Month: August 2012


By Mike Small Gordon Asher and Leigh French’s ‘Crisis Capitalism and Independence Doctrines’ is a critique of the independence movement seen as one that is reformist and shallow in it’s potential to deliver any transformation of Scottish society. It is… Read More ›

Indy Women

Women may have won the vote but they still struggle to be heard. It’s been frustrating to watch mainly men, representing political parties, slog out the questions in a generally polarised, aggressive way. Not always – but it has certainly been the main prism through which the hugely important question of our country’s future has been directed through.

Forms of Protest 1

Part one of a new Bella series looking at innovation and forms of protest. Crowdsourcing ideas for the independence movement and exploring social media and social change. First up: Casseroles, Montreal…

Lights, Camera, Action

In case you missed it in The Scotsman last week we’re reprinting this perceptive essay on the challenges facing Scottish film-makers. by Robin McAlpine ‘There’s only one casting call in Scotland for a paid acting job. And it’s for a… Read More ›


Loving this collaboration between Cargo and McSweeney’s: four-book collection entitled “Elsewhere” is created from stories of leading authors commissioned by the Edinburgh International Book Festival including Roddy Doyle, Amy Bloom, Julia Donaldson, Ali Smith, Michael Morpurgo, Alan Warner, Jackie Kay… Read More ›


Andy Wightman explores ideas to combat the feral elite who have wrecked havoc on our economy for their own personal aggrandisement…