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Yes Together

By Robin McAlpine Who will stand up for this campaign? Who will speak out for us? Who will kick back against the slurs and smears and lies that are told about us? Who will actually take our side? Who will… Read More ›

An Inaudible Mumble

By Mike Small Today we hear that Ed Miliband’s main response to the Queens Speech is to decry the fact that there isn’t another immigration bill. What a dereliction of an entire history of social struggle for the Labour movement…. Read More ›

Crossfire?

By Mike Small BBC Scotland is in the news again after the announcement that presenter Gary Robertson is facing redundancy. Crowds of protestors gathered yesterday outside Pacific Quay in Glasgow to protest at what they believed is an institutionalised bias… Read More ›

Media Wars

By Mike Small Asking Ian Jack to write about new media is a little like asking Ray Reardon to comment on Grand Theft Auto. From a man who seems to have made a living writing a column about steam trains… Read More ›

Silence and Collusion

Professor John Robertson to Education and Culture Committee on BBC response to research into bias in the referendum coverage: “I interpret the above as an attempt at thought control”

Our First Indy Anthem

Paulo’s Nutini’s new album ‘Caustic Love’, is out next month. The latest track to be released is ‘Iron Sky’. It features an extract of the political speech given by Charlie Chaplin at the end of The Great Dictator. The powerful… Read More ›

Prison Playground

By Catherine Happer In a highly publicised and controversial campaign which brought record numbers to the ballot box, Glasgow University students last week overwhelmingly voted NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden as their new rector in a statement against public surveillance. It… Read More ›

Press Ganged

By Robin McAlpine On Friday morning (21 February) the front page of the Herald announced that the PCS union was going to back a pro-independence stance (“Boost for Yes camp as trade union to back independence”). Lots of pro-independence people… Read More ›

The Anglosphere Media

By Robin McAlpine I haven’t always agreed with Martin Kettle’s Guardian columns over the years. They have mixed some good, pertinent analysis of what’s wrong with Britain with some unfortunate Blair-apologising. But of late I’ve felt that his commentary on… Read More ›

A Partisan Press

By Mike Small “As newspapers shrink, the media loses its capacity to act as a democratic watchdog” writes Peter Geoghegan, one of Scotland’s finest independent-minded young journalists (‘Media-bashing ignores press role’, Scotsman, 8 November). But is that true? Does the… Read More ›

Media Wars

By Mike Small News this week that Newsnet Scotland had broken through the 100,000 mark attracting an astonishing 120,000 unique visitors to the site which brings to mind the often heralded but little analysed notion of a new emergent alternative… Read More ›

Closer Launch

Closer launched on Saturday at the Bongo Club. It’s a beta newspaper – we’re still testing how to distribute it and fund it. Our aim would be to have it as a collaborative off-shoot of Bella, publishing a few times… Read More ›

Simple Simon

By Mike Small Have you showered yourself in money this rainy morning? Did you have a refreshing bath in freshly subsidized dosh this a.m.? Simon Heffer thinks you did you ungrateful dolts: “Over the next 12 months, it will be… Read More ›

TV Nation

By Mike Small The media coverage of our political and social life is important, particularly a week before a Holyrood by-election. It’s clear failing us all. Question Time tonight will be in Edinburgh in front of an audience of 16… Read More ›

Escher Politics

By Mike Small Under pressure from those who feel soiled by sharing a platform with the Tories (though oddly feel no problem in them running our country with no mandate) Labour today launch their very own No campaign: ‘Better Together… Read More ›

Leveson Update

Last month every single party in the Commons gave its approval to a royal charter that will provide effective, independent regulation of the press without impinging in any way upon freedom of expression. The charter faithfully reflects the recommendations of… Read More ›

On Balance

Our broadcasters are letting us down … things have to change. A guest post by Mark Piggott on BARD2014. I was down in England last week where the Thatcher funeral dominated the media. I’m told in Scotland it was much… Read More ›

Bad News

By Mike Small Job losses at The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday has been described by the Scottish Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop as ‘deeply disappointing’ papering over Stewart Stevenson’s hastily retracted tweet yesterday. But if Stevenson’s tweet was ridiculous –… Read More ›

McCluskey Brothers

We’ve seen what light touch regulation gets you in food (donkey burgers). We’ve seen what light touch regulation gets you in banking (Stephen Hester). We’ve seen decades of abuse by the gutter press owned by and protecting the rich and… Read More ›

Don’t Panic!

Is the No campaign losing the plot? The cacophony of scare stories about Scotland does seem to have tipped from the bizarre to the gently unhinged. A year ago The Scotsman actually ran a headline saying that “Scots would lose… Read More ›

On to a New Media

The media in Scotland remains a travesty of poor quality, underfunded, grossly biased and deeply conservative broadcasting and print media. There’s not a newspaper in Scotland that is pro-independence. Our radio oscillates between the crassly (and vacuous) commercial and the… Read More ›

Definitely Maybe

By Mike Small Gideon was in Scotland yesterday complaining of economic uncertainty. No hint of irony, apparently. Media outlets were no doubt geared-up for a double-whammy of ‘authoritative Westminster Chancellor says so’, combined with the dark utterances of CBI director… Read More ›