Ruth’s soggy bottom

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Ruth’s soggy bottom Well that’s it. Time to give up and go home. I don’t mean the independence campaign, Scotland needs it more than ever now. I mean serious political commentary – although thankfully this blog has never specialised in the serious. How can you be serious when the biggest piece of political news in Scotland today is that Ruth Davidson is going to appear on Bake Off? That’s it. That’s Ruth’s Scottish Conservative contribution to the pressing issues of today, she’s going… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Ruth’s soggy bottom

Life In Sardinia

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Life In Sardinia The Guardian today on Ruth Davidson’s legendary commitment to the day job: And an action shot of those packed-in crowds two weeks ago: We hope nobody was injured in the crush. Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Life In Sardinia

Acid Communism

Source:: Bella Caledonia Acid Communism In the context of the stagnation of the indy movement in form and content – and in the face of huge global meme moments like #MeToo, and as the system failure kicks-in, it’s worth exploring a range of other ideas and approaches and deeper responses to crisis. Acid Communism was the name of a book […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Acid Communism

Help Catalonia. Save Europe

Source:: Bella Caledonia Help Catalonia. Save Europe “What’s happening here, in Catalonia, is not an internal Spanish affair. It concerns to each and every European citizen” Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Help Catalonia. Save Europe

The evolution of news

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The evolution of news A story on the BBC website last night: The same story this morning: The first version is entirely accurate. Readers can decide for themselves why someone at the BBC felt it needed to be changed from neutral terms to pejorative ones. Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The evolution of news

Don’t Hate the Media – Become the Media

Source:: Bella Caledonia Don’t Hate the Media – Become the Media Jim Monaghan of Govanhill Baths offers birthday greetings to Bella … Support us here. Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Don’t Hate the Media – Become the Media

Three transformational ideas for Scotland’s economy and society

Source:: Business for Scotland Three transformational ideas for Scotland’s economy and society The world most of our politicians and their policy advisors live in doesn’t exist anymore. Radical ideas that require the electorate to think, engage and progress are considered too risky by the political elites, and having failed to provide a valid alternative they are at the mercy of polemic cheerleaders who figure if no one […] The post Three transformational ideas for Scotland’s economy and society appeared first on Business for Scotland. Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Three transformational ideas for Scotland’s economy and […]

Drink drive clampdown sees 11 arrests

Source:: Northern Scot Drink drive clampdown sees 11 arrests ELEVEN people have been charged with drink driving following a police operation in the North East at the weekend. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Drink drive clampdown sees 11 arrests

Arrest this Moment

Source:: Bella Caledonia Arrest this Moment James Robertson on his new biography o Michael Marra, sang-scriever, musician and artist I kent Michael Marra (1952 – 2012), as freen and neebor baith, for the last nine year o his life. I had kent his music for some while afore thon, but it wisna till I flitted tae Newtyle, ten mile north o […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Arrest this Moment

Scottish food and drink exports still booming so is it still only 28% of the UK’s food and drink exports? We’re still only 8% of the population

Source:: John Robertson Scottish food and drink exports still booming so is it still only 28% of the UK’s food and drink exports? We’re still only 8% of the population Picture: Scotland Food & Drink Scottish food and drink exports grew by 9% or £119 million in the first half of 2017 bringing the half-year total to £2.5 billion. Again, from gov.scot, yesterday: Food exports increased by 24% to £770 million Scottish whisky exports grew £57 million (up 3%) to £1.8 billion Fish and seafood exports are up 38% to £459 million The EU accounted for 69% of all […]

SNP leadership on hectic northern hemisphere mission, from the Baltic to Canada and a’ pairts atween thaim, to save Scottish Economy from Tory incompetence

Source:: John Robertson SNP leadership on hectic northern hemisphere mission, from the Baltic to Canada and a’ pairts atween thaim, to save Scottish Economy from Tory incompetence From the Baltic to Canada? Why am I singing the tune from the Proclaimers’s ‘Letter from America’? We’ve already seen the First Minister on trips to connect us up with Scandinavia, Ireland, the Baltic and even the Arctic Circle countries. See: SNP Government making new links to North and East in preparation for Brexit failures by UK Government This is clearly part of an attempt to do what can be done in anticipation […]

Meanwhile in Scotland: independence is a long game that can’t wait. 

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Meanwhile in Scotland: independence is a long game that can’t wait.  Commentary by Christopher Silver Party conferences are strange beasts. At a time when politics is hobbled by a constant need to respond to the surreal and the unexpected, the party conference tells you everything, and nothing, about the substance of how decisions are made, courses set, careers ruined and policies arrived at. Christopher Silver Party memberships do not determine election results, while the cloistered intrigue of political correspondents and insiders is mere grist to the media mill. Fringe events offer… Read the full article:: […]

Are California’s wildfires ‘a horror that no one could imagine?’ Why Scots and other North Europeans maybe shouldn’t be in California, South Australia, Southern Spain and other similar places.

Source:: John Robertson Are California’s wildfires ‘a horror that no one could imagine?’ Why Scots and other North Europeans maybe shouldn’t be in California, South Australia, Southern Spain and other similar places. (c) Getty Images As wild-fires race across California, killing 40 and leaving 300 unaccounted for, Governor Jerry Brown said: ‘It’s a horror that no one could have imagined.’ but I know someone who could and did imagine this kind of thing decades ago yet has been ignored. ‘Ecology of Fear: Los Angeles and the Imagination of Disaster’ Mike Davis, a self-educated, Marxist, former abattoir worker and driver […]

Manning Up

Source:: Bella Caledonia Manning Up Ruth Davidson’s plea that the Tory Party needed to ‘man up’ combined with the Scottish Mental Health Festival to inspire me to speak up about what happened in January when Bella almost closed because I wasn’t doing so well. Of course the idea that the Conservatives multiple crises could be salvaged by resorting to a […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Manning Up

ScotRes

Source:: Bella Caledonia ScotRes Advancing Scottish independence outside of Scotland Is there a place for Scots living outside of Scotland to champion independence? When it comes to advancing the cause of independence, what is the role of those who identify as Scottish but live elsewhere? In 2014, only people resident in Scotland were asked whether or not Scotland should […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia ScotRes