The Collective Amnesia of Colonialism

The Collective Amnesia of Colonialism

I am supremely grateful for the opportunity to debate some of the most significant issues of our day. A first for me was to perform in such an environment as Question Time. I learned a lot about live television and communication. One of the points that I made that has...

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One Cigarette

One Cigarette

Jock Scot – One Cigarette by Edwin Morgan. A film by Steven Reynolds for Bella for Valentine’s Day.

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An uncertain future

An uncertain future

Another slow news day, so here’s one from the archives: Don’t worry, we’re not going to make you try to read it that size. In 2019, six weeks from a no-deal Brexit, suddenly “insignificance in Europe” and “an uncertain future in the EU” for Scotland don’t sound quite so bad,...

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Universal Credit is a Scandal of Criminal Proportions – Iain Duncan Smith Should be Prosecuted

  Yesterday in the den of dishonesty and inequity which serves us the British seat of democracy a Tory Minister almost caused the roof to cave in. Against all the guidelines and memos on Ministerial behaviour from the Civil Service high heid yins Amber Rudd in Parliament was forced to...

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The Clinton impeachment: Reflecting on a famous scandal 20 years on

The Clinton impeachment: Reflecting on a famous scandal 20 years on

The case cast a huge shadow over Clinton’s second term as President, even though they began with events that allegedly occurred during his time as Governor of Arkansas in 1991. Clinton was only the second president to be impeached, the first being Andrew Johnson in 1868. Like Johnson, Clinton was...

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Spain on Trial

Spain on Trial

This week the trials began: the trials of Catalonian political prisoners in Spain, on trial for crimes of ‘rebellion’ and ‘sedition’. Let’s just pause to reflect on this. We have a leading European state putting 12 people on trial for peaceful political activities. All 12 were either elected or legitimately...

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Ronnie Cowan: We are protesting outside No 10 for rights of Catalan accused

Ronnie Cowan: We are protesting outside No 10 for rights of Catalan accused

The campaign for Catalan independence is as long and as complicated as Scotland’s. But, while those of us who believe in Scotland’s independence continue to face bias within the media – one only has to look as far back as last week’s BBC Question Time for that – we still...

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Spanish justice in spotlight as Catalan indy trial starts

Spanish justice in spotlight as Catalan indy trial starts

Current Catalan Speaker, Roger Torrent, will address a rally outside the Supreme Court in Madrid, which will also be attended by President Quim Torra. In the Commons, SNP and Plaid Cymru MPs will wear yellow ribbons to show their backing for the Catalans’ right to self-determination. The long-awaited trial will...

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