These Islands — An Open Letter

Source:: Bella Caledonia These Islands — An Open Letter 3 doors down from my house in Berlin, cobbles commemorating Jews deported and murdered in 1943 These Islands have played a distinguished part in articulating a civic British nationalism in Scottish public life. That matters. When the Orange card is played again in a Scottish Election, and 10 Downing Street head-hunts out-of-the-box-thinking eugenicists, that matters. […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia These Islands — An Open Letter

A Radical Renaissance

Source:: Bella Caledonia A Radical Renaissance A Radical Renaissance – Paisley Book Festival 2020 You only have to look at the Literature Alliance Scotland website to see how alive the book festival scene is in Scotland. This year, Paisley has added its name to the burgeoning list by hosting its first ever book festival, which gives a bit a bit of […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia A Radical Renaissance

You’re So Vain

Source:: Bella Caledonia You’re So Vain Despite a two-decade commitment to the principle, the SNP has, so far, failed to achieve gender balance among its elected representatives. There is a sense of a new commitment to the idea, however. Gender balance is customarily seen as an equality issue, and, of course, it is that. But it is helpful to reframe this […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia You’re So Vain

Mossmorran Re-Start, Walkout and No-Show

Source:: Bella Caledonia Mossmorran Re-Start, Walkout and No-Show * This has been a busy week for Exxon Mobil and residents suffering from their plant at Mossmorran ahead of the public meeting this Friday at Lochgelly Town Hall. First there was their disastrous ‘restart’ which was seen across the whole of central Scotland; next there was Bella’s expose of the makeup of the SEPA […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Mossmorran Re-Start, Walkout and No-Show

TV Times

Source:: Bella Caledonia TV Times * The BBC acts at times like a state broadcaster, it serves Scotland very poorly from the funds extracted from it, its news and current affairs coverage is deeply biased (as witnessed through the independence referendum and through the recent General Election), its lack of transparency as a publicly funded body is shocking, and its […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia TV Times

Sinn Féin With Portfolio

Source:: Bella Caledonia Sinn Féin With Portfolio I still remember the first time I visited a GP in the UK. He was a cheerful doctor, an Asian Arsenal fan, who spoke in glowing terms of David O’Leary as a defender, glad to big up an Irish player to an Irishman. After the consultation, I had to get some medicine and found myself […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Sinn Féin With Portfolio

No Time to Die

Source:: Bella Caledonia No Time to Die I fear that Jackson Carlaw’s reign may be not bring the same joy and adulation as his predecessor. The Tory brand has been irredeemably tainted by the Theresa May years, the advent of Boris-style Trumpism and the long slow lingering Brexit experience which never seems to end and never seems to start. The Scottish Tories, […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia No Time to Die

The Maybes

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Maybes When I first heard Nicola Sturgeon’s Speech on the 31st January my initial feeling was one of deflation. I wanted to be fired up! Ready to go! Then I reflected on why? I was both these things, I had been ever since 2014. What did I expect from her? A confirmed Referendum date? All that […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Maybes

A Kick in the Eye

Source:: Bella Caledonia A Kick in the Eye An occasional playlist – an 80s sampler of the best synth and electronica and New Wave … Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia A Kick in the Eye

Big Oil, SEPA and Mossmorran

Source:: Bella Caledonia Big Oil, SEPA and Mossmorran HOW BIG OIL CAPTURED SEPA, SCOTLAND’S GREEN WATCHDOG THIS is a tale of Big Oil and how the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) was captured by corporate interests. The moral of this tale is simple: if Scotland is to meet its climate change targets, SEPA needs to be reformed root and branch and its pro-big […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Big Oil, SEPA and Mossmorran

Oficina Precaria, Scotland: providing free advice for migrant workers

Source:: Bella Caledonia Oficina Precaria, Scotland: providing free advice for migrant workers Oficina Precaria of Scotland – is an organisation that deals with attention, support and advice (free legal support) to any migrant residing in Scotland. They offer free solidarity and support for people in a precarious employment situation as a casual worker and as a migrant. Hilary Horrocks explains more. Brexit is finally upon us. The […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Oficina Precaria, Scotland: providing free advice for migrant workers

Notes From Underground #10: The Cost of Knowing

Source:: Bella Caledonia Notes From Underground #10: The Cost of Knowing The climate art of Cape Farewell, Ian McEwan’s novel Solar and the oil industry connections of veteran environmentalist Stewart Brand come under scrutiny in the tenth installment of Dougald Hine’s Notes From Underground. Since November, Bella has been publishing this series of essays, written for anyone who has been pulled under by the encounter with what […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Notes From Underground #10: The Cost of Knowing

Ian Bell New Writing Award 2020

Source:: Bella Caledonia Ian Bell New Writing Award 2020 The winning entries in the Ian Bell New Writing Award, sponsored by the NUJ in association with Bella Caledonia have been announced. The engaged writing of four young journalism students has been recognised in the third year of the Ian Bell ‘New Writing’ award for unpublished writers in Scotland aged 30 or under. The competition, […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Ian Bell New Writing Award 2020

On Populism and Nationalism

Source:: Bella Caledonia On Populism and Nationalism It’s tempting to view everything though our own personal or political experience. Social media is littered with examples of British commentators with little or no understanding of Irish history or politics doing just that, forcing the general election into their own world view. Here’s Naomi O’Leary on why it’s a mistake to see the phenomenon […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia On Populism and Nationalism

Irish Futures

Source:: Bella Caledonia Irish Futures As huge swathes of British media struggle to understand either the forces behind the rise of Sinn Féin (or even the electoral system itself), we try and make sense of the election by listening to Irish accounts of the vote.  To get a sense of the scale of the result, Sinn Féin in 2020 is […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Irish Futures