The Wee Blue Book: everything you’re being told is wrong

One of the things that’s really struck me about the Scottish independence debate is the astonishing amount of bullshit, usually from the No camp, that gets printed and broadcast. That’s inevitable when the majority of the media favours the status quo, but it’s pretty offensive to read or hear something that you know is utter bollocks go unquestioned.

Wings over Scotland is biased in the other direction, but at least it backs up its arguments with facts, figures and details of its sources – and its (free) Wee Blue Book does a pretty good job of telling the pro-independence side of the story.

You certainly don’t get this kind of honesty in the campaign literature, or in many of the newspapers:

Anyone, on either side of the debate, claiming to know as a matter of certainty what would happen to an independent Scotland’s EU membership status is a liar. Nobody knows for sure whether an independent Scotland would be admitted directly, because although the EU has offered to answer that question, it will only do so if asked by the UK government, and the UK government refuses to ask.

If you’re frustrated by the hazy optimism of Yes and the outright bullshit of No, The Wee Blue Book is well worth a look.





0 responses to “The Wee Blue Book: everything you’re being told is wrong”

  1. i would just like to know the truth as i am so dis appointed on the medialies lies and more lies

  2. Gary

    The problem is nobody knows the truth: we’ve got two sides with differing predictions of what independence actually means. It’d be nice if obviously made-up fearmongering was given short shrift in the papers, though.

    There was a really odd programme on the Beeb last night, aimed at UK audiences, presented by Andrew Neil. The gist was that if Scotland goes independent, England will suffer plagues of locusts, the four riders of the apocalypse etc etc etc. We’re living in really weird times.

  3. I have fact checked the “Wee Blue Book” and found it badly wanting. Assuming you are uncomfortable with promoting willful misrepresentation of facts I hope you will let others see this link Fact Checking the Wee Blue Book

  4. Gary

    Hi Kevin, sorry for the delay in this going up – your comment got stuck in the spam folder.