More people in Scotland now support independence than don’t, but that’s not how the British media have spun the facts. As we gear up for a second referendum we had better be aware that we are in a media war with liars.
In September 2014 the people of Scotland narrowly rejected independence, but, in the two years since, the Scottish National Party has grown to become the third largest party in the whole of the United Kingdom, taking 95 percent of the available Westminster seats. Support for independence has remained high – hovering just shy of the 50 percent mark needed to break from London. From October 2014 one poll after another has shown that about a tenth of the country is undecided on the question, and more recent polls have highlighted that Brexit is convincing a growing number of those who voted against independence in 2014 that self-determination is the best option for Scotland.
Now that the Brexit worst case scenario has become a reality – threatening Scotland with isolation from Europe and tough economic consequences – the pro-independence side has picked up ten percent of that swing vote. Now let’s do the maths. Ten percent of the fifty-five percent who rejected independence two years ago is five-point-five percent. Add this to the forty-five percent in favour and we get fifty-point-five percent. It’s slim, but it’s a democratic majority – and we have to remember that there are still some waverers and undecideds.
Butterfly Rebellion (@Butterfly_Reb) October 13, 2016
At this present moment in Scotland these are the facts on the ground. Had a referendum be held today, and this was the result, we would be an independent state. News like this is important to the Scottish independence campaign, yet it is faced with the significant problem that it has a seriously limited ability to let the rest of the population know. Scotland does not have control of its own national media – that is almost entirely in the hands of the BBC and the unionist press. Of course this media has an obligation to report the “facts,” and it does.
Ten percent, or “one in ten,” is not a large proportion of the vote. It takes on greater importance when that ten percent carries one side or the other over the halfway mark, but this is the piece the London controlled media have neglected to mention. We only got a measly “one in ten.” Poor us! In September this year Pope Francis said that journalism based on lies, gossip, and manipulation was a form of terrorism, and we in Scotland can vouch for the truth of this. We are winning, and because we are winning the British media has begun its programme of distortion and manipulation. We won’t be defeated by terrorists.
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