What Prince Andrew Tells us about Britain’s Banana Monarchy

Source:: Bella Caledonia What Prince Andrew Tells us about Britain’s Banana Monarchy For those of you less than convinced that the Earl of Inverness’s recent interview with Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis was a tremendous success, described by some as more of a car-crash than a night out with Prince Philip, let’s cut to the chase. This isn’t just a personal epiphany for the publicly-funded paedophile it’s a constitutional […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia What Prince Andrew Tells us about Britain’s Banana Monarchy

Family of Nations

Source:: Bella Caledonia Family of Nations This is a telling insight into general levels of ignorance. Though I’m not sure if you took to the streets of Edinburgh, Glasgow or Dundee you’d get many people knowing the name of the First Minister of the Welsh Assembly either? Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Family of Nations

How we can sow the seeds of a better food system

Source:: Bella Caledonia How we can sow the seeds of a better food system From apples, neeps and pumpkins to learning about traditional grain crops, this harvest season has been an opportunity to find out more about the growing community food movement in Scotland. This month I’m highlighting a campaign from the Scottish Farm Land Trust, running until 30th November, seeking to make more land available for ecological farming. […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia How we can sow the seeds of a better food system

Our Common Home – Imagining a Post-Oil Scotland

Source:: Bella Caledonia Our Common Home – Imagining a Post-Oil Scotland BREAKING SCOTLAND’S CARBON BONDS IN my last article I began to examine the logic of the current Scottish Government economic plan, published in 2015. This strategy document prioritises six key growth sectors: food & drink, creative Industries, tourism, energy, financial services, and life sciences. The rationale given is that these are sectors are where Scotland […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Our Common Home – Imagining a Post-Oil Scotland

Notes from Underground #1: Al Gore Didn’t Want You to Panic

Source:: Bella Caledonia Notes from Underground #1: Al Gore Didn’t Want You to Panic This is the first of a new series by Commissioning Editor, Dougald Hine. The third week in August 2018. The end of a long dry summer and I’m headed into Stockholm for the day. My phone pings, an SMS from one of the people I’m due to meet: ‘If you happen to walk by parliament […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Notes from Underground #1: Al Gore Didn’t Want You to Panic

Our new Commissioning Editor, our new Notes from Underground

Source:: Bella Caledonia Our new Commissioning Editor, our new Notes from Underground Publications and journals need to renew themselves in fast-moving political and cultural times. As we laid out here [Bella Re-Charge]  we’re in the midst of re-launching with an editorial programme that has five points of focus for the year ahead: 1) Campaigning for Scottish Independence; 2) Giving space to Emerging Voices; 3) Highlighting existing projects, […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Our new Commissioning Editor, our new Notes from Underground

Edina, sister-up with Gaza!

Source:: Bella Caledonia Edina, sister-up with Gaza! It’s not every day you get the opportunity to ask a direct question of your country’s leader. I was lucky enough to get just that at an event in this year’s Edinburgh Book Festival. Following a chat between Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, and Indian writer, Arundhati Roy, the former opened up the discussion, inviting […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Edina, sister-up with Gaza!

Sobering Up with Darren Grimes

Source:: Bella Caledonia Sobering Up with Darren Grimes If this election has quickly become tedious, today we were offered a lift by a video from Darren Grimes tweeted out by Toby Young. It’s so marvelous in its stupidity it deserves some deconstruction. Vote Corbyn, lose Scotland. Sobering. pic.twitter.com/LW9FxF51nH — Toby Young (@toadmeister) November 10, 2019   The opening line: “Vote Corbyn, lose Scotland. […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Sobering Up with Darren Grimes

The End of Austerity

Source:: Bella Caledonia The End of Austerity It was on 26th April, 2009, in the politically volatile aftermath of the Financial Crash that David Cameron first announced that “the age of irresponsibility is giving way to the age of austerity”, and established the Conservative Age of Austerity 2010-2019. The first Conservative Coalition Government objective, sustained for ten years, was to eliminate the […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The End of Austerity

New Orleans. Heaven or Hell?

Source:: Bella Caledonia New Orleans. Heaven or Hell? Maxwell Macleod sends his last report on his month as a story teller in Mississippi State University. There’s not many global warming cynics in New Orleans any more. Imagine a hundred people dying inside Ibrox Stadium after Govan had flooded with thirteen feet of water? Absurd? It almost certainly happened here in New Orleans in […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia New Orleans. Heaven or Hell?

From Dublin To Byzantium

Source:: Bella Caledonia From Dublin To Byzantium The starting gun has been fired on a General Election campaign in which the Conservative Party of England is seeking a majority in Westminster to impose a Brexit Deal on Scotland which leaves our country at a greater remove from the European Union than Turkey currently stands, Turkey being in a Customs Union with the […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia From Dublin To Byzantium

Brexit Britain, the Golden Tortoise

Source:: Bella Caledonia Brexit Britain, the Golden Tortoise I had begun to think of Brexit Britain as a sort of Weimar Republic, collapsing under it’s own decadence and decay. But maybe it’s more like the La Belle Époque – the period in France at the end of the 19th Century characterised by extravagance and excess. It was said to be “an age of neurotic, […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Brexit Britain, the Golden Tortoise

Looping the Thread

Source:: Bella Caledonia Looping the Thread One of the most enduring sounds from my childhood was the drone of my grandmother’s Singer sewing machine. As I sat watching the television, I’d be dimly aware of the comfortable hum of the needle coming from the ‘wee’ bedroom of her council house, where she sat surrounded by pincushions and thimbles, scissors and safety […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Looping the Thread

Glasgow is Named UK’s Top Cultural and Creative City

Source:: Bella Caledonia Glasgow is Named UK’s Top Cultural and Creative City It’s almost 40 years since Alasdair Gray wrote his seminal novel Lanark, set in the dark, sombre, smoke filled streets of 1960’s Glasgow and the dystopian alt-reality town of Unthank. In a belittling tone, reminiscent of a backbench Westminster Tory MP, Glasgow’s cultural relevance at the time is summed up in the line “Imaginatively Glasgow […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Glasgow is Named UK’s Top Cultural and Creative City

Capital in the 21st Century by Thomas Piketty

Source:: Bella Caledonia Capital in the 21st Century by Thomas Piketty Book Review by Michael Roberts. Cross posted from Brave New Europe. Back in 2014, French economist Thomas Piketty published a blockbuster book, Capital in the 21st century.  Repeating the name of Marx’s Capital, the implication of the title was that it was an updating Marx’s 19th century critique of capitalism for the 21st century.  Piketty […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Capital in the 21st Century by Thomas Piketty