A Democracy of the 0.18%

Source:: Bella Caledonia A Democracy of the 0.18% Yesterday I tweeted that there’s “only about 70,000 members of the Conservative Party. Basically a dwindling coterie of some of the worst people in Britain are about to choose a candidate from a selection of some of the most repugnant politicians in the UK. That person will be our Prime Minister.” That was untrue. It […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia A Democracy of the 0.18%

Fake News from Facebook and Instagram

Source:: Bella Caledonia Fake News from Facebook and Instagram Artist Jannica Honey has been photographing the female body for years. She started photographing women in a new way after her own experience of the process of having IVF. She took pictures of women in nature every full and new moon to mirror the small moments when it was possible to conceive. The series was […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Fake News from Facebook and Instagram

Greybull, Jamie Oliver and Prochlorperazine – the Price of Capitalism

Source:: Bella Caledonia Greybull, Jamie Oliver and Prochlorperazine – the Price of Capitalism It has been a typical week in the life of contemporary British. For a start, Jamie Oliver’s iconic Italian restaurant chain went belly-up, including its Glasgow and Edinburgh outlets. Other similar, mid-market eateries such as Carluccio’s, Strada, Café Rouge and Prezzo are in no better financial condition. Austerity and slow wage growth means that most […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Greybull, Jamie Oliver and Prochlorperazine – the Price of Capitalism

Bursting the 2050 Bubble

Source:: Bella Caledonia Bursting the 2050 Bubble The IPCC 2018 report advised that to avert catastrophic climate effects, global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions must be cut to net zero by 2050. This month the UK’s committee on climate change released a report which advised the UK to cut GHG emissions to net zero by 2050. On the face of it, this report […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Bursting the 2050 Bubble

How The Populist Right Works For The One Per Cent

Source:: Bella Caledonia How The Populist Right Works For The One Per Cent A new report documents the tight-knit relationship between Europe’s authoritarian populist movements and the continent’s elite business interests. In 2016, Donald Trump stormed Washington promising to “drain the swamp.” Two and a half years into his presidency, he has one major legislative achievement to his name—a massive tax cut for the ultra-rich—and a cabinet packed […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia How The Populist Right Works For The One Per Cent

Inside the Astroturf Networks of the Brexit Party and Friends

Source:: Bella Caledonia Inside the Astroturf Networks of the Brexit Party and Friends The convergence of the far-right, “libertarians” and exiled Conservatives is the subject of this brand new cartoon by Dave Peter Kerr (@davidpeterkerr) featuring Nigel Farage, Banks, Anne Widdecome, George Galloway, Yaxley-Lennon, the Koch Bros, Steve Bannon, Sp!ked and more. This is a national and an international network of people organising around a far-right agenda. If […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Inside the Astroturf Networks of the Brexit Party and Friends

Snow Patrol

Source:: Bella Caledonia Snow Patrol Today’s viral moment encapsulates the brutal stupidity of Brexit Britain. Take a moment to drink it in: This video is incredible 😱 Brexit supporting MP David Davies has a full on row with a Brexit supporting passerby about who is the most Brexity Which kind of sums the whole sorry mess up… pic.twitter.com/6Hi4SqSBsg — dave […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Snow Patrol

Clear Bright Future: a Radical Defence of the Human Being

Source:: Bella Caledonia Clear Bright Future: a Radical Defence of the Human Being The current chaos contains the seeds of revolutionary change, argues Paul Mason the author of PostCapitalism. In Clear Bright Future a Radical Defence of the Human Being, Paul Mason calls for a radical, impassioned defence of the human being, our universal rights and freedoms and our power to change the world around us. This is […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Clear Bright Future: a Radical Defence of the Human Being

For a Green Europe, for a Green Scotland

Source:: Bella Caledonia For a Green Europe, for a Green Scotland In the first of our series covering the Euro Elections, Adam Ramsay makes the case for voting Green. This week will see the most important European election in our history – yes, in part because of Brexit. But also because it is Europe’s opportunity to turn the tide on the rising far right: to show […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia For a Green Europe, for a Green Scotland

The Warrington Fox

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Warrington Fox As the old guard of climate science deniers are retired, retreat or have proved too much of an embarrassment even for their vanguard newspapers such as the Telegraph, the Mail, or the Express, a new breed of anti-environmental activists are on the rise. Amongst the side-effects of the predicted gains for Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Warrington Fox

The Art of Living Together

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Art of Living Together This month I was at The Ceilidh Place in Ullapool for the annual adult Fèis Rois gathering, a three-day festival of tuition in traditional music, song, dance, Gaelic language and culture alongside fringe events, gigs and late-night cèilidh sessions in pubs all over the north west’s cultural capital. There is such a spirit of community […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Art of Living Together

Deeper Into Darkness?

Source:: Bella Caledonia Deeper Into Darkness? The imminent electoral victories of Nigel Farage’s facade of a party into an institution they despise, and the possible arrival of Boris Johnson into No 10 is causing apoplexy in the two main political parties who may be facing a near-death experience. Have no sympathy. It’s a bin-fire entirely of their own making by decades […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Deeper Into Darkness?

The End of Operation Arse

Source:: Bella Caledonia The End of Operation Arse It’s clear that Operation Arse has failed. In its failure it’s exposed two clear truths: one that the influence of Ruth Davidson at a UK level is vastly over-inflated; second that the popularity of Boris Johnson in England is greatly under-estimated (as this YouGov poll for The Times shows.) The argument that Boris Johnson, the […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The End of Operation Arse

Our Political Shambles from Across the Pond

Source:: Bella Caledonia Our Political Shambles from Across the Pond Bonnie Prince Bob – @nonideefixe is disillusioned in New York. I’m in Brooklyn right now, in a place called Bed-Stuy, it’s holding out to gentrification (just) but will ultimately, just like the surrounding areas, succumb completely to Hipster twattery. Biggie Smalls, Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Jay-Z all came from here and Spike Lee’s ‘Do The […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Our Political Shambles from Across the Pond

Sea Change: Climate Emergency, Jobs and Managing the Phase-Out of UK Oil and Gas Extraction

Source:: Bella Caledonia Sea Change: Climate Emergency, Jobs and Managing the Phase-Out of UK Oil and Gas Extraction A landmark report by Friends of the Earth Scotland and Oil Change International reveals, for the first time, the climate impact of North Sea oil and gas extraction, and urges the governments to prioritise a job-creating energy transition. The report lays out in the starkest terms the simple reality that the UK’s oil and gas […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Sea Change: Climate Emergency, Jobs and Managing the Phase-Out of UK Oil and Gas Extraction