Local groups’ conference in Dunblane

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Local groups’ conference in Dunblane I don’t usually publish articles which I’ve written for the National on the blog. However the National’s editor Callum Baird has given me permission to republish the article I wrote for Saturday’s edition of the National because it’s important that this gets to as wide an audience as possible. The core of independence is independence of thought and action. If we want an independent Scotland in which citizens are empowered, in which ordinary people have voices that are heard, we… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Local groups’ […]

Chthonic Tories

Source:: Bella Caledonia Chthonic Tories “I imagine that one of the reasons many people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, that they will be forced to deal with pain”. – James Baldwin, 1955 Surveying the wreckage of the 1992 general election in Chapman No 68 Christopher Harvie writes: “The spectacle of the […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Chthonic Tories

The Lonely Island/s

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The Lonely Island/s There’s so little happening in Scottish politics news today that we had to read David Torrance’s column in the Herald, and we must say we ended up pretty confused. Not by the fact that it was a free half-page advert for a new Unionist “thinktank” set up by an angry unsuccessful dogfood salesman readers may […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The Lonely Island/s

It’s time a royal bairn came to live in Scotland | Kevin McKenna

Source:: Kevin McKenna It’s time a royal bairn came to live in Scotland | Kevin McKenna Harry and Meghan might like to start a family in Balmoral or HolyroodhouseI am indebted to the Daily Mail’s elegant and indefatigable royal specialist, Richard Kay, for the following detail about Queen Elizabeth’s daily routine. Her favourite part of the day is around 5pm, because that’s when she has a wee cup of tea.Kay proceeds to furnish us with more details. “She normally sits for half an hour eating from a selection of sandwiches, fruit or plain scones [are there… Read the […]

Christians (and others) for Assault

Source:: Bella Caledonia Christians (and others) for Assault The backlash against the eminently sensible, long overdue and (in European terms) completely unremarkable notion that children should have equal protection in law from assault – continues. But who are the networks combining to make sure you can assault your child? Here’s a handy graphic to cut out and keep. Tom Dissonance’s image updated ‘to […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Christians (and others) for Assault

Podcast: Brexit, Scottish Labour and this week’s meaning of life

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Podcast: Brexit, Scottish Labour and this week’s meaning of life http://newsnet.scot/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/171020_newsnet-steven_purcell_v1.mp3   The popular Newsnet podcast is back! Apologies, but a spam attack led to unforeseen problems, which resulted in a “lost week” for the podcast. Maurice Smith and podcast producer Amanda Mitchell Now we’re back, with journalist Maurice Smith in the chair. His guest is Steven Purcell, for Labour politician turned business consultant, but still a keen observer of the political scene in Scotland. They discussed the latest turn of events concerning Brexit, with Theresa May once more prostrating… Read the full article:: NewsNet […]

El cop d’estat

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug El cop d’estat Madrid has pressed the constitutional nuclear button and has announced that it’s going to dissolve the institutions of Catalan self-government and impose direct rule. The pro-independence Catalan media is describing it as a cop d’estat – a coup d’etat – against Catalonia by a Spanish government which is already holding two high profile independentistas as political prisoners. Today the streets of Barcelona were filled with half a million demonstrators protesting against Rajoy’s unilateral abolition of Catalan self-government and against the… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug El cop d’estat

People don’t vote for equality, they vote for fairness

Source:: Business for Scotland People don’t vote for equality, they vote for fairness Equality is the economic and political buzzword of the moment. Of course it is — inequality is demonstrably causing severe social and economic problems. Politicians figure that promising equality will get them more votes. It’s straight-line political thinking; we have a problem with wealth equality so let’s talk up policies aimed at redistributing wealth and […] The post People don’t vote for equality, they vote for fairness appeared first on Business for Scotland. Read the full article:: Business for Scotland People don’t vote for equality, […]

Banning Democracy in Catalonia

Source:: Craig Murray Banning Democracy in Catalonia There is a fundamental disconnect between the real Catalonia and the Catalonia the political Establishment and its lackey media want us to believe exists. All of the major Western broadcasters, plus newspapers like The Guardian, Washington Post and New York Times, have repeatedly pumped out the mantra that it is only a minority in Catalonia that support Independence. They have never attempted to explain why therefore Carles Puigdemont is President, and why the pro-Independence parties got 48% at the last… Read the full article:: Craig Murray Banning Democracy in Catalonia

Europe’s largest fleet of hydrogen-fuelled buses is in Aberdeen

Source:: John Robertson Europe’s largest fleet of hydrogen-fuelled buses is in Aberdeen (c) http://aberdeeninvestlivevisit.co.uk This CNBC report doesn’t say how many buses but says that the Oil City is ‘home to what is claimed to be Europe’s largest fleet of hydrogen fuel cell buses.’ The buses hold only 40Kg of hydrogen and have a range of 260 miles. The project cost £19 million and will make a major contribution to improving air quality in the city. I don’t think Aberdeen has ever had a red alert for pollution levels, like London but… Read the full article:: John Robertson […]

NHS Scotland continues improvements with 65.7% drop in young mental health patients treated in non-specialist wards, in one year

Source:: John Robertson NHS Scotland continues improvements with 65.7% drop in young mental health patients treated in non-specialist wards, in one year The Mental Welfare Commission has reported that 71 young mental health patients were still being treated in non-specialist wards in 2015/2016, down from 207 in the previous year. The 71 represent only 1.6% of the total of 4 436 young mental health patients being treated. I understand it’s still 71 too many but hope that I can assume that the treatment in a non-specialist NHS Scotland ward would still be kind and informed by visiting psychologists. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-41653326 […]

Ticking off the boxes

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Alternative indy media worth fighting for

Source:: Bella Caledonia Alternative indy media worth fighting for An interview with Bella editor Mike Small about the plans to develop the project … Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Alternative indy media worth fighting for

The pot plants of Brexit

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The pot plants of Brexit We’re at that phase in the Brexit talks where the EU has realised that further rebuffs of Theresa May would be very like repeatedly kicking a small and particularly dense puppy which persists in doing Jackie Baillies all over a very expensive rug. Any more kicks and the puppy is likely to expire, and then the Conservative party would only go and replace it with an incontinent creature with the attention span of a goldfish and the destructive instincts of… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The pot […]

New technology to extend life of North Sea oilfields. Reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated

Source:: John Robertson New technology to extend life of North Sea oilfields. Reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated There has been some negative talk of the North Sea in recent months including from a very ‘green’ Edinburgh University professor but leaders in the industry have known better. In particular, they have realised that new technologies will have a part to play in extending the life of fields. See: An Edinburgh University Professor says North Sea oil and gas has only ten years left while the Wall Street Journal describes it as an ‘oil hot spot’ and Oil […]