Viewpoint

Source:: Bella Caledonia Viewpoint Why can’t they give these damn mountains proper names? Their names are in our language; the mountains understand it and know each other by these proper Gaelic names. Why can’t they be spelt so we can pronounce them – like Ben Nevis or Ring of Bright Water? The spelling is the way it works and […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Viewpoint

The Idea of a Scottish University

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Idea of a Scottish University Simply put, Scottish students are a much less attractive commercial proposition for university Principals and Vice-Chancellors. An English student is over five times more financially rewarding than a Scottish student – and an American student over ten times more… Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Idea of a Scottish University

More than half way to the target of 1 million acres in community ownership

Source:: John Robertson More than half way to the target of 1 million acres in community ownership (c) bbc.co.uk The Scottish Government has set a target of 1 million acres in Community ownership by 2020. Currently we have 403 community groups in ownership of 492 land parcels totalling 562 230 acres. It’s looking like a bit of a push to make up the outstanding 437 770 acres in community ownership with only two or three years to go. I’m not sure if the target is for end-of or beginning-of 2020. Only 94.23 acres came into community ownership… Read […]

‘Another great month for renewables’ in Scotland

Source:: John Robertson ‘Another great month for renewables’ in Scotland (c) TomoNews Wind turbines provided 77% of Scotland’s entire electricity demand in November and on seven days it was sufficient to supply 100% according to WWF Scotland and reported in Business Green. https://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/3022802/november-winds-provided-three-quarters-of-scotlands-power-needs-data-shows This is, of course, just another example to add to repeated reports of the accelerating growth of renewable energy generation in Scotland as we head toward a sustainable 100% well ahead of the 2030 target. See: Scotland’s wind turbines provide enough energy for 189% of Scottish homes… Read the full article:: John Robertson ‘Another great […]

SNP to act against wildlife crime on grouse moors

Source:: John Robertson SNP to act against wildlife crime on grouse moors © raptorpersecutionscotland.wordpress.com The SNP’s National Council has proposed the introduction of licensing for driven grouse shooting estates. This comes in the wake of repeated exposure of illegal killing of protected birds of prey, the massive and unjustified culling of mountain hares and the damage to vulnerable peatland habitats. See: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/aug/11/grouse-moors-to-blame-for-scotland-disappearing-raptors-birds-prey-glorious-twelfth https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/31/mountain-hares-scotland-culling-highlands-onekind https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jul/05/peat-bogs-burning-grouse-shooting The RSPB in Scotland insists that self-regulation by the bird-gaming industry has clearly failed in the light of the above exposures and their representative said: ‘While we have… Read the full article:: John Robertson […]

It’s Official: The End is Nigh for Great Britain

Source:: Random Public Journal It’s Official: The End is Nigh for Great Britain Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael Once upon a time the United Kingdom was just that, united. But like all bad marriages it is fast coming to an end. England’s little Brexit rocket ship to the Moon can’t get where it wants to go without first ridding itself of excess weight. Whether we are looking down the barrel of the complete disintegration of the United Kingdom or a controlled legislative decentralisation towards federalism or something in between, it is clear… Read the full article:: Random […]

Weeping for Humanity

Source:: Bella Caledonia Weeping for Humanity Does people speaking a language that’s not important to you make you “Weep for Humanity”? Occasionally the rational version of Unionist discourse about “pooling and sharing” “economic benefits” the “UK single market” (etc etc) gives way to a more visceral display. After we published last week two pieces about language issues the Swiftian “English Roadsigns: […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Weeping for Humanity

Elgin man accused of attempted murder appears in court again

Source:: Northern Scot Elgin man accused of attempted murder appears in court again THE man accused of trying to murder a woman in Elgin has again been remanded in custody. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Elgin man accused of attempted murder appears in court again

Bella’s Guide to the Top 5 Funniest Twitter Accounts

Source:: Bella Caledonia Bella’s Guide to the Top 5 Funniest Twitter Accounts “Make hygge beneath the M8, with men round fires sharing warming tonic wine. Wear stilts and sing in an otter’s voice. Sweden will hear us.” “We are all baked in our mothers’ wombs. Curl naked into the warm tray at Greggs between the steak bakes. It is a return to Eden. A rebirth. So says […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Bella’s Guide to the Top 5 Funniest Twitter Accounts

The world’s biggest sleep-out raises £3.6 million and 475 homes are allocated to homeless people in Central Scotland

Source:: John Robertson The world’s biggest sleep-out raises £3.6 million and 475 homes are allocated to homeless people in Central Scotland As Scotland pushes ahead building affordable housing at twice the UK rate, rough sleepers in Edinburgh, Glasgow and the central belt are to be allocated 475 homes. See: Scottish Government increases supply of affordable housing and builds at more, perhaps much more, than twice the rate as in England http://www.scottishhousingnews.com/18872/almost-500-homes-allocated-to-homeless-people-as-sleep-in-the-park-raises-3-6m/ Saturday’s Sleep in the Park with entertainment by Liam Gallagher and Deacon Blue had 8 000 people sleeping or attempting to, in Princes Street Garden, in sub-zero conditions. The […]

Research shows that Scotland’s 16-17-year-olds are model democrats who outshine their rUK peers and their own older siblings

Source:: John Robertson Research shows that Scotland’s 16-17-year-olds are model democrats who outshine their rUK peers and their own older siblings (c) Image PA We all remember meeting or hearing of 16 and 17-year-olds who were very enthusiastic, engaged and, often, well-informed at the time of the Scottish Referendum in 2014. Despite that, there is still some hostility toward allowing further participation by this group in other electoral processes. Our long-standing knowledge of the low turnout and apparent lack of knowledge of political affairs of the 18-24-year-old group has sometimes led critics to oppose the emancipation of the younger […]

The Excruciating Detail of Existence

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Excruciating Detail of Existence Fair play to Molly Scott Cato – the Green MEP – who is taking David Davis to court over Brexit. Here she is questioned by interviewer Rob Double, Political Editor of Core Politics who asks (referring to the mysterious impact assessment reports: “Do they exist?” (2.32)   Asking the question “Do they exist?” – raises […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Excruciating Detail of Existence

From the archives #2

Source:: Wings Over Scotland From the archives #2 There was a time, readers, when Murdo Fraser was a bright young radical thinker who backed Full Fiscal Autonomy and even supported the idea of Universal Basic Income. We think “committed Unionist” in this case is a euphemism. Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland From the archives #2

Botchland Uber allies

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Botchland Uber allies That didn’t last long did it. The Conservatives’ newly found Brexit unity has gone up in flames faster than a Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Despite the claims on the Tory benches on Friday that Theresa May had won a great victory for Britain by conceding everything that the EU had been demanding in the first place, by Saturday the EU was saying that there is as much chance of Britain getting a special bespoke preferential trade deal as there is… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Botchland Uber allies

Reheats and revisions

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Reheats and revisions Alert readers of the Scottish Mail On Sunday – if any such people exist, that is – will have noticed that the paper has of late been cutting both costs and the middleman by giving Tory MSPs entire pages to spout party propaganda for free rather than paying a journalist to slightly rewrite it. First […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Reheats and revisions