Author Archives: Peter A Bell

About Peter A Bell

Thinker. Listener. Talker. Reader. Writer. None of my attitudes are immutable. None of my conclusions are final. None of my opinions are humble.

A wondrous epiphany

As both my regular readers will be aware, I have previously castigated – as gently as I might – both Tommy Sheppard and Pete Wishart for their ideas about the timing of a new independence referendum. The notion that the … Continue reading

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It’d drive you to drink!

It is unfortunate that this historic affirmation of Scotland’s distinctive political culture has been marred by so much comment based on near-perfect ignorance of the minimum unit pricing (MUP) measure and the wider strategy of which it is a part. … Continue reading

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In a good place

So, filtering out all the diplomatic fluff, what is the substance? No change! After the meeting that was never supposed to happen, all we know is that Theresa May continues to be locked into a ‘One Nation’ British Nationalist project … Continue reading

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No ‘influence’! No democracy!

Here’s the first evidence Russia used Twitter to influence Brexit WTF is the problem? Democratic exercises are there to be influenced. Influencing them is part of the democratic process. How do we exclude influences without the very grave risk of … Continue reading

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A horrifying prospect!

I would not seriously dispute Richard Murphy’s assessment of the situation. If anything – and hard as it may be to believe given the despairing tone of his article – I suspect he is being overly optimistic in a few … Continue reading

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The alternative

With the complete lack of self-awareness which is the hallmark of the true British Nationalist fanatic, Tom Gordon demonstrates why it is not only right, but essential that Alex Salmond does this TV programme. The arguments about whether it is … Continue reading

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British is not best

Media mediate. The clue is in the name. All media come between the parties to a communication episode. They intercede to shape the message. They may alter that message to a varying extent and for a variety of purposes. Their … Continue reading

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