Category Archives: Politics

New referendum! New mindset!

Originally posted on Peter A Bell:
If an independence referendum were to be called today and the SNP go it alone and be the official ‘Yes’ campaign and it’s SNP versus everyone else, we will lose based solely on voting…

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A British accommodation

Originally posted on Peter A Bell:
The latest bit of British jiggery-pokery with the EU power grab represented a potentially tricky situation for Richard Leonard and Willie Rennie. There first instinct, as always, is to blame the SNP. But the…

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Who are these people?

Originally posted on Peter A Bell:
For many, I feel sure, the shock revelation coming out of the Hansard Society’s 15th annual Audit of Political Engagement is the discovery that as many as one in seven people in Scotland is…

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A stagnant system

Lot’s of excitement about Amber Rudd’s resignation. I’m not sure why. What has changed? What is different now that she’s gone? The witch-hunt is surely one of the more unedifying spectacles of the British political circus. Taking a scalp has … Continue reading

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Sage advices

Originally posted on Peter A Bell:
Having dealt with the matter of the relationship between the Yes movement and the SNP in an earlier article, I should probably address Carolyn Leckie’s ‘sage advices’ on the matter of when the new…

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Catalonia, Clara Ponsati and the Threat To Self-Determination

Originally posted on Yes Perth City:
As if Catalonia weren’t already a concern for many Scots, the Clara Ponsati case has given it huge resonance. For Yes Perth City, it was a subject we simply had to talk about, not…

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The ‘sweet spot’ of catastrophe

Originally posted on Peter A Bell:
That was hard work! I just read Pete Wishart’s latest ‘contribution’ to the ongoing debate about the timing of Scotland’s new independence referendum. Actually, I’ve read it three times now. And I’m still no…

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Not settling for less

Originally posted on Peter A Bell:
It’s like being promised a new house only to find that what you’re actually getting is a garden shed. Not a top-of-the-range garden shed, but the smallest, cheapest, flimsiest, most low-spec garden shed on…

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Vive la difference!

Originally posted on Peter A Bell:
The deal to save BiFab is, of course, wonderful news for the communities that would have been severely affected by closure. It is also a bright day for Scottish politics. There is no doubt…

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Doubts are traitors

Originally posted on Peter A Bell:
How gratifying it is to hear Carolyn Leckie speak out for a new referendum “sooner rather than later”. It’s a pity she regards “sooner” as fully a year away. It’s perplexing that she doesn’t…

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