The Road not Taken, the Road Still Open

The Road not Taken, the Road Still Open

Sitting down to ponder again the impact of Paulo Freire’s work in Britain in the more than forty years since we first encountered it raises a storm of memories and emotions. To begin with, it would be churlish to deny that the allied victory over Fascism in the second world...

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Independence is our escape route from Tory Brexit chaos

Independence is our escape route from Tory Brexit chaos

We refuse to be dragged out of Europe by a farcical Tory government we did not vote for.
We have an escape route from this – an independent Scotland, at the heart of Europe.
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Living in a 1970s concept album

Living in a 1970s concept album

Meet the new plan, the same as the old plan. Even though the Prime Minister has been utterly humiliated, she keeps going on. Theresa is missing the shame gene. It is now clear that Theresa May is giving the UK a lesson in masochism. It’s about the only sense in...

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Theresa May is still not listening as she drags Scotland off Brexit cliff

Theresa May is still not listening as she drags Scotland off Brexit cliff

If she genuinely meant to listen, Theresa May should have been reaching out across the nations of the UK.
Instead of scrapping her ridiculous red lines, she keeps on living in fantasy land.
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Life Is Precious But it is also perishable – Cherish Your Loved Ones

Life Is Precious But it is also perishable – Cherish Your Loved Ones

Exactly two years ago today, January 11th 2016, my wee world was turned upside down. It was a pretty unspectacular Wednesday. The night before was wild with strong winds and rain. We have a glass globe light fixed to the outside side wall of our house. It had been there...

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Estonia: Digital Utopia or Orwellian Dystopia?

Estonia: Digital Utopia or Orwellian Dystopia?

THERE is much hyping of the notion Scotland should emulate Baltic Estonia and become a “digital frontier”. Recently, Angus Robertson was using his National column to laud the idea of “Scottish digital citizenship” on the Estonian model. I’m all for embracing new technology. But there is a bit of me...

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Reforming Local Democracy in an Independent Scotland

Reforming Local Democracy in an Independent Scotland

British politics is currently consumed in madness. Turn on your TV and it will be Brexit. Turn on your radio and it will be Brexit. Walk into a café and listen to a local political preacher ramble on about, you guessed it, Brexit. Yet within the realms of the Yes...

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Alex Salmond says now is the time for independence fight

Alex Salmond says now is the time for independence fight

He spoke out days after Prime Minister Theresa May suffered an historic defeat in the Commons over her EU withdrawal agreement and Nicola Sturgeon said she would set out her timetable on a new plebiscite “in weeks”. In an interview with the Sunday National, Salmond said: “Nicola should be concentrating...

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Theresa May to unveil Brexit alternative amid Cabinet turmoil

Theresa May to unveil Brexit alternative amid Cabinet turmoil

She is expected to suggest to try and abandon the Irish backstop, the insurance policy to keep an open border in Ireland in the event of no future trade deal being established between the EU and the UK. Instead she wants to offer a bilateral trade agreement to Ireland that...

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Ian Blackford warns no-deal Brexit is ‘height of irresponsibility’

Ian Blackford warns no-deal Brexit is ‘height of irresponsibility’

READ MORE: Theresa May to unveil Brexit plan B amid Cabinet turmoil In a letter to the Prime Minister, the SNP MP stated that mere “cosmetic changes” by the Prime Minister to a deal which was rejected by Parliament would be unacceptable, and that she must heed calls to halt...

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The pros and cons of Nicola Sturgeon’s Indyref strategy

The pros and cons of Nicola Sturgeon’s Indyref strategy

It seems everyone and their dog has advice to give to Nicola Sturgeon on the timing of a second independence referendum. They range from the credible – Alex Salmond insists now is the time – to the rather less than credible – Jim Sillars urges caution. Within the SNP ranks...

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This week at the Scottish Parliament: Delivering progress in the midst of Brexit chaos

This week at the Scottish Parliament: Delivering progress in the midst of Brexit chaos

Find out what happened over the last 7 days at the Scottish Parliament.
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The temple of doom

The temple of doom

It’s being reported today (Sunday) that the British Government finds it “extremely concerning” that MPs are trying to delay Article 50 in order to avoid a no deal. It’s a bit like that scene in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull when our hero and his chums...

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This Script

This Script

Jenny Lindsay was one half of the mythical Rally and Broad is the author of Ire and Salt and is the founder and director of Flint and Pitch a platform for emerging, Scottish spoken word, theatre, live literature and music acts. ‘This Script’ is a part univocal poem in, and...

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Government ‘failure’ means EU must ring-fence rights of citizens

Government ‘failure’ means EU must ring-fence rights of citizens

READ MORE: Joanna Cherry: Westminster fails to agree on anything as Brexit deadline looms Calling for the EU to ring-fence citizen’s rights so that they will have clarity on what they will face in the event that the UK crashes out of the bloc without an agreement, Smith’s letter goes...

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The Authentic Andy Murray

The Authentic Andy Murray

“Maybe, I’ll see you again” In classic Andy Murray fashion, after the downcast press conference, the worldwide tributes and the schmaltzy retirement video by his fellow pros, he gave us all something to cling onto. This week he’s expected to announce if he’ll go ahead with a hip resurfacing operation,...

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$hit that British Nationalists Say: The SNP will close Catholic Schools

$hit that British Nationalists Say: The SNP will close Catholic Schools

This will be the first in a line of features called “$hit that British Nationalists Say”. Why? Because the recent activity of the Britnats seems to be to throw out as many myths as they possibly can and hope that some of it sticks. Today’s feature is the myth that...

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How can BBC Scotland regain trust if it broadcasts anti-SNP garbage such as this?

How can BBC Scotland regain trust if it broadcasts anti-SNP garbage such as this?

On Saturday January 19th Good Morning Scotland broadcast a discussion featuring two journalists. The segment lasted over 11 minutes. Listeners heard Iain Macwhirter of The Herald and David Clegg of the Daily Record attack the SNP with a stream of quite outlandish claims. So bizarre were some of the claims...

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Chris Cairns is on holiday

Chris Cairns is on holiday

Yes, still. Yes, again. But don’t worry, we still have a cartoon joke for you. Ladies and gentlemen, the Scottish Labour Party.

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Keith Brown issues rallying call as MP says indyref2 could be this summer

Keith Brown issues rallying call as MP says indyref2 could be this summer

READ MORE: Keith Brown tells Holyrood demo to start independence campaign Labour’s Shadow Scottish Secretary Lesley Laird hit back at Brown accusing him being irresponsible by agitating for independence at a time when the country stood on the brink of “instability and chaos”. Earlier this week the UK Government suffered...

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Brown issues rallying call as MP says indyref2 could be this summer

Brown issues rallying call as MP says indyref2 could be this summer

READ MORE: Keith Brown tells Holyrood demo to start independence campaign Labour’s Shadow Scottish Secretary Lesley Laird hit back at Brown accusing him being irresponsible by agitating for independence at a time when the country stood on the brink of “instability and chaos”. Earlier this week the UK Government suffered...

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SNP hit out at Unionist press over Salmond ‘history’ claim

SNP hit out at Unionist press over Salmond ‘history’ claim

READ MORE: Sturgeon ‘victim of a smear campaign’ over Salmond allegations It’s not clear where this information or the date came from. An archive search of the website using the Wayback Machine tool, which allows users to read old version of internet pages, has a saved version of the “History”...

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Greens: Indyref2 must happen quickly even if Brexit is stopped

Greens: Indyref2 must happen quickly even if Brexit is stopped

READ MORE: Theresa May accused of ‘time-wasting’ over Brexit talks He spoke out after a week of unprecedented crisis at Westminster which saw the Prime Minister suffer a catastrophic defeat on her Brexit deal. It was the worst ever parliamentary loss for a government over its legislation. Amid the chaos...

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An independent Scotland can build a people’s Europe

An independent Scotland can build a people’s Europe

Ross Greer MSP West of Scotland External Affairs, Education & Skills, Culture & Media TwitterFacebookWebsite In 70 days the Article 50 negotiation period will expire and unless something changes, the UK will leave the European Union, with or without a deal. What happens in the next seventy days is anyone’s...

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Chasing Imperial Virility with Enoch Powell and Oliver’s Army

Chasing Imperial Virility with Enoch Powell and Oliver’s Army

This week saw the anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of the Union, on January 16 1707. The past 24 hours (never mind the previous 312 years) has put such a strain on the Union that it seems at breaking point. The slow draining of the last residual respect...

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The National’s Wee Ginger Dugcast : Jan 18

The National’s Wee Ginger Dugcast : Jan 18

The second edition of The National’s Wee Ginger Dugcast featuring yours truly and Callum Baird, editor of The National. This week we discuss the events in Westminster and the growing impetus for Scotland to have a say on its future. And we also talk about the dog’s bollocks. As you...

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A new era of equal pay at Glasgow City Council

A new era of equal pay at Glasgow City Council

Our commitment to resolving this issue has never wavered, unlike the Labour administration that came before.
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The Prisoners

The Prisoners

You wouldn’t know it to watch the black-hole-scale mess our politicians are making of it, but the thing about Brexit is that it ISN’T an insoluble problem. That two of the supposed “partners” in the United Kingdom are being forced out of the EU against the will of their people...

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Real Cost of No Deal #4

Real Cost of No Deal #4

As part of our expanding series on the future of health for the UK, as we move closer to a conclusion to Brexit, we’re examining the cost of a no-deal Brexit to various aspects of healthcare. If you’re interested in joining our campaign to protect healthcare in an independent Scotland...

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Real Cost of No Deal #3

Real Cost of No Deal #3

As part of our expanding series on the future of health for the UK, as we move closer to a conclusion to Brexit, we’re examining the cost of a no-deal Brexit to various aspects of healthcare. If you’re interested in joining our campaign to protect healthcare in an independent Scotland...

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This Week in Westminster: standing up for Scotland’s place in Europe

This Week in Westminster: standing up for Scotland’s place in Europe

As a tumultuous week in Westminster comes to an end, we look back on the key events and highlight the work of your SNP MPs, standing up for Scotland amid the chaos.
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Friday Pods of Choice

Friday Pods of Choice

While we labour away mining in the audio caves to bring you our very own Bella podcast, here’s three very different ones to keep you going. Episode 16 from the Nutmeg podcast: a football & music special with Grant Hutchison from @FRabbits James Graham of @thetwilightsad & Mike Palmer from...

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The Return of the Barrastinian – Wake Up and Smell the Covfefe

The Return of the Barrastinian – Wake Up and Smell the Covfefe

He’s back! A Friday treat of Mixcloud melodies from the way outers, its Neil MacNeil from Barra with a mix-tape for your weekend … More music from Bella with Mixcloud streams and compilations here – and more guest-selected playlists for Spotify here.

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Historic Victory for Equal Pay Strikes

Historic Victory for Equal Pay Strikes

by Richie Venton, SSP national workplace organiser Equal pay strikers have won a massive breakthrough in their long, hard battle for equal pay justice in Glasgow City Council. No exact calculations and individual payouts to the thousands of (overwhelmingly) women who have suffered years of daylight robbery of their wages...

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Theresa May: She’s coming for your Human Rights

Theresa May: She’s coming for your Human Rights

Let’s not beat around the bush! Ever since Theresa May was Home Secretary, she has steadfastly advocated the end of the Human Rights Act. She used every opportunity to attempt to beat it with a stick during her time in the Home Office, from terrorism to deporting hate preachers, to...

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Explainer: Teachers’ Pay

Explainer: Teachers’ Pay

Under the new pay scale proposals from the Scottish Government, teachers would receive a minimum 9% increase between January 2018 and April 2019, and a further 3% rise in April 2020. If accepted, it would be the best pay deal for teachers anywhere in the UK.
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Keith Brown tells Holyrood demo to start independence campaign

Keith Brown tells Holyrood demo to start independence campaign

Brown told them: “It’s great see so many people here demonstrating against the absolute mess that the Conservatives are making of this country, and demonstrating in favour of the fact that we can make a much better future for ourselves. “The mandate on which the SNP fought the last Holyrood...

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Kirk hits back at Tory MSP after being told to keep out of politics

Kirk hits back at Tory MSP after being told to keep out of politics

In the statement, Rev Dr Richard Frazer,who is the convenor of the Church and Society Council, called on Westminster and the UK Government to “look beyond party politics and maintaining or gaining power and focus first and foremost on the good of the country and everyone who lives here”. He...

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MoD puts army reservists on standby for no-deal Brexit

MoD puts army reservists on standby for no-deal Brexit

Last month, the Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced that up to 3500 troops would be used to support government departments. Yesterday’s announcement confirmed that 10% of them would come from the reservists. In a written statement to MPs, Defence Minister Mark Lancaster said the troops would be ready to mitigate...

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Harvie: Timetable for independence vote essential, even if Article 50 extended

Harvie: Timetable for independence vote essential, even if Article 50 extended

In the face of such incompetent misrule from Westminster, it’s now vital that we set out a route for Scotland to secure its future in Europe as an independent member state, even if the Brexit timetable is extended. Patrick Harvie MSP Scottish Greens co-convenor Patrick Harvie MSP has said that...

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The SNP, not Labour, is the real radical and progressive party

The SNP, not Labour, is the real radical and progressive party

While Labour constantly seek to emphasise their ‘radical’ credentials, we’re getting on with delivering radical policies and driving progressive change in Scotland.
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Willie Rennie says Nicola Sturgeon should be concentrating on a second referendum, not concentrating on a second referendum.

Willie Rennie says Nicola Sturgeon should be concentrating on a second referendum, not concentrating on a second referendum.

OK! So sometimes there are things that politicians say that just have to be commented on, not because they are any good but because they show staggering hypocrisy. When I read this tweet on Willies twitter feed today, I nearly pebble-dashed my PC screen with my cup of coffee. So...

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Announcement on Indyref2 Timing from First Minister now Imminent

Announcement on Indyref2 Timing from First Minister now Imminent

If you wouldn’t mind giving a few minutes of your time to support Forward as One’s petition to the European Parliament to have them vote on Scotlands membership of the European Union when it votes for Independence we’d appreciate it: European Parliament Vote on Independent Membership of European Union for Scotland...

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Labour Joins with Tories at Holyrood to increase threat of No-Deal Brexit

Labour Joins with Tories at Holyrood to increase threat of No-Deal Brexit

An amendment tabled in Holyrood by SNP’s Derek McKay which would have modified an amendment to Scotlands Future Economy by Richard Leonard, Labours Leader in Scotland has been voted against by both Labour and the Tories.

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Real Cost of No Deal #2

Real Cost of No Deal #2

As part of our expanding series on the future of health for the UK, as we move closer to a conclusion to Brexit, we’re examining the cost of a no-deal Brexit to various aspects of healthcare. If you’re interested in joining our campaign to protect healthcare in an independent Scotland...

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Real Cost of No Deal #1

Real Cost of No Deal #1

As part of our expanding series on the future of health for the UK, as we move closer to a conclusion to Brexit, we’re examining the cost of a no-deal Brexit to various aspects of healthcare. If you’re interested in joining our campaign to protect healthcare in an independent Scotland...

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Don’t give the opposition free exposure on social media.

Don’t give the opposition free exposure on social media.

You might not know (or maybe you do) but social media works on a complicated process of actually giving more credence to something because it is given credence. That might sound strange but in reality,  it is not a complex idea. In a nutshell, the more something is shared or...

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Gillette and Occam’s Razor

Gillette and Occam’s Razor

If Brexit represents a country having a nervous breakdown, ravaged by identity crisis and hyper-nostalgia, incapable of understanding itself and confused about its role in the world, Piers Morgan personifies this spasm of moronic populism. Morgan, who readers will recall was sacked for publishing faked photographs of troops torturing Iraqi...

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Scotland cannot be left at the mercy of a dysfunctional Westminster government

Scotland cannot be left at the mercy of a dysfunctional Westminster government

One of the most revealing aspects of the period since the Brexit vote is the contrast between the way Ireland has been treated by the EU and the contempt with which Scotland has treated by the Westminster Government.
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The Ice Queen’s sandcastle

The Ice Queen’s sandcastle

After the devastating defeat of the government’s Brexit deal on Tuesday, came Wednesday’s vote of confidence called by Jeremy Corbyn. As expected, those Tories who voted down the central policy of their own government yesterday lined up to support it today. They might hate Theresa May’s deal, but they hate...

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