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"I am content to simply be Scottish - as in a person whose personal identity includes a component informed by the fact that I regard Scotland as the country to which I belong."
"I will not have notions of Britishness imposed upon me. And I am certainly not about to assert Britishness in order to pander to the political sensitivities of others."
"I'm Scottish, not British. As far as my personal identity is concerned, Britishness is an entirely redundant concept."
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"The issue is not one of what powers the Scottish Parliament should have but of who gets to decide what powers the Scottish Parliament should have.

Only the people of Scotland..."
"Only the people of Scotland have the legitimate authority to make that decision. On Thursday 18 September 2014, for the first time in history, the people of Scotland will have the opportunity to exercise that authority through the democratic process. We will hold..."
"We will hold in our hands all the powers that the parliament of a nation should have. All the powers that we know we want for our parliament.

We can choose..."
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Interesting sample of #DissolveTheUnion over the past week, as highlighted by @jennifermjones.

10k tweets, from just over 2k users. Average: 4.9 tweets / user.

In spontaneous traffic, the average is usually below 2.2. Higher usually shows bots or coordinated action.
Here's why. The ten most active accounts contributed 2,247 tweets. Almost a quarter of the total sample.

Oh, and 11,534 hashtags.
Almost 75% of the posts were retweets.

That's close to the upper edge of the normal range you'd see for spontaneous traffic, but not wildly off the scale.
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One of the great fallacies of the independence movement is the notion that people may be persuaded by 'factual' economic arguments, even supposing such a thing could be contrived. #DissolveTheUnion
The truth is that, long before a person arrives at any discussion of economic factors, their position has been firmly established on the basis of ideology, identity, partisan loyalty etc. #DissolveTheUnion
People who have already made up their minds about a social or constitutional issue turn to economists for algebraic affirmation and the confidence that comes from having assumptions, preconceptions and prejudices papered over with graphs and charts. #DissolveTheUnion
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Let's take a look at the hashtag #DissolveTheUnion, one of several associated with a proposed Scottish independence vote. There have been 25316 tweets from 3476 accounts containing the hashtag in the last 10 days.
Only 31 of the 3476 accounts with #DissolveTheUnion tweets appear to be automated (based on 24/7 tweeting and/or use of automation services). However, they are responsible for 3925 of 25316 tweets (15.5%). The majority of the volume is coming from the top three accounts.
The three most prolific automated accounts with #DissolveTheUnion tweets: @IsThisAB0t, @StillYesScot, and @FAO_Scotbot are all round-the-clock retweet bots.
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Remember the four elements of the independence movement. The SNP is the lever by which Scotland will be extricated from the Union.
The fulcrum on which the lever if the SNP turns is the First Minister and the Scottish Government.
The Scottish Parliament is the solid base on which the fulcrum rests.
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It is not reasonable for the Yes movement to suppose the the 'right time' for a new referendum is something which might simply emerge from conditions determined almost entirely by those most bitterly opposed to the very idea. #Referendum2018 #DissolveTheUnion
The 'right time'for a new referendum is something which must be created by the Yes movement. The practicalities of this task remain the same regardless of when the referendum is declared or held. #Referendum2018 #DissolveTheUnion
Only the circumstances in which the referendum is declared and held change over time. It is reasonable to suppose that, while those circumstances are determined by the British state, they will only become less favourable. #Referendum2018 #DissolveTheUnion
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