When Will the War Be By?

Source:: NewsNet Scotland When Will the War Be By? By Russell Bruce Powerful film made by Michael Russell. Scottish poems, songs and writing of the First World War made by Eala Bhan Ltd for BBC Scotland to mark the 80th anniversary of the end of the war and shown on 11th November 1998. Devised, written and produced by Michael Russell of Eala Bhan Ltd , directed by Ishbel Maciver and featuring Bill Paterson, Elaine C Smith, Norman MacLean, David Hayman and Iain Anderson. When Will… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland When Will the War Be By?

Is this really how we should present the end of WW1 and get the number of British Imperial deaths wrong?

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Is this really how we should present the end of WW1 and get the number of British Imperial deaths wrong? By Russell Bruce This 100 year image heads an ONS statistical note released today and they have mislaid over 400,000 British Imperial military deaths. If we are to reflect on a worldwide conflict on the 100th anniversary should we not be inclusive? I have difficulty with the ‘British’ attitude and the words used to mark a conflict that engulfed Europe, countries that were allies and countries we fought for four blood stained years in mud and […]

Broken Brexit: fragmented, fractious and farcical

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Broken Brexit: fragmented, fractious and farcical By Russell Bruce Tim Harford in the Financial Times has written an interesting article comparing Brexit to the building of the Sydney Opera House, a project that stretched from an expected 5 years to an eventual 15 years for final completion. Starting with an optimistic budget of A$7m – don’t frighten the natives with a touch of financial realism – and ending with a 1400% increase at A$102m. Building an Opera House is a walk in the park compared to… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Broken Brexit: fragmented, […]

New Fungus discovered in Broonland

Source:: NewsNet Scotland New Fungus discovered in Broonland Citizen Cuddis looks back at the Trumponian visit through The Donald’s perpetual lens, ever lost in a twilight world of fantasy and delusion and Newsnet Graphics plays with imagery and latin contorta. Enjoy The Donald Visits Auchenshoogle, Meets Broons Ace reporters, Tam Ross & Bob Cromarty, the Woodwind and Bernstein of the Cowcaddens Boomerang, racked up another scoop last night, alleging that during his recent visit to the UK Donald Trump made an unpublicised visit to the offices of the… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland New Fungus discovered in […]

Growth Commission: National Yes Registry officially recognised for grassroots engagement

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Growth Commission: National Yes Registry officially recognised for grassroots engagement By Jason Baird The National Yes Registry has been in talks with the SNP to organise an officially recognised Grassroots consultation on the Scottish Growth Commission’s report. The objective is to facilitate a full and comprehensive grassroots consultation on the findings of the Commission’s report. This is an important wide-ranging economic discussion document and the Yes movement must have the opportunity to consider it formally and in full. Such a process could be as much about education, deliberation and development… Read the full article:: NewsNet […]

Iceland: land of ice, fire and confidence

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Iceland: land of ice, fire and confidence By Russell Bruce This is the second in the Nation series from Lesley Riddoch and Phantom Power Films. We published Nation 1 on the Faroes – Children of the Sea but failed to get this up when it first came out. As it happens it had to be re- released as the BBC (remember them they used to be reasonably well considered back in the day) took issue with a tiny piece of footage. As Lesley commented on social media: “…we… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Iceland: land […]

Historic Environment Scotland has shot cannonballs through both feet

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Historic Environment Scotland has shot cannonballs through both feet By Russell Bruce In an over-reaction to a few walkers on their 500 mile journey across Scotland visiting the esplanade at Stirling Castle HES made itself seem petty, out of touch and guilty of wasting police time. Scotland makes a good living selling our stories to visitors and Scots alike. Our tales of an often violent and turbulent past are big box office but there are stories also of peace and a history of European engagement. Stirling Castle changed hands… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland […]

Europe today offers safety to its citizens but beware the Putin/Trump agenda

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Europe today offers safety to its citizens but beware the Putin/Trump agenda By Russell Bruce In the last article I mentioned Neville Chamberlain’s failed attempt at securing peace in Europe in 1938. Since the end of WWII the nations of Europe have enjoyed peaceful co-exitance. The breakup of Yugoslavia did see a return of violence and the persecution of minorities in some of the former republics, notably through Serbian activity. That is not to speak lightly of horrific events that we did not expect to return to Europe. But unlike 1914, when Ferdinand… Read the full […]

Brexit: Out means Out

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Brexit: Out means Out Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand By Russell Bruce When Neville Chamberlain returned from Munich in 1938 he came back with a useless piece of paper. ‘Peace in our time’ was not to be. Europe is a safer place today through over 40 years of collaboration between sovereign European states. Mrs May returned with her Chequers plan shredded into angry confetti. Chequers did not have any significant support in the UK and was never going to fly with European leaders. Theresa… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Brexit: Out means Out

What currency should an Independent Scotland aim for?

Source:: NewsNet Scotland What currency should an Independent Scotland aim for? By Russell Bruce The proposal from the Growth Commission that Scotland should use sterling for 10 to 15 years after independence has given rise to a lively debate. It is a long period of time not to have control of monetary policy. Common Weal, to their credit, have done useful work already and the SNP regional assemblies have also been discussing Scotland’s future currency options. Newsnet will contribute to the debate but we thought we would start by sharing Common… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland What […]

Scotland’s oil and gas sales up 18.2%

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Scotland’s oil and gas sales up 18.2% The latest oil and gas sales for 2017/18 are up 18.2% by output value compared to 2016/17. Despite a small drop in output volume of 1.7% compared to 2016/17 production of oil and gas is today still 23.1% higher than the level recorded in 2014/15 when the drop in oil prices affected activity, investment and returns from the North Sea. Scotland accounted for 96% of UK crude oil and gas liquids (NGL) production and 63% of UK natural gas production.… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Scotland’s oil […]

Brexit and Scotland

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Brexit and Scotland By Russell Bruce Newsnet is pleased to present this fascinating video of a packed meeting in Selkirk last week. Michael Russell MSP, is the Cabinet Secretary for Government Business and Constitutional Relations. Mr Russell took the audience though a lucid explanation of the thorny questions Scotland is facing as the UK government fails to make progress in negotiations with the EU and repeatedly ignores the  wishes of the Scottish Government and the Scottish Parliament. Scotland voted 62% to Remain and… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Brexit and Scotland

Iceland: a nation living with an unpredictable environment

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Iceland: a nation living with an unpredictable environment By Irene McEwan Yes Berwickshire recently hosted an evening with the journalist and broadcaster, Lesley Riddoch which included the showing of her Nation 2 film, Iceland: the extreme nation. It is an astonishing film which is shown below and should be viewed by every Scot. It gave our audience an insight to the present day life of Iceland, its almost unique natural phenomena and its past history. Clearly this is a country that despite its small population but perhaps because… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Iceland: […]

Brexit update from Michael Russell

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Brexit update from Michael Russell By Russell Bruce As the UK trundles along with Brexit negotiations, like a hedgehog on the prowl, but with considerably less sense of purpose, the world watches in amazement and disbelief. For Scotland where we voted 62% to remain there is a growing sense of anger and concern that the most damaging Brexit outcome – a no deal non deal – looks increasingly possible. Michael Russell’s assessment is the probability has risen from ten percent 7 months ago to around forty… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Brexit update from Michael […]

Pensions Now and in Independent Scotland

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Pensions Now and in Independent Scotland By Dot Jessiman One of the big issues, and one used effectively by unionists to scare people in the last referendum, was that of pensions. People of pensionable age and those approaching pensionable age were understandably cautious about independence in case their only source of income, or their main source of income, was lost to them. Dot Jessiman has drawn the relevant facts together to provide a straightforward response to the question: ‘What would happen to my state pension with… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Pensions Now and […]