This is a first for me; my first reblog of an article from the No side of the campaign. When I started this blog I genuinely wanted to present arguments from both sides of the referendum, and while I make no bones about being an ardent supporter of independence, I am very open to a proper airing of the arguments from both sides. Unfortunately I have not really been able to find what I consider to be reasonable arguments being expressed in favour of Scotland remaining within the Union. Not that I have managed to today either. This appeared in my Facebook feed from the site ‘Vote NO to Scottish independence and protect the union’ and is typical of the sort of article that site likes to share.
I’ll leave it to you to decide what you make of the tone and content of this article but I wanted to highlight one particular sentence;
“When EVERYONE – the media, celebrities, business leaders, political commentators, independent experts, and even leaders from around the world – disagrees with you…that’s NOT bias!”
There is one glaring word (conveniently highlighted in the original) that shows just how out of touch with reality – either through ignorance or deliberate policy – that some of the No propagandists are. Nobody, with any sense or decent level of education, can honestly believe that ‘everyone’ disagrees with the people who support independence for Scotland and this simple statement is the single best example of confirmation bias that I have ever had the misfortune to read.
Edited to add: If anyone is interested in what the ‘major employers’ think about independence, have a read of this http://www.businessforscotland.co.uk/what-big-business-has-really-said-about-independence/
The start of the summer holidays is always good for bringing a smile to my face. If that weren’t enough, though, the on-going debate about Scotland’s future has taken an unexpected turn into the realm of comedy gold!
I’m talking, of course, about the ludicrous “protest” outside of BBC Scotland over the alleged bias being shown in BBC coverage of the referendum debate.
It’s hard to find something about the whole thing that isn’t hilarious!
There’s the bit when the organisers claimed there were thousands in attendance, only to be corrected – AGAIN – by Police Scotland!
There’s the fact that there are often similar complaints of bias to be found among unionists; one of the best signs that BBC coverage is pretty much spot on in terms of balance!
But it was this nugget from the “event” organiser, more than anything, which nearly had me choking on my cornflakes:
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