Commentary

Made in Britain

By Mike Small Made in Britain was the 1983 British television play which propelled Tim Roth to stardom for his amazing portrayal of the skinhead Trevor. Yesterday it had a reincarnation as a backfiring social media debacle of the sort… Read More ›

Gold Dust

“You may write me down in history, With your bitter twisted lies, You may tread me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I rise” – Maya Angelou Relentless poll evidence shows that hopes of anyone going back in… Read More ›

Silly Old Me

By Mike Small After being stung in the latest Cash for Access ‘scandal’ at Westminster that’s been making all the headlines, Jack Straw has said he had fallen into a “very skilful trap” while Sir Malcolm Rifkind said his comments… Read More ›

Sim City

By Mike Small The tweet is simple: “EU’s signal to Greece is clear: Democratic will of people no longer means anything in Europe. Banks trump democracy. Today we are all Greeks”. Its not just the Gankster Economy that undermines democracy,… Read More ›

High Speed to Nowhere

By John S Warren The resistance to continuing Westminster, Unionist politics in Scotland has never been about Scottish politics alone. Scotland’s predicament is shared by others in the UK. The inability of Westminster to confront directly the demanding political implications… Read More ›

A Common Programme

By Mike Small & Justin Kenrick Somewhere between ‘Things can only get better’ (D:Ream, 1997) and ‘We’re all in this together’ (nightmare, 2010) large sections of the population lost faith in the political process in Britain. Something changed. It could have… Read More ›

I Want What You Want

By Lesley Docksey When I first became engaged in the debate about independence for Scotland it was because of anger and embarrassment at the slant presented by the Better Together campaign.  But as I talked to friends, acquaintances and strangers,… Read More ›

Toddler Terrorists

A leading Scottish children’s charity has issued a warning about the likely impact of a Westminster Bill in Scotland. Children in Scotland has expressed serious concerns over plans in the Counter Terrorism and Security Bill for a new duty on… Read More ›

Cm8990

By John S Warren The sub-title of HMG’s Cm 8990, “Scotland and the United Kingdom” is “An Enduring Settlement”. Is it? No. What does the title “An Enduring Settlement” mean? Even Alistair Carmichael MP does not seem to understand what… Read More ›

Indyref Awards 3

  In the last feature on the #indyrefawards we hear from Michael Geenwell, creator of the Scottish Independence Podcasts.  Voting closes tomorrow. If you haven’t voted already GO HERE. In the Funniest Blog category, I have to say I enjoyed… Read More ›

Indyref Awards 2

Voting closes this week for the #indyref awards. We feature some of the runners and riders. There will  also be special Bella awards in the following categories: Outstanding Contribution to the Campaign, Best Public Speaker, Voice of Wisdom, Most Creative… Read More ›

Indyref Awards 1

Showcasing some of the nominees vying to win our #indyrefawards. We’ll be promoting each of the nominees before polls close next week. Go here to vote. Book of the Year Blossom by Lesley Riddoch. The author writes: “Blossom is an… Read More ›

Just Say Yes

By Jamie Szymkowiak, part of our #newvoices series “The dream shall never die”. That was my moment. It just hit me but I tried to ignore it for weeks. I had been asked to think about getting involved in politics… Read More ›