by Kevin Williamson It was no real surprise to hear that Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond, will go head-to-head with former UK Chancellor, Alistair Darling, in a live 2 hour debate broadcast by STV on 5th August. Unless you are David… Read More ›
MEDIA NOTES (PART 1): WHEN SATURDAY CAME This is the first of three articles by Kevin Williamson looking at the increasingly fractious relationship between the Scottish media and an increasingly diverse Independence movement. As the dust settles on the first… Read More ›
This Saturday afternoon, as part of The Festival of Politics, Aonghas MacNeicail, Janet Paisley and regular Bella columnist George Gunn – three highly regarded writers, poets, playwrights and broadcasters – discuss political poetry and its relevance today. Does poetry have… Read More ›
by George Gunn The idea of the man who as Chancellor of the Exchequer oversaw the financial collapse of 2008 trying to scare the people of Scotland into voting “No” in the 2014 referendum is, frankly, ridiculous. Alistair Darling, along… Read More ›
the right of nations to self-determination” does not necessarily mean the right to separate, it means the right to decide whether or not to separate; if the Scots voted to remain part of the UK they would nevertheless have exercised their right to self-determination…
Even while Scotland is rejecting right-wing policies at the polls and the mainstream of Scottish politics is walking away from these agendas, still they are almost inexplicably dominating the airwaves and the press. How can an issue so far off the real agenda as the privatisation of Scottish Water (or some precursor step) still be floating around? Why is the question of creating a market in higher education in Scotland still being discussed?
“…a study of ‘moral hazard’ not as risk but as organising principle, was that non-transparency united the ‘overextended’ financiers, the regulation-flouters, the outright crooks, and (most intriguingly), the upholders of laws which were impossible to enforce. If elites are built on synergy, this lot were glued together by malfunction.”
REPORT: KEVIN WILLIAMSON The recent emergence of The Edinburgh Party has made the established political parties sit up and take notice. Thus far The Edinburgh Party has steered clear of elections but observers have noted a change of direction from… Read More ›
Six in a parliament should be remembered over four in a bed. Telling truth to power should be remembered over telling lies in court.