Aileen Colleran’s Blog

Partick, Politics and Passions

Could it be magic ?

So , Merlin was really a counsellor (or even councillor ) from Partick – it was in the Sunday Mail, so it must be true. A writer by the name of Adam Ardrey has written a book called “Finding Merlin” in which he’s claiming that the real Merlin was a scholar and politican who lived in central Scotland in the late 6th and early 7th centuries and in all likelihood lived in Partick. It all seems a bit speculative, but a good story for all that and firmly places the book in the category that us sceptical librarians used to call “books for dafties” – along with all the blood of the holy grail , secrets of the pyramids, mysteries of atlantis and angel voices books that were the most likely to be stolen in any library collection…even more than the true crime glorifying murdering gangster low life books. Speaking of magic ..

“The data from political science is crystal clear, people vote for the candidate who elicits the right feelings, not the candidate who presents the best arguments”  – that’s from The Political Brain, the Role of Emotion in deciding the fate of the nation by Drew Westen.  Which explains Bush beating Gore (with a bit of help from hanging chads..) and also explains the Nats slogan “It’s Time” – pure emotional appeal rather than reasoned arguments for independence. Not a statistic in sight. Look at adverts these days and see how many of them are looking to push emotional buttons to sell their product. Fuzzy not factual. Selling identity and sense of self rather than utility and functionality. Join our tribe, join our facebook group, listen to Elmer Gantry and become a believer..


August 30, 2007 - Posted by | Books, SNP


  1. So whats the problem with Facebook then????????

    Comment by Kat | August 31, 2007 | Reply

  2. Not a problem at all with Facebook – social networking sites are the latest campaigning tools, makes me wonder if blogs will eventually be overtaken by them ?

    Comment by allabouteve | August 31, 2007 | Reply

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