UK ‘Single [wee] Market’ threat to Scotland

Source:: NewsNet Scotland UK ‘Single [wee] Market’ threat to Scotland By Equality Nation and Russell Bruce The proposed UK Govt Internal Market Bill will create a “level playing field” across the UK for trade negotiations with the EU which will be imposed on Scotland, Wales & N Ireland. Is this the end of the road for Scotland’s high quality food and drink industry? How can Scotland maintain it’s reputation for premium products when the UK Tory Government is determined to significantly lower food and drink standards? Food and Drink is… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland UK ‘Single […]

You Don’t Get to Grow Up in the World You Imagined

Source:: Bella Caledonia You Don’t Get to Grow Up in the World You Imagined We all felt a pang of the immediacy and excitement of youth when lockdown came around, in those first days when it seemed like everything was closing. The sweet thrill of departure and ending; of leaving the normal drudge, mixed up with all the anxieties of the unknowable and unprecedented. So many last days at […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia You Don’t Get to Grow Up in the World You Imagined

Banana Republic Corruption

Source:: Craig Murray Banana Republic Corruption The Ayanda Capital contract to supply £250 million of PPE to the NHS has not caused anything like the stir it should, because UK citizens appear to have come to accept that we live in a country with a Banana Republic system of capitalism. I suppose when you have a Prime Minister who handed out £60 million of public money for a Garden Bridge that there was no chance would ever be built, and who had no qualms about directing… Read the full article:: Craig Murray Banana Republic Corruption

In memory of il maestro, Ennio Morricone, November 10 1928 – July 6th 2020

Source:: Bella Caledonia In memory of il maestro, Ennio Morricone, November 10 1928 – July 6th 2020 For Episode 30, I wanted to include some pieces by Italian film music composer Ennio Morricone, who passed away a few days ago. However, the task of choosing just a few pieces was beyond me and so this entire episode features his music. Bella Caledonia · Groove On – Episode 30 Morricone composed the soundtrack […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia In memory of il maestro, Ennio Morricone, November 10 1928 – July 6th 2020

Critical Needs

Source:: Bella Caledonia Critical Needs The UK will resume arms sales to Saudi Arabia, claiming their human rights violations in Yemen were “isolated incidents”. Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Critical Needs

7,715 Independence supporter mega-poll – 57% of SNP voters open to tactical voting on list

Source:: Business for Scotland 7,715 Independence supporter mega-poll – 57% of SNP voters open to tactical voting on list During the 2017 snap election, tactical voting had a significant impact on the result. In my opinion, this was probably the first time in a Scottish election that tactical voting actually worked. After watching the SNP successfully transition the 2014 referendum 45% Yes vote into SNP votes, and sweep the board in the 2015 Scottish […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland 7,715 Independence supporter mega-poll – 57% of SNP voters open to tactical voting on list

Austerity, COVID-19 and the Fetishisation of Sacrifice

Source:: Bella Caledonia Austerity, COVID-19 and the Fetishisation of Sacrifice “We have to balance controlling the virus with re-opening the economy” goes the mantra. As discussions of COVID-19 turn towards economic recovery, a false dichotomy has taken hold in the discourse — that “the economy” and public health are somehow a zero-sum game; that in order to save the economy, we must accept some level […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Austerity, COVID-19 and the Fetishisation of Sacrifice

The LaFontaines Interview

Source:: Bella Caledonia The LaFontaines Interview If the Beastie Boys were from Motherwell they might sound like The LaFontaines, the brilliant but famously uncategorisable band. Gerry and Paul interview them here … Check them on iTunes here. PGMcast · #NAFNC – Interviews The LaFontaines Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The LaFontaines Interview

The EU’s open arms

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The EU’s open arms Scotland’s best chance of getting back into the EU is through independence. Kirsty Hughes, the director of the Scottish Centre for European Relations and an expert on EU matters, has said that the EU would welcome the membership of an independent Scotland but would be far more wary should the UK attempt to rejoin. In other words, if Scotland wants a closer relationship with the EU, as consistent majorities of the Scottish electorate say they would like to see, the… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The EU’s open […]

Problem of Perception

Source:: Random Public Journal Problem of Perception Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael AN ARTICLE WAS PUBLISHED on this website yesterday describing the profoundly negative reaction of the top tier of the Scottish National Party to a small and otherwise unremarkable protest which took place on the Scottish border on Saturday. This non-violent direct action, after it was brought to the nation’s attention by unionist activists keen to advance the argument of the British Prime Minister that there is no border between Scotland and England, was quickly… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Problem of Perception

A Child Eye’s View of Language Revitalisation: Hope and opportunity for the future of Gaelic in Scotland

Source:: Bella Caledonia A Child Eye’s View of Language Revitalisation: Hope and opportunity for the future of Gaelic in Scotland As part of our ongoing series about Gaelic in Scotland we ask: What could we learn from research in Ireland about how to support language regeneration? The announcement last week that Gaelic is predicted to perish as a community language within the decade hardly came as a surprise to me—as others have pointed out, those […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia A Child Eye’s View of Language Revitalisation: Hope and opportunity for the future of Gaelic in […]

Black Gold: The trade in human life

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Black Gold: The trade in human life By Russell Bruce Learning to accept that Scotland had a role in the slave trade has been a positive outcome of the Black Lives Matter movement. The Tobacco Lords and the Sugar Barons owed their wealth to life grinding working conditions of slave labour in distant parts of the British Empire. When it comes to slavery the British Empire has a particularly bad record. In his book Slaves in the Family Edward Ball faced up to his family’s slave owning… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Black Gold: […]

Positive Actions for Change in Scotland

Source:: Bella Caledonia Positive Actions for Change in Scotland Eunice Olumide suggests three actions to change the dynamic for more pro-active anti-racist action in Scotland, including a change to the curriculum and  a Black Heritage Museum. Like me, many have been horrified by the recent conflicts in America, sparked by the killing of George Floyd, fanned by hundreds of years of oppression and systemic […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Positive Actions for Change in Scotland

The Tory threat to devolution

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The Tory threat to devolution To be a Conservative means never accepting that you’re to blame for anything, ever. Today our part time Prime Minister has provoked anger and upset by claiming that the high death rate in care homes was due to care staff not following procedures. So it wasn’t anything to do with British Government policy which shunted elderly people out of hospitals and into care homes as quickly as possible without testing them for the virus, spreading the infection amongst the most… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The Tory […]

Justice for Thomas Muir of Huntershill

Source:: Bella Caledonia Justice for Thomas Muir of Huntershill Explanations of change are fascinating. Democratic hero Thomas Muir of Huntershill was restored to the roll of the Faculty of Advocates last week 227 years after his removal. Here’s my story of why it happened. On Sunday 5 July 2020 The Scotland on Sunday had the exclusive: ‘Father of Scottish democracy restored to faculty 227 […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Justice for Thomas Muir of Huntershill