Estonia: Digital Utopia or Orwellian Dystopia?

Source:: Bella Caledonia Estonia: Digital Utopia or Orwellian Dystopia? THERE is much hyping of the notion Scotland should emulate Baltic Estonia and become a “digital frontier”. Recently, Angus Robertson was using his National column to laud the idea of “Scottish digital citizenship” on the Estonian model. I’m all for embracing new technology. But there is a bit of me that worries when abstract references […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Estonia: Digital Utopia or Orwellian Dystopia?

Reforming Local Democracy in an Independent Scotland

Source:: Bella Caledonia Reforming Local Democracy in an Independent Scotland British politics is currently consumed in madness. Turn on your TV and it will be Brexit. Turn on your radio and it will be Brexit. Walk into a café and listen to a local political preacher ramble on about, you guessed it, Brexit. Yet within the realms of the Yes movement there has been much […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Reforming Local Democracy in an Independent Scotland

Man arrested after digger driven in to Keith shop

Source:: Northern Scot Man arrested after digger driven in to Keith shop POLICE Scotland have confirmed that a 35-year-old man has been arrested after a digger was driven into the front of the Spar shop in Keith. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Man arrested after digger driven in to Keith shop

Reporting Scotland staff IQ scores fall after rat dropping fungus found in Pacific Quay

Source:: John Robertson Reporting Scotland staff IQ scores fall after rat dropping fungus found in Pacific Quay (c) Graven A medical investigation into lowering IQ scores of leading staff at the BBC Scotland ‘state-of-the-art’ media centre on the Clyde, has thrown-up (literally) traces of a rat dropping fungus in the saliva of unnamed but senior editors, presenters and reporters. The fungus contains the bacterium ‘staffillicoccus unionitispropagandis’ which is known to cause a generalised anxiety leading to irrational defensiveness of untenable thoughts or behaviours. Professor Juan Robertonovo of the School of Tropical Diseases at the University of the… Read […]

Alex Salmond says now is the time for independence fight

Source:: The National Alex Salmond says now is the time for independence fight SCOTLAND will “never have better circumstances for winning independence”, Alex Salmond has stated following a week of unprecedented turmoil for the Conservative Government. Read the full article:: The National Alex Salmond says now is the time for independence fight

Theresa May to unveil Brexit alternative amid Cabinet turmoil

Source:: The National Theresa May to unveil Brexit alternative amid Cabinet turmoil THERESA May will today unveil an alternative way for the UK to leave the EU as it was revealed further splits have emerged in her Cabinet over her Brexit strategy. Read the full article:: The National Theresa May to unveil Brexit alternative amid Cabinet turmoil

Ian Blackford warns no-deal Brexit is 'height of irresponsibility'

Source:: The National Ian Blackford warns no-deal Brexit is ‘height of irresponsibility’ THE SNP’s Westminster leader has said it would be the “height of irresponsibility and economic self-harm” if Theresa May does not categorically rule out a no-deal Brexit today. Read the full article:: The National Ian Blackford warns no-deal Brexit is ‘height of irresponsibility’

Cross-party MPs hatch plan to thwart May and prevent no-deal Brexit

Source:: The National Cross-party MPs hatch plan to thwart May and prevent no-deal Brexit TWO cross-party groups of MPs are currently planning to table amendments to the Prime Minister’s alternative Brexit deal which she is due to unveil today. Read the full article:: The National Cross-party MPs hatch plan to thwart May and prevent no-deal Brexit

Thousands gather at Catalan jail to show solidarity with independence leaders

Source:: The National Thousands gather at Catalan jail to show solidarity with independence leaders THOUSANDS of people have taken part in a series of events outside the Catalan prison from where pro-independence leaders are expected to be transferred to institution in Madrid in the next few days as their trial date approaches. Read the full article:: The National Thousands gather at Catalan jail to show solidarity with independence leaders

The temple of doom

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The temple of doom It’s being reported today (Sunday) that the British Government finds it “extremely concerning” that MPs are trying to delay Article 50 in order to avoid a no deal. It’s a bit like that scene in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull when our hero and his chums are in a river and about to go over a waterfall. Theresa May would say it’s extremely concerning that people in the boat are looking to see what they can… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The temple of […]

This Script

Source:: Bella Caledonia This Script Jenny Lindsay was one half of the mythical Rally and Broad is the author of Ire and Salt and is the founder and director of Flint and Pitch a platform for emerging, Scottish spoken word, theatre, live literature and music acts. ‘This Script’ is a part univocal poem in, and about, I. From the stage […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia This Script

More than 3 million* ‘believe’ BBC Scotland is biased ‘after’ survey is ‘analysed’

Source:: John Robertson More than 3 million* ‘believe’ BBC Scotland is biased ‘after’ survey is ‘analysed’ It’s now more than a year after the BBC’s own survey found Scots to be much more dissatisfied than those in non-Scottish parts of the UK and some months after its infamous attack on Wings over Scotland, removing online content, let us see its bias, in full exposure. I have used BBC Scotland’s own research guidelines (shared with SFA)* and its royal charter, even after Phil’s crash, in this analysis which will help readers grasp the importance of the research… Read the […]

BBC and STV headlines ‘after’ today little better than pigeon droppings?

Source:: John Robertson BBC and STV headlines ‘after’ today little better than pigeon droppings? Pigeon droppings made national news this morning with the headline: ‘Two patients have died after contracting a fungal infection caused by pigeon droppings.’ BBC Scotland then had a longer piece headed: ‘Two patients have dies after falling ill from an infection caused by pigeons.’ Only six sentences later did we hear, quietly inserted, that one patient had died from ‘an unrelated cause’ and that the other’s death was ‘being investigated.’ The headlines are only true in the chronological sense that… Read the full article:: […]

Glasgow honours Matt McGinn, folk hero who was once bigger than Dylan

Source:: Kevin McKenna Glasgow honours Matt McGinn, folk hero who was once bigger than Dylan Blue plaque for influential Scots singer-songwriter unveiled three decades after his deathFor years James Scott was frustrated by the lack of recognition given to one of his favourite musicians, the folk singer and songwriter Matt McGinn, who died in 1977. Although he was feted in radical folk circles, McGinn’s name was largely unknown and his talents overlooked. Scott decided that needed to change, and set about raising £1,000 for a memorial.“I did this because I am a great McGinn fan… Read the full […]

Government 'failure' means EU must ring-fence rights of citizens

Source:: The National Government ‘failure’ means EU must ring-fence rights of citizens SNP MEP Alyn Smith, pictured, right has authored a letter co-signed by 24 European Parliament colleagues demanding that the rights of European citizens are protected if a disastrous no-deal Brexit scenario was to occur. Read the full article:: The National Government ‘failure’ means EU must ring-fence rights of citizens