By Peter Thomson What to do? – as my Nepali friends would say. Sitting here in SW Scotland, dogs around Continue reading
By Joe Middleton In a way, Christmas has come early this year. After all, every year we have “White Christmas”, Continue reading
By Mike Small The Guardian matters in a way that few other newspapers do. It’s got history, gravitas and crucially Continue reading
Britain doesn’t do referendums. The idea of allowing the people to take democracy into their own hands, and make important Continue reading
Bella Caledonia and Newsnet are delighted to announce a new collaboration, where we will be commissioning new articles and sharing Continue reading
This is the speech on foreign policy to the Scottish Independence Convention conference on 7 November 2010 at the National Continue reading
By Caitlin O’Hara That Scottish women are less likely to support independence (at the moment) was displayed once again by Continue reading
As Mr Swinney said in the debate today, for us to be faced with a £7million bill for, essentially, making the SVR compatible with a system that the previous administration had already paid £12m for, and £50,000 per annum thereafter, begs more than a few questions!
The real issue is not the relationship between sovereignty and prosperity but between prosperity and growth. Ireland’s real ‘crime’ was not to be independent, or to be part of Europe, it was to be obsessed with growth.
20 Years ago today the Tories turned on Margaret Thatcher as she had become a massive electoral legacy, much as Continue reading
This from Go Lassie Go, please copy and post, we think it may be useful: Weber Shandwick is conducting a Continue reading
By Ewan Morrison As Generation Y (ages 23-36) are maturing into their peak-consumption period, and since they are equal in Continue reading
After a week of debate about the Green Brigade and (almost) universal media condemnation, we publish a different view. We Continue reading
Women don’t need to be passive and risk averse. When convinced of the cause, there’s no holding them back. If that cause is independence, the only fair future for Scotland, they can be in the vanguard.
John Holloway at University of Glasgow Centre for the Study of Socialist Theory and Movements Tuesday 16th November, 2010. John Continue reading
To conclude (but not close) our week long celebration of women writers - we’re delighted to publish a handful of poems Continue reading
By Lena the Hyena My initial response to reading Caitlin O’Hara’s piece, Independent Women, was where is the breakdown of Continue reading
By Kate Higgins I’ve spent 12 years now being up close and personal with the Scottish Parliament and engaged in more Continue reading
By Kirsten Stirling The label “Bella Caledonia” below the portrait of the main character on p. 45 of Alasdair Gray’s Continue reading
By Caitlin O’Hara I have been slagging the editors of this site for months that it is more ‘ Blokey Continue reading
Stopping Trident is one cut the British state is not prepared to make. We will forever cling blindly to our nuclear juju. Our sacrosanct national fetish will remain eternally inviolable. However, to make this act of faith, we must first stifle our own sense of human sympathy or compassion. Only when we have killed the humanity in ourselves, can we then countenance the mass killing of other human beings. Thus, in essence, we are our first nuclear victims.
What’s the point of independence? Opponents routinely portray the independence movement as being about ‘divorce’ ‘break-up’ and separation. Those within Continue reading
Last year a report The Power of Scotland Renewed (you can read it here) showed the amazing potential Scotland has Continue reading
Welfare is a complex subject. Yet, some welfare facts are brutally simple. Around 2.5 million people on IB are a testimony to the fact that the experience of living and working under a decaying British capitalism has proven damaging to the health of many. Respiratory illnesses from damp housing, smoking, or poor working conditions; heart-conditions; arthritis; cancer and other diseases; muscular injuries; and a vast range of mental health problems – all make it hard for people to work; and all have added to numbers on IB.
Michael Albert, along with Robin Hahnel, is one of the main developers of the idea of Participatory Economics, or Parecon. Continue reading
By Mike Small “Margaret Thatcher is lying sick in a private hospital bed in Belgravia but her political children have Continue reading
By Ray Bell. We may or may not agree with the idea behind a hunger strike. Almost all of us, Continue reading
While we have idiots like Labours Michael McCann, while we have the far-right operating amongst the orange disorder, Sarkozy expelling the Roma and a German leader like Merkel spouting forth, we are in dangerous times. While we remain tied to the racist British State its essential we make clear a different approach. It’s vital that here in Scotland we articulate a progression vision for our country.
‘Show the people that our Old Nobility is not noble, that its lands are stolen lands – stolen either by force or fraud; show people that the title-deeds are rapine, murder, massacre, cheating, or court harlotry; dissolve the halo of divinity that surrounds the hereditary title; let the people clearly understand that our present House of Lords is composed largely of descendants of successful pirates and rogues; do these things and you shatter the Romance that keeps the nation numb and spellbound while privilege picks its pocket.’
Glasgow and Scotland has a considerable scoop in organising for Michael Albert to speak as part of the Doc 8 Continue reading