‘Democracy’ is a term that has become tattered and bandied about, it has come to inhabit a similar terrain to words like ‘family’, ‘fairness’, and ‘aspiration’. Democracy in our times has become like a prostitute referred to as a ‘working… Read More ›
Archive for September 2011
In any new constitutional settlement it is vital that the question of how we are governed at the local level is addressed. If it is not, then independence may simply mean the perpetuation of national elite rule.
Based at Jean Urquhart’s world famous Ceilidh Place, ‘Changing Scotland’ is a twice-a-year gathering of minds in Ullapool which brings together thinkers, activists and creatives for a weekend of ideas, debate and culture. The next Changing Scotland weekend is in… Read More ›
Ed Miliband’s brave new dawn turned out to be a regurgitation of Blairite orthodoxies. But a more worrying issue about our Cicero Rouge is the fact that he appears to be a robot.
Activists dressed as ‘oily bankers’ protested outside the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) sponsored Scottish Low Carbon Investment Conference in Edinburgh this morning. Friends of the Earth Scotland continues its new harder line under new boss Stuart Blackley, as this… Read More ›
“The Collapse is Coming…and Goldman Rules the World”
Jimmy Reid began in the Communist Party, moved to Labour but ended up in the SNP. Latterly, whichever party he was in, he was fond of saying that ‘the rat race is for rats.’ But would he recognise the Labour Party today, or is it as Tom Harris says just less crap than the others?
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas addresses the 66th United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York: (thanks to Luther Blissett)
Is describing your own country as racists and beggars a good way to win over popular support? Ask the Labour Party in Scotland?
Is ubiquitous free content killing our culture?
An interview with Anna Arqué: “We want, we can and we’ll win! Visca Escòcia i Visca Catalunya lliure!”
By David Tobin Nationalism is about the relationship between people and land. Ernest Gellner’s classic definition tells us that “nationalism is primarily a political principle that holds that the political and the national unit should be congruent”. In other words, nationalism… Read More ›
Just as Brown materialised in fits and starts out of the glaur, Scottish Labour seems to be appearing like some sort of political miasma drifting forth but without any real substance. Gray announced he would resign immediately after the SNP won its overall majority at Holyrood in May, but the new Labour leader will not be in place until 17 December. If Brown was the Undead of British Zombie politics Scottish Labour are the Unborn.
Below is a 2 part video essay “Chaos Cinema” by Matthias Stork. “Chaos cinema apes the illiteracy of the modern movie trailer. It consists of a barrage of high-voltage scenes. Every single frame runs on adrenaline. Every shot feels like… Read More ›
Wind’s got up a bit eh?
by Kevin Williamson What role will “story” play in the emerging Scotland? It’s a question Gerry Hassan asks once again in his most recent Scotsman column (10th Sep 2011) to coincide with the publication of a new anthology. Gerry Hassan… Read More ›
A Twitter-inspired connection put us together with the excellent Reasonably Raging blog (with thanks to Geopoetic Luke Devlin). By David Tobin We have frequently heard the political slogan, “One Scotland, many cultures”, since it was launched in 2007 to brand… Read More ›
Still from performance of ‘Liminal’ by Bella contributor Douglas Strang at the Dark Mountain Uncivilization Festival. Report on the Independent here.
An open meeting for practitioners, groups and individuals involved in independent/ radical/ critical/ activist/ oppositional media, to discuss the development of a broader support network, archiving, collaborations, future events, and encourage debate on current directions of ‘media from below’ in the… Read More ›
‘NUD’ or ‘Archie Stirling’s Scottish Voice 2.0′? Bella has stepped in to support the brand new Conservative re-launch…