No Breathing Space – V&A, Artwashing and the Theft of Robin Hood Gardens

Source:: Bella Caledonia No Breathing Space – V&A, Artwashing and the Theft of Robin Hood Gardens Stephen Pritchard unpicks the poverty porn and artwashing of the V&A’s theft of Robin Hood Gardens.  The V&A claims to be ‘the world’s leading museum of art and design’. Its mission is ‘to enrich people’s lives’. As a ‘non-departmental public body of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’, it is part of the UK […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia No Breathing Space – V&A, Artwashing and the Theft of Robin Hood Gardens

A Response to the Scottish Mail On Sunday Anti-Gaelic Agenda

Source:: Bella Caledonia A Response to the Scottish Mail On Sunday Anti-Gaelic Agenda This is a response in relation to an article by Toby McDonald, Why don’t our Gaelic speakers speak Gaelic?, which appeared in the Scottish Mail on Sunday on the 27th of May. We publish this in both Gaelic and English for you. As a group of Gaelic speakers involved in the daily battle that is […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia A Response to the Scottish Mail On Sunday Anti-Gaelic Agenda

The Leftists Do Not Own Independence

Source:: Random Public Journal The Leftists Do Not Own Independence Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael The new left, a type of late developer student politicking that doesn’t know its arse from its elbow, is assuming ownership of the independence movement. It’s time to put it back in its box. “I consider myself to be on the ‘hard left,’” J. said to me as he tucked into his afternoon tapas of seedless stuffed olives marinated in extra virgin olive oil from a Marks & Spencer jar. At university I met… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal The […]

The Mills of God Grind Slowly. Particularly in Spain.

Source:: Craig Murray The Mills of God Grind Slowly. Particularly in Spain. One of these two is a dreadful spiv and crook. The other is Arthur Daley. That’s Luis Barcenas, former Treasurer of the ruling Francoist successor Popular Party in Spain and long time confidante of Prime Minister Rajoy, happily now in prison for his part in a corruption scandal in which, over twenty years, hundreds of millions of euros in kickbacks from taxpayer-funded projects were channelled into the Popular Party coffers, and then doled out in secret payments to party leaders.… Read the full article:: Craig Murray […]

Anatomy of an embarrassment

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Anatomy of an embarrassment And no, we don’t even mean the FOUR spelling mistakes in this 42-word tweet. We mean the bit that we’ve highlighted above in blue. Because what Scottish Labour’s lowest-watt bulb is gloating about today is that Lord Bracadale concluded there was no gap in the law created by the Kelly-driven abolition of the OBFA. And […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Anatomy of an embarrassment

Growth deal team meeting both Scottish and UK government officials

Source:: Northern Scot Growth deal team meeting both Scottish and UK government officials THE team pushing for a multi-million pound growth deal for Moray are heading down to Edinburgh next week to meet Scottish and UK Read the full article:: Northern Scot Growth deal team meeting both Scottish and UK government officials

'Coalition of chaos' – stinging criticism of Moray administration

Source:: Northern Scot ‘Coalition of chaos’ – stinging criticism of Moray administration “A coalition of chaos” – that is how Moray Council’s fractured administration has been branded by Unison. Read the full article:: Northern Scot ‘Coalition of chaos’ – stinging criticism of Moray administration

Gas works near Elgin Train Station – 15 weeks of disruption expected

Source:: Northern Scot Gas works near Elgin Train Station – 15 weeks of disruption expected GAS maintenance works will begin on Monday around Elgin train station causing about 15 weeks of disruption. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Gas works near Elgin Train Station – 15 weeks of disruption expected

Priorities

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Priorities We need to learn from Catalonia. Catalonia provides an inspiration to Scotland, but it also provides a warning. Catalonia gives us a warning about what happens when an independence movement falls prey to infighting and internal divisions and doesn’t keep its eye focussed on the main prize, the prize of the better country that can only be achieved with independence. When elements within the independence movement fall out with one another over differing visions of independence, the only beneficiaries are… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Priorities

BBC Complaint re Scottish Fire and Rescue report

Source:: John Robertson BBC Complaint re Scottish Fire and Rescue report We heard, six times between 6 and 9am: ‘Scottish Fire and Rescue has a backlog of almost £400 million in vehicle and property maintenance.’  According to the BBC report, Audit Scotland have described the funding gap as ‘insurmountable’. The above information was extracted from the 5th statement in the summary on page 5 of the report. Missing from the BBC broadcast was any reference to statements 1 to 4 or the opening to statement 5, which include these key points:… Read the full article:: John Robertson BBC […]

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service making ‘steady progress’ that is ignored by BBC Scotland’s scare story

Source:: John Robertson Scottish Fire and Rescue Service making ‘steady progress’ that is ignored by BBC Scotland’s scare story (c) Pinterest This morning, we heard from BBC Scotland news, six times between 6 and 9am: ‘Scottish Fire and Rescue has a backlog of almost £400 million in vehicle and property maintenance.’  According to the BBC report, Audit Scotland have described the funding gap as ‘insurmountable’. The above information was extracted from the 5th statement in the summary on page 5 of the report. Missing from the BBC broadcast was any reference to statements 1 to 4 or the opening… […]

Humza Yousaf praised by professor for taking millions of tonnes of freight off our roads and probably saving many lives.

Source:: John Robertson Humza Yousaf praised by professor for taking millions of tonnes of freight off our roads and probably saving many lives. From news.gov.scot, yesterday: ‘Port of Montrose grant to cut thousands of lorry journeys. Montrose Port Authority lands £1.5m Scottish Government grant. More freight will be taken off Scotland’s roads and transported by sea thanks to a £1.5m Ports Mode Shift Grant from the Scottish Government to Montrose Port Authority (MPA). Over a five-year period, it is expected the move will deliver environmental benefits worth £5.2m through the removal of 1.26m tonnes of freight from our roads […]

Being silenced is golden

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Being silenced is golden The findings of Lord Bracadale’s report into hate-crime law in Scotland were published today (tl;dr version: OBFA’s coming back), and we couldn’t help observing them in the context of an interesting Guardian article on the alt/far right yesterday. Because we’ve discovered something slightly odd about the subject. As it happened, offensive speech was another of the […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Being silenced is golden

IVF treatment in Scotland above target at 100% for more than 3 years, as only 12% of English boards offer the full treatment, triggering consequent mental health costs

Source:: John Robertson IVF treatment in Scotland above target at 100% for more than 3 years, as only 12% of English boards offer the full treatment, triggering consequent mental health costs (c) Getty From ISD on 29th May 2018: ‘The four IVF centres in Scotland screened 370 eligible patients, compared with 362 in the previous quarter. 100% of patients were screened for IVF treatment within 365 days. The 90% target continues to be met since it was first measured in March 2015.’ https://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Waiting-Times/Publications/2018-05-29/2018-05-29-IVF-Summary.pdf?98669070006 Meanwhile in Tory-run NHS England, only 12% of boards offer three full cycles in line with […]

Complaint of Bias regarding reporting of entrance to higher education figures by BBC Scotland

Source:: John Robertson Complaint of Bias regarding reporting of entrance to higher education figures by BBC Scotland Made this complaint of bias today: The report, broadcast six times between 6am and 9am: ‘Fewer students from the most deprived parts of Scotland are entering university. Figures from the Scottish Funding Council show there was a 0.2% drop in the number of entrants from the poorest areas last year.’ It’s not inaccurate, in itself. It is, however missing key facts required for informative value, balance and overall accuracy. The figures used for the broadcast were taken from the Scottish… Read […]