The Time For IndyRef2 is Now – Use The Mandate, Name The Date

The Time For IndyRef2 is Now – Use The Mandate, Name The Date

I was never a big fan of the comedian Bob Monkhouse. He was a Tory and supported Thatcher so that was enough to put me off him. However he did crack a particularly memorable joke that I was compelled to think about after watching the turgid BBC Politics Scotland show...

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“The English country gentleman galloping after a fox – the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable”

“The English country gentleman galloping after a fox – the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable”

It was over 100 years ago that the remarkable and multi-talented playwright, novelist, poet and critic, Oscar Wilde, uttered the brilliant caustic observation above in relation to those who participated in the ‘sport’ of fox hunting https://www.radicalteatowel.co.uk/blog/oscar-wilde-fox-hunting-and-gross-indecency/ . He was indeed an Irishman of courage, wit and wisdom born way...

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There is no democratic mandate for a so-called ‘People’s Vote’ – But there is a clear democratic mandate for IndyRef2

According to my new 2019 diary it is only the 15th of January today yet according to the mood music from Westminster and the new resignation letters from the Tory Whips office https://www.rt.com/uk/448774-mp-gareth-johnson-resigns/ we are already in the last few days of May… Rejoice I say. Theresa May is a...

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Up-to-date Personal & Social Education welcomed by Ross Greer

Up-to-date Personal & Social Education welcomed by Ross Greer

PSE is crucial to every young person's education, helping them with everything from relationships to their mental health. Ross Greer MSP The Scottish Greens today (23 Jan) hailed the prospect of up-to-date Personal & Social Education (PSE) being rolled out in Scottish schools following a long-running campaign by education spokesperson...

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Three to join Bella

Three to join Bella

As part of major expansion plans for Bella in 2019 we are delighted to announce three new columnists joining us, the very talented writers Layla-Roxanne Hill, Kirsty Strickland and Mairi McFadyen. We’ll be announcing the submissions of the guest editors spaces separately next week. Mairi McFadyen is a writer and...

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The proud Scot butters nae neeps

The proud Scot butters nae neeps

So how’s that respect agenda working out for everyone? Remember that? Respect was supposed to be the keystone in Conservative dealings with Scotland, according to David Cameron before he won the award for worst Prime Minister ever and then flounced off to his garden shed. But it’s not all bad,...

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Brexit sees Scottish Tories’ mask slip over Devolution

Brexit sees Scottish Tories’ mask slip over Devolution

The news that the Scottish Tories actively lobbied to block the Scottish Government having any say in Brexit trade deals confirms they are as opposed to the notion of Scottish self-government as they ever were.
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Where’s the economic analysis of May’s Brexit deal?

Where’s the economic analysis of May’s Brexit deal?

Theresa May couldn’t give a straight answer at PMQs.
The truth is, Tories haven’t published any economic analysis of Theresa May’s Brexit deal, because they’re in denial of the damage Brexit will do to jobs and the economy.
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A Portuguese Laddie

A Portuguese Laddie

Last month the Tory government published its white paper on EU migration post-Brexit. As a result, I spent my day arguing positively for immigration on social media, sharing fact-based articles showing that EU migration has had a very positive impact on the UK’s economy in the last decade. However, one...

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A Portugese Laddie

A Portugese Laddie

Last month the Tory government published its white paper on EU migration post-Brexit. As a result, I spent my day arguing positively for immigration on social media, sharing fact-based articles showing that EU migration has had a very positive impact on the UK’s economy in the last decade. However, one...

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The Bigger Picture of Little England

The Bigger Picture of Little England

The pictures of the women espousing the politics of Enoch Powell, or the Tory peer urging Britain to re-colonise Zimbabwe may seem like social media flashpoints through which we can project a picture of an entire nation enthrall to dark forces of racism and nascent fascism. But smearing a whole...

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UK Govt cancels Scottish meetings … days after May pledged to talk to nations more

UK Govt cancels Scottish meetings … days after May pledged to talk to nations more

She said the move “flies in the face of the Prime Minister’s rhetoric” after Theresa May had promised an “enhanced role” for the devolved governments in Brexit negotiations. May told the Commons on Monday that while it was the job of her administration to “negotiate for the whole of the...

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JMC meeting is cancelled … days after May pledged to talk to nations more

JMC meeting is cancelled … days after May pledged to talk to nations more

She said the move “flies in the face of the Prime Minister’s rhetoric” after Theresa May had promised an “enhanced role” for the devolved governments in Brexit negotiations. May told the Commons on Monday that while it was the job of her administration to “negotiate for the whole of the...

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EU chiefs warn of hard Irish border in event of no-deal Brexit

EU chiefs warn of hard Irish border in event of no-deal Brexit

A spokesman said a hard border, which would mean checks and controls between the north and republic, was a “pretty obvious” outcome of the UK and the EU failing to agree on how to withdraw from the EU. One of the key principles of the Good Friday Agreement, which helped...

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Alyn Smith: If New Scots want to live here we need to make it clear they’re one of us

Alyn Smith: If New Scots want to live here we need to make it clear they’re one of us

I applauded to the rafters the decision of the Blair government to open the doors of the UK to full freedom of movement from the first opportunity in 2004, where a number of other EU states had opted instead to have more restrictive phasing in of the rights over a...

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Alyn Smith: We must unite around  New Scots and say they are welcome here

Alyn Smith: We must unite around New Scots and say they are welcome here

I applauded to the rafters the decision of the Blair government to open the doors of the UK to full freedom of movement from the first opportunity in 2004, where a number of other EU states had opted instead to have more restrictive phasing in of the rights over a...

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