British prime minister said his Cabinet would focus on how the government can “maximize the benefit of North Sea oil and gas to the UK economy for decades into the future, giving a vital boost to local communities and families across Scotland.”

Scottish Finance Minister John Swinney said, however, that the North Sea has“suffered from poor stewardship from the UK Government to date” and that “fiscal instability has been a significant factor in under performance in the North Sea.”

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