Ben Wizner: Edward Snowden didn’t expose mass NSA surveillance to make friends

Source:: Bella Caledonia Ben Wizner: Edward Snowden didn’t expose mass NSA surveillance to make friends It can’t be underestimated the role that the ACLU plays in U.S. civil liberties and rights. Their mantra of defending these constitutional prerogatives for the American public is something they’re well–versed in fighting for, given the organisation is almost 100 years old. Listen to the full interview in our weekly Newsvoice Think podcast Founded in 1920 following the November […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Ben Wizner: Edward Snowden didn’t expose mass NSA surveillance to make friends

A new channel backed by £30m? The BBC is selling Scotland short | Kevin McKenna

Source:: Kevin McKenna A new channel backed by £30m? The BBC is selling Scotland short | Kevin McKenna Once the flagship news show is paid for there will be little left for original programmingMy most thrilling pre-millennial guilty pleasure was watching Dale Winton’s Supermarket Sweep on a day off. Being a young newspaper executive, I suppose I really ought to have been spending my time doing something more gainful such as catching up on the Sunday papers; perhaps attempting to tackle the Economist’s analysis of Bill Clinton’s US recovery programme for the purposes of borrowing from it in… […]

We’re all bastards from Newsnet now

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug We’re all bastards from Newsnet now When independence campaigners who are compelled to pay a licence fee on pain of criminalisation complain about how the BBC doesn’t reflect their views, and demand that the Corporation refrain from its anti-independence bias, they’re accused of trying to silence journalists and being enemies of democracy. It now transpires that it’s the BBC which has been silencing journalists, and if silencing journalists makes you an enemy of democracy then that would be the BBC. The broadcaster and comedian Hardip Singh… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug We’re […]

Another little difference that tells us something: SNP to improve disability terms for terminally ill.

Source:: John Robertson Another little difference that tells us something: SNP to improve disability terms for terminally ill. (c) nen-press See this, from the Scottish Government, yesterday: ‘A new amendment has been tabled to the Social Security (Scotland) Bill, which would remove any time qualification for people who are terminally ill. Current UK legislation for disability benefits and Universal Credit specifies that the definition of terminal illness is someone likely to die within 6 months. Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman has put forward an amendment to ensure that it will be entirely down to the clinical judgement of… […]

Drowning the baby

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Drowning the baby Pointing out the spectacular levels of imbecility among Scotland’s elected Tories has threatened to become a full-time job for this website in recent months. We wish we could say that today’s example was even a particularly noteworthy one, but tragically it’s about par for the course. Today’s Scottish Daily Mail leads with a rather limp piece about […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Drowning the baby

Nanny State? Average speed cameras, Jeremy Clarkson and the Scottish Tories

Source:: John Robertson Nanny State? Average speed cameras, Jeremy Clarkson and the Scottish Tories (c) Edinburgh University, Salisbury Studio Theatre, Daily Telegraph Back in January 2017, Jeremy Clarkson, raged against the denial of his freedom to speed, after the installation of the average speed camera system, on Scotland’s most dangerous road, the A9. It’s that kind of Toad of Toad Hall, Libertarian / Right-wing thinking Clarkson specialises in. In November that same year, the Scottish Conservative, MSP Liam Kerr, presumably their Boy Racer Spokesman, featured in the Evening Express, questioning their value on the… Read the full article:: […]

The Darling (Cotton) Buds of May

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Darling (Cotton) Buds of May There’s a growing problem of farce and surrealism in the green movement and in wider society, I call it Lifestyle v the Apocalypse. It goes like this: the more severe and urgent the multifaceted ecological and climate change crisis becomes, the less we do. Faced with the deluge of information that our Plastic Society has […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Darling (Cotton) Buds of May

Poxy Unionist media unfairly attack NHS in proxy war against SNP

Source:: John Robertson Poxy Unionist media unfairly attack NHS in proxy war against SNP   Rennie and Bennie (c) Heathcare Times and Scottish Sun As Willie Rennie is reported to be joining his own campaign to have the Health Secretary sacked and as the three Unionist party’s reform their unholy trinity with the Tories who have single-handedly reduced NHS England to humanitarian crisis (no speech marks required), BBC Scotland and the ever-loyal Herald have launched another NHS attack using the unverified and partisan impressions of a trades unionist. Here are the headlines: ‘BBC Scotland:… Read the full article:: […]

Greens accuse LibDems of ‘living in parallel universe’

Source:: The National Greens accuse LibDems of ‘living in parallel universe’ WILLIE Rennie has come under attack after trying to taking credit for Scotland’s new income tax system – despite most of his MSPs voting against it. Read the full article:: The National Greens accuse LibDems of ‘living in parallel universe’

The failings of the PFI system were inevitable

Source:: The National The failings of the PFI system were inevitable TWO of the main downsides of PFI, and other forms of public private partnership (PPP), have become increasingly apparent in the years since the use of these forms of partnership became widespread in the UK. Read the full article:: The National The failings of the PFI system were inevitable

PFI: The disaster we should have seen coming

Source:: The National PFI: The disaster we should have seen coming IT was a disaster a long time in the making, and one that should have been seen for what it was before its awful implications were finally realised. Read the full article:: The National PFI: The disaster we should have seen coming

Lochhead chairing meeting with ScotRail boss to discuss public issues

Source:: Northern Scot Lochhead chairing meeting with ScotRail boss to discuss public issues MSP RICHARD Lochhead is chairing a meeting with the Managing Director of Abellio ScotRail today, which will allow Moray residents the chance to discuss issues with rail services. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Lochhead chairing meeting with ScotRail boss to discuss public issues

Living in the Shadow of Empire State Britain and the Problem of Cultural Dementia

Source:: Gerry Hassan Living in the Shadow of Empire State Britain and the Problem of Cultural Dementia Living in the Shadow of Empire State Britain and the Problem of Cultural Dementia Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, April 19th 2018 The UK has been an uncomfortable place in the last few days. There has been the controversy over the Windrush deportations, Tory Cabinet minister Esther McVey defending the rape clause at the Scottish Parliament as ‘non-invasive’, and the resuscitation of Enoch Powell’s ‘rivers of blood’ 1968 speech from beyond the grave. On top of this there has been the… Read […]

The case for Scottish Government intervention as banks fail local communities

Source:: Business for Scotland The case for Scottish Government intervention as banks fail local communities The basic rule on state intervention in business is that there has to be a market failure. This is when commercial concerns have no interest in the investment needed to supply a service which the Government deems vital. It’s the defining line between state ownership of industry that competes with commercial concerns – the old failed […] The post The case for Scottish Government intervention as banks fail local communities appeared first on Business for Scotland. Read the full article:: Business for Scotland The […]

Our Common Future – a Zombie Commonwealth

Source:: Bella Caledonia Our Common Future – a Zombie Commonwealth These Commonwealth gatherings mark Britain out as a quaint and bland place dominated for hundreds of years by a strange family. Its leaders huddle togeher in bemused subservience while Royals mumble patronising platitudes or casual racism. To be fair it’s what Britain does best: meaningless gatherings endlessly shuffling-about some incoherent vision of the future whilst […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Our Common Future – a Zombie Commonwealth