Top 21 Better Together Gaffes 2013

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21. Darling of the Conference

Alistair Darling at the Better Together rally

Alistair Darling, the former Trotskyite deemed too dangerous for the Labour party is cheered to the rafters at a Tory conference. The one time Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer left observers in little doubt as to who was really pulling his strings. And his cosy chat with Annabel the unlikely love story of 2013.

Sources:

http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/top-stories/scots-tories-give-alistair-darling-standing-ovation-1-2960255

 


 

20. Supermarket sweep

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Food prices will go up, food prices will go down. Food prices might just stay the same. Surely 2014 can’t bring any more silly scaremongering.

Sources:

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/12/11/scotland-supermarkets-morrisons_n_4424751.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

 


 

19. Hanging on the telephone

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They thought they had stumbled upon an incredible new method of campaigning. They sent text messages to hundreds of thousands of people across Scotland urging them to become part of the ‘Project Fear’ campaign (more on that later…) What they didn’t consider was the fact that they may have needed permission from the recipients to send these text messages.

Sources:

http://nationalcollective.com/2013/03/23/who-is-bettertog-and-why-are-they-texting-me/

http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/top-stories/better-together-sent-voters-300k-unsolicited-texts-1-3199177

 


 

18. Annex Faslane

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This bizarre proposal from the MoD, in their attempts to maintain Weapons of Mass Destruction in Scottish waters at all costs, would have meant annexing the Faslane Naval Base where Trident is currently stationed. However, even No.10 thought this was an absurd idea…

Sources:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/government-to-annex-trident-base-in-independent-scotland-not-credible-says-no-10-8701485.html

 


 

17. Pretty Vacant

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When you support a society which is comfortable kettling student protests, avoid utilising the imagery of anarchic punk.

Sources:

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/11/24/article-1332484-0C38762B000005DC-957_634x431.jpg

http://nationalcollective.com/2013/08/24/better-together-conformity-in-the-uk/

http://plotsplot.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/indyref-bettertogether-pretty-vacant.html

 


 

16. UKOK

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Ok: adjective. ‘satisfactory but not exceptionally or especially good.’

15. Debate Off

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Head of the No government, David ‘campaign with every fibre of my being’ Cameron refuses to debate the head of the Yes government.

It’s quite simple this one, but we better spell it out anyway in case some folks don’t understand. Alistair Darling is desperate to debate Alex Salmond, who is claimed to be the head of the Yes Campaign. Except he isn’t. Salmond’s opposite number is David Cameron, leader of the Government that is trying to prevent independence. Why won’t he debate Salmond? Maybe he should just send Michael Gove instead. He’s popular, right?

Sources:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/scotland/scottish-politics/8499376/Scottish-Election-2011-David-Cameron-pledges-to-save-the-United-Kingdom-after-SNP-triumph.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-24297286

 


 

14. Bedroom Tax

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The half of Better Together that form the UK Government support it. The half of Better Together who provide the foot soldiers bring forward Westminster debate to abolish it. They don’t turn up to abolish it. The People of Scotland suffer at the hands of it.

Sources:

http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/top-stories/scots-labour-mps-slammed-after-bedroom-tax-no-show-1-3189157

 


 

13. I’m a ‘celebrity’, keep me out of here

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A series of high profile interventions from weel kent faces over 2013 bolstered the case for the Union.

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James from Bake-off

Alex Ferguson (who doesn’t live here)

The Krankies (who don’t live here)

Sources:

http://www.bigissue.com/features/interviews/3316/krankies-interview-alex-salmond-can-sod

 


 

12. Roamin’ in the Gloamin’

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Better Together campaigner and UK government minister Jo Swinson made the substantial claim that an independent Scotland would result in roaming charges for using your mobile phone when in England, Wales or Northern Ireland. She seemed blissfully unaware that just days previously, the EU had set about the process of abolishing roaming charges across the continent. Oh well, I’m sure this government knows what they’re doing…

Sources:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/telecoms/10150160/Mobile-phone-users-could-incur-roaming-charges-if-Scotland-gains-independence.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/telecoms/10119159/EU-to-end-mobile-roaming-charges-next-year.html

 


 

11. Wrecking Ball

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Best to avoid claiming you’ve invented the use of “Best of Both Worlds” as a phrase, especially after Hannah Montana sung about it in her film “Best of Both Worlds” way back in 2006.

Sources:

http://bettertogether.net/blog/P63

 


 

10. When you haver…

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If I could ask five hundred questions, and I could ask five hundred more…they would probably provoke a barrage of parodies.

Sources:

http://bettertogether.net/blog/entry/500-days-to-go

http://nationalcollective.com/2013/05/06/500questions/

http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/top-stories/better-together-s-500-questions-parodied-online-1-2921931

 


 

9. Project Fear

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Claim you’re a positive campaign. Call yourself ‘Project Fear’ behind closed doors. Need we say any more?

Sources:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/referendum-news/one-year-on-will-better-together-change-their-tactics.21402294

http://nationalcollective.com/2013/07/02/projectfear/

 


 

8. Referendumbed

Fed up of the No arguments? You should be, Better Together have spent the whole year saying the same thing, just with a different headline. (And probably best not to pick arguments the coalition government disagree on… Remember how the Lib Dems want to join the Euro?)

Sources:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-14984235

Salmond ‘rather stupid’ on currency says former advisor

Do you think Alistair Darling is in favour of a Eurozone style currency union? Read this…

Former Prime Minister and Chancellor, Gordon Brown slams Nationalist currency union plans

Salmond currency union ‘blown out the water’ by own strategy chief

The currency question: A roundup of what the experts say

Alex Salmond’s currency plan “fundamentally flawed”

Currency, Confusion & Credibility

What the experts say

Why let Salmond gamble with your money

Leave the UK, Leave the UK Pound

New report slams nationalist currency plans

No Reply, No Plan B

Nationalist plans on currency and tax are falling apart

 


 

7. Destroy rock and roll

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Bring UK banking system to meltdown and then claim Scotland couldn’t afford to survive a banking system meltdown. Also see pensions, NHS, higher education…what will they willingly destroy in 2014 to try to save the Union?

Sources:

http://www.express.co.uk/comment/expresscomment/262550/Crisis-in-private-pensions-is-down-to-one-man-only

http://bettertogether.net/blog/entry/the-strength-of-the-uk-pension-system

 


 

6. Graffiti-on-the-gate-gate

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When you point a finger at someone, there are always three pointing back at you.

Sources:

http://bettertogether.net/blog/entry/smear-and-fear

http://nationalcollective.com/2013/04/18/better-togethers-breakdown-and-our-response-to-legal-intimidation/

 


 

5. Sold down the River

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Shipbuilding in Scotland can only be safe by remaining part of the UK and securing those lucrative defence contracts, right? What’s that? Thousands of jobs cuts across Scottish yards?

Sources:

http://bettertogether.net/blog/entry/a-future-for-scottish-shipbuilding-on-the-clyde

The future of shipbuilding on the Clyde

 


 

4.  Credibility crunched

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Better Together circulate leaflets asserting an Independent Scotland would lose its AAA Credit Rating after the UK loses its AAA Credit Rating.

Sources:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21554311

http://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/referendum-news/war-of-words-over-misleading-no-vote-leaflet.20313223

 


 

3. Scorn in 60 seconds

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Having complained for months that the electorate require information to make an informed choice in the referendum, Better Together set a new speed reading record with Chairman Alistair Darling managing to fit in all 670 pages within moments of its release. Needless to say he said it didn’t contain any information or answer any of his questions, and didn’t mention Doctor Who even once.

Sources:

http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space-time_continuum

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newton’s_laws_of_motion

 


 

2. Bruised ‘Bruiser’

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Michael Moore finds himself sacked for the more ‘attacking approach’ of ‘Bruiser’ Alistair Carmichael. Everyone forgot to tell him that to keep such a nickname you can’t go running to teacher at the first sign of trouble.

Sources:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=MvnhG6wY8Lw#t=2300

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=MvnhG6wY8Lw#t=1927

http://bearsforbelarus.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/alistair-carmichael.jpg

 


 

1. #Donorgate

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A Tory Donor. Questionable business deals. A blue screen. Mogwai. A meltdown at Better Together HQ. And a group of troublesome artists standing up to the world’s largest oil trading company, and winning.

Since April, the membership of National Collective has leapt to nearly 2,000 and counting and our website traffic has gone through the roof. Biggest gaffe of 2013.

Sources:

http://bettertogether.net/blog/entry/why-im-supporting-better-together

http://nationalcollective.com/2013/04/07/dirty-money-the-tory-millionaire-bankrolling-better-together/

http://nationalcollective.com/2013/04/18/we-will-not-be-bullied/

http://nationalcollective.com/2013/05/12/donorgate-statistics/

 

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There are 6 comments

  1. Welsh not British

    Brilliant, let’s hope they keep shooting themselves in the foot next year. Although I suspect if they actually tried to do that, they’d miss!

  2. James Kelly

    “Why won’t he debate Salmond? Maybe he should just send Michael Gove instead. He’s popular, right?”

    Oh, Jeremy Hunt, surely!

  3. Ian Mac

    We’re only preparing to move into second gear after Hogmanay. There’s still going to be a lot of mud getting slung at us between now and the referendum. Stay sharp, keep the arguments concise and to the point, and we’ll cut the feet from under them. We only need to win this vote once, and by one vote. A happy and successful 2014 to us all.

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