Recent Posts - page 34

  • Wales Begins with a Yes


    On the 3rd of March, people in Wales shall be voting on greater powers for the Assembly. This is a huge step forward for the country, and another nail in the coffin of the UK. Despite some narrow-minded gibes about Wales being the “slow boat in the convoy”, by Scottish activists, this is in fact not the case. Wales is unlikely to overtake Scotland, but for the last ten years, it has actually travelled further and faster than Scotland has in that time.

  • Neu Reekie 2


    * It’s Neu like pie not Neu like Neo… “Neu! Reekie! is the very visceral meeting of avant-garde poetry and film. The night promises to shock and stun, playing host to the abstract and abstruse, the sinister and sanguine. Post… Read More ›

  • Irish Election 2011


    ‘Out with the bankers. We need a new Republic,’ a lad of barely 16 shouts. Regardless of their politics, not too many in Ireland would dispute the young man’s sentiment.

  • Berlusconi and the Libyan Connection

    This re-posted from Craig Murray who’s blog is under (re) construction… A very senior diplomatic source told me yesterday that Berlusconi is frantic lest Gadaffi falls and the channels are revealed by which Berlusconi gets a cut on the huge amounts of Libyan… Read More ›

  • Not Burns


    By Dougie Strang Last month the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum was officially opened by the First Minister and by Liz Lochhead, our new Scots Makar.  Earlier, it had opened to the public on the 1st of December 2010. There’s a hard… Read More ›

  • Perception is All


    A quick update across some of our stories from the last week…Alastair McIntosh writes notifying us with some regrest that his epic Ode to Donald Trump has not succeeded in turning him back, as the Daily (Hate) Mail has it… Read More ›

  • These are my Principals, and If You Don’t Like Them I Have Others…


    With the UCU-EIS conference in Edinburgh today we publish this by Chris Harvie (with research assistance from Stefan Buettner) Principals of Scottish Universities, currently undertaking drastic restructuring, recently gave themselves an 8.5% pay rise to an average of about £250,000…. Read More ›

  • 10 Things You Didn’t Know About RBS


    By Adam Ramsay…10 things you may not have known about the bank you own: We own 84% of RBS. They’ll be announcing their profits this week, and UK Uncutters across the country will be sitting in branches to remind everyone who it… Read More ›

  • Take Caledonia


    ‘Stop the World – Scotland wants to get on!’ said Winnie Ewing after winning Hamilton for the SNP in 1967. As revolutionary action sweeps the world how can we find new ways of participating and building political movements and embolden Scottish political expectations?

  • The Scotsman makes the alternative case to Independence

    Scptsman Front 17 2 11

    By Eddie Barnes & Andrew Whitaker This morning’s edition of The Scotsman newspaper puts the economic case for Scotland staying in the union.  It’s not a very strong case it has to be said. There are certainly a few flaws… Read More ›

  • Bye Bye Wendy

    So Go Lassie Go has the lowdown on the story behind Wendy’s departure here.  The reality is she had to resign not because of dodgy expenses (she was definitely more McLetchie than Devine in the scale of things). No her… Read More ›

  • Bill Aitken Must Go


    By Grace Murray As this goes up the Facebook page ‘Bill Aitken Must Go’ has over 500 people supporting it. The title of this page is not ‘Bill Aitken is abhorrent’ or ‘Bill Aitken is wrong’ – it calls for Aitken to… Read More ›

  • Notes From The Gutter, Music To My Ears


    by Kevin Williamson – And yet I feel this muckle thistle’s staun’in’ Atween me and the mune as pairt o’ a Plan.” When Hugh MacDiarmid’s whisky-fuelled ‘Drunk Man’ looks up from the gutter, through the dark silhouette of a thistle,… Read More ›

  • O Donald Trump, Woe Donald Trump

    Donald Trump is an American billionaire born of an exiled Hebridean mother. He plans to build “the world’s greatest golf course” and five hundred executive houses on a pristine beach near Aberdeen, previously viewed as a protected land. This bàrdachd… Read More ›

  • Planet Wasting Corporate Pirates


    As my next door neighbour puts it – what’s going on now is that we are being robbed. There is a bank robbery going on . . .
    We are governed by criminals. That’s the bottom line.

  • Catalonia at a Turning Point


    What is happening in Catalonia, translated into Scottish terms, might be said to be roughly as follows. The largest pro-devolution anti-independence political party – that would be the group that calls itself the Scottish Labour Party – increasingly asserts that devolution is not serving the best interests of the country and that further attempts to develop it are not likely to be beneficial. Accordingly, it is flirting with the more alluring prospects which independence appears to offer in comparison and is drawing nearer to the SNP. Clearly, as things stand, that would be nothing short of a fantasy. In Catalonia, on the other hand, what would not so long ago have been regarded as fantastical is in the process of transforming itself into a reality the contours of which will become clearer over the coming months.

  • Some impressionistic thoughts on the unfolding Egyptian revolution


    by Kevin Williamson STOP PRESS:  He’s gone! The volatile situation in Egypt is thrilling, inspiring, unpredictable, dangerous, engaging, enraging and confusing.  All over the world people are desperately searching for information, trying to find trusted news sources, trying to make… Read More ›

  • Huff Puff Enough?


    How does it feel – as an occasional Huff Post Blogger who knew there would never be any payment involved – to observe the whole enterprise being sold to AOL for three hundred or so million dollars? I suppose I should be outraged that my free labour has contributed to a valuation from which I won’t receive a penny of direct profit. But I’m not…

  • Cameron’s White Out


    As the leader of the National Front in France congratulated David Cameron on his views on multiculturalism for what she claimed was an endorsement of her party’s views on the failure of  immigration, saying: “It is exactly this type of… Read More ›

  • Corporate Britain versus Enterprise Scotland?

    Pyramikd of the capitalist system

    “In David Cameron we have a leader whose job is to quietly legitimise a semi-criminal, money-laundering economy” GEORGE MONBIOT To us, it’s an obscure shift of tax law. To the City, it’s the heist of the century | George Monbiot… Read More ›

  • Scottish Labour’s Conservative Disposition


    It remains one of the most remarkable electoral phenomena in post-war Europe that Scottish Labour has won every single British general election in Scotland since 1964. What makes this all the more remarkable is that the consequences of this have proved so devastating for the majority of Scottish Labour voters themselves. Like Gladstone’s repeated bouts of self-flagellation after purposively and, we must assume, successfully resisting the temptations of London’s East-End prostitutes, it seems that Scottish Labour voters just can’t get enough of Tory governments at Westminster.

  • The First Minister, the blogosphere, and a 2000 year history of Scotland’s languages

    By Kevin Williamson First things first.  We’d like to congratulate our friends at Newsnet Scotland for what is quite a scoop. Namely, persuading Scotland’s First Minister to pen a thoughtful article for their publication.  (You can read it in full… Read More ›

  • The Emperor’s New Strip


    By Christopher Harvie I once went to a football match. Motherwell versus Hearts at Fir Park, in the spring of 1958. One-all. I enjoyed it, but I’ve never gone to another. The same feeling recurred years later, reading the first… Read More ›

  • Update on recent arrests in the Basque Country

    Bella Caledonia recently published a disturbing email concerning the arrest in Pamplona of a young Basque woman, Edurne. Since then we’ve discovered that nine other Basques were arrested on the same night. Edurne has since been released on bail whilst… Read More ›

  • The Scotland Bill and the Crown Estate Commissioners


    “Why is the Crown Estate still administered by Commissioners in London who are unaccountable to the Scottish Parliament and yet manage Scottish public land? Why, when all the planning and environmental regulation is carried out by Scottish local authorities and Marine Scotland at some cost to the public purse do net revenues still flow straight to HM Treasury?”

  • Who’s Behind the Egyptian Revolt?


    By Robert Dreyfuss It’s spontaneous, yes, triggered by the explosion in Tunisia. But contrary to some media reports, which have portrayed the upsurge in Egypt as a leaderless rebellion, a fairly well organized movement is emerging to take charge, comprising… Read More ›

  • Mall Culture

    More Tales from the Mall from Ewan Morrison…What do a cigarette, a medieval game and a wrecking ball have in common? More fascinating facts from the Mall: “The whole point of Tales from the Mall, is to set in motion… Read More ›

  • Trains, Planes and Automobiles

    The Leaf - one of the new electric cars you won't be driving next year

    What about the train? Well ‘our’ high speed rail network ends at Birmingham. Tory-Liberal Transport Secretary Phillip Hammond inadvertantly spoke the truth when he told the Conservative conference last year: “We have committed to a high-speed rail network that will change the social and economic geography of Britain”. But it’s not just our infrastructure disenfranchisement. It’s about the continued control of society by private business.

  • What’s Your Favourite Book on Robert Burns?


    It’s Burns Night tonight and many of us will be tucking into our haggis, neeps and perhaps a whisky or two (single malt of course).  There may be speeches, toasts, poetry and song.  As it should be.  But how much… Read More ›

  • Marra, Gaughan and Mathieson

    We kick off our Burns week (#bellasburns) with some great music from Michael Marra, Dick Gaughan’s favourite song of all time (which says everything it is possible to say about anything) and Karen Mathieson from last years Celtic Connections…

  • Analyse This


    The idea that blogging was the new punk, that citizen journalism would help transform the Scottish news experience and political agenda, that the unionist grip on news coverage would be blasted away is overblown. Partly because politicians don’t believe in anything any more.

  • Dream State


    “Appalled by the rigged referendum of 1979 which in closing the door to home rule, opened the gates to Thatcher, Morgan insisted on Scotland’s imaginative viability, as a place being transformed by artists whose cultural exertions would in time produce a politics worthy of their talent and tenacity. “

  • A Disturbing Email From The Basque Country

    Bob, Anders & Edurne

    “Last night Edurne was seized at their Pamplona home by the Spanish police and is currently being held ‘Incommunicado’ in a Spanish prison.”

  • If You Rebuild It, They Will Come


    “The way forward is not to rearrange the deckchairs on the Titanic – it is to design a ship that won’t be sunk by an iceberg.”

  • Addicted to Risk

    Days before this talk, journalist Naomi Klein was on a boat in the Gulf of Mexico, looking at the catastrophic results of BP’s risky pursuit of oil. Our societies have become addicted to extreme risk in finding new energy, new… Read More ›

  • Afghanistan: War Failure & Remembering King

    By Mike Small As of December 2010 there had been a total of 348 British Forces killed in Afghanistan, whilst 3,115 UK personnel were evacuated from Afghanistan on medical grounds. It’s estimated that over 2000 civilians died in 2010 alone… Read More ›

  • Two ongoing stories to keep an eye on…

    A TOWN TAKES DIRECT ACTION TO DEFEND ITS LOCAL LIBRARY Public libraries are a precious reminder of what can be achieved if market forces are excluded from the public sector.  Books can be borrowed free of charge by everybody, regardless… Read More ›

  • Supermarket Sweep


    As Labour the Tories and the Liberals line up to put the boot into the SNP remember it’s your local economy they are consigning to history.

  • Bread and Circuses


    Harry, Zara Kate and ‘Wills’ are just as much parasites on the public as the bankers vilified for the public excess that is just the norm behind the closed-doors of bloated finance. Hyper capitalism bankrupts us all…

  • Oxfam Scotland’s 2011

    Aideen McLaughlin

    It’s great to keep an international perspective with this the latest of our Hopes & Visions series which runs through January. See also Justin Kenrick here on a breakthrough for ecology and social justice, Pat Kane on ‘envisioning real utopias’… Read More ›

  • Red White & Green?


    What scope is there for unity and collaboration between greens, nationalists, democrats and regionalists? This is the terrain explored by Philip Hosking of the Cornish Republican: Following some comments left on the blog post -Caroline Lucas’s New Year Message to… Read More ›

  • The Real Broken Society


    In homage (and ‘linkage‘) to the irrepresible Variant, and as Scotland apparently aims to base its economy on Pandas (‘Panda Bonanza’) and RBS boss Stephen Hester pockets £9 milllion (‘Tough talk on bankers comes to nought’) we publish an extract from Tom… Read More ›

  • The Bodies


    “…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.”

  • Something is rotten in the United States of Amerikkka

    Sarah Palin offending poster

    The attempted assassination of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was a terrible and cowardly act of homegrown American terrorism which is rightly sending shockwaves throughout the civilised world. It brings to mind the high-profile assassinations of the Kennedy brothers, Martin Luther King Jnr, Malcolm X and many others who opposed the Vietnam War in the 1960s.

  • Baker Street Remembered

    By KEVIN WILLIAMSON All over the world fans are mourning the death of Scottish singer-song writer Gerry Rafferty and I’d like to add a few words of appreciation and thanks.  It’s not so much that I was a huge fan… Read More ›

  • The Irresistible Rise Of The Edinburgh Party

    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 ›

  • What Hopes for Scotland in 2011?


    “Why have a Parliament if we don’t use it to make possible what would be impossible without it? “

  • Support


    Thanks to the great many of you who emailed us in support of an alternative press in Scotland. We’ve added a Support us page here with details of how you can donate and lend a hand. We are building a… Read More ›

  • 2011 is a big year

    Sometimes it takes a jolt to the system to realise that you can’t take someone’s consistent, innovative unsung work for granted. When Bella Caledonia was set up in 2007 myself and Mike tried to shoulder the workload evenly but more… Read More ›

  • Envisioning Real Scotland


    In collaboration with Newsnet Scotland we have commissioned a series of articles looking forward to the year ahead in Scotland: Hopes and Visions 2011. Read the first of these on how to make Holyrood work as a more dynamic parliament by… Read More ›