Climate Change and Disrupting Westminster

Source:: Bella Caledonia Climate Change and Disrupting Westminster How does anyone in Scotland benefit from a third runway at Heathrow? How is this in anyway in alignment with Scotland’s (much vaunted) climate change emission targets? Why would the SNP ally themselves with the DUP and the Tories?  The government’s latest figures foresee aviation emissions rising by 7.3 million tonnes CO2 by 2030 if a […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Climate Change and Disrupting Westminster

Brexit is aiding the break-up of Britain but this crisis has deeper roots

Source:: Gerry Hassan Brexit is aiding the break-up of Britain but this crisis has deeper roots Brexit is aiding the break-up of Britain but this crisis has deeper roots Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 20th 2018 Brexit isn’t going well. Two years after the referendum vote for the UK to leave the EU there is still no agreed plan on what kind of Brexit the UK Government wants. Theresa May’s administration staggers from day to day – too weak to dare to define what it stands for – facing regular crises, critical parliamentary votes and defeats.… Read the […]

Hostile Environment

Source:: Random Public Journal Hostile Environment Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael INTERNATIONAL LAW and human rights in particular have force only when the most powerful states honour them. In recent months we have witnessed the rapid corrosion of international treaty law and the stripping of long established norms in human rights; with the United States reneging on the Paris Agreement, leaving the United Nations Human Rights Council, and implementing a punitive policy of separating children from their parents in internment centres for refugees and so-called… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Hostile Environment

What is a MEANINGFUL vote worth at Westminster?

Source:: NewsNet Scotland What is a MEANINGFUL vote worth at Westminster? By Russell Bruce The crisis in EU negotiations within May’s dysfunctional party and government rumbles on and on. The inability of presenting solid proposals to the EU is accompanied by a determination to prevent the Westminster Parliament from having a final say on a deal about which nobody can even get the remotest idea of what might or might not emerge. We saw the distain dished out to Scotland last week. Now May is planning to treat the Westminster Parliament… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland What […]

A funny kind of Unionism

Source:: Wings Over Scotland A funny kind of Unionism In all the excitement of the torching of the devolution settlement, we forgot to mention a curious piece of data from our recent poll of English voters. Of all the people south of the border who would gladly throw Scotland and Northern Ireland under the bus (and more to the point, out of the UK) in […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland A funny kind of Unionism

Scottish Business Buzz (20.06.18)

Source:: Business for Scotland Scottish Business Buzz (20.06.18) Scotland’s role at the centre of UK medicine research and manufacture is being backed by a £56 million investment in an innovation centre. The ‘world first’ facility, to be based in Renfrewshire, will be industry led and will create 80 jobs over five years. The Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre (MMIC) will offer pharma companies, from […] The post Scottish Business Buzz (20.06.18) appeared first on Business for Scotland. Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Scottish Business Buzz (20.06.18)

The Day Before Tomorrow Today

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The Day Before Tomorrow Today They’re back to save us all. Wait, correction, that should read: they’re back – God save us all. Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The Day Before Tomorrow Today

Feudal Relics and Colonial Conquests

Source:: Bella Caledonia Feudal Relics and Colonial Conquests The Crown Estate is both a feudal relic and the last gasp of Empire argues Andy Wightman. Forty years ago, the first fish farms appeared in Scotland’s west coast sea lochs. No planning consent was required and as they spread, local politicians and campaigners became aware of the unaccountable and remote body that is the […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Feudal Relics and Colonial Conquests

There Is Another England

Source:: Craig Murray There Is Another England Given the centuries of economic exploitation, political domination and depopulation, I perfectly understand why many Scots support any team at the World Cup which is playing England. But, with an English mother and two English grandparents who largely brought me up, I do not feel that way and I raised a glass at Harry Kane’s late winner. Let me tell you why. My grandfather Henry was a lifelong socialist who had no illusions about the British Empire and its role… Read the full article:: Craig Murray There Is Another England

Brexit remains the greatest risk to economic recovery

Source:: Business for Scotland Brexit remains the greatest risk to economic recovery Scotland’s economy looks likely to recover this year, but experts have warned Brexit remains the greatest risk to that recovery. The Fraser of Allander Institute is forecasting a 1.2% increase in Scottish GDP in 2018 and 1.3% growth in 2019, which is more optimistic than the government’s official forecaster, the Scottish Fiscal Commission. But Institute […] The post Brexit remains the greatest risk to economic recovery appeared first on Business for Scotland. Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Brexit remains the greatest risk to economic […]

Answering the Westminster Question

Source:: Random Public Journal Answering the Westminster Question Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael MORE SCOTS THAN EVER are of the opinion that, so long as Scotland is a member of the British union state, pro-secessionist parties should follow a policy of abstentionism – having our elected MPs refuse to take up their seats in the House of Commons, until we have secured our independence. Yesterday on the blog I made my own position on the Westminster question clear; writing that “we cannot – as a nation –… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Answering the Westminster […]

Rogue Won

Source:: Bella Caledonia Rogue Won * It’s time for a massive show of opposition to Trump and the far-right internationally. Stand up and be counted. July 13th , George Square Glasgow from 5pm. July 14th National demonstration 12noon, The Meadows, Edinburgh #trumpvisit Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Rogue Won

Scottish Independence Would Help (Not Hinder) Jeremy Corbyn

Source:: Bella Caledonia Scottish Independence Would Help (Not Hinder) Jeremy Corbyn The SNP’s disruptive tactics over the past week has put the fragility of the British establishment back into focus. Jonathan Rimmer argues that now is the time for both Labour and the SNP to reassess their tactical approaches… It’s been a funny few weeks in Scottish politics. Many on the pro-independence left were understandably critical […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Scottish Independence Would Help (Not Hinder) Jeremy Corbyn

Democracy 21: Let’s Build A Democracy Fit For The 21st Century

Source:: Bella Caledonia Democracy 21: Let’s Build A Democracy Fit For The 21st Century ‘If it’s not built by us, it’s not built for us’: Reshaping local democracy in Scotland The early years of this decade were an invigorating time for Scottish political activists. Meetings about the type of country and democracy we wanted started attracting hundreds of people – rather than the handfuls that we had been used […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Democracy 21: Let’s Build A Democracy Fit For The 21st Century

Accept no substitutes

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Accept no substitutes In recent days there’s been a suggestion on social media that there’s some wizzard wheeze that means that Scotland can legally unchain itself from Westminster rule and leap free in a single bound. This kind of thing surfaces pretty often amongst certain circles within the Scottish independence movement. This time the claim is that because the Scottish Parliament’s EU Continuity Bill has been referred to the UK Supreme Court, if the UK Supreme Court finds against the Scottish Parliament, as… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Accept no substitutes