The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

Source:: Craig Murray The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie Only the Tories could produce a sex dossier like this one, in tremendous High Tory prose. They talk of “impregnation” and “fornication”. This provides some backing for its authenticity. It is difficult to understand the provenance of this “sex list” of Tory MPs. What was the standing of the junior Tory researchers who allegedly compiled it, and at whose behest? Assuming this copy is genuine, we know that at least some of it is accurate because individuals like Mark Garnier… Read the full article:: Craig Murray The Discreet Charm […]

The Intellectual Dishonesty of the Guardian

Source:: Craig Murray The Intellectual Dishonesty of the Guardian In an instance typical of the morally abhorrent neoliberal propaganda rag that the Guardian has become, it reports that the latest respectable opinion poll puts support for Catalan Independence at 48.7% – while failing to report that the same poll puts opposition to Catalan Independence at 43.6%. By excluding the don’t knows and failing to admit it has done so, the Guardian quite deliberately leads readers to presume that the 48.7% support for Independence means there is a majority against.… Read the full article:: Craig Murray The Intellectual Dishonesty […]

Twitter Will Not Tolerate Political Tweets

Source:: Random Public Journal Twitter Will Not Tolerate Political Tweets Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael Political sleaze stories are news, but bigger news is when Twitter and other social media platforms get involved to help governments bury the stories. This is what’s happening with the 36 Tories scandal right now. There is no doubt the latest Tory sleaze scandal – considering the source of the leaked document containing the names of 36 Conservative MPs and details of their “inappropriate” behaviour was the Guido Fawkes blog – is intended as… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Twitter […]

£226 million given in relief to small businesses in 2017-18 as part of most generous scheme in the UK

Source:: John Robertson £226 million given in relief to small businesses in 2017-18 as part of most generous scheme in the UK Following on smoothly from the news of a 40% increase in the number of businesses in the last ten years and considering the role the Scottish Government has played in nurturing this comes the news that almost 104 000 small businesses were given rate relief to the tune of £226 million this year, up from £180 million in the year before. I guess, judging by that number some of these were very small businesses indeed. The Small […]

Also

Source:: Bella Caledonia Also We are entering the last few weeks of our annual fund-raising campaign. We aim to raise money to use the platform Bella has to reach new audiences with new content focused around short films, animations and artworks – the content that has the biggest impact. This is not to replace our current written work, but […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Also

As England’s prisons sink into crisis, Scotland’s prisons benefit from a ‘consistent government’ with ‘political guts’

Source:: John Robertson As England’s prisons sink into crisis, Scotland’s prisons benefit from a ‘consistent government’ with ‘political guts’ ‘The details of what we have found are set out in this paper, but some of the headlines make for grim reading. Prisoners cannot benefit from education or training if they are confined in their cells for long periods, and they inevitably become frustrated, angry or turn to drugs to ease the tedium. We have found that in local prisons 31% of prisoners report being locked in their cells for at least 22 hours a day, rising to 37% at… […]

40% increase in number of new Scottish businesses mainly under SNP government

Source:: John Robertson 40% increase in number of new Scottish businesses mainly under SNP government A survey by Aldermore Bank puts new Scottish business creation up from 275 000 in 2005 to 383 000 in 2015. They also state that between 2007 and 2017, entirely under SNP leadership, more businesses were created than in the 1990s. Bear in mind that this was despite the dramatic slump in the economy in 2008 and for a few years after due to the banking crisis. This is another indicator from the many reported here of the good health… Read the full […]

Scotland’s Bat Signal

Source:: Bella Caledonia Scotland’s Bat Signal   From around Fife and across the Forth you can see it. It’s Mossmorran, Scotland’s very own Bat Signal in reverse. While the Scottish Government is doing great work on climate change, very often basic environmental / pollution issues seem out of control. If Scotland’s Bat Signal to SEPA isn’t working, what’s going on? On […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Scotland’s Bat Signal

‘Journey to the brink of collapse’ if we don’t change our economic system; Kate Raworth Doughnut Economics

Source:: Business for Scotland ‘Journey to the brink of collapse’ if we don’t change our economic system; Kate Raworth Doughnut Economics Two weeks ago Business for Scotland attended the ‘Festival for New Economic Thinking’ in Edinburgh. The conference’s focus was to bring forward and discuss various forms of alternative and new economic thinking. One of the presentations that I attended was by Kate Raworth who discussed a model she has put forward called Doughnut Economics. Doughnut […] The post ‘Journey to the brink of collapse’ if we don’t change our economic system; Kate Raworth Doughnut Economics appeared first on […]

On Being a Rebel

Source:: Craig Murray On Being a Rebel The Francoist ultras of the Spanish government have gone the whole hog, and are charging Puigdemont and his colleagues with sedition and rebellion. And before anyone can interject with any nonsense about prosecutorial independence, let me assure you that in no country, ever, in the history of the world, has anybody been tried for sedition or rebellion without the explicit approval of the political rulers. Puigdemont is in excellent company. Gandhi was jailed for ten years for sedition in 1922… Read the full article:: Craig Murray On Being a Rebel

Wean’s World

Source:: Bella Caledonia Wean’s World Here’s a Children’s World Map of countries with a ban on corporal punishment to download and share: “In 1979 Sweden was the very first country to introduce a ban on corporal punishment of children. In recent years, many other countries have followed. As of today, 52 States have introduced a comprehensive ban on corporal punishment […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Wean’s World

On Conditionality

Source:: Bella Caledonia On Conditionality Here’s a post in Britain in 2017 in which ‘Sanctioned’ claimants are described as, “so hungry and physically emaciated that they were quickly discounted as unemployable by prospective employers”. Researcher Ruth Patrick examines the flawed assumptions behind policies intended to incentivise benefit recipients to take up paid work – and calls for a rethink. Ruth is […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia On Conditionality

Scottish Government to recruit 60 extra nurses to deliver better support for first time mums

Source:: John Robertson Scottish Government to recruit 60 extra nurses to deliver better support for first time mums Against the background of 10 000 baby boxes already delivered, Scotland’s stillbirth and early infant death figures falling well below rUK levels and approaching the lowest in the world, the Scandinavian ‘gold standard’, and showing itself to be unique in its ability to self-improve, NHS Scotland pushes on with another initiative to increase the number of one-to-one visits to first-time mothers at a critical time for babies surviving and thriving. https://blogs.gov.scot/child-maternal-health/2017/10/20/10000-baby-boxes-delivered/ Scottish stillbirth and early infant death rates lowest in… […]

Saving the Republic

Source:: Bella Caledonia Saving the Republic Liz Castro writes for Bella from Catalonia. (Versió més curta i en català) I have to admit, this was a hard weekend. On Friday, our Parliament finally approved a declaration of independence and sure, the Plaça Sant Jaume was packed for the celebration, but it still felt somewhat subdued. The fact that the President didn’t […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Saving the Republic

Family have a Dandy time for Halloween

Source:: Northern Scot Family have a Dandy time for Halloween WHEN you’re getting dressed up for your younger brother’s engagement party you want to get things right. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Family have a Dandy time for Halloween