Festival of Democracy

Source:: Bella Caledonia Festival of Democracy Malcolm Kerr outlines some issues and opportunities for SNP members and activists in the brief season of the Holyrood 2021 candidate selection process. The soundtrack for this year’s candidate selection process is the chopping of membership cards. It is a hard time to be an SNP activist, watching long-time local stalwarts become disenchanted, trying to […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Festival of Democracy

Queer Liberation means Trans Equality

Source:: Bella Caledonia Queer Liberation means Trans Equality Queer liberation in Britain has a chain of successes: partial decriminalisation, age of consent, adoption rights, employment equality, the Equality Act, abolishing Section 28 and winning same-sex marriage. With exceptions on the left, its early radicalism has been defanged. Capitalism treats LGBT+ people as a mature advertising market. Plugs for supermarkets, banks, bars or violence-monopoly […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Queer Liberation means Trans Equality

Remembering Tam Forysth

Source:: Bella Caledonia Remembering Tam Forysth Remembering the great Tom Forsyth who has passed away at the age of 71. He played for Motherwell and Rangers and was integral to the winning Scotland teams of 1976 & 77. His final match was v Netherlands at the World Cup in 1978. Here’s his most famous moment, his game-saving tackle against Mick Channon […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Remembering Tam Forysth

Nicola Sturgeon’s approval rating shows we are getting things right

Source:: The National Nicola Sturgeon’s approval rating shows we are getting things right I WAS impressed by Martin Hannan’s article “Why are we using these sticks to beat ourselves?” (The National, August 12). Read the full article:: The National Nicola Sturgeon’s approval rating shows we are getting things right

Boris Johnson's disasterplan to save the Union is a gift for the Yes movement

Source:: The National Boris Johnson’s disasterplan to save the Union is a gift for the Yes movement OK, OK. Come out, come out, wherever you are. Don’t keep us in suspense – who is the cunning Yes voter embedded in the Tory camp? Read the full article:: The National Boris Johnson’s disasterplan to save the Union is a gift for the Yes movement

We have a chance to reshape education completely

Source:: The National We have a chance to reshape education completely RUTH Wishart’s article was a breath of fresh air on the subject of education (There’s a bigger problem than grades: exams, The National, August 10). Read the full article:: The National We have a chance to reshape education completely

Solutions to currency queries after indy are quite straightforward

Source:: The National Solutions to currency queries after indy are quite straightforward VERY good letter in the National Conversation from Alan M Morris (Unionists are always in campaign mode, so why aren’t we?, The National, August 11). Read the full article:: The National Solutions to currency queries after indy are quite straightforward

Union jackery won’t prevent independence

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Union jackery won’t prevent independence Those oh so clever people in the Conservative Government, the same people who brought you Gavin Stupid Boy Williamson and Priti Patel’s numberwhang, have come up with a cunning plan to save the Precioussss Union. Or as it’s officially called these days, the Awesome Fawesome. That’ll be because it makes you go aw, which is how you pronounce ugh in a posh Etonian accent. The plan is to plaster union flegs on everything in order to demonstrate to us ungrateful… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Union jackery […]

Kirsty Strickland: How do you solve a problem like Richard Leonard?

Source:: The National Kirsty Strickland: How do you solve a problem like Richard Leonard? ANOTHER week, another damning appraisal of Scottish Labour and their hapless leader Richard Leonard. A report by pro-Union think tank Our Scottish Future concluded the party is “in peril” and warned that all current polling points to seat losses for the party at next year’s Holyrood election. Read the full article:: The National Kirsty Strickland: How do you solve a problem like Richard Leonard?

Angus Robertson: This week’s been a massive fail for the Unionist parties

Source:: The National Angus Robertson: This week’s been a massive fail for the Unionist parties THIS week has been an object lesson in why Scotland needs the full powers of independence. In contrast to the mishandling of school results in England, pupils in Scotland benefited from Holyrood’s ability to correct policy decisions and as a consequence have not been cheated of their future. No wonder an ever-growing proportion of the population believes Scotland is heading in the right direction – towards independence. Read the full article:: The National Angus Robertson: This week’s been a massive fail for the Unionist parties

Keir Starmer 'loses confidence' in branch office boss Richard Leonard

Source:: The National Keir Starmer ‘loses confidence’ in branch office boss Richard Leonard KEIR Starmer has reportedly lost confidence in Scottish Labour chief Richard Leonard. But with no obvious replacement, the Yorkshireman is set to lead his party to another defeat next May. Read the full article:: The National Keir Starmer ‘loses confidence’ in branch office boss Richard Leonard

Boris Johnson's Union Jackery blitz branded ‘crass’ and ‘desperate’

Source:: The National Boris Johnson’s Union Jackery blitz branded ‘crass’ and ‘desperate’ BORIS Johnson’s plan to plaster Union flags across UK-funded schemes in Scotland proves how “desperate” Unionists have become, the SNP’s longest-serving MP has said. Read the full article:: The National Boris Johnson’s Union Jackery blitz branded ‘crass’ and ‘desperate’

Nicola Sturgeon pays tribute to the fallen on 75th anniversary of VJ Day

Source:: The National Nicola Sturgeon pays tribute to the fallen on 75th anniversary of VJ Day THE First Minister has paid tribute to all those who died during the Second World War on the 75th anniversary of VJ Day. Read the full article:: The National Nicola Sturgeon pays tribute to the fallen on 75th anniversary of VJ Day

Exams controversy has shone a light on assessment process

Source:: The National Exams controversy has shone a light on assessment process IT’S been a tough week in education. John Swinney had the difficult task of trying to square a circle, and he was going to be severely criticised whichever way he tried. I understand the thinking behind the moderation system, and the value of the free and swift appeals process in producing individually fair results without jeopardising the integrity of the cohort result. Read the full article:: The National Exams controversy has shone a light on assessment process