Doing it for ourselves

Source: Wee Ginger Dug Doing it for ourselves Following the news that the police have now formally charged Glasgow East MP Natalie McGarry, the infamously litigious George Galloway has announced his decision to stand as a candidate for the Westminster seat of Glasgow East. According to the Herald a source close to the Gorgeous One said that the lycra clad cat impersonator and praiser of the indefatigability of dictators was planning to stand “should there be a by-election”. Nice to see you’ve not pre-judged Natalie there George. Not that he has of course, oh no. George is well aware […]

The green and pleasant land

Source: Wings Over Scotland The green and pleasant land The Daily Telegraph just released a video called “100 Reasons Why Brexit Was A Good Thing”. It listed them to a soundtrack of “Jerusalem”, the same song that closed the Labour Party conference earlier this week with its stirring ode to just one of the four nations of the United Kingdom. We’ve saved a few of the highlights below, […]

Scotland Continental

Source: Bella Caledonia Scotland Continental Columba, herring, Burns and Ossian helped put Scotland in Europe a long time ago, argues Neal Ascherson. In those stunned days after the Brexit vote was declared, John Swinney spoke to the Scottish Parliament. The Scots had voted to ‘Remain’, but the English UK majority had voted to ‘Leave’. Swinney had to explain why the […]

How Long Has this Been Going On?

Source: Bella Caledonia How Long Has this Been Going On? Every Friday we bring you our track of the week. This week we give you How Long has this Been Going On? from Fear of a Jazz Planet. H/T to The Bonnie Prince… In other news Nightmares on Wax have released their back catalog of mix tapes for free. Head over to Nightmare On Wax’s website to […]

End of. Full Stop.

Source: Wee Ginger Dug End of. Full Stop. Isn’t it funny how things change in a couple of years. A couple of years ago the merest hint from European leaders that they’d prefer no changes to the existing settlement were spun into massive threats to veto Scottish membership of the EU. In fact even when those European representatives were talking about something else entirely, as was the case with the Croatian ambassador talking about the hurdles his country faced in gaining membership of the EU as it recovered from war and communist rule, it was still presented to us […]

Council meets finance secretary to stop 'drastic cuts'

Source: Northern Scot Council meets finance secretary to stop ‘drastic cuts’ MORAY Council’s leader has met Scotland’s finance minister to press for increased government funding to allow current levels of local authority service to be maintained.

Green Around the Gills

Source: Derek Bateman Green Around the Gills As you’ll understand, a retired gentleman has more to do with his time than follow the daily tittle-tattle in the gutter Press. What with checking the share prices and giving the Burgundy bottles in the cellar a half turn, there’s barely a moment worth wasting on the verbal histrionics of the hacks. But on putting my feet up on the ottoman in the salon yesterday and opening my Herald – from whom I am in receipt of pension provision after many years dedicated service – I was struck by a tale from […]

This is what democracy looks like

Source: Bella Caledonia This is what democracy looks like Sarah Glynn – member of Scottish Solidarity with Kurdistan was part of a Scottish delegation to the Democratic Union Party Congress in Brussels, discussing the democratic federalist system they are establishing in the autonomous predominantly Kurdish part of Northern Syria. She reports for Bella here. The Kurdish fighters of Rojava in northern Syria have become familiar […]

Where is the Jeremy Corbyn Labour Party revolution going to end?

Source: Gerry Hassan Where is the Jeremy Corbyn Labour Party revolution going to end? Where is the Jeremy Corbyn Labour Party revolution going to end? Gerry Hassan Scotttish Review, September 29th 2016 Jeremy Corbyn and Labour have some major positives going for them. He has been re-elected Labour leader with a huge majority in an election in which over half a million people voted. On the wave of a surge of excitement and engagement, Labour’s membership has risen to 650,000 – over four times that of the Tories, and representing the largest political party in all Europe. On top […]

The Defence of Trident

Source: Bella Caledonia The Defence of Trident Trident isn’t a matter of left or right any more, or the ethics of pacifism or unilateralism, it’s become a constitutional issue. It matters that all of Britain’s ‘independent’ nuclear weapons are in Scotland. It matters that they are not in England. Rafael Behr today carefully analysed the splits and schisms in Corbyn’s Labour Party, […]

Who’s laughing now

Source: Wee Ginger Dug Who’s laughing now The UK’s Brexit plans are starting to make CoCo the Clown look like a serious minded bean counter who ran away from the circus to join a firm of chartered accountants. There are paradoxes mused upon by ancient Greek philosophers which are clear cut and straightforward in comparison to the UK’s Brexit strategy. Zeno famously argued that an arrow can’t move because at any given instant in the arrow’s flight no time has elapsed in which the arrow can travel. And it seems that the Conservative government’s Brexit strategy can’t take any […]

Just your imagination

Source: Wings Over Scotland Just your imagination From a ridiculous piece by Hadley Freeman in today’s Guardian: Actually, we’re pretty sure it isn’t and we can.