Outlaw King

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Outlaw King By Russell Bruce The trailer for Outlaw King, the story of Robert the Bruce’s campaign for Scottish Independence against enormous odds, is causing much excitement. Independence then was no mean challenge against massive cruelty and military might. When our time comes again all we have to do is vote but don’t under estimate the powers still ranged against us. Scotland will be a European nation again. That dream will never die. Reality is only possible when you dare to dream. … Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Outlaw King

Hell Hath No Fury Like a President Scorned

Source:: Random Public Journal Hell Hath No Fury Like a President Scorned Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael Former President of Ireland Mary McAleese has opened fire on Pope Francis and his upcoming papal visit to Dublin. Speaking on the Marian Finucane Show on RTÉ Radio 1 she described the World Meeting of Families – the reason for Francis’ visit – as “essentially a right-wing rally,” lumping everyone who’ll be travelling to see the Pope and attend the closing Mass in the Phoenix Park in with people like Donald Trump, Steve Bannon,… Read the full article:: Random Public […]

Because We Love the UK?

Source:: Random Public Journal Because We Love the UK? Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael THERE IS A RELATIONSHIP, I suspect, between the deterioration of our adherence to the rules of language and the miserable place in which we find ourselves politically. Genuine mistakes and typos aside, the acceleration of the rates of technological advance and communications innovation have radically changed the way we write and speak. Thanks to text-speak, memetic phraseology, and a disturbing admixture of political jingoism, corporate jargon, cultural referencing, and good old-fashioned laziness the English… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Because We […]

Don’t call us, Jeremy

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Don’t call us, Jeremy Jeremy Corbyn is on a four day visit to Scotland in order to turn round the party’s ailing fortunes. He’ll be here for a few days, he’ll have a few meetings, and then he’ll return to London and the visit will be hailed as a huge success, and nothing will actually have changed. This is precisely what happened the last time that Jeremy Corbyn came to Scotland in order to turn around the Labour party’s ailing fortunes in Scotland. On… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Don’t call us, […]

A Gangster State

Source:: Craig Murray A Gangster State Max Weber defined a key attribute of a state as holding the monopoly on the legitimate exercise of violence within a given territory. For anybody other than the state to use substantive physical force against you or to imprison you is regarded as an extremely serious crime. The state itself may however constrain you, beat you, imprison you and even kill you. That link is on deaths in police custody. I might also quote the state murder of 12 year… Read the full article:: Craig Murray A Gangster State

Eight Levels of Doom

Source:: Bella Caledonia Eight Levels of Doom Do you feel it too? The hopelessness that seems to grow every day? Level upon level of it, mounting, hand in hand with the realisation of how little agency we have over pretty much anything. It’s clear there is no escape, unless you’re one of those space barons, funding your flight of fantasy rather than spending those untold billions combatting the very reasons for wanting to escape. It’s almost as if philanthropy is symptom of the evils of capitalism. But I… Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Eight Levels of Doom

A second EU referendum is unlikely, and England would probably still vote Leave

Source:: Business for Scotland A second EU referendum is unlikely, and England would probably still vote Leave There is some new research out this week that shows Scottish households are now more than £800 worse off because of the UK-wide vote for Brexit. The data is based on analysis of the average annual household spend in Scotland as calculated by the UK Government’s Office for National Statistics (ONS). The research suggests we are […] The post A second EU referendum is unlikely, and England would probably still vote Leave appeared first on Business for Scotland. Read the full article:: […]

Top Thirty Toxic Tories

Source:: Bella Caledonia Top Thirty Toxic Tories No political party is perfect. They all have their idiots and bigots to deal with. There’s always that one uncle or step-sister which drives people insane, but they’re family, so what can you do? But in Scotland the Tory family is different. They don’t have just a few idiots to deal. They have a lot. Sometimes it can be hard to follow up on all the bigots, and it doesn’t help either when Ruth Davidson does everything she can do avoid being… Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Top Thirty Toxic Tories

The Bloody Wizards

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The Bloody Wizards We couldn’t help noticing one particular Rory Bremner tweet last night. And we thought, “Well, WE know someone who predicted those things.” Here they are, for example, predicting Brexit way back in January 2013: And this was them doing it again in September 2014: How about Trump? Yep, they called that too, starting in 2015: We’re not sure […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The Bloody Wizards

A tale of two rallies

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug A tale of two rallies There were two political rallies in Scotland on Saturday. There was a pro-independence rally in Dundee which attracted 16,000 participants and was one of the biggest demonstrations that the city had ever seen. Then there was a rally in Edinburgh calling for a second EU referendum, which attracted a few hundred people, fewer than are attending some of the Festival events currently going on in the city. Guess which one of them was reported more prominently in the media? The… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug A tale […]

The cereal offenders

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The cereal offenders So this didn’t go down too well on social media last night. Prof Bueltmann, who’s made her life in Scotland for 20 years, was (as far as we can tell) the only independence supporter to speak at a poorly-attended rally in Edinburgh calling for a fatuously-named “People’s Vote” on Brexit. Pretty much everyone else on […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The cereal offenders

Yes, this really is the best fish supper money can buy

Source:: Kevin McKenna Yes, this really is the best fish supper money can buy The Bay in Stonehaven – the town that gave us the deep-fried Mars bar – was last week voted Britain’s top food destinationStonehaven, the newly crowned home of the world’s finest fish supper experience, is also a globally acclaimed hothouse of gastronomic innovation. Its symbiotic relationship with the deep-fat fryer is illustrative of Scotland’s as a whole and began in 1992. That was when the Carron fish bar launched its infamous deep-fried Mars bar, a full-blooded wee confection which went… Read the full article:: […]

Michelle Mone started off poor. How will her daughter find life in Glasgow’s East End? | Kevin McKenna

Source:: Kevin McKenna Michelle Mone started off poor. How will her daughter find life in Glasgow’s East End? | Kevin McKenna Channel 4’s Born Famous sends rich kids back to their celebrity parents’ disadvantaged rootsTelevision producers and the media in general must always take great care when attempting to portray the reality of poverty and multi-deprivation in 21st-century Britain. There also needs to be a degree of compassion at all stages of the production process and in the filming, as there is a very thin line between making such programmes audience-friendly and merely exploitative.The best programmes are those that […]

How to turn kids into racists

Source:: Wings Over Scotland How to turn kids into racists Several right-wing media outlets, including the Scotsman, the Scottish Daily Mail and a far-right Unionist website called the Unity News Network have in recent days picked up on the findings of a newly-published study commissioned by the Scottish Government on young people’s attitudes towards immigration. To give you a flavour of the Unity News Network, it was […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland How to turn kids into racists

Festival City Questions Remain

Source:: Bella Caledonia Festival City Questions Remain When we wrote last week about the state of the festival and the impact Over Tourism was having we got a huge response, but also a lot of criticism. It seemed to both tap into feeling of alienation and frustration with the failure of the management of the city – and evoke outrage amongst the arts journalists and cultural bodies that thrive on the current scene. The commentator and reviewer Joyce McMillan called it just an example of living in… Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Festival City Questions Remain