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.

Shrinking the numbers

There is a reason for British nationalists’ desperate and dishonest efforts to minimise public demand for a new independence referendum – apart from the rather obvious fact that they regard that referendum as a threat to the Union, which must … Continue reading

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Boxing clever

Few speeches in recent times have been more eagerly anticipated than Nicola Sturgeon’s address to the SNP Spring Conference in Aberdeen this afternoon. One doesn’t often get the opportunity to use the phrase ‘fate of nations’ without being accused of … Continue reading

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Not the day, and not the hour

Having read and reread Cat Boyd’s article in The National, I’m no closer to seeing the point of it. In fact, it seems to me that she’s taking innumerable stabs at making various points – not a few of which … Continue reading

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Being locked in

The UK Government’s Brexit White Paper hints broadly at the British establishment’s attitude to Scotland; to the Scottish Parliament; and to Scotland’s people. It is an attitude that veers between casual contempt and naked antagonism. The Scottish Government’s insistence on … Continue reading

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Some nonsense about #indyref2

There is so much wrong with this article it’s hard to know where to start. I read Michael Fry’s comments regarding the “opinion poll showing a marked aversion” to a fresh independence referendum in 2017 with open-mouthed amazement that anyone … Continue reading

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Empty gestures

SNP given bloody nose over NHS downgrade proposals The Herald’s headline is, of course, nothing more than a propaganda cue for British nationalist fanatics. The vote itself was utterly meaningless. It was gesture politics of the most vacuous kind. It … Continue reading

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What difference does it make?

All the ‘will they/won’t they’ sensationalism surrounding the proposals to grant greater autonomy to British Labour in Scotland (BLiS) is tending to distract attention from the nature of the proposals themselves and the fact that they are no more than … Continue reading

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