Facebook to add “reality” tag to Iain Duncan Smith

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Pride's Purge

(satire?)

Facebook has begun labelling comments and speeches from the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith with a “reality” tag, just in case people think he might be a parody.

The move comes after many people thought Mr Duncan Smith was taking the p*ss when he claimed people were now “better off” after his welfare and pension reforms.

Other comments by Mr Duncan Smith that the government was creating a “fairer society” by cutting school and NHS budgets while at the same time giving tax cuts to multi-millionaires were also regarded by many people as a joke.

Facebook said the “reality” label was meant to appease users who have apparently complained that they can’t always tell the difference between a caricature of a nasty, heartless, out-of-touch Tory who would sell his own grandmother at the drop of a hat and Duncan Smith.

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BRUSSELS: ‘ Scotland’s Referendum on Independence As YES Campaign Gains Ground ‘

#AceNews&Views – BRUSSELS – August 19 – With one month to go until Scotland’s referendum on independence from the UK on 18 September, polls indicate the Yes side is gaining ground.

A new survey by ICM published on Monday (18 August) showed the pro-independence Yes campaign has closed the gap on the No side by two points over the past month, even though voters would still back continued UK membership by 55 percent to 45 percent.

The poll also found that 64 percent of Scots expect an independent Scotland to be re-admitted to the EU, while just 15 percent think it would be excluded.

At the same time, the proportion of Scots who think their country should be part of the EU is getting smaller: 50 percent said Scotland should stay in the club, while 31 percent said it should leave – a sharp rise in eurosceptic sentiment.

The claim that Scotland would have to formally re-apply to join the EU, facing a drawn out and uncertain accession process, has been one of the main arguments used by the No campaign.

They have also argued that Scotland would lose its share of the UK’s rebate from the EU budget.

A statement by the Yes side said the ICM findings demonstrate that Scots regard the claim as “just another ridiculous scare story”.

For its part, the pro-Union Better Together campaign noted that “experts, the leaders of the European Commission and the prime minister of Spain, have all said we would need to reapply to join the EU if we left the UK”.

Scottish first minister Alex Salmond will square off next week against Alistair Darling, the leader of the Better Together campaign, in a second TV debate.

By Benjamin Fox @ EUobserver

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