Boris Johnson and the Tory attack on Devolution is about more than Johnson

Source:: Gerry Hassan Boris Johnson and the Tory attack on Devolution is about more than Johnson Boris Johnson and the Tory attack on Devolution is about more than Johnson Gerry Hassan Sunday National, November 22nd 2020 Thirty years ago today Margaret Thatcher resigned as UK Prime Minister and yet still casts a shadow over British politics and the Tories. Fast forward to this week, with Boris Johnson revealing his true feelings about Scotland and devolution – saying that ‘devolution has been a disaster north of the border’ and that it was ‘Tony Blair’s biggest mistake’ –… Read the […]

Around the corner

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Around the corner By Margaret Johnstone This is an excellent video, made some months ago, that lays out what is ahead of Scotland unless it secures independence soon. The recent speeches by Boris Johnson in which he called devolution a disaster and his ideas of denuding the Scottish parliament of powers via the Internal Market legislation on one side, and on the other moving powers and finance from Holyrood to local councils, must ring alarm bells. Added to that are the wall-to-wall media… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Around the corner

Have a Very Scary Christmas, Let’s Kill Granny

Source:: Bella Caledonia Have a Very Scary Christmas, Let’s Kill Granny When Santa Johnson comes bearing gifts, we should have a long, hard think before succumbing to his seasonal blandishments. This is a man who plays to the gallery, often with disastrous consequences, as when – presumably egged on by Jockey Club steward Dido ‘track ‘n trace’ Harding and MP for Newmarket, Matt Hancock (though they […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Have a Very Scary Christmas, Let’s Kill Granny

Craigmillar Now – F UK 2022*, WTF?

Source:: Bella Caledonia Craigmillar Now – F UK 2022*, WTF? The launch this week of a major new grassroots arts initiative in Edinburgh comes at a very interesting moment. Craigmillar Now has announced a programme of local-based international arts that aims to rekindle the spirit of the old Craigmillar Festival Society. This has been brought to fruition as a labour of love by people living locally. Entirely separately to this, the event once dubbed the ‘Festival of Brexit’ last week announced a shortlist of teams bidding to take part in… Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Craigmillar Now […]

The Faction Factory

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The Faction Factory Sometimes, despite everything, you just have to laugh. No matter how black and rueful a laugh it might be. The “faction” drawing the indignation of Cosy Feet Pete at the weekend was one which expressly set out the intention of focusing the SNP on independence. One might, in saner times, have considered that an uncontroversial […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The Faction Factory

The battle for Scotland and the language of apocalypse from Andrew Neil and the right

Source:: Gerry Hassan The battle for Scotland and the language of apocalypse from Andrew Neil and the right The battle for Scotland and the language of apocalypse from Andrew Neil and the right Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, November 20th 2020 One of the recurring themes of Scottish politics, from those of a pro-union disposition who are trying to find ammunition to attack the SNP and independence, is the propensity to dismiss the record of the Nationalists in office in language which borders on the apocalyptic. This entails talking of Scotland as some kind of disaster, basket case –… […]

A Handbook for Revolution

Source:: Bella Caledonia A Handbook for Revolution A Handbook for Revolution Practical Projects for Building the Autonomous Administration Mazloum Abdi and Polat Jan (trans by Laylan Issa) In 2011, following extensive discussion, the Kurdish Freedom Movement in northern Syria put together an executive plan for grasping the opportunities opened up by the emerging civil war, and turning their ideas of democratic autonomy […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia A Handbook for Revolution

Not Another Fake NewsCast interviews Becci Wallace

Source:: Bella Caledonia Not Another Fake NewsCast interviews Becci Wallace   Tune in to our latest pod, where we chat with @Toidfish about her latest album “Present Tense”, her musical influences, being creative during lockdown, and the current political outlook both at home & across the Atlantic. PGMcast · #NAFNC Interviews Becci Wallace Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Not Another Fake NewsCast interviews Becci Wallace

Any minute now

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Any minute now From 2016 (and another classic in the “missing words” category). We were keen to read the article, obviously. Zounds, the irony. Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Any minute now

Britain’s Vision of the Future: Lasers, Rockets and Jobs in the Army

Source:: Bella Caledonia Britain’s Vision of the Future: Lasers, Rockets and Jobs in the Army The atmosphere of decay and crisis is palpable in the Conservative Party and British Government.  A week of gaffs by Boris Johnson ended in the resignations of Oliver Mundell from the Scottish Tory Shadow Cabinet and Sir Alex Allan the adviser on ministerial code after the PM backed Home Secretary Priti Patel. Mundell is of […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Britain’s Vision of the Future: Lasers, Rockets and Jobs in the Army

Saturday Night at The Howff with Loki, Karine Polwart and Jigsawtiger

Source:: Bella Caledonia Saturday Night at The Howff with Loki, Karine Polwart and Jigsawtiger howff /haʊf/. A favourite meeting place or haunt, especially a pub. This week at the Howff, we welcome Jigsawtiger, Karine Polwart and Loki. The multi-award winning Karine Polwart – folk singer, storyteller, author, theatre-maker and musician extraordinaire – has just released a brand new BIG collaboration project. Together with the wonders of Oi Musica and […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Saturday Night at The Howff with Loki, Karine Polwart and Jigsawtiger

Scotland’s Dirty Secret

Source:: Bella Caledonia Scotland’s Dirty Secret The sharp-eyed amongst you will have noticed that the next referendum has already started, (it started in June specifically, more on that tomorrow). We already have a clear view of what tactics will be used to defend the Union and attack both the idea of independence and the idea of devolution itself. The idea of […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Scotland’s Dirty Secret

Johnson to buy Danish designed frigates built in Scotland

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Johnson to buy Danish designed frigates built in Scotland By Russell Bruce As part Johnson’s announcement on Thursday for new naval vessels were five Type 31 frigates. One of the interesting things about this cost efficient frigate is it was designed in Denmark for the Danish Navy. How could a country of just 5 million people possibly produce a vessel that would be the envy of the Rule Britannia Brigade? Answer, just don’t mention it. Back on September 12th last year Johnson announced a contract for five Type 31… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland […]

Many Voices playlist: Conducta, Yves Tumor, Kenzie TTH and more

Source:: Bella Caledonia Many Voices playlist: Conducta, Yves Tumor, Kenzie TTH and more As we head further into winter and with the arrival of new lockdown restrictions, we’re all after things to keep our minds occupied. Some turn to Netflix and boxsets, while others (like me) rely on new music to stay motivated and keep energy levels as high as possible. Thankfully, musicians around the world are continuing […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Many Voices playlist: Conducta, Yves Tumor, Kenzie TTH and more