By Mike Small “Scotland cannot be the only ‘something for nothing’ country in the world.” – Johann Lamont The likelihood is that tomorrow or the next day a major announcement will be made about the referendum. It’s going to green-light… Read More ›
Archive for September 2012
By Doug Daniel Independence supporters are often accused of seeing independence as a panacea for all Scotland’s ills. We are characterised as thinking that if Scotland could JUST become independent, everything would be fine – there’d be no child poverty,… Read More ›
This is an extract from the Wreford Watson Lecture given by Will Self at the University of Edinburgh this week/ Whatever anxieties I may feel, as an Englishman, about speaking to a Scots audience in the capital of Scotland about… Read More ›
In the second part of his Media Notes series Kevin Williamson reveals an unstated 3 point strategy of the NO camp; and the trap of the Scottish-British dichotomy. “Identity – is the crisis can’t you see” In the first of… Read More ›
MEDIA NOTES (PART 1): WHEN SATURDAY CAME This is the first of three articles by Kevin Williamson looking at the increasingly fractious relationship between the Scottish media and an increasingly diverse Independence movement. As the dust settles on the first… Read More ›
Any movement that has poetry at it’s heart has real prospects … Alan Bissett performing ‘Vote Britain’ live at Rally for Scottish Independence (22/09/12), at the Ross Bandstand, Princes Street Gardens Edinburgh.
By Muhammad Idrees Ahmad In Amusing Ourselves to Death, a prophetic work on the impact of television on culture, the late media scholar Neil Postman compared two dystopias. One was George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-four, a world of strict thought control and surveillance… Read More ›
This is great …
Arguing for Independence lifts the entire debate on Scottish independence to a new intellectual level…
by Kevin Williamson Scotland’s 116 year wait to win a tennis Grand Slam is finally over. In a nail-biting 5 set victory over Novak Djokovic at Flushing Meadows in the early hours of this morning, Dunblane’s Andy Murray became the… Read More ›
What a great lineup for Gerry Hassan and Jean Urquhart’s Changin’ Scotland with Tom Nairn, Alan Bissett, Malcolm MacLean and more… CHANGIN SCOTLAND – NOVEMBER 2nd-4th2012 The Ceilidh Place, Ullapool The Role of the Arts, Culture and Identity in Scotland… Read More ›
By Mike Small Gideon was in Scotland yesterday complaining of economic uncertainty. No hint of irony, apparently. Media outlets were no doubt geared-up for a double-whammy of ‘authoritative Westminster Chancellor says so’, combined with the dark utterances of CBI director… Read More ›
What we need is a matrix of localisms, from Berwick to Berriedale. An inter-connected linkage of communities, each unique, each connected and each one a resistance to the homogenous soup of sameness which is globalisation.