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Peter A Bell +PeterABell
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 Joined February 2018
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I would totally agree with those who say that Nicola Sturgeon is by far the best leader of a political party in the UK and probably the best First Minister we could have hoped for in these times. Although looking at those other leaders this must be considered faint praise. The bar is low. But … Continue reading Not perfect
For a process to exist there must always be an answer to the question, what happens next? So, Yes wins by a comfortable margin in the proposed referendum ─ what happens next? More specifically, what happens next in the series of linked actions which form the process leading to the restoration of Scotland’s independence? If … Continue reading What happens next?
British Labour Deputy Leader, Angela Rayner’s remarks about Scotland as reported in The National (Scottish independence ‘not very nice’ and means ‘perpetual’ Tory rule) raise some highly relevant and very significant issues. It is unfortunate that she herself seem quite oblivious to this relevance and significance. I see nothing to suggest that she has given …...
It is good to see this in the Sunday National ─ Scotland is being held back by the UK’s poor economic policies. It’s about bloody time the independence movement got over the foolish aversion to negative campaigning that was inculcated during the first referendum campaign ─ principally by the SNP. As a result, the Yes … Continue reading Gloves off!
Regardless of which rat emerges victorious from the sack of the Tory leadership fight, the next British government will be the most brutally anti-Scottish administration since the military occupation of Scotland after Culloden. They may not come swinging swords and cudgels, but their purpose will be the same as it was then ─ to eradicate … Continue reading The British are coming!
Reading the recent utterances from the surviving rats in the Tory leadership sack I was reminded of an article I wrote almost exactly a decade ago (What does no really mean?) speculating as to what a No vote in the coming referendum might imply for Scotland. The following passage seems particularly prophetic in light of … Continue reading A decade later…
The above statement fell out of the head of the future British Prime Minister, Liz Truss, at a hustings event in Exeter, England. The media are making a big fuss about her haughty dismissal of Scotland’s First Minister saying that “the best thing to do with Nicola Sturgeon is ignore her”. The soon-to-be leader of … Continue reading You have been warned!
Writing in The National today, Professor Gregor Gall refers to ‘independence first’ as if it were both a choice and an alternative to progressive radicalism (‘Independence first’? Or is radical the way to win hearts and minds for Yes?). It is not. Constitutional justice is the essential precondition for social justice. The latter can only … Continue reading...
I attended only the Friday panel session of the 3-day Scottish Sovereignty Research Group (SSRG) Conference which comes to an end today (Sunday). I did so reluctantly. In part, this was for personal reasons. I am distinctly uncomfortable with the thought of crowds these days, partly as a hangover from Covid precautions and partly just … Continue reading Yes Campaign
Remarks to the Scottish Sovereignty Research Group (SSRG) Conference 29/07/2022 First, the Manifesto for Independence. Not Manifesto for Indy. Although they had the same origin they are quite different. The Manifesto for Independence sets out the essentials of the process of restoring Scotland’s independence in four steps – plus one. The plus one isn’t really … Continue...
The timeline for restoring Scotland’s independence is not a matter of choice. If bold, decisive action is not taken to initiate an equally bold and decisive process before the next UK general election, we may find ourselves in a situation even more precarious than now. Who can now doubt that the next UK general election … Continue reading Timeline and gameplan
For many years now – since long before the first independence referendum – I have been warning that the ultimate aim of the British state is to lock Scotland into a ‘reformed’ Union, unilaterally altered and imposed on Scotland without consultation or consent. A Spanish-style constitution which proclaims the UK to be a single nation … Continue reading The other UDI
The threat to which The Sunday National refers has been looming for years (Tory leadership race ‘poses Thatcher threat to Scotland amid lurch to the right’). Arguably, it has been looming for decades. But it can be said with certainty that it is over the last decade that the threat of far right-wing British governments … Continue reading The threat
Now may well be “the time for us here in Scotland to start getting mobilised for an independence referendum“, as Mhairi Black says. Some might say this mobilisation is long overdue. Nonetheless, it would be great if we were at last gearing up for an independence referendum. It would be great if there was an … Continue reading We are not robots!
One can hardly argue against the kind of improvements to our existing democratic institutions and processes suggested by Joanna Cherry. However, we should acknowledge the potential difficulty this presents in the fight to restore Scotland’s independence. “Use the powers you have!” is a well-worn line used by Unionists. On the face of it, Ms Cherry … Continue reading Our...
If you’re thinking in terms of “grounds” for #ScottishUDI you still haven’t got the mindset right. We do not need “grounds”. We need only the will of Scotland’s people. We don’t need to justify ourselves to anybody. We are the sovereign people of Scotland. We are accountable to nobody. For generations, we have been conditioned … Continue...
I really do wish The National and others would stop referring to it as an “independence referendum”. The Referendum proposed by Nicola Sturgeon is not an independence referendum. Not in the sense of being a referendum on restoring Scotland’s independence. Not in the sense of being a referendum which might lead to the restoration of … Continue reading An unremarked...
The Union is the constitutional device by which the people of Scotland are denied the full and proper exercise of their sovereignty. The Union imposes the alien principle of parliamentary sovereignty and gives it precedence over Scotland’s tradition of popular sovereignty. Independence can only be restored by means of an impeccably democratic event which stands … Continue reading We...
I have been looking at the persisting contenders for the role of British Conservative Party leader and British Prime Minister trying to make up my mind which was worst from Scotland’s perspective, and I am quite unable to decide. It’s like having a choice of what you want in your coffee – cyanide, botulinum, anthrax, … Continue reading Pick your poison
I have been invited to speak at the Scottish Sovereignty Research Group Conference in Dunfermline at the end of July. This is not something I do much of these days. Mostly because I don’t get invited as much as I used to. But also because I’m not comfortable with large numbers of people. Two is … Continue reading An event worth attending
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