Home Rules

Source:: Bella Caledonia Home Rules The Labour candidates competing to inherit the advanced shambles of the Labour Party were today falling over themselves to make statements about Scotland and the constitution. The result was, as you might expect, complete and baffling confusion. Emily Thornberry, fresh from her embarrassing hustings outburst, said “I will be led by what the Scottish Labour […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Home Rules

A tale of two timestamps

Source:: Wings Over Scotland A tale of two timestamps Well, at least they gave it serious and respectful consideration first. Be fair, that’s almost two whole hours before being told to sod off and eat our cereal. If that’s not one partner in a union showing the other respect, we don’t know what is. Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland A tale of two timestamps

UK Government Instantly Rejects Common Sense Call for Immigration Devolution

Source:: Business for Scotland UK Government Instantly Rejects Common Sense Call for Immigration Devolution The Scottish Government published a new policy paper calling for immigration powers to be devolved to Scotland for the purpose of establishing a new “Scottish Visa” system. This proposal follows surveys which found that 64% of Scots back immigration powers being devolved to Scotland. Yet, despite public opinion in Scotland, and this document being based […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland UK Government Instantly Rejects Common Sense Call for Immigration Devolution

The Rage Parade

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Rage Parade THE RAGE PARADE: From The Province of the Cat by George Gunn Sometimes being a poet can feel like the most useless thing a body can be. Nothing you write will make any difference or change anything. You are on the liminal margins of that most marginal thing called literature. The only thing you have […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Rage Parade

Mossmorran Climate Camp 2020

Source:: Bella Caledonia Mossmorran Climate Camp 2020 In the face of regulatory inertia and government inaction this summer will see the stepping up of protest against the national disgrace that is Exxon Mobil’s plant in Fife. * Mossmorran Action Group has welcomed news that Climate Camp Scotland has selected Mossmorran as the site for their 2020 camp. * Climate Camp Scotland is […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Mossmorran Climate Camp 2020

Rise Now and Be a Nation Again: Can a genuine English democratic politics emerge?

Source:: Gerry Hassan Rise Now and Be a Nation Again: Can a genuine English democratic politics emerge? Rise Now and Be a Nation Again: Can a genuine English democratic politics emerge? Gerry Hassan Sunday National, January 26th 2020 England has always mattered to Scotland, and indeed to Wales and Northern Ireland. It has 84% of the UK’s population and 533 of the 650 seats in the House of Commons – which means that as of now how England votes gives the rest of the UK the government England wants, irrespective of how the Scots, Welsh and Northern… Read […]

No fire in the Reichstag

Source:: Wings Over Scotland No fire in the Reichstag Less than 10 months ago: Record scratch, jump cut to the present day: Let’s just hear that again. “The key thing here in terms of whether someone should have a referendum, if we just think back to David Cameron back in 2013, he didn’t really want an EU referendum but he bet the entire farm […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland No fire in the Reichstag

On the Night Train

Source:: Bella Caledonia On the Night Train The number of people flying between German cities fell 12% in a year, mirroring a pattern emerging in Sweden. As we debate HS2 we need to move towards abandoning air travel for journeys under 1,000 kilometres. Enrica Papa, a lecturer in Transport Planning, University of Westminster asks Could Sleeper Trains Replace International Air Travel? Dutch […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia On the Night Train

Oligarchy and Populism

Source:: Bella Caledonia Oligarchy and Populism In ‘How to lose a Country, the Seven Steps from Democracy to Dictatorship’ the Turkish writer Ece Temelkuran outlines the process she has witnessed in her own country and in ours. “Create a Movement”, “Disrupt Rationale/Terrorise Language” and “Dismantle Judicial and Political Mechanisms” are key steps. As authoritarian populism sweeps to power she outlines the […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Oligarchy and Populism

Of Coronavirus and Chartism

Source:: Craig Murray Of Coronavirus and Chartism I am cheerfully optimistic that this Coronavirus, like asian swine flu and SARS before it, will prove not to be as deadly as may be prognosticated by journalists wanting to fill column inches. One day the human race will become extinct; but it is unlikely to be a virus that does it, as wiping out your host is not a clever survival policy for a virus. Even a disease as vicious as ebola proved not to be so potent against… Read the full article:: Craig Murray Of Coronavirus and Chartism

Beach huts or beauty spot? Battle rages over Loch Long plan

Source:: Kevin McKenna Beach huts or beauty spot? Battle rages over Loch Long plan Residents opposing a new development fear Scotland is becoming a Klondyke for wealthy property speculatorsEven by the aesthetic standards of some rural property developments, the one planned at Loch Long in Argyll and Bute is startlingly nondescript. The site is accessed through virgin woodlands which provide shelter to endangered and protected species, including European long-eared bats, pine martens and tawny owls. This brings you out to the shoreline and a stunning vision across one of Scotland’s grandest sea lochs that… Read the full article:: […]

The Troubling Decline of International Law

Source:: Craig Murray The Troubling Decline of International Law While it is true that rogue states – most notably the USA – have always posed a threat to the rule of international law, I see no serious room to dispute that the development of the corpus of international law, and of the institutions to implement it, was one of the great achievements of the twentieth century, and did a huge amount to reduce global conflict. The International Court of Justice, the Law of the Sea Tribunal, the European Court… Read the full article:: Craig Murray The Troubling Decline […]

Where Now for Ocean Optimism?

Source:: Bella Caledonia Where Now for Ocean Optimism? I grew up on the beautiful Moray coastline and spent my early days walking at Findhorn, rock-pooling at Hopeman and watching dolphins at Spey Bay. It is these memories that I draw on when topping up my own personal ‘Ocean Optimism’. After graduating from Aberdeen University in Marine and Coastal Resource Management I spent my […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Where Now for Ocean Optimism?

Wellbeing and Indexes

Source:: Bella Caledonia Wellbeing and Indexes JOHN McLAREN AND HOW NOT TO MEASURE WELLBEING THIS week the FM gave a speech at The Wealth of Nations 2.0 conference explaining why governments should seek to maximise wellbeing rather than GDP. The Scottish Government already has a strategy for doing this. So, it was an odd coincidence that most of the anti-independence press […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Wellbeing and Indexes