BBC: ‘Scotland top for whale and dolphin sightings after 10 years of SNP rule’

Source:: John Robertson BBC: ‘Scotland top for whale and dolphin sightings after 10 years of SNP rule’ (actually a North American orca hearing the Scottish results) (c) Photograph: Martin Ruegner/Getty Images See, the BBC can do good news about Scotland without any if or buts, when they try or don’t think it can be used to promote independence. They mis-underestimate my determination. Here’s the league table of marine mammal sightings for 2017: Scotland                                  608 (C) England                                   555 Wales                                      231 Channel Islands (France?)       11 Isle of Man (Scotland?)           5 Northern Ireland                     0 (R) Aye doan’t… Read […]

Bad Language: Gaelic and Britain’s Cultural Genocide

Source:: Random Public Journal Bad Language: Gaelic and Britain’s Cultural Genocide Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael In Ireland it has become perfectly acceptable to describe Britain’s behaviour in the country as genocidal, and its war on the Irish language as cultural genocide. Why then in Scotland are we denied the same language? “The decline of the Irish language,” wrote Adam Ramsay recently, “is best understood as a product of what Tomás Mac Síomóin, among others, describe as the cultural genocide of Ireland.” There’s that word again – genocide. Here it is… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal […]

Curried Yoghurt and Chlorinated Chicken

Source:: Bella Caledonia Curried Yoghurt and Chlorinated Chicken The realities of Brexit are beginning to crystallize. Amongst the casualties are EU safety standards around food; devolution in Northern Ireland; the Good Friday Agreement and a new war on “socialism” which looks to be a front for an intelligence war on ‘domestic subversion’.  Brexit is essentially an attack on democracy on three fronts. On food […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Curried Yoghurt and Chlorinated Chicken

Misery for Herald readers as they imagine ‘misery for passengers’ on ScotRail, the 4th best out of 26 UK rail companies in terms of overall satisfaction, with a score of 96%

Source:: John Robertson Misery for Herald readers as they imagine ‘misery for passengers’ on ScotRail, the 4th best out of 26 UK rail companies in terms of overall satisfaction, with a score of 96% In the Herald today, we read one of the worst examples of bias by exaggeration and omission in an attempt to damage the SNP government by association with the national rail company, ScotRail. Here’s what they had to say: ‘Misery for passengers sees Scotrail fined a record amount. Rail passengers’ misery has been laid bare after ScotRail has received record fines for failing to meet […]

The Right Stuff

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Right Stuff Anti-communist hysteria? Check. Sectarianism and violent bigotry normalised? Check. Revived notions of social control through reproduction? Check.  Secret police? Check. Weird nationalism wedded to paranoia and inappropriate militarism? Check. Any doubts that we are living through times of reaction and revanchism and an emboldened far-right have to be set aside as Conservative forces snarl in the face […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Right Stuff

Foote replaced by Dick

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Foote replaced by Dick Last week, just a day after we highlighted the disastrous sales collapse of the Daily Record during the most tumultuous and eventful seven-year period in Scotland’s peacetime history, the paper’s editor-in-chief Murray Foote apparently took the Scottish newspaper industry by surprise by suddenly resigning his position. (We’re sure, incidentally, this is entirely unconnected with the […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Foote replaced by Dick

Police detect three Moray drink drivers

Source:: Northern Scot Police detect three Moray drink drivers THREE drink drivers have been caught in Moray over the weekend. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Police detect three Moray drink drivers

Digger driven into homes in Buckie – man arrested

Source:: Northern Scot Digger driven into homes in Buckie – man arrested A 30-year-old man is expected to appear in court today after a digger was driven into a building in Buckie. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Digger driven into homes in Buckie – man arrested

Lib Dems provide STV and Herald with cheap and shabby copy on NHS consultant costs

Source:: John Robertson Lib Dems provide STV and Herald with cheap and shabby copy on NHS consultant costs ‘Honest, it was that big!’ (c) Herald The Herald and the STV trumpeted: ‘NHS ‘spends £38,000 a day on consultants’ overtime’ and: ‘NHS spending £38,000 a day on consultants’ overtime’ In both cases the story had been largely researched and written by Lib Dem health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton. Both gave him space to have wee rant and to accuse the Scottish Government of a ‘chronically chaotic approach to workforce planning.’ http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16030487.__38k_a_day_for_NHS_consultant_overtime/ https://stv.tv/news/scotland/1408541-nhs-spends-38k/ Neither, of course, thought to tell us just… […]

Scottish politics is third best in world for women’s empowerment and well ahead of UK

Source:: John Robertson Scottish politics is third best in world for women’s empowerment and well ahead of UK (c) Holyrood Magazine From the STV website: ‘Scotland ranks third in the world for political empowerment for women and is significantly ahead of the rest of the UK. Research carried out by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) found Scotland follows Iceland and Nicaragua in terms of female political empowerment while the UK is ranked 13th.’ https://stv.tv/news/scotland/1408546-scotland-ranks-third-in-world-for-women-in-politics/ Iceland is no surprise to me, but I must admit Nicaragua caught me out. A bit more research and I found that my… […]

We Need Safe Spaces

Source:: Random Public Journal We Need Safe Spaces Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael Everyone is laughing at the “safe space.” We have been told it is where the weak and the snowflakes go to hide from reality – to get a free pass. But we all need safe spaces, and, as the storm clouds gather, some need them more than others. We all have guilty pleasures. Mine is that I quite enjoy watching the most horrendous right wing channels on YouTube. It started with Milo Yiannopoulos and… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal We Need Safe […]

Sound bites and carrots

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Sound bites and carrots By Alec Ross These are the meaningless, vacuous, lazy, mendacious, cynical and intellectually pessimistic sound bites that have largely replaced sensible discourse and now dominate modern political life. Unfortunately, they seem to work. Trump won the White House- much to his surprise and horror, according to Fire and Fury, Michael Wolff’s compelling account of The Donald’s first year in office. A half-cut Nigel Farage looked equally nonplussed when he realised that the people had bought his ‘bring back control’ rhetoric.… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Sound bites and carrots

Northern Neighbours: Scotland and Norway Since 1880

Source:: Bella Caledonia Northern Neighbours: Scotland and Norway Since 1880 NORTHERN NEIGHBOURS: SCOTLAND AND NORWAY SINCE 1800 Edited by John Bryden, Ottar Brox and Lesley Riddoch, Edinburgh University Press (2016) This book examines the factors which set Scotland and Norway on very different paths in the period from 1800.  The authors identify the atrophy of the Norwegian aristocracy, greater autonomy following the break from Denmark […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Northern Neighbours: Scotland and Norway Since 1880

The A List

Source:: Bella Caledonia The A List Assuming contemporary rather than historical, and in no particular order, here are Scotland’s A List writers: Writerer’s James Robertson James Kelman AL Kennedy Alan Warner Janice Galloway Alasdair Gray Jenni Fagan Andrew O’Hagan Irvine Welsh Ali Smith Poets Kathleen Jamie Roddy Lumsden Journalists/Non-Fiction Neal Ascherson Ian Bell Tom Nairn Playwrights David Harrower Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The A List

The year of the dug

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The year of the dug 恭喜發財 Gung hei faat choi! Happy Chinese new year, and we are now in the year of the dug. According to one Chinese astrology site, the year of the dog is the year for fighting the political causes that you believe in passionately, which seems appropriate for this blog. Not that I believe in astrology, but then you were expecting me to say that because I’m a Virgo. However the astrologists, perhaps for a change, do give some good advice… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The year […]