Weep for Catalonia, Weep for Liberalism in Europe

Source:: Craig Murray Weep for Catalonia, Weep for Liberalism in Europe The vicious jail sentences handed down today by the fascists (I used the word with care and correctly) of the Spanish Supreme Court to the Catalan political prisoners represent a stark symbol of the nadir of liberalism within the EU. That an attempt to organise a democratic vote for the Catalan people in pursuit of the right of self determination guaranteed in the UN Charter, can lead to such lengthy imprisonment, is a plain abuse of the most basic of… Read the full article:: Craig Murray Weep […]

Aw Aboard! The fecht for the Scots language stairts the day!

Source:: Bella Caledonia Aw Aboard! The fecht for the Scots language stairts the day! ‘Tae popular acclamation!’ Noo there’s a thocht tae quicken the hert. A roarin croud isnae jist for Hampden when we’re takkin oot a guddle o P.E. teachers an pairt-time posties; but the second tae last place ye’d expect yin (coontin the Mitchell Library an New Douglas Park on a Setturday) is shuirly an SNP conference […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Aw Aboard! The fecht for the Scots language stairts the day!

The murder of Catalan democracy

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The murder of Catalan democracy There’s been, shall we say, a spot of falling out in certain quarters of the Scottish independence movement of late. Rattles have been tossed from prams. Dummies spat out. Feet have been stamped. I’m naming no names, and pointing no fingers, but let’s keep a sense of perspective here. This is a dispute about the means of achieving independence, it’s not a dispute about the worthiness of the goal itself. It’s a dispute about tactics, not about fundamental principles. We… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The murder […]

The extremism at the heart of the Spanish national project

Source:: Bella Caledonia The extremism at the heart of the Spanish national project The sentences issued by the Constitutional Court in Madrid today were surprising even to close observers of the Spanish justice system. Yet the writing has been on this particular courtroom wall for a long time. The Spanish state has engineered a crisis in Catalonia for its own political capital, and it has rallied right wing […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The extremism at the heart of the Spanish national project

The Age of Protest

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Age of Protest Across the world protest is raging, some desperate and violent, some silent and dignified, all driven by fear and hope for a better world. * These disruptions are what philosopher Alain Badiou called the event, and what the Marxist thinker Water Benjamin calls messianic time – the eruption of something unexpected and uncontrolled, challenging the […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Age of Protest

Johnson set to push UK and union off the cliff

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Johnson set to push UK and union off the cliff By Russell Bruce The Sunday Times has published a poll by Panelbase putting support for Independence at 50%. 50% is not enough because it might be 50% minus 1 rather than the wishful thinking in favour of 50% plus 1. Brexit makes the difference because when respondents were asked if they thought Scotland would be better off out of the UK and independent in the EU, the scales tripped to 56% in favour of Scotland independent in the EU. The… Read the full article:: NewsNet […]

Gaelic bingo

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Gaelic bingo There’s still no clarity on Brexit. There’s still no news on when there’s going to be another General Election. But this week there’s the SNP conference in Aberdeen, and the annual national Mòd is being held in Glasgow. There will be plenty on the pages of this blog about Brexit and the SNP conference over the coming days, but today, for a wee change, I thought that I would mark the Glasgow Mòd with a blog post about Gaelic bingo.… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Gaelic bingo

Faith is always blind

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Faith is always blind The first novel I remember reading is “The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy”, shortly after it came out in 1979. I was 12, and it had a huge and lasting effect on me – it was the first thing that made me want to be a writer, and both Adams’ writing style and the worldview it […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Faith is always blind

The lord provost was only guilty of trying to look good for Glasgow | Kevin McKenna

Source:: Kevin McKenna The lord provost was only guilty of trying to look good for Glasgow | Kevin McKenna A personal allowance comes with the job and Eva Bolander didn’t even spend all of hers. The shame is on her critics‘Optics”, like its close brethren “toxic” and “woke”, belongs to a dismal suite of words that contribute to the modern idiom of mob outrage on social media. These words are detached from their original environment and made to perform the task of harnessing indignation. Thus, if an action isn’t illegal or even unethical but seems questionable nonetheless, its “optics”… […]

The broad church

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The broad church Our feather-ruffling Panelbase poll of SNP voters is now almost at an end, with only one further revelation to come tomorrow. So we thought it was worth taking a moment for a little bit of closer examination of just who the respondents were. We know, of course, that the criteria for the sample was people […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The broad church

The Foreign Office Must Be Challenged Over Sacoolas’ Immunity

Source:: Craig Murray The Foreign Office Must Be Challenged Over Sacoolas’ Immunity The government has stepped up its lies about immunity in the Sacoolas case to a breathtaking degree. I genuinely am astounded by the sheer audacity of the lies now being told, including a staggeringly mendacious FCO-briefed BBC article yesterday stating that “23,000 individuals in the UK have diplomatic immunity” and that it extends to “drivers and cooks”. This follows up the breathtaking FCO statement to Sky News that RAF Croughton “is regarded as an annex to the US Embassy in… Read the full article:: Craig Murray […]

The invitation

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The invitation Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The invitation

With the bomb lighting

Source:: Wings Over Scotland With the bomb lighting A certain independence blog has written FIFTEEN articles in the last month-and-a-bit about Wings, with a steadily-increasing tone of purple-faced rage, since we passingly suggested the idea of setting up a 2021 Holyrood list party if and only if the SNP had failed to deliver a second independence referendum by then. We do understand and empathise. […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland With the bomb lighting

Dugcast – 11 October 2019

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Dugcast – 11 October 2019 In the latest edition of the Dugcast, The National’s Callum Baird and I talk about the indy march and rally in Edinburgh last weekend and my uncle Shug. We also talk about how the event was all but ignored by the UK media – although it was covered in the Scottish media. We also discuss the weeks’ news about a Brexit deal and whether or not there’s real progress towards a deal or it’s all just more of the stupid… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Dugcast – […]

Mark Carney and Magic Money

Source:: Bella Caledonia Mark Carney and Magic Money MARK CARNEY, THE GLOBAL SLUMP & CENTRAL BANKS WHAT is the Bank of England up to? Governor Mark Carney has never been one to follow fashion – he prefers to make it. So it is not any surprise he is bucking the trend among global central banks to slash interest rates to near zero and […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Mark Carney and Magic Money