Austerity Europe v The People

new austerity measures June 15, 2011 in Athens, Greece

In true Greek fashion, the originators of democracy will hold a referendum this weekend to determine whether or not Greece accepts the terms of the European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund in the renegotiation of their national debt.

Neither side is willing to blink. The Troika want their money, while …read more

Greece isn’t the word

In today’s Scotsman, Peter Jones makes the case for why an independent Scotland would have been plunged into the same crisis currently affecting Greece (and making the case along the way for why George Osborne’s austerity is inevitable and we should just shut up and accept it). He insists strenuously …read more

Biker hospitalised after crash

A MOTORCYCLIST was taken to Dr Gray’s Hospital yesterday (Monday) evening following a collision on an unclassified road in Moray.
The accident, which police say also involved a Mercedes Sprinter van, took …read more

#Indyref2 Research Project


In a short nine months we’ve gone from a national debate characterised by limitless inquisitive energy, with new forces, sub-movements and alliances spawning each day, to something that feels binary; a barren political debate steeped in a relentlessly negative tribal exchange. Bella is abandoning and rejecting this mentality.

Instead we’ll be …read more

As debt negotiations stall, are we all Greeks now?

Alexis Tsipras

By Russell Bruce

The events of the weekend have exposed the flaws at the heart of Europe. The European Central Bank (ECB) is supposed to be independent and work to provide stability throughout all parts of the Eurozone.

According to the famous American economist Paul Krugman, the 18 other Eurozone countries gave …read more

Being pecked to death by an angry chicken

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Yesterday the Sunday Herald did something that no other newspaper in the UK has ever done before – it carried an article exposing the online activities of the numerous Unionist Twitter trolls. The mainstream media has until now ignored the swearing, threats and abuse originating from those who support …read more

Clearing the Scottish Fog of War

Clearing the Scottish Fog of War

Gerry Hassan

Sunday Mail, June 28th 2015

This has been a momentous news week. The Greek crisis; Britain and Europe; the human desperation at Calais; and the related tragedy in the Mediterranean.

While this has been going on Scotland has had its own mini-ripples which pale in comparison. …read more

Destruction of Evidence

This Greville Janner interview has simply disappeared from the website of the Holocaust Educational Trust, “founding patron” Greville Janner, and from other such websites which used to host it. I can only now find it on my own blog and on a few places which copied it from my blog. …read more

The fast-moving world of news

Here’s the Times (Scotland edition) last Wednesday: A lot has happened since then, of course. Here’s the Scotland News page of the Times website the next day. As you can see at the bottom left, the paper published a piece pointing out that Wednesday’s front-page splash and editorial leader were …read more

The snoopers at your shoulder

The “Clypegate” dossier didn’t bring Scottish Labour quite the PR triumph they’d hoped for. Few papers bothered picking it up at all, with only a comically error-strewn piece in Scotland On Sunday (which amusingly specified the number of alleged offenders named as variously “50”, “almost 50″ and “46”, never quite …read more

Chris Silver: The case for addressing Scotland’s ‘media deficit’

Christopher Silver

By a Reporter

Scottish political blogger Chris Silver has launched a podcast series discussing the case for addressing what he describes as “Scotland’s media deficit”.

Featuring contributions from various bloggers and journalists involved in covering Scottish politics, the podcast is being published in advance of a forthcoming book which discusses …read more