You Can’t Forget What You Don’t Know

Source:: Bella Caledonia You Can’t Forget What You Don’t Know Why we need to talk about the links between colonialism and climate change in the context of Highland land reform. I visited Timespan in Helmsdale recently. The gallery is exhibiting a display called ‘No Colour Bar: Highland Remix: Clearances to Colonialism’ which aims to reconcile the local history of the Clearances with the colonial framework […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia You Can’t Forget What You Don’t Know

Witness the Days of Gammon Rage

Source:: Bella Caledonia Witness the Days of Gammon Rage The times we are living through are so crazy that we are led by children wiser beyond their years while older men behave like spoilt brats. This week observers of Donald Trump’s social media activity – such a role exists – were confused as he wailed on Twitter then mysteriously stopped mid-sentence, as if coitus […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Witness the Days of Gammon Rage

Walking into traps

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Walking into traps (This article was originally intended to go up on Wednesday, but it was somewhat overtaken by events before it was finished.) This week has seen another of those strange coincidences by which a whole slew of Unionist pundits all randomly decide to start talking about the same subject. On this occasion it was the rape clause, and […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Walking into traps

The backstabbing brutality of Game of Thrones has taken over politics | Kevin McKenna

Source:: Kevin McKenna The backstabbing brutality of Game of Thrones has taken over politics | Kevin McKenna Politics is a more visceral and primitive thing – The West Wing was a much better influenceThere are few situations more superficial and contrived than when a politician insists on borrowing themes from the realm of popular television and drama.Donald Trump tried it on with Game of Thrones last week on his Twitter account and was immediately rebuked by the makers of the show. During this year’s autumn party conference season I expect around a dozen references to Game of… Read […]

Easter Rising

Source:: Bella Caledonia Easter Rising This Wednesday the Citizen project launches at the Storytelling Centre, High Street, Edinburgh. Bella is part of the emerging network that aims to change the way we understand the city. The group has evolved after years of frustration and anger at the state of Edinburgh and look to radical alternatives from elsewhere about how we […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Easter Rising

The Frightening Rabbit

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Wee Ginger “Duckcast” – 19 April 2019

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Wee Ginger “Duckcast” – 19 April 2019 This week in the Wee Ginger “Duckcast” Callum and I discuss the Kezia Dugdale vs Stu Campbell defamation case, and how this blog is now apparently legally the Wee Ginger Duck. We also talk about annoying the SiU trolls who infest the comments section of The National, and trail a wee teaser for some interesting developments in the coming week. You can help to support this blog with a Paypal donation. Please log… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Wee Ginger “Duckcast” – 19 April 2019

A tissue of fair comments

Source:: Wings Over Scotland A tissue of fair comments Most of the on-the-spot media reporting of the judgement in our court case against Kezia Dugdale on Wednesday was pretty fair and straightforward news coverage. The majority of pieces accurately and prominently mentioned the fact that the sheriff had found that I wasn’t a homophobe and that Dugdale’s article in the Daily Record which had claimed that […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland A tissue of fair comments

Dundee and the Limits of Cultural Regeneration

Source:: Gerry Hassan Dundee and the Limits of Cultural Regeneration Dundee and the Limits of Cultural Regeneration Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 17th 2019 Dundee is the talk of the town. The once forgotten city of Scotland – certainly in the eyes of the Glasgow and Edinburgh chatterati – is now widely celebrated and recognised. It is winning piles of awards and attention, the latest of which being named ‘Sunday Times’ Best Place to Live in Scotland, with Dundee High School-educated Andrew Marr stating that ‘Dundee is certainly a very… Read the full article:: Gerry Hassan Dundee and […]

Writing our own future

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Writing our own future The big scientific news this week is that researchers in the USA have succeeded in restoring some brain function to the brains of decapitated pigs which have been dead for several hours. This is the best news that the British government has had for quite some time, as it means that Theresa May will now be able to find some Conservative candidates for the slaughter that her party is going to face in the forthcoming European elections. It’s looking extremely… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Writing our own […]

Citizens Assemblies for Scotland

Source:: Bella Caledonia Citizens Assemblies for Scotland Joanna Cherry MP argues that Scotland can learn from the Irish example of using Citizens Assemblies to make decisions about difficult divisive and deep issues. Many now agree that Brexit is likely to be the catalyst that delivers a majority for Scottish independence. Not necessarily because Scotland will be taken out of the EU against […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Citizens Assemblies for Scotland

Brexit, Growth and Crash Economics

Source:: Bella Caledonia Brexit, Growth and Crash Economics A SCOTTISH CONUNDRUM: HOW TO GROW WHEN YOU HAVE FULL EMPLOYMENT? THE latest Fraser of Allander Institute (FAI) report garnered a lot of media interest with its prediction that a “disorderly” Brexit would precipitate a full-blown recession in the Scottish economy. The report reminds us that over 45 per cent of Scotland’s international exports are […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Brexit, Growth and Crash Economics

Another Srebrenica

Source:: Random Public Journal Another Srebrenica Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael ON THE COACH TO BELFAST some months ago I had the great misfortune to meet a true anti-Semite. Our departure was at a quarter to four in the morning from Busáras in Dublin and we were the only two passengers. So, naturally, being two fellas waiting on a bus in the middle of the night, we struck up a conversation. The chat at the station was all about Brexit. It was immediately apparent he… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Another Srebrenica

Car Free Futures

Source:: Bella Caledonia Car Free Futures I’ve never driven a car in Edinburgh. Not once in 26 years. I can, in fact, count on the fingers of one hand the number of times a car would be useful in any given year. Even during the scant two or three years when I did live with a driver, the car was almost […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Car Free Futures

Wee Ginger Duck

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Wee Ginger Duck The judge has now made a ruling in Stu Campbell’s court case against Kezia Dugdale. I was a witness in the case on behalf of Stu, so it wasn’t possible for me to speak about it before the judge had come to a conclusion. Essentially the key finding is that the judge has ruled that Stu Campbell is not a homophobe, but that Stu was unable to establish that he’d suffered any damage or loss as a result of Kezia’s… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Wee Ginger Duck