Saturday, September 6, 2014

The Naked Nation

A poem by Robert MacDonald

'We are the last North Britons'
typed the web 2.0 generation
casting off the robes of state
to reveal a naked nation.

A flick, a tug, a pull, a heave
and trickled information
runs free from sources wide to blogs
of soaring circulation

where once well-woven truths revealed
as threadbare barefaced lies:
and people stir and strain and talk
a' loosening their British ties.

Information is the virus now
the ballot-fouling killer pox.
Our keyboards are the carriers now
McCrone is out the box.

The robes of noble bluster stripped
not by conflict, war or strife
but by simple deeds and talking
of how we want to live our life.

"We'll govern our own country,"
said the grassroots conversation,
"our wee blue books are clout enough
to win. A better nation."

63 comments:

  1. Has this become some kind of parody blog?

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  2. Only in the comment section, Mr Paid No Troll. Kerching!

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  3. Ha! Oh the irony of your last comment.

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  4. ''Has this become some kind of parody ?''

    No, that's the London Media Industrial Complex.

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  5. ''We are the last North Britons''

    Talking of which, Cyclops Gordon Brown was interviewed on American ABC News by Diane Sawyer, he said and I quote '' I come from North Britain,'' He couldn't even bring himself to utter the word Scotland.

    How many times can this autistic creep stab his own country in the back ? Incidentally Cyclops Brown is at the U.N working with his chum war criminal Henry Kissinger (Dr Strangelove) to bring in one world tyranny, sorry, government. Nice !!

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  6. Ps, Cyclops Brown is also a Freemason, I've seen him doing those strange handshakes, youtube it.

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  7. David is a No campaign false flagger and I claim my €5.

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  8. The No campaign are being annihilated on the ground.

    Incredible response today at the Yes stall and the Yes shops were just as packed.

    Meanwhile even the No campaign's biggest unionist cheerleader papers are finally starting to realise just how totally outclassed No are compared to the huge and diverse grass roots movement for Yes.

    'Scottish independence:Govan closes doors to Lamont

    SCOTTISH Labour leader Johann Lamont got the wrong No vote today when she took to the SNP heartland -- and was met with closed doors.
    The MSP for Glasgow Pollok made a ‘behind enemy lines’ visit to Govan, in deputy leader Nicola Sturgeon’s Govan constituency, to argue the pro-Union case with voters.
    But despite an army of Labour supporters knocking doors, only three residents engaged in conversation with her - while several even came outside to return the leaflets pushed through their letter boxes.
    The weak response from SNP voters got worse when a pensioner refused to even discuss with Lamont how she would be voting on the 18th.
    But Lamont later insisted it had been a successful exercise and not a waste of her time.'

    That was from a scotsman piece on No's complete parody of a ground campaign. An article which was swiftly removed from it's online site for amusingly obvious reasons.

    http://yes2014.net/2014/09/05/johann-lamont-now-see-now-don/#twitter

    The article focused on Johanns day out in MSP Nicola Sturgeons constituency of Govan where the locals weren’t very welcoming. Three spoke to her and several others returned the leaflets to her that had just been posted through their doors. We were quite surprised by the fact that the Scotsman reported it.

    At a little past 9pm we were made aware that indeed the whole article had just vanished completely, replaced by an error message saying the page no longer existed.

    LOL

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  9. Interesting tweet form Rupert Murdoch - https://twitter.com/rupertmurdoch/status/508271651235299328

    Maybe we are going to get panelbase showing a drop in support and YouGov showing a narrowing?

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  10. The withdrawal of that article yesterday was certainly one of the most entertaining incidents in the campaign in recent days. I don't suppose anyone managed to get an explanation from Kenny F or anyone about why it happened?

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  11. Lauket

    Or we see a multi option question including Devo Max as one of the questions being used as a spoiler.

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  12. What Laukat said:

    Rupert Murdoch @rupertmurdoch ·
    "London Times will shock Britain and more with reliable new poll on Scottish independence. If right on 18 th vote everything up for grabs"

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  13. Sounds like we're in for a day or two of mixed messages from the pollsters. Maybe there's something in the convergence theory.

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  14. Not shocking in the slightest for anyone who has been near the ground campaign.

    Today, three guys leafleting for Labour for No (who have just appeared and certainly weren't there last week or before) they did a couple of hours and had enough. Meanwhile the Yes stall was well into double figures and even hit about 20 at one point all helping out. Yes went all day with some even continuing after the stall had shut.

    Apparently 'Better Together' in the area are three women from Largs. LOL This is the west coast in Ayrshire keep in mind. It used to be one of the strongest Labour heartlands there was.

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  15. ''David is a No campaign false flagger and I claim my €5.''

    Keaton my child. This is called judgement prior to investigation, sorry to disappoint you but I'm not so you can't claim that £5. I mainly post comments on Yahoo, and if you had a glance at them you wouldn't say that. James Kelly wrote an article there the other day and he provided a link to his blog.

    I've been a Scots nationalist since the 1970s so I'm quite hurt and insulted by that accusation.



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  16. Going back out and will likely touch base with a few others in the area.

    Be in no doubt though, Yes are winning this on the ground. It's no contest.

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  17. I saw Laukat's comment on WoS.

    I thought I might have a peek at PB to see their reaction to this. LOL.

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  18. More from Murdoch:

    "Scottish independence means huge black eye for whole political establishment, especially Cameron and Milliband."

    "Scottish poll reflects world-wide disillusion with political leaders and old establishments leaving openings for libertarians and far left."

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  19. Then a reply to some random twitter user (*very* unusual for Murdoch):

    Question: In your opinion its bound to happen?

    "@DavidSenater my opinion sure to happen. No, but Salmond very clever and sure to press on, or will Scots chicken out on the day?"

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  20. Why do you think Panelbase will show a drop in support?

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  21. Denise: some Scottish journalists were smugging it up today that a bad poll was about to be released. Assuming the Times has the YouGov and it's favourable, the only other one we know of that's been in the field recently is Panelbase.

    But it sounds to me like Murdoch's just describing a further narrowing of the lead - I suspect he'd use a stronger term than "everything up for grabs" if it was better than that.

    David: It was more making fun of the man's disabilities that I took exception to. I'm not sure why anyone would say that kind of thing if they were trying to help the campaign.

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  22. Managing editor of The Sun has tweeted:

    Stig Abell ‏@StigAbell
    "Even the most sanguine representatives of the no vote now accept the possibility of independence. Looks like 12 days of the Union left."

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  23. Tweets are saying the Times YouGov have Yes ahead. I think possibly the Panelbase has Yes slightly behind because Labour folk were tweeting about Panelbase having a Yes lead - so even about 48% Yes on Panelbase they could present as a setback. That was their plan but they didn't reckon on YouGov spoiling it.

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  24. "Tweets are saying the Times YouGov have Yes ahead."

    Whose tweets? Anyone actually in the know? If it's Yes activists, I don't believe it; and if it's No activists, it's 100% bollocks.

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  25. I think there has been no change in panelbase, and a tightening with yougov. Ergo. Swing of 2% required.

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  26. David Brims - I just want to echo Keaton's comment. It is absolutely inappropriate to hurl words like "austic" about as political insults. Autism is a severe and complex medical condition which affects thousands of Scottish people, including my son. It is not a character flaw that should be used as an insult to attack politicians that you dislike.

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  27. It would be more than a little perplexing if suddenly one of the most no-friendly pollsters (YouGov) has YES in a more favourable position than Panelbase. That sounds inherently unlikely to me - so I will believe it when I see it.

    What matters is the infectious positivity beaming out from my twitter and facebook pages today, as the YES movement is out and actively engaging with all voters, not just targeting undecided's has BT have been. The enthusiasm and positivity is inspiring. We need to embrace this momentum all the way to the 18th. If the polls show us ahead or level we need to use it to drive us on. Come the day we need to all be there getting the vote out. For we can be sure in the last 10 days or so they will lob grenade after grenade in our direction. But my sense is that the media hacks are so demotivated because they know they are the only thing holding the YES tide back. Their whole campaign has been based on keeping the media on message and scaring undecided voters, especially traditional Labour ones. Once YES breach these lines, which they seem to be, then there is no plan B. They don't have the time or imagination. They will panic.

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  28. I apologise for using the words '' autistic '' and '' cyclops'' in reference to Gordon Brown.

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  29. Even though the Scotsman withdrew the Govan article, it was interesting that they are so behind the mood, that they used the phrase "SNP VOTERS" when there is no proof that this was the case, and they might very well be Labour voters who are turning in their droves. That's what Lamont and the Scotsman fear most.

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  30. Govan is the Westminster seat of Labour MP Ian Davidson

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  31. Well, Alan Roden of the Daily Mail has just tweeted saying that it's a Yougov poll that shows a 'very' narrow lead for Yes.

    That could be making sure the blow is cushioned for No, or setting up Yes for a disappointment. I suspect the former, but we'll find out soon enough.

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  32. I have no idea what to think. Incredible if true.

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  33. I have no idea what to think. Incredible if true.

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  34. For YouGov to have YES ahead would be CATACLYSMIC in geopolitical terms! (Sorry couldn't resist the nod to small entity Robertson.)

    A few weeks ago we could only have dreamt of such a result from one of the NO camps key pollsters of doom.

    If they are panicking now, which they are all over twitter, then just wait til tomorrow and next week.

    Blimey, can't wait to see the result now.

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  35. I believe the MSM only number cruncher has the flu what will they do.

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  36. I believe the MSM only number cruncher has the flu what will they do.

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  37. I believe Prof. Peter Lynch might be available....but oops, of course that would be impossible!

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  38. I think there is more than just the YouGov poll about tonight. I think the Herald have the elusive Panelbase poll and there is also an ICM poll due tomorrow.

    I'm sure I read a comment saying that Yes had a Panelbase poll showing a lead that they were holding back until a time of "Maximum Impact" cam about. Is tonight "Maximum Impact" night?

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  39. I think there is more than just the YouGov poll about tonight. I think the Herald have the elusive Panelbase poll and there is also an ICM poll due tomorrow.

    I'm sure I read a comment saying that Yes had a Panelbase poll showing a lead that they were holding back until a time of "Maximum Impact" cam about. Is tonight "Maximum Impact" night?

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  40. Bookies odds closing tonight No 1/3, Yes 9/4

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  41. ICM / SoS poll should be next week if it maintains its normal monthly schedule.

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  42. Rumour on twitter of YouGov poll for times: Yes 51% (+4) No 49% (-4)

    Yes 47 (+4)
    No 46 (-3)
    DK 7 (-1)

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  43. Christians for Indy facebook page part headed by David Kerr have posted "rumour" of 51 49 yes yougov. But tellingly ncluded detailed yes no dont know figures too. Stay calm. Just a rumour.

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  44. That's too good to be true, I suspect some expectation management from the No hopers

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  45. Odds dropping fast No 4/11, Yes 2/1

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  46. Yougov havent changed their methodology?

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  47. Something really odd is going on. If the rumours are true, then YouGov have seen a 22 point lead for No change into a 2 point lead for Yes in under a month. If there was that type of swing then you'd expect Survation and Panelbase to be showing Yes leads of close to 20 points. It could be that we do see the latter polls showing those type of leads in the next few days - but, until we do, I think that we all should be slightly skeptical re YouGov's results.

    Having said that I am pretty confident that Yes is leading - I just don't trust Kellner at all...

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  48. Exactly as I predicted (and was reviled for it by many here) Murdoch is clearly about to enter the race. He will back Yes next week as I said. His tweets, glorying in the destruction of the politicians (Cameron, Milliband) who have got in the way of his monopolistic plans, his relish at the break-up of the union is unmistakable. It's happening and he will claim it as his own. Good luck Scotland. Can Labour really stomach this though?

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  49. Yougov havent changed their methodology?

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  50. Yougov havent changed their methodology?

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  51. Why is my posting things....anyways, is this not just labour voters now switching over? Considering they are more represented in yougov?

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  52. Peter murrell just retweeted about a panelbase poll tonight.

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  53. Sky news just reported rumours poll will shiw yes lead.

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  54. It is official....Yes 51 NO 49 DK 7. Massive surge to YES in recent weeks. Can't wait to read your considered analysis James when the tables become available.

    Twitter is in meltdown, and the NO lot are in full scale panic mode. Loving it!

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  55. Its official yes have 2 point lead in YouGov poll for sunday times! https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bw4HZ0kIQAA9ohJ.jpg:large

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  56. Sorry in my excitement I put in DK's...just ignore that bit!

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  57. "The SNP are declaring victory before a single vote is cast!"

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  58. Mail on Sunday:

    "Miliband: We'll put guards on Scottish border".

    Meltdown

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  59. Sunday Telegraph

    "MPs to get 10% pay rise"

    Each headline is funnier than the last.

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  60. Sam Coates (Times political journo) says the next YouGov will be in the Times on Friday (so Thursday night).

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  61. Thanks for posting James. We are winning despite the mainstream media's narrative because we have been getting out there on social media and real life - and you have been a big part of this. I also think the wee blue book has been huge - amazing how many people have only just engaged and are unaware of basic things like the fact that Scotland more than pays its way.

    We just have to keep the politicians under check after yes and make sure they are the servants of people as originally intended...

    Anyway, looking forward to seeing this new poll!

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  62. This is a quite incredible change in our fortunes. I know that momentum is what it is all about, but I have been depressed that we couldn't take a lead. Was out last night with a few of my sons pals to celebrate his birthday.Every one of them around that table was voting 'yes', or had already done so.

    I'd like to thank you James for 'keeping the heid'. I can't say I'm as sensible as you.....

    Wonderful news.

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