A Case Study in the Metaphysics of the Unionist ‘Mandate’

Source:: Bella Caledonia A Case Study in the Metaphysics of the Unionist ‘Mandate’ Alex Cole-Hamilton, the Liberal Democrat MSP proposes an interpretation of politics that is neither liberal nor democratic. Mr Cole-Hamilton (BBC Radio Scotland News, 8th May, 2021) claims that a pro-independence majority in Holyrood (by the SNP and Greens) does not have a democratic mandate, even to hold a referendum on independence. Notice this is not […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia A Case Study in the Metaphysics of the Unionist ‘Mandate’

Last Ferry to Orcadia

Source:: Bella Caledonia Last Ferry to Orcadia LAST FERRY TO ORCADIA: From The Province Of The Cat by George Gunn. On the Wednesday night before the election a violent storm hit Caithness. Around eight o clock the sky turned black and great sheets of snow, sleet and hail lashed in from the Atlantic on a cruel North West wind. Ghostly, almost thunderless, […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Last Ferry to Orcadia

The Terrain of the Reality and the Future

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Terrain of the Reality and the Future Coming out of lockdown at election time in pandemic Scotland is to emerge back into a very strange world. In India oxygen is the new currency, in Britain Boris has resorted to sending in gunships and threatening France: the CoronaBrexit experience remains a grotesque and absurd one. It’s Friday and as I write I don’t […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Terrain of the Reality and the Future

Light At The End of The Tunnel – Playlist

Source:: Bella Caledonia Light At The End of The Tunnel – Playlist Every day, I take a silly little walk. Its for my silly little brain. Serotonin and inspiration have been hard to come by during the tunnel visioned winter we are only now extricating ourselves from. So, I chase my tales around town, head down, mood relatively low to the ground, and stomp some arbitrary distance […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Light At The End of The Tunnel – Playlist

From Feudalism to Democracy via Faslane?

Source:: Bella Caledonia From Feudalism to Democracy via Faslane? From a Union based on consent to one based on coercion? All parties at Holyrood (except the Tories) voted to enable all who live here to vote here.  If you’re over 16, wherever in the world you’re from, including recently arrived refugees (though not yet asylum seekers) you belong. You have the right to decide.  […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia From Feudalism to Democracy via Faslane?

Scotland’s Future

Source:: Bella Caledonia Scotland’s Future Amid the desperate re-framing and Unionist denial of democracy, two indisputable principle stand out: First : all that is required for a mandate for a second referendum is a simple majority of pro-independence MSPs at Holyrood. Second as Stephen Gethins has put it: “The SNP & Greens stood on a platform of holding a Referendum. […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Scotland’s Future

Scottish Theatre and Sexual Predators

Source:: Bella Caledonia Scottish Theatre and Sexual Predators Trigger Warning: sexual abuse, r*pe, harassment, bullying It’s been four years since #MeToo swept across the world, seeing millions of women step up and share their most vulnerable, terrifying and traumatising stories of abuse. After 2017, the UK saw a surge of reports through official channels, calls to organisations such as Women’s Aid and Rape […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Scottish Theatre and Sexual Predators

May Day Kill the Bill Edinburgh

Source:: Bella Caledonia May Day Kill the Bill Edinburgh This International Workers Day, protestors in Edinburgh took part in one of many protests across the UK in support of the #killthebill movement. Sparked nationally by Sisters Uncut, this movement has seen the collaboration of trade unions, community activists, and members of the public demanding that the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 2021 be […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia May Day Kill the Bill Edinburgh

Tenants can’t afford five more wasted years

Source:: Bella Caledonia Tenants can’t afford five more wasted years Gordon Maloney on the disfiguring inequalities of Scotland’s housing crisis, and how landlords have profited from pandemic. The last twelve months have been a disaster for tenants in Scotland. While the government did – after enormous pressure – take some steps to stop evictions during the pandemic, this has done little to address any of […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Tenants can’t afford five more wasted years

Holyrood, Grey Money and Salvaging the Election

Source:: Bella Caledonia Holyrood, Grey Money and Salvaging the Election This election campaign has been more of a dirge than an inspiration. The polls are erratic, uncertainty is everywhere, a batch of new parties and murky non-party grouplets having flooded your timeline with ads, electronic billboards and Facebook beaming out red white and blue. If Brexit was won with dark money this is Scotland’s grey […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Holyrood, Grey Money and Salvaging the Election

Passing Through – review of Tom Leonard’s poetry and prose

Source:: Bella Caledonia Passing Through – review of Tom Leonard’s poetry and prose & what there is of poetry Review of passing through by Tom Leonard The recent announcement of a new collection of work by Tom Leonard was met with considerable excitement and anticipation. Perhaps some, possibly including myself, were initially hesitant. Posthumous publications can be problematic in a number of ways; not least in their gathering […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Passing Through – review of Tom Leonard’s poetry and prose

Dear Bella Caledonia

Source:: Bella Caledonia Dear Bella Caledonia Dear Bella Caledonia. Thank you for publishing Europe for Scotland’s open letter to EU leaders. I’m happy to write this to people in Scotland to ask you all to join us and add your names. We need a trans-European effort to defeat Trumpism, now personified on this side of the Atlantic by the Johnson government […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Dear Bella Caledonia

Estate

Source:: Bella Caledonia Estate How can artists respond (both practically and artistically) to the grim post-pandemic world and its aftermath? A glimpse of an answer might be about to arrive in Edinburgh’s Muirhouse as Jimmy Cauty’s new installation, ESTATE, looks set to be transported for a month long residency from the end of May and throughout June 2021. As […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Estate

Battle for Madrid

Source:: Bella Caledonia Battle for Madrid The battle for Madrid and the future of Podemos. The snap regional election in the Community of Madrid on Tuesday [4 May] has become a struggle for the Spanish capital’s soul. “Either communism or freedom” says the right; “democracy or fascism” responds the left. The bitter contest has struck notes which have a deep and […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Battle for Madrid

Project Fear 2 and Europe for Scotland

Source:: Bella Caledonia Project Fear 2 and Europe for Scotland With less than a week to go to voting at Holyrood the media has been awash with nostalgia as all platforms and mediums beamed out Project Fear 2. Nicola Sturgeon was hounded from studio to studio and a sort of feeding frenzy emerged as papers and programmes tried to out-bid each other in the war […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Project Fear 2 and Europe for Scotland