Woodland, Willow Warblers and Wild Berries

Source:: Bella Caledonia Woodland, Willow Warblers and Wild Berries This month I was on the West Coast for a first-time visit to sunny Isle Martin – a small uninhabited island north-west of Ullapool, closest of the Summer Isles. We were there to join the island’s Open Day festivities, celebrating twenty years of the island’s community ownership. The island was gifted to the communities of […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Woodland, Willow Warblers and Wild Berries

Venezuela’s People Self-Determination Not Trump will Decide their Future

Source:: Bella Caledonia Venezuela’s People Self-Determination Not Trump will Decide their Future A completely misplaced criticism of the Scottish Socialist Party, particularly from socialists in England, is that we are some kind of nationalist party because of our support for Scottish independence. Nothing could be further from the truth. We are a socialist party which is part of an independence movement. Our aim is the break up of […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Venezuela’s People Self-Determination Not Trump will Decide their Future

What’s Happening In Sweden?

Source:: Bella Caledonia What’s Happening In Sweden? You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden! Who would believe this? Sweden! — Donald Trump, 18 February 2017 Sweden was long seen as a progressive utopia. Then came waves of immigrants – and the forces of populism at home and abroad. — The New York Times, 10 August 2019   ‘If you […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia What’s Happening In Sweden?

Remembering Allende’s Unidad Popular and the New Song Movement as catalysts of change

Source:: Bella Caledonia Remembering Allende’s Unidad Popular and the New Song Movement as catalysts of change September 4, 1970 marked the electoral triumph of Chile’s Unidad Popular (Popular Unity) coalition led by Salvador Allende, despite the US Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) interference in Chile’s electoral process through the funding of right-wing political parties. Following the triumph of the Cuban Revolution on January 1 1959, the US’s greatest fear was that the […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Remembering Allende’s Unidad Popular and the New Song Movement as catalysts of change

The Bridge, again

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Bridge, again Trump does walls, Boris does bridges. That’s his thing. But if his London garden bridge was a complete disaster (it gobbled up £60m of public cash) we should be rolling our eyes at his DUP-sop of the fabled Scotland-Ireland bridge proposal and wondering what he is distracting us from or what community he is trying […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Bridge, again

Black Gold and Resource Wars: Global Oil Conflicts

Source:: Bella Caledonia Black Gold and Resource Wars: Global Oil Conflicts GLOBAL OIL – THE GREAT GAME CONTINUES HOW can you declare a climate change emergency and go on pumping North Sea and Atlantic oil? While Nicola Sturgeon is pondering this conundrum, we should note the current state of the global hydrocarbons market. Funny things are happening. The background, of course, is the slowing of the […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Black Gold and Resource Wars: Global Oil Conflicts

Carloway, Brodie and Drummond

Source:: Bella Caledonia Carloway, Brodie and Drummond All three judges in Scotland’s Highest Court of Appeal have ruled Prorogation to be unlawful. Lord President Carloway declared it: ‘unlawful to stymie parliamentary scrutiny’. Lord Brodie called it an: “egregious case” of failing public authority standards. Lord Drummond Young stated its: ‘purpose was to prevent scrutiny’. The reports of people tuning in to BBC […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Carloway, Brodie and Drummond

Autonomy, Independence and Self-Determination

Source:: Bella Caledonia Autonomy, Independence and Self-Determination For more than 12 years, Bella Caledonia has been fighting for autonomy, independence and self-determination. Bella is supported only by its readers. We don’t have corporate backers and we don’t take advertising. We rely entirely on your support. Make a small monthly donation and support independent journalism. Support us here: Monthly donation ♥ £5 / […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Autonomy, Independence and Self-Determination

How Not to Buy a Car

Source:: Bella Caledonia How Not to Buy a Car Allow me first to trace the steps we have taken toward self-destruction. We have a Conservative Party that, quite alone, quite brutally, coldly, deliberately created the crisis we are brought to; for it is the Conservative Party that has been in power for almost a decade. It was a Conservative “Remain” Government that proposed a […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia How Not to Buy a Car

The Spectacle of Forgetting

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Spectacle of Forgetting THE SPECTACLE OF FORGETTING: From The Province of the Cat by George Gunn. The current UK Prime Minister is an addict of spectacle. Like a lost child he is acting out the unfinished adventure of his boyhood. He will slavishly follow the cravings of his addiction, he can do no other, and he will communicate […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Spectacle of Forgetting

Revolutionary Conservatism

Source:: Bella Caledonia Revolutionary Conservatism As Boris Johnson roamed Aberdeenshire like Willie Rennie with testosterone and an expensive education, it dawned on the nation that we had descended into a new phase of high drama and low farce. If we thought that Theresa May was the worst Prime Minister Ever, she has been superseded instantly by an even worse one. […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Revolutionary Conservatism

The Castration of Gorrie and Scotland

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Castration of Gorrie and Scotland I write these words on a sodden note pad balanced on my slippery oil skinned knee in a small yacht off the southeast corner  of the island of Mull in the very teeth of a gale. We are bucketing around about a mile off Loch Spelvie  at the centre of a maritime cart wheel where […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Castration of Gorrie and Scotland

The Barclay Brothers and Brexit Circles of Interest

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Barclay Brothers and Brexit Circles of Interest This is an important thread by Fun-sponge @FFbpe about the media and business interests wrapped up in Brexit.   1) Here are the Barclay brothers, they own the famously Pro Brexit Telegraph, the Spectator and the Ritz Hotel to name a few. They avoid paying tax, so much so that they moved to an island […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Barclay Brothers and Brexit Circles of Interest

How Sound is the Economy Really?

Source:: Bella Caledonia How Sound is the Economy Really? THIS week we got Chancellor Sajid Javid’s so-called spending review which is, of course, nothing more than a back-of-a-fag-packet excuse to bribe the electorate, as part of the Boris plan to win a quick General Election. * Javid is a former investment banker and derivatives broker.  His constant references to his dad’s early days as […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia How Sound is the Economy Really?

The Union Gangplank

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Union Gangplank Laws can be changed, but constitutions are meant to be sticky. The once ‘flexible’ UK constitution has melted. Gordon Guthrie investigates. The backstop isn’t the problem. Careless, overconfident and sure of its own perfection Westminster handed out sovereignty like sweeties: to Northern Ireland (’73, ’75, ’95), Wales (’79, ’97’, ’11) and Scotland (’79, ’97, ’14). […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Union Gangplank