In common with all her colleagues in the SNP, Shona Robison is very good at describing the problem and stating the solution. Where she and they fail completely is in describing how they intend to connect present reality to the solution of restoring Scotland's independence. The Scottish parties - and in this I include SNP, … Continue reading Tell us something new!
Author: Peter A Bell
An open letter to Humza Yousaf
First Minister You are reported to have declared that there has "never been a more important time" for Scottish independence. Assuming this comment to have been made with due sincerity and full awareness of the perilousness of our nation's predicament, may I - on behalf of all who agree with you - make a suggestion … Continue reading An open letter to Humza Yousaf
Gone, but not forgotten
She may be gone from high office, but as Lesley Riddoch demonstrates, the stultifying miasma of the Sturgeon Doctrine still clings to many of the 'leading figures' in the independence movement. An essential part of this doctrine is the notion that there is a long game to be played and what the rest of us … Continue reading Gone, but not forgotten
Be careful what you think
Hi Peter, this is XXXXXX (they/them), I am the Equalities Officer for Our Republic. As a new member of Our Republic, I am sure you are aware that you are bound to follow the Code of Conduct, particularly section 3.2, which asks that members of Our Republic behave in a way that fosters an environment … Continue reading Be careful what you think
Apparently, I’m mad
I am deemed mad because I have this crazy notion that if you want something done, you go to those with the power to do it. Seemingly, to be judged sane one should assiduously avoid those who have the power to do the thing you want done, and go instead to whoever has neither power … Continue reading Apparently, I’m mad
The fascist threat
This honest and heartfelt essay by Richard Murphy is all the more powerful for being totally accurate. His final point in particular is a welcome contribution to the constitutional debate. One of the most frustrating things about that debate at present is the large number of people who apparently remain stubbornly oblivious to the nature … Continue reading The fascist threat
What a plan looks like
We don't need a constitutional convention to "break the “constitutional logjam” following the decision of the Supreme Court that Holyrood does not have powers to hold a referendum". We need only ask the very obvious question our politicians and the biggest part of the Yes movement is dancing around. How does the Scottish Parliament acquire … Continue reading What a plan looks like
The lion squeaks
Scotland's cause is being betrayed by our entire political class. The SNP has been letting us down for years. Alba Party's only selling point is that they are not the SNP.
Is this how it is to be with the Independence Convention? The party members can choose any approach to the constitutional issue they want so long as it is the one Humza Yousaf has decided on? There's 57 varieties, but only Cream of Tomato is being served?
The SNP cannot be decoupled from the fight to restore Scotland's independence. That must be understood from the outset. The independence movement needs a source of effective political power if its objective is to be achieved. For better or worse, the SNP is the political arm of the independence movement. It is so because we, … Continue reading Couplings