Month: December 2012

Fade to Gray

By Harry McGrath Watching Scots administer a beating to one of their greats is an unedifying but, sadly, not an unusual spectacle. All the more so when it happens in the run up to Christmas and involves Alasdair Gray, a… Read More ›


Continuing our series #bellasbigreview – Michael Greenwell reflects on the year in politics, asking: are we a society addicted to a failed economy? The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Internationally,… Read More ›

This Land is our Land

Right over the holidays Bella will be publishing a series of review of 2012 and previews of the year ahead. Collectively, these are Bella’s Big Review #bellasbigreview. To kick start things, here’s poet, hutter and general ne’er-do-well  Gerry Loose on the… Read More ›

Patsy versus Ryan

Sometimes you’ve got to hand it to the No people. Despite getting a bad press for relentlessly flooding their media with scare stories (today we hear the price of energy will skyrocket after independence, though presumably this will be the… Read More ›

CREATE Scotland

By Hannah McGill Does the departure of the head honcho of an outfit such as Creative Scotland herald a possibility of change, or is it more a case of “the king is dead, long live the complacent and unrepresentative bureaucracy”?… Read More ›

Yes Orkney

By Fiona MacInnes The official ‘Yes Orkney’ inaugural meeting took place in Kirkwall recently after several months building a twitter and facebook presence. The facebook page has grown to over 250 ‘likes’ from the local area and further afield. Similar… Read More ›

Scotland in Europe

By Alyn Smith Scotland and the EU is the Brigadoon issue of Scottish politics: it appears, disappears, reappears, goes quiet, explodes onto the front pages again only to then recede from the nation’s consciousness. It is complicated, and informed comment… Read More ›

The Seven Wonders

Scotland’s Stories: Imagining and Making Our Own Collective Future by Gerry Hassan Scotland’s future is about greater self-government but at the same time it has to be about more than that if it is to reach out and be relevant… Read More ›