The Ulsterisation of British Politics

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Ulsterisation of British Politics At the height of the Troubles in the 1970s, a new Northern Ireland Secretary named Merlyn Rees introduced a three-part strategy for dealing with the crisis: normalisation, criminalisation; and Ulsterisation. The first part was a straightforward attempt to reduce the level of strife, and above all the death toll, to what a former Home Secretary, […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Ulsterisation of British Politics

Derek’s Budget Boost to the Economy

Source:: Bella Caledonia Derek’s Budget Boost to the Economy DEREK Mackay has secured his third Holyrood budget, by 67 to 58, thanks to support from the Greens. Leave aside the usual party-political claims and counterclaims. What macro effects will the Budget have on the Scottish economy, given the proposed numbers? The cash allocated to revenue spending (called the Fiscal Resource) will grow in real […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Derek’s Budget Boost to the Economy

Budgeting for stupid

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Budgeting for stupid A deal has been struck between the SNP minority administration and the Scottish Greens to get the budget passed. Some SNP supporters had criticised the Greens for not immediately signing up to the budget but insisting on some compromises that they can accept as the price for their votes. It’s unfair to criticise a different political party for being a different political party. No one criticises the Conservatives for being a different party with different policies. We criticise them for… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Budgeting for stupid

The Silent Poetry of Brexit

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Silent Poetry of Brexit With every vote in the House of Commons which adds new steps to the dance of death which is Brexit, the need for either primal scream therapy or a loud, protracted rebel yell becomes ever more apparent, unbearable, necessary and distant. In Scotland, up to and during the campaigns for a Scottish Parliament and all […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Silent Poetry of Brexit

Pro-Indy Media Can’t Ignore Salmondgate

Source:: Bella Caledonia Pro-Indy Media Can’t Ignore Salmondgate Only one thing is as depressing as the Unionist press’s undisguised – and completely foreseeable – glee over Alex Salmond’s apparent fall from grace. That’s the Nationalist media’s all too evident nervousness when it comes to covering what has inevitably been branded Salmondgate. Jist ignore it and it’ll go awa’ seems to be their agreed […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Pro-Indy Media Can’t Ignore Salmondgate

52% of Scottish manufacturing exports now to EU. Tories struggle to make sense of anything

Source:: John Robertson 52% of Scottish manufacturing exports now to EU. Tories struggle to make sense of anything https://spice-spotlight.scot/2018/09/10/what-do-the-latest-hmrc-regional-trade-statistics-tell-us-about-scotlands-exports-q2-2018/ In only one year, Scottish manufacturing exports, including food and drink, to the EU countries, have risen to more than 50% of the total, further strengthening the case for continuing membership, to trade freely. International exports, excluding oil and gas, have risen by £1.9 billion to £32.4 billion with rUK and the USA the biggest customers. The Scottish Tories have strangely argued that because 60% or £30 billion, of Scotland’s total exports go to the rUK, we need to… […]

Hugh McIlvanney: A Moral Compass and the Power of Words

Source:: Gerry Hassan Hugh McIlvanney: A Moral Compass and the Power of Words Hugh McIlvanney: A Moral Compass and the Power of Words Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 30th 2019 The tributes paid to Hugh McIlvanney spoke volumes for the influence of the man, his writing and for his humanity. They were laced with recollections and memorable stories of late nights, pressurised deadlines, and long conversations – often involving drink. They came from far and wide across the spectrum including Donald Trelford, former editor of ‘The Observer’; Alex Ferguson, ex-manager of Aberdeen FC… Read the full article:: Gerry […]

Hospital scare stories tell you the Scottish media elite is politically adrift, anxious and nothing to fear

Source:: John Robertson Hospital scare stories tell you the Scottish media elite is politically adrift, anxious and nothing to fear Understandably many of us get mad when we see headlined, day after day, stories of hospital-acquired infections connected in some way, even if only minimally, to the deaths of the very young or of the elderly, but I bring good news. They’re doing it because they have no idea what else to do, they have nothing to work for other than a vague unsatisfactory, leaderless, status quo and feel that they must at least work against the idea of […]

SNP benefits from civil war in Labour and between Len McCluskey and Scottish unions?

Source:: John Robertson SNP benefits from civil war in Labour and between Len McCluskey and Scottish unions? Unite, the largest union in the UK, has just published a glowing commendation of the SNP on its website: ‘Unite, the UK’s construction union, is strongly backing a consultation by the Scottish government which would make the term electrician a protected title. Unite believes that such a measure would dramatically reduce unqualified workers installing electrical equipment which would boost public confidence and safety. Unite national officer for construction Bernard McAulay said: “This is an excellent and much needed initiative. If… Read […]

Fugue State

Source:: Bella Caledonia Fugue State Dissociative fugue, formerly fugue state or psychogenic fugue, is a dissociative disorder and a rare psychiatric disorder characterized by reversible amnesia for personal identity, including the memories, personality, and other identifying characteristics of individuality. The state can last days, months or longer. Dissociative fugue usually involves unplanned travel or wandering, and is sometimes accompanied by […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Fugue State

Another unfortunate oversight

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Another unfortunate oversight Earlier on today we reported on a case of a Scottish Labour MP being inadvertently unacquainted with some pertinent facts regarding a public pronouncement they’d made. While we’d assumed this to be an isolated incident, it’s in fact our sad duty to report another example within the Northern Branch Office. That’s the pro-Brexit former Labour […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Another unfortunate oversight

No Second Jobs for MSPs

Source:: Bella Caledonia No Second Jobs for MSPs HolyroodWe rightly mock the archaic rules and culture that pervades Westminster. But as Holyrood comes up for its 20th anniversary, it needs reformed and improved. One idea to do so comes from Labour MSP Neil Findlay who is launching a Private Members Bill at the Scottish Parliament that seeks to ban second jobs for MSPs. […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia No Second Jobs for MSPs

Could we, should we, let England have this new oil and gas field as a going-away present?

Source:: John Robertson Could we, should we, let England have this new oil and gas field as a going-away present? The new Glenform oil and gas field is supposedly a biggie. It has £2bn worth of oil and enough gas for around 5% of the UK’s annual gas demand. I suppose 5% might help keep the Russian wolf at bay, slightly. The new field west of Shetland would do 100% of Scotland’s annual gas demand so maybe we should be generous and let England have Glenform? The border redrawing to grab some more of the North Sea for England, […]

That EU reply in full

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug That EU reply in full Can we renegotiate the Irish backstop? The EU’s reply in full. не ne ne nej nee no ei ei non nein όχι nem ní féidir leibh no nē ne le nie não nu nie ne no nej Both Jean Claude Juncker and Michel Barnier have now officially responded to the UK’s demand for a reopening of negotiations and the removal of the backstop to ensure that the Irish border remains open. They said no. They said that vague aspirations for… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug That EU […]

For a Courageous Cosmopolitan BBC Scotland

Source:: Bella Caledonia For a Courageous Cosmopolitan BBC Scotland As we enter the final countdown to the launch of BBC Scotland’s own dedicated digital channel, the nation’s blethering and blathering classes are set to cash in on their very own North Sea oil-style bonanza. Commissioning chief Steve Carson has signalled that two pillars of the new channel will be “talking and laughing”. What exactly […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia For a Courageous Cosmopolitan BBC Scotland