By Mike Small Get inspired … aspirational and inspirational talks from Calton Hill … all with thanks to Tim Fraser-Granados from Saor Alba Pictures. HARDEEP KOHLI & ELAINE C SMITH: FM ALEX SALMOND: NICOLA STURGEON: ALLAN GROGAN: DENNIS CANAVAN: MARGO… Read More ›
By Jamie Maxwell Alex Salmond’s belief that independence will be achieved on the back of a “rising tide of expectations” is drawn from recent Scottish political history. It’s no coincidence that support for the SNP boomed in the 1970s following… Read More ›
Sophie Shevardnadze travels to the Shetland Islands to interview Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond …
A stunning tennis final. A famous Scottish sporting victory. A delighted First Minister waving a Saltire in David Cameron’s ugly face. What’s not to celebrate?
By Jamie Maxwell Against expectations, the Chancellor’s visit to Glasgow last week was a success. Speaking to a gathering of Scottish business leaders, and armed with a hefty new Treasury report, George Osborne set-out a detailed critique of SNP plans… Read More ›
Venue: Summerhall, Edinburgh Time: 7pm-10pm, Friday 30th November Caithness poet and Bella Caledonia columnist George Gunn will be appearing at the final Neu! Reekie! show of the year in Edinburgh this Friday. George will perform a new music-film-spoken word collaboration… Read More ›
by Jim & Margaret Cuthbert This article puts forward an argument which may, in Nationalist circles, be a minority view. Namely, that gross errors of judgement have been made in relation to the forthcoming referendum, and in the recently signed… Read More ›
by Kevin Williamson The resignation of Jean Urquhart MSP and John Finnie MSP from the SNP over last weekend’s NATO U-turn must have come like a thunderbolt out of the blue to Holyrood, to the political commentariat, and not least… Read More ›
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 ›
by George Gunn The future of Scottish politics, the future of our little country, is like an un-spliced rope blowing flayed in the wind. It would take a rope worker of exceptional skill to make sense of all the waving strands,… Read More ›
By Ross Croall The pro-independence ‘green’ camp has an unenviable task ahead of it. In trying to convince the electorate that independence can be a positive thing for Scotland, it’s going to have to do battle with some very orthodox… Read More ›
Scottish Independence poses the greatest existential threat to British imperialism since decolonisation…
This is from “Despatches from the Invisible Revolution” Reflections on 2011, (Editors: Dougald Hine & Keith Kahn-Harris) by Mike Small Caledonian Dreaming From Tunisia to Egypt, Wisconsin and Spain, London and New York, from the outpourings of Wikileaks to the… Read More ›
It should be remembered that it’s not actually a prerequisite of a nation to be armed to the teeth…
What exactly did David cameron think he was doing?
By Mhairi McAlpine The last few days have been a remarkable display of kack-handedness, arrogance and sheer stupidity on the part of Unionist politicians. Attempting to seize the initiative on the Scottish Independence Referendum, Cameron set out a range of… Read More ›
There has been much hot air about the supposed date of the Independence Referendum falling on the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn. This may seem like a good time to mention that that particular anniversary falls on the… Read More ›
This is a terrible decision for Britain but potentially good news for Scottish independence. A reconstituted eurozone could offer a safe haven from the crazies of big business Bullingdon and hedgefunds represented by British Govt PLC.
By Gerry Hassan This is a fascinating and fast moving period of politics, at a global, European, British and Scottish level, challenging many of the most deep-seated and unexamined assumptions held across the political spectrum. In the last week we… Read More ›
Doug Daniel on the questions needing answered by those advocating Devo-Max
Is describing your own country as racists and beggars a good way to win over popular support? Ask the Labour Party in Scotland?
Scotland has its own civic culture which must be nurtured and developed in a direction which is decided by the Scottish People themselves, through their political and civic institutions and through the right to self-determination as enshrined in the UN Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in that they may freely determine their political status and purse their economic, social and cultural development. It must be for our people to determine their own political future through our own Scottish Parliament and for us then to freely enter into treaties of international law which will see us take a future position of cooperation and equality of development opportunities with all the people of the World in an end to colonialism, imperialism and exploitation.
By John McAllion The SNP’s crushing electoral victory has changed Britain’s political union for ever. Whatever else now happens, the constitutional and political status quo is no longer an option. The Scottish Parliament’s powers will change. Scotland’s political parties will… Read More ›
Scotland has shown that it is no longer content to be a second-class satellite of a union that is built on a global city and a depressed, and increasingly unloved hinterland. Now is the time to start defining what it wants to be instead.
‘In the Present and the Future You Will Need Something More’ The Moment and Motives for Independence
By Christopher Harvie I leave it to the Hootsmon to explain how I came to semi-evict the royal couple from its front page; though (who knows?) reading the draft of my ‘Salmond Parliament’ chapter – neither fulsome nor negative –… Read More ›