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Happy Christmas Everyone!


We’re logging off for the holidays. A big big thanks to all our readers, all our writers and columnists and to everyone who supports us. I hope everyone has a chance to take some time off and (if it’s possible) a chance to re-charge in these dark and weird times.  Merry Christmas!

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  1. Ken Hare says:

    And a very Happy Christmas to all you Bella People.
    2021 must be better…. surely
    Ken x

  2. Gercon says:

    Thanks Mike for the sanity you have provided over the last year.
    All the very best to you and everybody at Bella.

    1. Thanks so much, all the best

  3. Bert Logan says:

    Thankyou – you are a source of the best of Scotland.

    Hope to see you BIG in the 2021 year.

    1. Thanks Bert, here’s hoping! All the best Mike

  4. Josef Ó Luain says:

    All the best to you and your’s, M —have a good one!

  5. Alasdair Macdonald says:

    All the best for Christmas and New Year.

    You have continued and expanded the output during these strange times and have confronted the balefulness and stupidity which seemed to infect a number of reportedly pro-independence groups. The discourse has been eclectic and, on the whole, informative and stimulating.

    1. Thanks you very much Alasdair, hope you have a good holiday, best Mike

  6. Jane says:

    Seasons greetings to you all, you deserve the best. Your editorials help me to make sense of politics.
    Thank you

    1. Thanks jane – that’s good to hear! All the best Mike

  7. Gashty McGonnard says:

    Happy Christmas to you Mike Small, and to all at Bella.

    1. Thanks Gashty, all the best

  8. Jim says:

    Happy Christmas to all at Bella and all the readers. I hope 2021 is a great for us all!

    1. Thanks Jim – it wont be hard to be better than 2020!

      All the best, Mike

  9. James Mills says:

    Happy Christmas to you and yours , Mike ! Let’s hope that next year we can start the journey to a saner existence , beginning with Independence !

    1. Thanks James! Merry Christmas!

  10. Morag Williams says:

    With very best wishes to all.

    I do hope that you have a Merry Christmas and more importantly, a better New Year.

    Many thanks for the great work . . . much appreciated.

    1. Thanks so much Morag! All the best, Mike

  11. Bill Low says:

    Happy Christmas Mike, to tou and yours and all at Bella. Keep up your sterling efforts in the New Year. Thank you so much for your analysis, comments and allowing us to retain our sanity by having the odd rant.


    1. Happy Christmas to you too Bill – see in the New Year!

  12. Margaret McNeil says:

    Thanks, Mike, and all of you at Bella, for your remarkable contributions to the Independence debate plus insightful reflections on what it is to be Scottish. I wish you all a Happy Christmas and well deserved break, but look forward to hearing from you in the year ahead.

    1. Thanks so much Margaret – kind words indeed. All the best and Happy New Year to you …

  13. Axel P Kulit says:

    And Happy Yule and Hogmanay to you

  14. Fay Kennedy says:

    I am so grateful for the daily sanity you bring to the discussion even though am far from Scotland you say it clear without fear and it keeps me sane. So all the very best to you and all at Bella for the year ahead. Your dedication and rigour much needed. Hope springs infernal so keep the fire going.

  15. rayt says:

    Hi Mike,
    Thank you for ALL of your output, not least your efforts in providing a platform for all…
    Come the resumption could we have some observations on Alistair Campbell’s article on the co-authored book “The Sovereign Individuals”
    sub-titled – “Mastering the Transition to the Information Age”.
    – I think it was on Tortoise Media(?). The co-authors were James Dale Davidson and Lord William Rees-Mogg. (yes, the pater!)
    Possibly an appropriate start to our coming change in fortunes!
    …Seasons Greetings and may you all remain safe and sane.

    1. Hi Ray – thanks for y9our kind and positive words.

      I’d read something about Rees-Mogg snrs book through Fintan O’Toole but I hadnt read Alsatair Campbells take. Have you got a link to that?

      All the best, Mike

      1. rayt says:

        Here y’go, hope this is of use – the content of the book itself (if you can get access to a copy) is quite frightening.
        Alistair Campbell’s summary/precis is a pretty neat distillation.
        In the meantime – take it easy for now – I’ve got a feeling things will get a bit more difficult across the board, after the 1st.!
        Here’s wishing you fortitude for the coming year.

      2. rayt says:


        Alastair Campbell: The 23-year-old book that explains Brexit – Tortoise
        ‘The Sovereign Individual’ was co-authored by William Rees-Mogg, father of Jacob. Its politics are those of the modern libertarian right

        *If this link doesn’t work only use up to ‘beyond’ – leave out the second line.

        1. Maxwell macleod says:

          And thanks Mike from TU
          The token unionist!

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