Independence Day Postponed and the Precious Precious Union

Source:: Bella Caledonia Independence Day Postponed and the Precious Precious Union The Prime Minister’s Plan for Britain was launched this week in Cardiff to mass disinterest. Her obsession with the ‘Precious Precious Union’ is a sideshow to her European disaster. But both have resurgent English nationalism at their heart. The omens were not good. “May’s appeal falls flat as EU seizes control of Brexit date” read […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Independence Day Postponed and the Precious Precious Union

On Dark Mountaineers, Geopoeticians, and Heidegger’s Long Shadow: Defending foreign, lovely things

Source:: Bella Caledonia On Dark Mountaineers, Geopoeticians, and Heidegger’s Long Shadow: Defending foreign, lovely things Henry Holland explores problems with contemporary Heideggerian movements.  I Picture a post-March 2019 scenario in which interruptions to the food supply in large UK urban areas have become commonplace. Then think back to the post-Russian Civil War collapse of the Soviet economy in 1921, and how starving millions fled from Moscow and other cities to […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia On Dark Mountaineers, Geopoeticians, and Heidegger’s Long Shadow: Defending foreign, lovely things

What ‘Newroz’ and Erdoğan tell us about the policing and security challenges for an independent Scotland

Source:: Bella Caledonia What ‘Newroz’ and Erdoğan tell us about the policing and security challenges for an independent Scotland ‘Newroz’, the Kurdish New Year will be celebrated in Portobello High Street this Sunday, on the 24th March. Earlier in the week Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Turkish President, in response to the Christchurch Mosque attacks, created controversy by warning anyone planning to carry out such an action would be sent back in coffins, “like their […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia What ‘Newroz’ and Erdoğan tell us about the policing and security challenges for an independent Scotland

Reflections on the “Problem of Rent”

Source:: Bella Caledonia Reflections on the “Problem of Rent” David Hanson from Living Rent Glasgow reports on the deeper source of our housing crisis. The great classical economic thinkers of the 18th and 19th century thought that rent would disappear. Under capitalism, ever increasing productivity was supposed to make the rentier obsolete. That never came to be and now we live under a capitalist […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Reflections on the “Problem of Rent”

Scots Language Deserves Better than This

Source:: Bella Caledonia Scots Language Deserves Better than This Dear First Minister, I’m writing to you about the appalling treatment received by Scots language activist Alistair Heather as a guest on The Kaye Adams Programme on BBC Radio Scotland on 21/03/19. Alistair had been invited on the show and briefed to expect a discussion on recent positive developments relating to the raised profile of […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Scots Language Deserves Better than This

The Dragon Has Two Tongues Again

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Dragon Has Two Tongues Again As a Welsh history war hots up, Rob Brown finds Plaid Cymru’s new leader has launching an assault on English colonialism – still stoutly defended by the BBC, of course. Back in its fearless infancy, Channel 4 did something few beyond Offa’s Dyke would ever have thought possible: it made a 13-part television history of […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Dragon Has Two Tongues Again

What Economic Strategy?

Source:: Bella Caledonia What Economic Strategy? WHAT ECONOMIC STRATEGY FOR SCOTLAND? AS we appear to approach the denouement of Brexit, it is pertinent to consider what future economic strategy Scotland needs. In this context, it is interesting to note that the political rationale for Andrew Wilson’s Growth Commission report has been altered subtly. Originally the GC was conceived of as a […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia What Economic Strategy?

Leirmheas: Togail Cataloina Ur

Source:: Bella Caledonia Leirmheas: Togail Cataloina Ur Bidh tòrr dhaoine ann an Alba a a’ cumail taic agus dlùth-phàirteachas ri sluagh Chatalòinia, muinntir Mhisneachd nam measg. Mar sin, bidh ùidh aig daoine anns an leabhar ùr seo, a tha na chruinneachadh de dh’aistean a chaidh fhoillseachadh le Pol·len edicions agus Bella Caledonia aig toiseach na bliadhna. Tha ainmean am measg nan sgrìobhadairean […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Leirmheas: Togail Cataloina Ur

Land, Monopoly Power and Systemic Change

Source:: Bella Caledonia Land, Monopoly Power and Systemic Change In what seems like a significant moment the Scottish Land Commission today have published a major report addressing how changing Scotland’s pattern of land ownership can unlock economic and community opportunities. Though understated and evidence-based, it doesn’t pull its punches. Describing this monopoly power as “socially corrosive” the report argues that the governance of Scottish […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Land, Monopoly Power and Systemic Change

The Upside Down Game

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Upside Down Game I have no solutions to Brexit and regarding predictions my crystal ball is the size of a pea. But this much I know as fact, the social fall out in homes and workplaces could well bring about unhappiness across this dear land of ours for many a year to come. So bring back Jamie Fleeman, […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Upside Down Game

Scotland’s Independent Story isn’t over: A Review of Yes/No: Inside the Indyref

Source:: Bella Caledonia Scotland’s Independent Story isn’t over: A Review of Yes/No: Inside the Indyref As British politics enters a mixture of meltdown and an endgame, convulsed by Brexit, everywhere in political discourse there is an obsession with the past. From the rise of Churchill to unquestioned national hero, to the ultra-Brexiteers talking of the UK reduced to a ‘vassal state’ of the EU; and now, Speaker John Bercow announcing […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Scotland’s Independent Story isn’t over: A Review of Yes/No: Inside the Indyref

BBC Scotland Respond to BC Criticisms on Coverage of Climate Strike

Source:: Bella Caledonia BBC Scotland Respond to BC Criticisms on Coverage of Climate Strike Last week we reported on how the BBC Scotland flagship news programme The Nine breached its own guidelines on reporting climate change by inviting Andrew Montford, the Deputy Director of the notorious climate science denial propaganda unit, the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) to be part of the show. Last year the BBC was forced […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia BBC Scotland Respond to BC Criticisms on Coverage of Climate Strike

The Fossil Fuel Age is Over

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Fossil Fuel Age is Over Energy is central to our lives. All resources on the planet require some form of energy to make it useful to us. We need to consume energy to go about our daily lives, from the food we eat to the cars we drive. Aggregate efficiency describes the way in which every resource is optimally allocated […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Fossil Fuel Age is Over

Scotland at the Crossroads

Source:: Bella Caledonia Scotland at the Crossroads Scotland’s future path is uncertain at the moment, but one thing is certain: the United Kingdom is broken beyond repair. It was a welcome antidote to the political farce of this week to join a gathering of researchers at an event organised by the Intercultural Research Centre at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh on Wednesday. Together, […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Scotland at the Crossroads

Forget St Paddy’s Day, Remember Paddy’s Market

Source:: Bella Caledonia Forget St Paddy’s Day, Remember Paddy’s Market Rob Brown calls for the creation of a Museum of Migrants in Glasgow to remember all those, like the victims of the Irish potato famine, forced to flee to other shores. Jinty McGuinty’s will be jumping and Waxy O’Connor’s will be filled with wild revelry. But, yet again, you won’t find Guinness-fueled leprechauns dancing down […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Forget St Paddy’s Day, Remember Paddy’s Market