Any fears over the State Pension are unfounded!
Peter A Bell
by Mike Fenwick
6d ago
Any fears over the State Pension are unfounded! State pensions … instead of saying we paid in – so the UK should pay out, we need a different perspective – follow the money! Simple maths drawn from GERS show the truth. Do you think that your State Pension is dependent on the UK Government? It ..read more
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Power from the people
Peter A Bell
by Peter A Bell
1w ago
Language matters! When discussing important topics, it is important to get the terminology right. For politicians, language matters because they may be speaking for their party or for the government or even for the country. Look at the way the common idiomatic expression ‘once in a generation’ came back to bite bums. Language matters because ..read more
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The wrong ground
Peter A Bell
by Peter A Bell
1w ago
There is no route to independence which does not pass through a point at which there is direct and acrimonious confrontation with the British state. This confrontation is inevitable. It is unavoidable. If Scotland’s independence is to be restored, this confrontation must be faced. Preparations must be made. Scotland must prevail. If any doubted the ..read more
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The war against truth
Peter A Bell
by Peter A Bell
1w ago
When science becomes heresy against an orthodoxy which places human vanity above the laws that govern the unimaginably complex phenomenon of life itself, all of nature recoils at the immensity of such irrational presumption ..read more
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Glittering generalities an unasked questions
Peter A Bell
by Peter A Bell
2w ago
In the party-political discourse around Scotland’s constitutional issue, what passes for variety is the difference between the disappointments that are anticipated and those which come as something of a surprise to even the most cynical among us. As an example of the latter category, we might look to Murdo Fraser’s reaction to the Pope’s suggestion ..read more
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The anticipated anti-climax
Peter A Bell
by Peter A Bell
2w ago
To give credit where is is due, The National does seem to have developed a knack for producing headlines which give me a wee adrenaline hit. Most commonly, it must be said, this momentary surge of agitation is occasioned by some grievous abuse of language. But every once in a while there is a headline ..read more
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Toeing the party line
Peter A Bell
by Peter A Bell
2w ago
Wishart has changed his tune. Back in June 2020 he was totally disparaging of the idea of a de facto referendum. ‘Just doing it anyway’ means we would be doing something broadly similar to what Catalonia did when they ‘won’ their uncontested referendum – without actually winning a referendum! This would in effect mean we ..read more
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Explaining the obvious
Peter A Bell
by Peter A Bell
2w ago
The following was posted by me as a reply to a comment on Bad ideas and worse ideas. I thought it might usefully be offered to a wider audience. Your “reservations” are based on a false idea of what #ScottishUDI is. And don’t start your standard whining about it never having been explained unless you ..read more
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Bad ideas and worse ideas
Peter A Bell
by Peter A Bell
3w ago
It sometimes happens that people get so involved with disputing the relative merits of different ways of doing something that the omit to ask whether the thing should be done at all. A case in point is the argument about whether a Westminster or Holyrood election should be used as a de facto referendum. Actually ..read more
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Tactical voting
Peter A Bell
by Peter A Bell
3w ago
Democratic events such as elections and referendums turn the people into a disparate mob of isolated individuals, variously dogmatic, detached, angry, alienated, deceived, deluded, antagonistic and apathetic. All manipulated. Few aware. If the people ever learned how to use democratic events to take collective action, there would be no more democratic events ..read more
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