The master of detail

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The master of detail Unionists have been in a frenzy of rage in the last couple of weeks that the First Minister has dared to leave the country not once but twice in order to try to improve relations and trade links with Scotland’s business partners. Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton – a man who still thinks the Queensferry […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The master of detail

From Project Hope to Project Hate – from Better Together to Bitter Together

Source:: Bella Caledonia From Project Hope to Project Hate – from Better Together to Bitter Together Scotland provides a useful comparison with Northern Ireland. Up until Indy-Ref1, liberal unionism, with its acceptance of more political devolution, continued to advance under New Labour and Cameron’s Conservative/Lib-Dem coalition. As recently as 2012, the powers of the devolved Cardiff Bay, Welsh Assembly were extended, using Scotland’s Holyrood devolved parliament as a model. However, Labour, […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia From Project Hope to Project Hate – from Better Together to Bitter Together

The Blog That Reaches The Parts

Source:: Craig Murray The Blog That Reaches The Parts Delighted to be back in Edinburgh after a fascinating three weeks in Pakistan. I left Pakistan two days after the Kashmir flare-up and just as Mohammed Bin Salman arrived, and you will be hearing my thoughts on this much neglected but vital country further over the next few days. As I return, the Corrupt Seven are leaving the Labour Party and being much feted for their general Toryness, a quality they hold in common with the large majority of remaining… Read the full article:: Craig Murray The Blog That […]

Crowded Out – Scotland’s Over Tourism Problem

Source:: Bella Caledonia Crowded Out – Scotland’s Over Tourism Problem The crisis of over-tourism has arrived in Edinburgh with vested interests too slow and stupid to respond. Hyper-defensiveness, a succulent lamb arts media and a city council clueless about how to respond other than feeding a Cash Cow are all part of the problem. Inertia and business-as-usual only works if you’re in The Bubble. In […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Crowded Out – Scotland’s Over Tourism Problem

The Time is Now

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Time is Now At present there are several things happening in the world of Social Care in Scotland. Rightly, there is an enquiry into historical abuse within the children’s care system, long overdue and destined to show Scotland as a place that allowed continued abuse of children with hardly a murmur from society. There is the recent consultation […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Time is Now

The SNP’s Great Moving Right Show

Source:: Bella Caledonia The SNP’s Great Moving Right Show In January 1979, four months before a triumphant Margaret Thatcher was standing on the steps of Downing Street quoting St. Francis of Assisi, the celebrated sociologist Stuart Hall penned an astonishingly prophetic political analysis. Published in Marxism Today – the journal that would go on to capture the Zeitgeist by critiquing Thatcherism with more intellectual […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The SNP’s Great Moving Right Show

The not so magnificent seven

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The not so magnificent seven Well it finally happened. There have been rumours of impending splits for weeks, the only uncertainty was whether it was Labour or the Conservatives which would break first. Now we know, Labour broke itself. In the UK we don’t have a political system, we have an ego massage for no marks who lack even the so bad they’re good talent needed to appear as let’s all have a laff at them candidates in the initial stages of the X Factor… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The not […]

What’s Going on?

Source:: Bella Caledonia What’s Going on? What’s Going On? – Bella’s monthly what’s on guide to political events and radical happenings (because The List and The Skinny don’t). This week we feature a new Neu! Reekie! strand, Counterflows, Leith’s May Day Book Fair, the Glasgow Autonomous Space Book Fair, Activists and the Surveillance State: Learning from Repression, and the 4th Antirepression […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia What’s Going on?

The tissue-paper tigers

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The tissue-paper tigers It’s never a good look for a politician to have fewer principles than UKIP. When Tory MPs Douglas Carswell and Mark Reckless defected to Nigel Farage’s party, both stood down from their seats and fought by-elections to establish whether their electoral mandates were personal or owed to the party. Both of them won. (Though both […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The tissue-paper tigers

Brexit’s Neon-Nazis

Source:: Random Public Journal Brexit’s Neon-Nazis Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael EACH REVOLUTION MAKES every road possible, and so when the Gilets Jaunes or the “Yellow Vests” movement first sprang to life in France many on the political left looked on with genuine excitement. In early December 2018 the so-called radical left in Ireland was gushing over what it perceived to be the beginnings of a true people’s revolution. On the Rebel website the Socialist Workers Party activist James O’Toole recited Fiona Ferguson’s script on… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Brexit’s Neon-Nazis

A journey through “Yr Hen Ogledd”, old loyalties and new horizons

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug A journey through “Yr Hen Ogledd”, old loyalties and new horizons A guest post by Aled Gwyn Jôb In just under a month’s time, thousands of Welsh rugby fans will be making the journey up north to Edinburgh to follow the national team. The “Scottish Trip” has always been THE rugby trip for Welsh fans based on the great rapport and kinship that exists between them and their Scottish hosts. “Yr Hen Ogledd” part of the appeal of the journey Scotland also has a very warm place in Welsh hearts because… Read the full […]

The Harvesters

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The Harvesters We saw a tweet from some Tory MP or MSP this morning urging voters to sign some fake “petition” or other bashing the SNP, and it rang a bell in our minds, so we popped over to the Conservative Party website where we found this: Despite referring to “a new poll today”, there’s no date […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The Harvesters

Red John and the Rain Geese

Source:: Bella Caledonia Red John and the Rain Geese Mairi McFadyen on why a bright future for renewable energy must also harness the past so our living culture can continue to flourish. As it is for many of us, questions of climate are never far from our minds. A hot topic of conversation where I live is the proposed ‘Red John’ Pump Hydro Storage […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Red John and the Rain Geese

Men, does your decor let you down? Let me introduce you to feng shuggy | Kevin McKenna

Source:: Kevin McKenna Men, does your decor let you down? Let me introduce you to feng shuggy | Kevin McKenna Bin the football posters and black leather sofas and break out the baobab scented candlesAlong with other leftwing types, I was tempted to disparage some of the observations of a high-profile interiors analyst. Suzanne Roynon had been invited into a Daily Mail journalist’s home and proceeded to tell her host that she risked repelling men with her choice of decor. Roynon, I’m told, had achieved a measure of esteem among the soft furnishings community by publishing a guide to […]