A reason to be cheerful

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug A reason to be cheerful It’s time to be cheerful, and not just because I’m about to see my American other half for a two week visit during which we plan to go to the Highlands and then to London for a few days. It’s time to be cheerful because despite any local difficulties that the independence campaign might have faced recently, we’re on the right side of history. More and more I’m convinced that we are no longer engaged in a debate about whether… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug A reason […]

Alex Salmond, Showbiz and whatever happened to the politics of optimism?

Source:: Gerry Hassan Alex Salmond, Showbiz and whatever happened to the politics of optimism? Alex Salmond, Showbiz and whatever happened to the politics of optimism? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 16th 2017 All political leaders have a certain limited shelf life. If they are very successful and lucky they win elections, hold power and make decisions, but the public eventually grow tired and wary of their constant public presence. The twilight years and long goodbyes of the likes of Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Ted Heath and his thirty year grudge with Thatcher, are all… Read the full article:: […]

From Peak Nat to Pique Nat: Is Alex Salmond becoming a problem for Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP?

Source:: Gerry Hassan From Peak Nat to Pique Nat: Is Alex Salmond becoming a problem for Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP? From Peak Nat to Pique Nat: Is Alex Salmond becoming a problem for Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP? Gerry Hassan The Guardian Comment, August 15th 2017 Alex Salmond is one of the big beasts not just of Scottish, but British politics and the defining figure of modern Scottish nationalism and the SNP. He has been leader of the SNP for a total of twenty years (1990-2000; 2004-2014), First Minister of Scotland for seven years, and in 2014 took […]

Strange Fruit

Source:: Bella Caledonia Strange Fruit When we wrote earlier this year of the potential for a neo-fascism to emerge out of the darkness of a Trump presidency we were ridiculed for being over the top. Watching Vice’s ‘Charlottesville: Race and Terror’ makes your realise we were being over-cautious.   President Trumps ranting press conference marks a new low in a […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Strange Fruit

Tory cat food

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Tory cat food Charlottesville is an event that is based in a tragic American history of racism and discrimination against minorities which has long blighted the Land of the Free. For too long Free meant male, middle class and white, and there are still powerful and violent groups in the USA who are determined to ensure that the only freedom that matters is the freedom to discriminate, the freedom to hate, the freedom to oppress. Those groups were manifesting in all their ugly… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Tory cat food

Better Blogging Through Podcasts: Announcing RadioPublic Embeds

Source:: North British Post Better Blogging Through Podcasts: Announcing RadioPublic Embeds We love podcasts: they’re like the blogging version of radio, a medium anyone can jump into and use to share their story. They introduce us to new voices and give us glimpses into new perspectives… and they pair perfectly with blogs and websites, where they can add more texture and interest to what you’re already publishing. Thanks to a new partnership with RadioPublic, you can choose from a quarter of a million podcasts to embed into your posts and pages… Read the full article:: North British Post […]

Oh lovely jubbly! The poor really do have no accountants

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Oh lovely jubbly! The poor really do have no accountants Analysis by Russell Bruce Low-income families subsidise tax relief and tax shelters for the wealthy. Hit hard are the WASPI women, who were not told of changes to their planned retirement date with adequate and clear notice. A new study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) finds women’s household income has, on average, fallen by £32 a week with the increase in state pension age to 63 last year. The IFS calculate the changes has saved the Treasury £5.1bn.… Read the full article:: NewsNet […]

Ambrosia and Nectar No More: FROM THE PROVINCE OF THE CAT

Source:: Bella Caledonia Ambrosia and Nectar No More: FROM THE PROVINCE OF THE CAT As the brilliant carnival of the Edinburgh Festival parades the streets of our ancient capital once again, now is a good time to look at just what is being celebrated, by who and for whom? Carnival, originally, was a reversal procession and the ritual was that social roles were turned upside down; masters playing servants, […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Ambrosia and Nectar No More: FROM THE PROVINCE OF THE CAT

Looking after the beating heart of your business

Source:: Business for Scotland Looking after the beating heart of your business For stakeholder and subscriber members of Business for Scotland only An offer from Kay McCandless, of Coaching Training Consultancy. Kay is a professional, accredited ICF Executive Coach and Leadership Consultant with many years of experience. Would you like 2 Free Coaching Sessions and a Business Consultation with Coaching-Training-Consultancy Ltd? Read on… What do we know about […] The post Looking after the beating heart of your business appeared first on Business for Scotland. Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Looking after the beating heart of your […]

Scotland’s Fight for Democracy, then and Now

Source:: Bella Caledonia Scotland’s Fight for Democracy, then and Now The obelisk on Calton Hill forms a familiar part of our iconic Edinburgh skyline. Many residents will pass it daily. But I would reckon only a very few will be aware of what it commemorates. Erected in 1844 the monument is to five men whose actions back in the late 18th century radically changed the […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Scotland’s Fight for Democracy, then and Now

Scotland Your Scotland

Source:: Bella Caledonia Scotland Your Scotland “The Union hasn’t been saved, it’s over” argues Andrew O’Hagan in his Scotland Your Scotland keynote lecture to the Edinburgh Book Festival, arguing: ” Scotland is a place in which to live and breath and vote and argue, but it is also a place in the mind, a moveable feast, and self-improvement will be our greatest […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Scotland Your Scotland

Scottish Business Buzz (16.08.17)

Source:: Business for Scotland Scottish Business Buzz (16.08.17) Record number of tourists in summer holiday boom say VisitScotland.  Although official figures are not yet available for this summer’s season, VisitScotland have confirmed that its been a bumper year for many of Scotland’s top attractions, including Edinburgh and Stirling Castles, the National Museum of Scotland and the Scotch Whisky Experience. Tour operators have said that […] The post Scottish Business Buzz (16.08.17) appeared first on Business for Scotland. Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Scottish Business Buzz (16.08.17)

Let’s not Condemn Violence on “Many Sides”

Source:: Random Public Journal Let’s not Condemn Violence on “Many Sides” Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael After empowering the ultra-far-right Nazis in the United States, Donald Trump condemns even the violence of those resisting their rise to power. In Britain and the rest of Europe it’s the same. So it’s time to get tough. “Violence is always wrong,” my mother used to tell me after giving me a hiding for fighting at school. The irony of a grown – formidable – woman of 5’4 thumping a wain to give him… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal […]

Drawing a Perfect World

Source:: Random Public Journal Drawing a Perfect World Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael Of all the things that are wrong with the world, baby boxes and free sanitary provision aren’t two of them. Yet the BBC wants us to ignore the costs of Brexit and nuclear bombs and think of these as a waste of money. Many – many – moons ago, while still a nipper back in Bellfield Primary School, my teacher Mrs Miller asked our class to draw the perfect world. What we all drew… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Drawing a Perfect […]

The unbearable triteness of Deerin

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The unbearable triteness of Deerin I wrote yesterday’s blog article about the importance of not allowing British nationalists to pose as non-nationalists or anti-nationalists before Chris Deerin’s piece was published in Tuesday’s Daily Herald newspaper. And there it was, in all its self-righteous and self-deluding glory, a proponent of British nationalism staking out the moral high ground and linking the Scottish independence movement to the Nazis of Charlottesville while at the same time he was seemingly blithely unaware of his own nationalism. Or at least… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The unbearable […]