By James Maxwell With the publication of the 2012/13 GERS figures this morning, the fiscal case for Scottish independence has ‘collapsed’. Or so says Iain Gray, Scottish Labour’s shadow finance secretary. The reality, as ever, is rather different. GERS shows… Read More ›
by George Gunn On Monday 24th February 2014 it was a tale of two cabinets and one city. This was the day we saw two different political cultures at work. After a brief sprint around BP’s ETAP platform roughly 100… Read More ›
By Andy Wightman Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Rootes Factory in Linwood that made the Hillman Imp. To accommodate the workforce, the small industrial village of Linwood was expanded and the first “Regional Shopping Centre” in… Read More ›
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by Jim & Margaret Cuthbert David Cameron was hailed as a hero by the British media and Westminster after his “success” in EU budget negotiations in February. However, one of the victims of the deal was the Structural Funds budget…. Read More ›
By Callum McCormick Venezuela’s announcement on 8 February of an immediate currency devaluation was neither unprecedented nor unexpected. Despite government officials’ repeated insistence they were not considering it, most Venezuelans accepted that devaluation had become a grim inevitability. With inflation hovering… Read More ›
Let’s be clear. There is not a four deep queue in Brussels anxious to indulge the fantasy life of the most semi detached of its membership. Why would there be ?
by Patrick Harvie MSP “George Osborne continues to wage his war on reality, creating ever greater poverty and inequality in our society and backing the wrong fuel for our energy needs and climate targets. The gigantic real-terms cut in benefits for… Read More ›
by Kevin Williamson Next year, hopefully, the Independence debate will move out of the intellectual shallows of a Labour-SNP Punch-and-Judy Show and begin to put flesh on the bones of alternatives and possibilities. An onus needs to be put on… Read More ›
by Ian Bell The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) advises that a country cannot depend forever on a diminishing resource. This is insightful. The institute also counsels that if you persist in spending when your income is drying up, even… Read More ›
In the run up to the first Radical Independence Conference on Sat 24th November Bella will be focussing in on some of the ideas to be discussed and some of the folk participating in the various sessions, presentations and workshops…. Read More ›
Although this article by Peter Geoghegan asks if a London government carrying out austerity measures should be doing something about offshore tax evasion we’re re-publishing it on Bella because it poses another vital but as yet unanswered question: What could/would… Read More ›
This concise thoughtful letter by Labour MP, Michael Meacher, was first published in The Guardian two months ago (2nd May 2012) but is still doing the social media rounds. Its worth republishing as it puts much-needed context to the London… Read More ›
By Ewan Morrison I’m standing before a vast crumbling structure surrounded by broken security fencing; A Danger-Keep-Out sign lies crushed and rusted on the tarmac of what was once an immense car park. Inside, beyond the barricaded doors, I know… Read More ›
We’re not in the habit of reprinting articles from the Wall Street Journal but we’ll make an exception for this one. The article below was published on 3rd May by the WSJ in their MarketWatch section. It examines whether the… Read More ›
By Tom Jennings The UK’s soporific slide deeper into fiscally-imposed structurally-readjusted barbarity, without much in the way of disturbance to putative social peace, has now been thoroughly punctured. First the exuberant Lethal Bizzle of EMA kids prompted their university ‘betters’… Read More ›
“The Scots are the very bastards of creation.” John Wilkes, the great English radical, reformer, and 18th Century Member of Parliament for Middlesex “The noblest prospect which a Scotchman ever sees, is the high road that leads him to England.”… Read More ›
By Gerry Hassan This is not another article on football. The Rangers crisis has filled the airwaves and media this week. For the second time this year Scotland has gone international and viral, spreading across the globe connecting the diaspora… Read More ›
A government we didn’t elect presiding over an economy we don’t control.
Is it really enough to say ‘but we’d lose our place at the top table’ if what we do with that place at the top table is reduce worker’s rights and veto a Tobin Tax?
The 2008 world financial crisis was terrible for Iceland. At the end of the year the country declared bankruptcy. Contrary to what could be expected, the crisis resulted in Icelanders recovering their sovereign rights, through a process of direct participatory democracy that eventually led to a new Constitution….
Launching this week is Blasda – Scotland’s local food feast, a massive celebration of the alternative to supermarket food culture happening across the country next month. From East Kilbride, where the entirely volunteer-driven EKDT are heating their polytunnels with dung-heaps… Read More ›
This has been England’s Rorschach moment, where the collective bile against the underclass that 30 years of neoliberal policy has created comes to the surface. Where exactly did the rioters get the idea that there is no higher value than acquiring individual wealth, or that branded goods are the route to identity and self-respect?