Liverpool Calling – Phony Torymania Has(n’t) Bitten the Dust

Neil Cooper on the Tories crass attempts to resurrect their reputation on Merseyside and associate a new Beatles experience with “levelling up.” I Read the News Today. Oh, Boy! When The Clash released London Calling at the end of 1979, the politically charged title track of the first generation punk band’s third album sounded like […] Source

The Deluge

It’s been raining for days. Chucking it down. The downpour is biblical. The rail line between Dumfries and Carlisle has been shut for safety checks on a viaduct. Two bridges have collapsed. The River Annan is flooding. The BBC reporter tells us this news but doesn’t mention climate change. Everything is disconnected. My timeline and […] Source

The Politics of the Environment

The first in a series of Bella Classics – reviewing and reflecting on classic Scottish texts. Here we look at Malcolm Slesser,The Politics of Environment: A Guide to Scottish Thought and Action – Books from Scotland, 1972. The fractious debate over the merits of exploiting the Cambo oilfield to the west of Shetland is a […] Source

Jeremy Corbyn adds to pressure on Labour to back indyref2

  Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has added his name to those within the party who believe it should rethink its opposition to a second referendum on Scottish independence. Labour’s current leader Keir Starmer and Scottish leader Anas Sarwar are both opposed to indyref2, continuing the anti-independence stance the party took…