By Christopher Harvie I The Ring of Fire What we think and say now is quite different from the autumn of 2010; in a different world from the Copenhagen agenda of late 2009. An overdriven encomium to Western capitalism like… Read More ›
Archive for April 2011
What motivates this new story is a sense of possible futures…
by Kevin Williamson Yesterday* was the tercentenary of the birth of the 18thC Scottish philosopher, David Hume (1711-1776), a man widely regarded as one of the greatest thinkers of the Age of Enlightenment, and often spoken of in the same… Read More ›
In today’s Guardian, writer Pat Kane argues that a critique of consumer culture must answer both the human itch for excited engagement and the call of the damaged Earth. Pat joins the dots that link a low-carbon future, sustainable growth,… Read More ›
Stop telling me it is wrong for me to object, to think for myself or to feel this is wrong. Take your hands off my neck and take back your flag. I will not take one of these and I will not forget what has been done to us all. We are not all in this together.
The reality is that the longer the AV ‘campaigns’ drone on the less anyone cares. So let’s turn a miserable little compromise into a voice for real change. You now effectively have 3 votes for independence on the 5th May – let’s make our voice heard. AV=Alba Voice. Vote Yes Yes Yes for independence!
In California, this is “John Muir Day”, a public holiday. Why don’t we celebrate it here? John Muir is practically a saint in the USA (actually he is considered a saint in at least one church), but this great Scottish environmentalist is still barely known in his home country.
By Kevin Williamson This was the front page of The Sun on Election Day 2007. The usual lies and scare-mongering from the Unionist press. Today The Sun announced its backing the SNP. While professional politicians will, understandably, take any support… Read More ›
In place of doffing of caps, scraping and bowing Bella invites you to take your pick from a culture orgy of activities to celebrate the Wedding from Hell…
Dear James McAvoy I read with interest your comments in The Scotsman at the weekend. It’s a fair point you make about there being no movies dealing with the Highland Clearances. Hard to believe isn’t it? It’s one of the… Read More ›
We’ve posted this brilliant seven minute film for all our deaf readers. They’ll love it. At long last a normal person gets to find out what it’s like being deaf. Well done brave Charlotte for making the effort…
With the People’s Toff and the increasingly miserable Krampus figure of Nick Clegg Labour should be romping home. It’s testimony to the complete failure of Miliband to master any sense of direction or vision that Labour are struggling to make an impact in this election.
Moira Bell is already one of the great characters of Scottish theatre; a working class force of nature, a single mother with two big laddies (who cannae handle their hash), an earthy line in patter, a song in her heart,… Read More ›
Report by Kevin Williamson (Note: the article below and the headline above have been tweaked since it was first posted earlier today …. see Comments). “LUKEWARM BACKING FOR AUTONOMY PLAN” Barcelona residents gave a lukewarm thumbs-up to the idea of… Read More ›
Twelve years of devolution have largely failed Scotland’s children. In twelve years of plenty, with record billions at our disposal, we have conspired to create a Scotland in which educational attainment has flatlined and health has deteriorated. Our children are now less well fed and less well off; they are more vulnerable, more abused and more neglected; violence and alcohol blight their lives daily.
BOOK REVIEW: A Nation Again, Why Independence will be good for Scotland (and England too). Edited by Paul Henderson Scott
Reviewed by Kevin Williamson “It ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new… Read More ›
In an excellent article published today on Open Democracy political analyst Gerry Hassan looks at some of the prevailing prejudices towards Scottish politics that exist among the stalwarts of the London-centric media. The Scottish Parliament elections are if not in… Read More ›
A short animation from False Economy on the flawed logic and viable alternatives to the London government’s programme of deficit cutting.
By Kevin Williamson (This article was originally written for the Scottish Independence Convention’s Election 2011 daily blog). Come election time the members, supporters and activists clustered around political parties leap into action. The election assumes the nature of a gladiatorial… Read More ›