Scotland needs fundamental change. A nationalist project is not enough

Source:: Gerry Hassan Scotland needs fundamental change. A nationalist project is not enough Scotland needs fundamental change. A nationalist project is not enough Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, October 16th 2019 Five years after the indyref and three years after the Brexit vote Scottish politics feels like it is in a holding pattern, full of pent up pressures, but stuck in a vortex of powerful forces beyond its control. The SNP, who just met at their annual conference in Aberdeen, are by far the leading party. Yet their dominance can be overstated, it being… Read the full article:: Gerry […]

The road to the moral high ground

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The road to the moral high ground Boris Johnson didn’t want a deal with the EU. His original plan was to force a no deal crash out, putting the blame for the resultant chaos on evil Brussels bureaucrats, the elite that he doesn’t belong to despite being an extremely wealthy former pupil at Eton and Oxbridge, remainer MPs, and uppity Scots. However the Commons tied his hands with the Benn Act, and that forced him to try and get a deal at the last minute. What he’s… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug […]

The Ideology of Nobel Economics

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Ideology of Nobel Economics THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR ECONOMICS – AN EXERCISE IN IDEOLOGY? THIS year’s (so-called) Nobel economics prize has gone to three US-based academics – Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer. Banerjee and Duflo (who are married) work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, while Kremer is a professor at Harvard. They received the £728,000 prize […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Ideology of Nobel Economics

Levers of power

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Levers of power 16 votes, up to a maximum of 31, you say? If only there was a party with enough MPs to turn that round, eh? The Prime Minister’s new Brexit deal is a catastrophe for Scotland. It would massively disadvantage the country compared to Northern Ireland. Companies would entirely sensibly flock across the Irish Sea to […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Levers of power

The Police Line

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Police Line May Fraser explores the tensions between love and power in dealing with the police. The other side of the police line at the intersection of Trafalgar Square and Whitehall, two police officers dragged someone who had been sitting, by the arms, across the road; searched, questioned, arrested and drove the person away in a police […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Police Line

Police Violence in Barcelona

Source:: Bella Caledonia Police Violence in Barcelona The criminal behaviour of Spain’s post-fascist police is appalling, if unsurprising. As David Whyte and Ignasi Bernat wrote the other day of the custodial sentences for peaceful democracy activists: “Those sentences are incredible not least since, as the defence lawyers in the case pointed out, no police officer is yet to come in front of […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Police Violence in Barcelona

Arguing from a position of strength

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Arguing from a position of strength This blog has a long standing policy of not attacking or criticising other pro-independence groups, blogs, or organisations. I’m not in the business of doing the anti-independence media’s job for them. For the same reason, that’s why I always ask that people who comment on this blog refrain from using it as a platform to criticise or attack other pro-independence campaigners, although this does not imply that I endorse what those other campaigners have been saying. It is just that… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Arguing […]

The Kurdish Question – a poem for Rojava

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Kurdish Question – a poem for Rojava * Why do I ache for Kurdistan? Say, why should this English Scot care? Why stir my heart, my atheist soul? It’s miles to here from out there Why does my hard and rational mind agree with my heart this is right? Why can humanity seek and find new hope through this brave Kurdish fight? […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Kurdish Question – a poem for Rojava

On Culture Crisis and Ecocide

Source:: Bella Caledonia On Culture Crisis and Ecocide On ecocide and ethnocide, climate crisis and the second sight. On the 27th of April, 2019, at the SNP Spring conference in Edinburgh the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon declared a “climate emergency”. In her speech to the  delegates she said she was inspired after meeting young climate campaigners who had gone on strike from school. […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia On Culture Crisis and Ecocide

The grand strategy

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The grand strategy Yesterday we finally got to hear the infallible top-secret plan for independence. Oh. Oh well, that’s okay then. That should sort it all right out. Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The grand strategy

The fundamentals

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The fundamentals Another day, another exercise in Scotland being patronised by columnists in the Guardian. This time it’s Zoe Williams’ turn, opining that Nicola Sturgeon’s plan for a referendum has a fundamental weakness. Because, according to Zoe, the only hope that Scotland has got of getting a referendum is if there is a Labour Prime Minister willing to authorise one, but then if there is a Labour Prime Minister Scotland wouldn’t want independence. To which the only Scottish response can be: Aye.… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The fundamentals

The one sided love affair

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The one sided love affair Yesterday we had the pointless spectacle of a Conservative election manifesto dressed up as a state opening of parliament. None of the measures which the Queen announced were going to be implemented by her government will ever see the light of day this side of a general election. The entire episode was a waste of time and ermine dry cleaning bills. Still, from the point of view of Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson it guaranteed him a lot more TV… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The one […]

The soul of the SNP

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The soul of the SNP As we write this, voting has just ended to elect the membership of a number of key SNP internal bodies, including the Member Conduct Committee which has the power to discipline members and even expel them from the party. This year has seen a concerted attempt by a small but active faction within the SNP, led […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The soul of the SNP

After All Of The Days We Will Disappear

Source:: Bella Caledonia After All Of The Days We Will Disappear ‘Popular music can never be valid and worthwhile unless it reflects the environment that it comes from…. Music of any kind should be a working, living, breathing part of a community.” Stuart Adamson, Big Country 1. At the beginning of his book Soil and Soul, Alastair McIntosh introduces the Hebridean phrase, ‘What are his earmarkings?’ […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia After All Of The Days We Will Disappear

Bad Faith Negotiation

Source:: Craig Murray Bad Faith Negotiation I seldom comment on Brexit, largely because I neither see leaving the EU as a panacea nor the EU itself as a Utopia, and am alienated by the over-extravagant passions and claims on both sides. In addition to that, the FCO is largely excluded from Brexit negotiations, being perceived by the Tories as a nest of remainers, so I seldom get any interesting information fed to me by ex-colleagues. I should admit at this point that my apparently effortless expertise… Read the full article:: Craig Murray Bad Faith Negotiation