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Lies, damn lies and global finance in the independence debate

on March 10, 2014


The past few weeks in the Scottish independence debate has been dominated by pronouncements from the helms of multinational concerns which have been faithfully misinterpreted and misreported in mainstream media.  Par for the course – despite their duty to inform, even the most public service of broadcasters has one primary goal.  To entertain.

With ever shrinking attention spans, it’s case of blink and you miss it if your station, paper or site should go in for anything as dreary as informed analysis. So we’re (or I am at any rate) used with digging a bit beyond the BBC and the broadloids in search of something close to the truth.

A bit of condensation is a career necessity for journalists – it’s what they do.  And why not.  But let’s take Standard Life and try to unpick what’s going on (if I can do it, I guarantee you can follow it). …

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