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Keep the peace and avoid potential flashpoints. The world’s media will be arriving soon….

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by Kevin Williamson

As our beautiful democratising Independence referendum swings into September and the last fortnight, and with the Yes campaign brimming full of the confidence that visible momentum inevitably brings with it, the best and worst of this campaign has surfaced.  The best is highlighted in the other story posted on Bella today Yes Fife In The Sun This is the side of the referendum that most of us recognise like we see in the photo above from Moray yesterday.  A flowering of imagination, talent, optimism and a desire for a better and fairer Scotland.

A darker side, a more worrying side, is also emerging, which may need some good old fashioned common sense to deal with over next 17 days.  This comes mainly from an extreme Loyalist fringe who have little or no connection with the official No campaign.

Up until the second debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling most on the No side…

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Egg fling flan

Egg fling flan.

Originally posted on Wee Ginger Dug:

I think I’ve finally got a handle on the No campaign. A No vote is all that stands between Scotland and a descent into grocery-based anarchy. Jim Murphy went out to give us the message, with the assistance of a loudhailer, a bus and a wee clique of party hingers on. He didn’t go to get the messages in. You’re not supposed to give the messages to Jim Murphy, and certainly not in the form of an egg on his shirt. Listen reverently and eat your cereal instead. Jim has things to shout at you through a megaphone.

I’m certainly not defending ovoid acts of terror. Eggs are evil, you could have someone’s eye out with that ballistic potential chicken. Eggs are razor sharp ophthamological instruments of intimidation. You can’t debate with an egg, although to be fair you’d probably get a more coherent argument from a broken egg than…

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Yes Minister.

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trident-protest-001By Mike Small

There’s been a thread of progressive home rule agitation from the christian left in Scotland for a very very long time. It’s a tradition that encompasses the christian socialist movement, the peace movement and much beyond and before them. This week it rose to the challenge when more than 30 Church of Scotland ministers signed a declaration of support for independence.

Among the signatories was the Right Rev Andrew McLellan, a former moderator of the Church who also served as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons until 2009.

He said: “The worst thing in Scotland is Trident. September 18th is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to remove the worst thing in Scotland. Speaking against nuclear weapons is good, campaigning against nuclear weapons is good, and praying for their abolition is good. But what will change everything is voting Yes in the referendum.”

John Harvey and Norman Shanks were also signatories…

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