By Mike Small Gerry Hassan wrote recently: “Pro-independence forces cannot just imagine, as Welsh and Sturgeon did, that Britain is dead or beyond reinvention, and that we can seamlessly move on.” Why not? There’s much that is redundant and dying… Read More ›
Bella Exclusive: Irvine Welsh essay on Scottish Independence and British Unity
But the question still remains. Do Scots run Scotland? It’s a subjective argument and a cultural one. That doesn’t make it any less important or real. Just much, much more sensitive.
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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 ›
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 ›
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.
By Gordon Asher and Leigh French The interest of the oppressors lie in changing the consciousness of the oppressed not the situation which oppresses them.” (Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, 1968) Intended as an opening up of dialogue focused… Read More ›
by Irvine Welsh I’ve always considered myself belonging to the school of writers who should be read but not heard, so I don’t know what set of circumstances leads me to be standing here today. I suppose the subject matter,… Read More ›
Women may have won the vote but they still struggle to be heard. It’s been frustrating to watch mainly men, representing political parties, slog out the questions in a generally polarised, aggressive way. Not always – but it has certainly been the main prism through which the hugely important question of our country’s future has been directed through.
Part one of a new Bella series looking at innovation and forms of protest. Crowdsourcing ideas for the independence movement and exploring social media and social change. First up: Casseroles, Montreal…
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 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 ›
The Union has infantalised Scotland, its politics and its people, to the extent that the grievances of the many are rarely articulated and even less frequently heard…
“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 Mhairi McAlpine “Only independence can fully guarantee Scotland’s National Health Service.” – Nicola Sturgeon I’ve been watching the twisty-turny passage of the NHS bill through the Commons and Lords, with horror mixed with relief. The devolution settlement means that… Read More ›
By Kate Higgins Having been mentioned in dispatches, I thought I’d stamp my purdy little foot and seek a right to reply. Or at least, set out why the analogy of an abused woman was discomfiting and I considered inappropriate.
We take great pleasure in unveiling Caithness poet and playwright, GEORGE GUNN, as our newest columnist. Each month FROM THE PROVINCE OF THE CAT, will bring a refreshing and much-needed Highland perspective to Bella. George’s first column is an introductory… Read More ›