The Darling (Cotton) Buds of May

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Darling (Cotton) Buds of May There’s a growing problem of farce and surrealism in the green movement and in wider society, I call it Lifestyle v the Apocalypse. It goes like this: the more severe and urgent the multifaceted ecological and climate change crisis becomes, the less we do. Faced with the deluge of information that our Plastic Society has […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Darling (Cotton) Buds of May

Our Common Future – a Zombie Commonwealth

Source:: Bella Caledonia Our Common Future – a Zombie Commonwealth These Commonwealth gatherings mark Britain out as a quaint and bland place dominated for hundreds of years by a strange family. Its leaders huddle togeher in bemused subservience while Royals mumble patronising platitudes or casual racism. To be fair it’s what Britain does best: meaningless gatherings endlessly shuffling-about some incoherent vision of the future whilst […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Our Common Future – a Zombie Commonwealth

Living in the Shadow of Empire State Britain and the Problem of Cultural Dementia

Source:: Bella Caledonia Living in the Shadow of Empire State Britain and the Problem of Cultural Dementia The UK has been an uncomfortable place in the last few days. There has been the controversy over the Windrush deportations, Tory Cabinet minister Esther McVey defending the rape clause at the Scottish Parliament as ‘non-invasive’, and the resuscitation of Enoch Powell’s ‘rivers of blood’ 1968 speech from beyond the grave. On top of this […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Living in the Shadow of Empire State Britain and the Problem of Cultural Dementia

Bono, Groupthink and Partners

Source:: Bella Caledonia Bono, Groupthink and Partners The race is on for the job, as Robin McAlpine has put it, that “no one wants”. [1] The three candidates to be the SNP’s next Depute Leader will gather this Saturday at Airdrie Town Hall for the first hustings of the contest. However, as others have already observed, the nature of the contest does […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Bono, Groupthink and Partners

Brexit Makes Me Angry, and You Should Be Too

Source:: Bella Caledonia Brexit Makes Me Angry, and You Should Be Too Brexit makes me angry. It makes me very angry. This, as they say, might just be the proverbial understatement. There are no gritted teeth, just a visceral sense of powerlessness. I live and work in Spain and have done for the last four years. I spend three months every year in the UK and the […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Brexit Makes Me Angry, and You Should Be Too

A Line in the Sand

Source:: Bella Caledonia A Line in the Sand I do not, and could not, claim knowledge of Syria; still less the politics of Syria or the military situation in Syria. I know only that my Government has carried out military operations in Syria: in my name, and in yours. All I can do is ask why these operations are being carried out, and […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia A Line in the Sand

Depute Dilemmas

Source:: Bella Caledonia Depute Dilemmas The SNP is soon to choose a new Depute leader. To date much of the discussion surrounding the election has focused on the narrow question of when to hold an independence referendum, and which times would be more likely to secure an independence victory. On the face of it for a party which campaigns for […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Depute Dilemmas

Who is the man set to be Cambridge Analytica’s new boss?

Source:: Bella Caledonia Who is the man set to be Cambridge Analytica’s new boss? The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week that Julian Wheatland is set to replace the disgraced Alexander Nix as CEO of Cambridge Analytica.  In the first of his investigations Liam O’Hare asks who is he? It’s a story of Airbus, Blackwater, Bell Pottinger and Bulgarian tech.   However, rather than any fundamental change this […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Who is the man set to be Cambridge Analytica’s new boss?

Airstrikes and Slime Balls

Source:: Bella Caledonia Airstrikes and Slime Balls There is No UN backing there is No Westminster backing there is No transparency and there is No process. The strikes on Syria have little to do with seeking peace and everything to do with covering the domestic shambles of Trump and May, the Prime Ministers Brexit embarrassment and the Presidents unfolding legal humiliation. Theresa […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Airstrikes and Slime Balls

People Make Glasga

Source:: Bella Caledonia People Make Glasga Bella Caledonia got in touch with Chris McQueer to find out more about his new collection of short stories HINGS. But Chris couldnae bother his arse to reply. Instead he got one of the stars of his stories to write to us, giving us a tour of the Glasga she and her co-stars inhabit, the […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia People Make Glasga

Austerity Policies In Europe: There Is No Alternative

Source:: Bella Caledonia Austerity Policies In Europe: There Is No Alternative Asbjørn Wahl is a leading critic both of the failures of social democracy in Europe and the neo liberal economics of the EU favouring new alliances to challenge both. His latest book The Rise and Fall of the Welfare State looks at this in some detail. He advises the Norwegian municipal workers union, chairs The campaign for […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Austerity Policies In Europe: There Is No Alternative

To Bomb or not to Bomb Assad

Source:: Bella Caledonia To Bomb or not to Bomb Assad Bill Ramsay, Convener SNP CND, writes on the awful prospects of war. Assad’s use of chlorine based chemical weapons to kill 60 odd civilians appears to be an extraordinarily counterproductive gambit in , what I assume, is his central civil war aim, the continuation of his own brutal regime. The, as yet, undefined military action […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia To Bomb or not to Bomb Assad

The Calamity of Real World Brexit

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Calamity of Real World Brexit If a week is a long time in politics, then with the extraordinary times we are enduring I have no idea how to describe the just under a year between now and the prospective date that the Scotland and the UK may leave the EU. The excellent David Allen Green wrote this week that the […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Calamity of Real World Brexit

Yes, I still oppose British military intervention in Syria

Source:: Bella Caledonia Yes, I still oppose British military intervention in Syria The moral case for intervention in Syria remains strong, the Ba’ath regime continues to commit atrocities, and yet still I oppose British military action. The moral case for intervention in the Russo-Finnish War of 1939 was equally strong. Hitler’s ally, the Soviet Union, issued an ultimatum to democratic Finland and invaded. It was proposed that the UK […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Yes, I still oppose British military intervention in Syria

Chris Hedges: U.S. citizens are living in an inverted totalitarian country

Source:: Bella Caledonia Chris Hedges: U.S. citizens are living in an inverted totalitarian country The mainstream media deflects attention from where power resides: corporations, not with the leaders of the free world. The arguments posed by Chris Hedges, that the U.S. is neither a democracy nor a republic but a totalitarian state that can now assassinate its citizens at will, are pertinent ones. Scary ones. Especially as consecutive governments […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Chris Hedges: U.S. citizens are living in an inverted totalitarian country