Month: May 2012


David Cameron told MPs three months ago: “I’m responsible for the decisions I take, the people I employ, the government I run. The buck stops right here, and I take full responsibility for every single thing I do.” You’re not… Read More ›

JACK**** Republican Party

As the trickle of Unionist propaganda turns into a Union Jacktastic torrent – take refuge in Edinburgh’s (Scotland’s!) finest book shop…with Ewan McVicar, Lorna Waite and pals… Word Power Books invites you to our ‘alternative’ Jubilee celebration – without a… Read More ›

The Yes Men

By Lesley Riddoch The Yes Campaign launch in Edinburgh was a strangely nervy affair. Queuing for Cinema 7 in the unlovely Cineworld complex started an hour before “curtains up” – but still the event began 15 minutes late. Outside in… Read More ›

How We Won

By Robin McAlpine Here’s how we won. For me, it started for real way back in May 2011. I had been planning to get to bed reasonably early because the recent Scottish elections had all been decided in the afternoon… Read More ›

Who Owns Oil?

This article is relevant for anyone thinking about the longer-term issues about energy and Scotland. By Carmelos Ruiz-Marrero Repsol, a multinational based in Spain, has brought a class action lawsuit in New York courts against the Argentine government for the… Read More ›

Bambi Saves the Union

By Mike Small Tony Blair’s considerable political skills have been put to great use since he resigned as Prime Minister. Since then he’s been busy bringing peace to the Middle East, now he’s going to save the Union. Yesterday Alistair… Read More ›

Disloyal Subjects

All proceeds to Scottish Left Review. Monday 4 June 2012. Doors 19.30, tickets £10. With Susan Disloyal SubjectsMorrison, Vladimir McTavish and Bruce Morton together with music from The McClusky Brothers and Arthur Johnson and friends. The Stand Comedy Club, 333… Read More ›

Rebel Cities

“David Harvey provoked a revolution in his field and has inspired a generation of radical intellectuals.” – Naomi Klein Ewan Mcdonald reviews David Harvey’s new book ‘Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution’ and makes… Read More ›

The Framing of al-Megrahi

By Gareth Peirce It is, of course, now all about oil. Only a simpleton could believe that Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, convicted of responsibility for the Lockerbie bombing, was not recently returned to his home in Libya because it suited Britain…. Read More ›

On the Edge

An exceptional work of analysis and vision from one of the most astute observers of the present worldwide revolt. Jerome E. Roos is the founder of (Reflections on a Revolution), and has traveled extensively in southern Europe over the… Read More ›

Our Demands are Simple!

Comrades! In the Eurozone and beyond, capitalist crisis deepens.  From Greece to Govan the ruling class is imposing brutal austerity.  From Mount Olympus to Mount Florida, titanic class confrontations loom.  In this context the communique below from the frontline of… Read More ›

Serco in Scotland

By Johnny Gailey On Friday 4th May at teatime, whilst the Scottish media’s eyes were firmly fixed on the local election counts being totted across the country, the Scottish Government slipped out the announcement that the preferred bidder for the… Read More ›

The Future’s Bright

What does a vote for Labour in Scotland mean today? A little over a week has passed since the council election results were announced, and Labour have already reversed policy to support more Orange Order marches in Glasgow, wilfully entered into local… Read More ›


Does the Butcher’s Apron do your head in? Are you already tired of the tat? Are your eyes wearied by Jubilee propaganda? Bored of Team GB? With the onslaught of the Olympics and the relentless march of tea-parties and renditions… Read More ›

Pongoo Politics

After Professor Pongoo won more first preference votes than the Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate in Pentland Hills (Edinburgh City Council) wards we approached him to write exclusively for Bella. Pongoo said the Lib Dems and Labour both “talk the talk”,… Read More ›

Let Them Vote

By Daniel Paris After her famous Hamilton by-election victory, Winnie Ewing used her maiden speech to Parliament to argue that the voting age should be lowered to 16. At the time, the franchise was only available to 21 year olds… Read More ›

The Edge of Empire

This Saturday Christopher Harvie (‘A Floating Commonwealth‘) and Michael Gardiner are at Word Power Books, Edinburgh. This is an extract from Michael’s ‘At the Edge of Empire': According to some accounts, Glover Brothers’ business almost single-handedly revived the prestige of… Read More ›

The Rangers Omnishambles

“So what if the TV deal goes into the ground? Either Scottish football runs Scottish football or the toxic hand of Rupert Murdoch does? Time to decide…” Alex Thomson on the Rangers omnishambles: So now the dust has slightly settled… Read More ›

Green Day

By Mike Small” Where do you stand on dog turds?” The question was asked in all seriousness at a local hustings. The candidate shuffled, composed himself and answered. It summarises the public perception of local politics. At the Global Teach… Read More ›

You are All Suspects Now

By John Pilger You are all potential terrorists. It matters not that you live in Britain, the United States, Australia or the Middle East. Citizenship is effectively abolished.  Turn on your computer and the US Department of Homeland Security’s National… Read More ›

Tainted League

By Mike Small A man born in Devon who’s been involved in Scottish football for three years has just decided the fate of  the game north of the border. What he’s decided is that one club can behave with complete… Read More ›

The Poverty of Imagination *

By Tom Jennings The UK’s soporific slide deeper into fiscally-imposed structurally-readjusted barbarity, without much in the way of disturbance to putative social peace, has now been thoroughly punctured. First the exuberant Lethal Bizzle of EMA kids prompted their university ‘betters’… Read More ›

Back to the Future

By Mike Small Scotland on Sunday’s story about the loss to Scotland of the protective arm of M15 around our shoulder (Independent Scotland a ‘terror risk’) was revealing. This is, in part, just the latest in a long and wearying… Read More ›