Britain doesn’t do referendums. The idea of allowing the people to take democracy into their own hands, and make important decisions by themselves, like adults, is alien to the British Continue reading
Bella Caledonia and Newsnet are delighted to announce a new collaboration, where we will be commissioning new articles and sharing analysis and editorial content together. The next six months will Continue reading
This is the speech on foreign policy to the Scottish Independence Convention conference on 7 November 2010 at the National Piping Centre in Glasgow by Osama Saeed: The spur that Continue reading
By Caitlin O’Hara That Scottish women are less likely to support independence (at the moment) was displayed once again by polls this week. Reading the Scotsman kicks up an anomaly, Continue reading
As Mr Swinney said in the debate today, for us to be faced with a £7million bill for, essentially, making the SVR compatible with a system that the previous administration had already paid £12m for, and £50,000 per annum thereafter, begs more than a few questions!
The real issue is not the relationship between sovereignty and prosperity but between prosperity and growth. Ireland’s real ‘crime’ was not to be independent, or to be part of Europe, it was to be obsessed with growth.
20 Years ago today the Tories turned on Margaret Thatcher as she had become a massive electoral legacy, much as Blair did 17 years later. While few shed a tear Continue reading
This from Go Lassie Go, please copy and post, we think it may be useful: Weber Shandwick is conducting a survey of the Scottish Blogosphere, which I feel will be Continue reading
By Ewan Morrison As Generation Y (ages 23-36) are maturing into their peak-consumption period, and since they are equal in number to their parent’s generation (the baby boomers) – with Continue reading
After a week of debate about the Green Brigade and (almost) universal media condemnation, we publish a different view. We think its crucial that the Green Brigade are attempting to Continue reading
Women don’t need to be passive and risk averse. When convinced of the cause, there’s no holding them back. If that cause is independence, the only fair future for Scotland, they can be in the vanguard.
John Holloway at University of Glasgow Centre for the Study of Socialist Theory and Movements Tuesday 16th November, 2010. John Holloway (Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla in Mexico) Crack Capitalism: Continue reading
To conclude (but not close) our week long celebration of women writers - we’re delighted to publish a handful of poems by Lorna Waite, from her forthcoming collection The Steel Garden. Continue reading
By Lena the Hyena My initial response to reading Caitlin O’Hara’s piece, Independent Women, was where is the breakdown of figures showing women’s support for independence? What exactly are we Continue reading
By Kate Higgins I’ve spent 12 years now being up close and personal with the Scottish Parliament and engaged in more legislative processes than I care to remember. Some were fruitful, Continue reading
By Kirsten Stirling The label “Bella Caledonia” below the portrait of the main character on p. 45 of Alasdair Gray’s Poor Things (1992) – surely familiar to readers of this Continue reading
By Caitlin O’Hara I have been slagging the editors of this site for months that it is more ‘ Blokey Caledonia’ than Bella, and I’m afraid they’ve called my bluff. Continue reading
Stopping Trident is one cut the British state is not prepared to make. We will forever cling blindly to our nuclear juju. Our sacrosanct national fetish will remain eternally inviolable. However, to make this act of faith, we must first stifle our own sense of human sympathy or compassion. Only when we have killed the humanity in ourselves, can we then countenance the mass killing of other human beings. Thus, in essence, we are our first nuclear victims.
What’s the point of independence? Opponents routinely portray the independence movement as being about ‘divorce’ ‘break-up’ and separation. Those within it see it as an opening future – a path Continue reading