Diary of a Bad Year

Source:: Bella Caledonia Diary of a Bad Year January: I read J.M Coetzee’s Diary of a Bad Year, a novel in which two parallel texts occupy the same page, one about the writer’s life, another about the characters in the story he has written. Coetzee remarks somewhere that the novelist must attempt something new when he writes but I wonder is such a […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Diary of a Bad Year

Best wishes everyone for 2019: ‘It’s coming yet for a’ that’

Source:: John Robertson Best wishes everyone for 2019: ‘It’s coming yet for a’ that’     Some words, in addition to those of Burns, that inspired my personal political philosophy, especially in verse two, which sums up its primary anti-imperialist drive. Never mind what currency we’ll use or how long the oil will last, believe in something bigger: Roch the wind in the clear day’s dawin Blaws the cloods heelster-gowdie ow’r the bay, But there’s mair nor a roch wind blawin Through the great glen o’ the warld the day. It’s a thocht that… Read the full article:: […]

Labour’s saddest auld git, Brian Wilson, finishes the 2018 season for Labour with a late tackle and a red card

Source:: John Robertson Labour’s saddest auld git, Brian Wilson, finishes the 2018 season for Labour with a late tackle and a red card With Richard Leonard, you sometimes think ‘puir auld sowel, he disnae ken ony better’ but with the altogether more cunning, Wilson (rattus hebrideus), we know he knows he’s spinning smelly wee fibs in this piece which seems to be actually suggesting a raised living wage for, just, Western Isles care staff. I suppose that apparent contempt for national standards is typically Blairite. Wilson’s enthusiasm for better pay didn’t seem to be translated into visible action on […]

Those who know are betting on high prices for Scottish oil in 2019

Source:: John Robertson Those who know are betting on high prices for Scottish oil in 2019 Like many of you, I’d much prefer a low-carbon future for Scotland but, until the great day, I think we need the strength of our oil and gas sector as part of the toolbox in the campaign for independence. If prices fall, we can be sure that those such as the state broadcaster’s Douglas Fraser, will weaponise them in his threadbare propagandising for Reporting Scotland. Also, like many of you, I think, I’m not a big admirer of hedge fund… Read the […]

Gdansk

Source:: Craig Murray Gdansk Writing about your personal demons for the public is seldom a good idea, and it is a particularly bad idea when you are starting at 3.40am as they are haunting you. We are spending Hogmanay in the beautiful city of Gdansk. It is my first time here for over twenty years, but the city has remarkable memories for me. In November 1994 I was newly arrived as First Secretary at the British Embassy in Warsaw when a fatal fire occurred… Read the full article:: Craig Murray Gdansk

Nicola Sturgeon: ‘Scotland offers warm welcome for all’

Source:: The National Nicola Sturgeon: ‘Scotland offers warm welcome for all’ NICOLA Sturgeon today uses her New Year message to underline Scotland’s reputation for being an “open, warm-hearted and hospitable” nation. Read the full article:: The National Nicola Sturgeon: ‘Scotland offers warm welcome for all’

EU chief tells UK to 'get your act together' and find Brexit solution

Source:: The National EU chief tells UK to ‘get your act together’ and find Brexit solution The European Commission’s president has told the UK it needs to get its “act together” over Brexit. Read the full article:: The National EU chief tells UK to ‘get your act together’ and find Brexit solution

Scots urged to lead campaign for People's Vote on Brexit

Source:: The National Scots urged to lead campaign for People’s Vote on Brexit CAMPAIGNERS are calling on Scots to lead the pressure for a People’s Vote on Brexit in the new year for “auld lang syne” and for the future. Read the full article:: The National Scots urged to lead campaign for People’s Vote on Brexit

David Mundell appeals for compromise from Tory Brexit deal rebels

Source:: The National David Mundell appeals for compromise from Tory Brexit deal rebels DAVID Mundell has said 2019 must be a year of “compromise and pragmatism” as he stepped up a bid to persuade three Scottish Tory MPs to change their minds and back Theresa May’s deal. Read the full article:: The National David Mundell appeals for compromise from Tory Brexit deal rebels

Dealing with the dead — the year disaster capitalism came home

Source:: Bella Caledonia Dealing with the dead — the year disaster capitalism came home In 2018 it became impossible to pay any attention to the news in Britain and not hear warnings of something darker on the horizon. Alongside tedious yelps from the country’s most privileged, as they consume each other in a fit of self-regard, dark prophecies began to ring out in a different register. As a process […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Dealing with the dead — the year disaster capitalism came home

Review of 2018: the Year of Imperial Fantasy

Source:: Bella Caledonia Review of 2018: the Year of Imperial Fantasy We started the year by publishing a map of Scotland the Dump, detailing the toxic legacy of the British State. The year ends with the Ferret revealing how there were plans in 1989 for 22 nuclear subs to be dumped – sorry, “stored” – off the west coast of Scotland. Rob Edwards writes: “A survey for […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Review of 2018: the Year of Imperial Fantasy

Kiwis Come Home to Roost for SNP Growth Report

Source:: Bella Caledonia Kiwis Come Home to Roost for SNP Growth Report I HAVE a New Zealand friend staying this Christmas. They were something big in the NZ civil service for a long time, on the welfare and insurance side of things. It has been heartrending hearing my friend tell angrily of the destruction of New Zealand’s once universal and egalitarian social welfare system under the ideological […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Kiwis Come Home to Roost for SNP Growth Report

Three Brexiteers stand against their party in the Scottish Tory civil war

Source:: The National Three Brexiteers stand against their party in the Scottish Tory civil war THE SCOTTISH Tories are in a toxic civil war over Theresa May’s Brexit deal, with relations between the party’s MPs from north of the Border at an all time low. Read the full article:: The National Three Brexiteers stand against their party in the Scottish Tory civil war

SNP MP hits out at House of Lords after 22 peers are appointed in 2018

Source:: The National SNP MP hits out at House of Lords after 22 peers are appointed in 2018 THE SNP’s Tommy Sheppard has called for the “political has-beens” in the House of Lords to be thrown into the “dustbin of history” after it was revealed that 22 new peers have been appointed in the last year. Read the full article:: The National SNP MP hits out at House of Lords after 22 peers are appointed in 2018