Independence First

Source: Random Public Journal Independence First Tweet Follow @RPJblogBy Jason Michael Independence has to come first. The rights of marginalised people and groups are vastly important, but we can never forget that none of our rights will be safe while we remain under the control of Westminster. Let me begin by saying I haven’t the foggiest notion what people mean when they tell me they are members of the “radical left.” The last time I had a discussion about this radical left was with an enthusiastic young PhD student who introduced himself as being “on the hard left,” and […]

Propaganda or Professionalism on Pacific Quay?

Source: John Robertson Propaganda or Professionalism on Pacific Quay? Like the other two, perhaps still relevant for those who missed it first time round Talking-up Scotland How political issues were covered by BBC Reporting Scotland and STV News in the four months before the UK General Election 2015  Propaganda or Professionalism View original post

The Bigger the Lie: More than 3 years and 114,375 views later: still relevant?

Source: John Robertson The Bigger the Lie: More than 3 years and 114,375 views later: still relevant? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ajd4R-9BEIw I hope this doesn’t seem vain. I just thought it was time for a wee reminder of how the media will distort the news in the run-up to Indyref2. I’m not watching Revolting Scotland for health reasons so I don’t really know how things are. 114 375 seems a lot but it still leaves millions of voters who haven’t seen it and might get some insight from it. Please share it if you think somebody might do so. This was one […]

‘Staggering’ 175% increase in Edinburgh office take-up is further evidence of booming Scottish economy

Source: John Robertson ‘Staggering’ 175% increase in Edinburgh office take-up is further evidence of booming Scottish economy © insider.co.uk You’ve already seen, I hope: Unemployment at record low, employment up, economy growing, youth unemployment amongst lowest in Europe, business confidence increasing, oil jobs returning, health indicators improving to world’s best: That’ll be Norway? No? Scotland!? SNP baaaad! Oh no, not more good news about the Scottish economy! Quick get more tissues for Ruth and Kezia. Far Less [Fewer] businesses failing in Scotland for the second quarter in a row Even Kevin McKenna joined in with: ‘There is much good news about […]

Time for some tough talking

Source: Wee Ginger Dug Time for some tough talking It’s been a bruising and bloody week in the world of Scottish independence. Not because of anything that the Unionists have done, they’ve been sitting back with the popcorn while they watch the independence movement tear itself apart with mutual recriminations, insults, abuse, and aspersions being cast like stones. I’ve been attacked. The National has been attacked. It seems that everyone is attacking everyone else. Yet all of this was sparked off, not because of any matter of great import to the future of Scotland, not because of an existential […]

Unfolding Brexit tragedy is a new low in post-war mismanagement

Source: NewsNet Scotland Unfolding Brexit tragedy is a new low in post-war mismanagement Commentary by Derek Bateman Sorry not to join the general lament but I return from a few weeks in France* with renewed optimism about independence. Derek Bateman The infantile squabbling of the governing party in London is a pitiable sight. Their wilful myopia to the unfolding tragedy of Brexit is a new low in post war mismanagement. Even in the mayhem of Iraq, Blair at the time appeared decisive and determined. We are witnessing in real time the breakdown of a government subjugating national interest for […]

Der Schrei der Natur

Source: Bella Caledonia Der Schrei der Natur   If anything captures the mood of the nations (s) and the madness infecting Anglo-British politics, this image of the Tories seated in front of Edward Munch’s The Scream is it. The painting which was given the original German title by Munch as Der Schrei der Natur (“The Scream of Nature”) has become an icon […]

The Sun Has Got His Hat On

Source: Derek Bateman The Sun Has Got His Hat On Sorry not to join the general lament but I return from a few weeks in France with renewed optimism about independence. The infantile squabbling of the governing party in London is a pitiable sight. Their wilful myopia to the unfolding tragedy of Brexit is a new low in post war mismanagement. (Even in the mayhem of Iraq, Blair at the time appeared decisive and determined). We are witnessing in real time the breakdown of a government subjugating national interest for internecine turmoil. Week by week their failure even to […]

Normcore

Source: Bella Caledonia Normcore “There is a very fine line between what Freud called the psycopathology of everyday life and what Fromm called the pathology of normalcy” said RD Laing. When you find yourself saying “this is too weird” on a loop, when a thousand American writers start another article “this is not normal”, when you feel disoriented and […]

Supreme Court Judges Defy Reason to Protect Tony Blair

Source: Craig Murray Supreme Court Judges Defy Reason to Protect Tony Blair Today’s judgement by the Supreme Court that there is no crime in English law of waging aggressive war for which Tony Blair might be prosecuted – or at least that there was not in 2003 – is truly appalling. I have not yet seen the full judgement, but newspaper reports indicate that part of the decision was dependent on the idea that the crime of waging aggressive war was not incorporated into international law before the 2010 amendments to the Statute of Rome. This is plainly a […]

Art in the Workplace: A Driver of Innovation

Source:: Business for Scotland Art in the Workplace: A Driver of Innovation Article by Emeritus Professor John Bratton This article is based on a chapter ‘Art at Work: culture-Based learning and the Economic Development of Canadian Small Cities’, in The Small Cities Book, edited by W.F. Garrett-Petts.   As I exercised on the cross-training machine in the gym this morning, an upbeat track of music blasted from […] The post Art in the Workplace: A Driver of Innovation appeared first on Business for Scotland. Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Art in the Workplace: A Driver of […]

A farewell to Doug

Source: Northern Scot A farewell to Doug A GET together is being held on Wednesday afternoon to mark the life of Doug Hawkes who died last week.

The Too Wee Club #3

Source: Wings Over Scotland The Too Wee Club #3 A series inspired by a Unionist blog insisting that “On a practical level, I do not believe for one moment that Scotland could thrive alone”, and which led to our thinking about some of the world’s other independent nations. NO. 3 – LUXEMBOURG Above is a picture of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in Central Europe. Below is what it would look […]

Turning wheels

Source: Wings Over Scotland Turning wheels Just a quick one-week-on update: thanks to your incredible support, our fundraiser for legal action now stands at a phenomenal £14,683 including all sources. We’re well beyond the initial target of £5000, but since even a modestly-eminent QC costs slightly over £8 a minute, every extra penny helps. Click pic to go to the Indiegogo fundraiser page, […]