Misø

Misø

Rediscovered album of misø – a cassette of loops and instrumentals recorded in October 1998 from the mighty Pomegranate … Composed and Produced by Stef McGlinchey. misø (original cassette) by pomegranate

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The Magnificent Seven

The Magnificent Seven

Isn’t history underwhelming these days? Billed as a “seismic shift” and with journalists gorging on SDP-cliche, the Independence Group launched yesterday in a blaze of incoherence with a wonderful hot mic moment and some ad hoc racism. Given that one of their key accusations against Corbyn’s Labour Party is racism...

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Counting With James Kelly MSP

Counting With James Kelly MSP

Alex Cole-Hamilton’s reign was the shortest on record.

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The master of detail

The master of detail

Unionists have been in a in the last couple of weeks that the First Minister has dared to leave the country not once but twice in order to try to improve relations and trade links with Scotland’s business partners. Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton – a man who still thinks...

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From Project Hope to Project Hate –  from Better Together to Bitter Together

From Project Hope to Project Hate – from Better Together to Bitter Together

Scotland provides a useful comparison with Northern Ireland. Up until Indy-Ref1, liberal unionism, with its acceptance of more political devolution, continued to advance under New Labour and Cameron’s Conservative/Lib-Dem coalition. As recently as 2012, the powers of the devolved Cardiff Bay, Welsh Assembly were extended, using Scotland’s Holyrood devolved parliament...

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Crowded Out – Scotland’s Over Tourism Problem

Crowded Out – Scotland’s Over Tourism Problem

The crisis of over-tourism has arrived in Edinburgh with vested interests too slow and stupid to respond. Hyper-defensiveness, a succulent lamb arts media and a city council clueless about how to respond other than feeding a Cash Cow are all part of the problem. Inertia and business-as-usual only works if...

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The Time is Now

The Time is Now

At present there are several things happening in the world of Social Care in Scotland. Rightly, there is an enquiry into historical abuse within the children’s care system, long overdue and destined to show Scotland as a place that allowed continued abuse of children with hardly a murmur from society....

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The SNP’s Great  Moving Right Show

The SNP’s Great Moving Right Show

In January 1979, four months before a triumphant Margaret Thatcher was standing on the steps of Downing Street quoting St. Francis of Assisi, the celebrated sociologist Stuart Hall penned an astonishingly prophetic political analysis. Published in Marxism Today – the journal that would go on to capture the Zeitgeist by...

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The not so magnificent seven

The not so magnificent seven

Well it finally happened. There have been rumours of impending splits for weeks, the only uncertainty was whether it was Labour or the Conservatives which would break first. Now we know, Labour broke itself. In the UK we don’t have a political system, we have an ego massage for no...

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The tissue-paper tigers

The tissue-paper tigers

It’s never a good look for a politician to have fewer principles than UKIP. When Tory MPs and defected to Nigel Farage’s party, both stood down from their seats and fought by-elections to establish whether their electoral mandates were personal or owed to the party. Both of them won. (Though...

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A journey through “Yr Hen Ogledd”, old loyalties and new horizons

A journey through “Yr Hen Ogledd”, old loyalties and new horizons

A guest post by Aled Gwyn Jôb In just under a month’s time, thousands of Welsh rugby fans will be making the journey up north to Edinburgh to follow the national team. The “Scottish Trip” has always been THE rugby trip for Welsh fans based on the great rapport and...

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Workplace Parking: BBC Scotland is preparing the ground for yet another Scottish Tory scam

Workplace Parking: BBC Scotland is preparing the ground for yet another Scottish Tory scam

Last week the BBC was exposed when an audience member on its flagship Question Time programme was revealed to have been invited on to give voice to British Nationalism. Billy Mitchell’s cameo was made all the worse when it emerged Fiona Hyslop’s response to the rant was edited out by...

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The Harvesters

The Harvesters

We saw a tweet from some Tory MP or MSP this morning urging voters to sign some fake “petition” or other bashing the SNP, and it rang a bell in our minds, so we popped over to the Conservative Party website where we found this: Despite referring to “a new...

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Red John and the Rain Geese

Red John and the Rain Geese

Mairi McFadyen on why a bright future for renewable energy must also harness the past so our living culture can continue to flourish. As it is for many of us, questions of climate are never far from our minds. A hot topic of conversation where I live is the proposed...

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Brexit dropped as Good Morning Scotland pushes Scottish Tory ‘parking propaganda’

Brexit dropped as Good Morning Scotland pushes Scottish Tory ‘parking propaganda’

The weekend presenter of BBC Scotland’s flagship radio programme has admitted replacing a discussion on Brexit with one that promoted a Scottish Conservative propaganda attack. Listeners heard presenter Bill Whiteford say Brexit had been dropped from that week’s opening slot and replaced with an item on workplace parking. Introducing the...

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Counting With Scottish Labour

Counting With Scottish Labour

A little snippet caught our eye earlier. As alert readers may recall from our numerous investigations into the enduring enigma that is Scottish Labour’s membership figures, at the end of 2014 the branch office was claiming to have either or 20,000 members. And even in a world where 38% is...

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Ten Things We Learned from the School Strike

Ten Things We Learned from the School Strike

Multiple leadership is required. Charismatic leadership models are vulnerable to being a single point of failure and being manipulated by the media. One of the best things to happen was to take the pressure of Greta Thunberg and allow many different figures and voices to appear in different countries and...

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A Phased Return To Fortress Europe?

A Phased Return To Fortress Europe?

When Nicola Sturgeon first spoke about Scotland making a “phased return” to the EU, I couldn’t help picturing her standing in the ticket office at Glasgow Central, struggling to explain her intricate travel plan to the hapless ScotRail employee behind the glass-screened counter. “Naebody’s ever asked fur that before,” comes...

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From Visions of a Young Country to Mouldy Jam

From Visions of a Young Country to Mouldy Jam

It was only 1995 when Tony Blair described Britain as: ” a nation for all the people, built by all the people. Old divisions cast out. A new spirit in the nation …” – then slipping to into the strange non-language he patented he concluded: “Working together. Unity. Solidarity. Partnership.”...

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Scottish Labour has no Medicine for Healthcare in Scotland

Scottish Labour has no Medicine for Healthcare in Scotland

There are few things worse than watching badly scripted parodies of real hospital life, but this week Scottish Labour managed to create one. Aside from the dodgy mood lighting, the broadcast took serious issues within healthcare and over-simplified the solutions. In it, Labour’s health team (real stories, not real doctors,...

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Replying to Andrew Wilson: a Scottish Currency is not Symbolism, its Power

Replying to Andrew Wilson: a Scottish Currency is not Symbolism, its Power

Andrew Wilson, author of the Growth Commission report, writes a new column in The National. This he does with great eloquence and passion. In his latest offering he attempts a defence of the Commission’s controversial proposal that independent Scotland keeps using the pound sterling for the foreseeable future. Regular readers...

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Counting With Jamie Greene

Counting With Jamie Greene

In this site’s view, the proposed new which the 2019 budget will enable local authorities to implement if they choose to – but which is in no sense being imposed on anyone by the SNP, who – is a pretty rotten idea, which will do nothing to combat climate change...

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Unstaining the Edinburgh Science Festival

Unstaining the Edinburgh Science Festival

Taking the kids to the Science Festival this year? Make sure to explain to them that the sponsors are destroying their future. The science is clear – the activities of fossil fuel companies are incompatible with preventing catastrophic climate change. Fossil fuel companies, including many past and present Edinburgh International...

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Counting With The Scottish Media #2

Counting With The Scottish Media #2

In today’s Daily Record: Half, you say? What the YouGov poll actually predicted was Labour losing FIVE of their current SEVEN seats to the SNP, holding onto only Edinburgh South and East Lothian. And, y’know, call us sticklers but we’re pretty sure five is quite a bit more than half...

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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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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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EXCLUSIVE: Ofcom refuses to investigate BBC Scotland complaints

EXCLUSIVE: Ofcom refuses to investigate BBC Scotland complaints

The independent broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has refused to investigate a string of complaints against BBC Scotland, Indyref2 can reveal. Correspondence seen by this site shows that Ofcom refused to investigate multiple complaints against the broadcaster, despite overwhelming evidence that breaches had occured. Complaints ignored by the watchdog include the Jenny...

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The alarm clock is ringing

The alarm clock is ringing

The weekend was marked by the idiocies of Chris Grayling, the Transport Secretary who decided to commission a ferry service from a company which had less experience in ferries than a pizza delivery guy who occasionally goes to Rothesay on holiday.

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Escaping Boris’s Blowhole

Escaping Boris’s Blowhole

A referendum POST Brexit, to confirm leaving the way that 1975 confirmed joining, seems sensible. It would also give Scotland the chance to make its own choice. This morning, I wouldn’t give it a snowball’s chance in a circle of hell of happening. It might, however, be the standard against...

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When The Wind Blows by Raymond Briggs

When The Wind Blows by Raymond Briggs

A radio play by Raymond Briggs, based on his cartoon book of the same name, with Peter Sallis and Brenda Bruce. From 1983. Relevant again.

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Activists and the Surveillance State: Learning from Repression

Activists and the Surveillance State: Learning from Repression

Activists and the Surveillance State: Learning from Repression An evening with Aziz Choudry and Eveline Lubbers Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 4 PM – 6 PM The Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh, 17 West Montgomery Pl, EH7 5HA Edinburgh Join us for an evening of discussion with Aziz Choudry and Eveline...

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BBC Scotland will never change … because it doesn’t want to

BBC Scotland will never change … because it doesn’t want to

Question Time has prompted howls of outrage from independence supporters again. The programme, renowned for under-representing the SNP on its panels, is in the spotlight for over-representing a known right-wing loyalist. Billy Mitchell made an appearance for the fourth time on the programme. Something unheard of … unless your name’s...

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The outstanding balance

The outstanding balance

We had an interesting exchange with Scottish Labour MP Paul Sweeney this week on the deathless lie that is the “fiscal transfer” – the £10bn or so that Unionists rather startlingly insist the rest of the UK generously donates to Scotland every year out of the goodness of its heart,...

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Building a New Catalonia: Self-Determination and Emancipation

Building a New Catalonia: Self-Determination and Emancipation

This book brings together leading voices in the Catalonian left independence movement alongside key figures in the international solidarity movement. The book articulates the political strategies and aspirations of the anti-capitalist, feminist and socialist struggles for self-determination in Catalonia in a series of 35 short and sharply written essays. The...

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Highlanders and Billy Boys

Highlanders and Billy Boys

The failure of BBC to review or respond to the criticisms of their ‘flagship’ programme is not strange – it makes perfect sense – because this isn’t a current affairs or a news programme it’s an entertainment spectacle. How else can you explain the repeat appearances of Orange Order and...

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Counting with the Scottish media

Counting with the Scottish media

What does two plus two make? Let’s all do it together, shall we? One! Two! Three! Er, three again! Kudos to the Scottish Sun for getting there in the end, though. Stick with Wings, lads, we’ll keep you right.

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BBC Question Time’s definition of balance

BBC Question Time’s definition of balance

I wasn’t planning to write a blog piece today, because Friday is the day that the Dugcast is released, but the farce that is BBC Question Time cannot pass unremarked. The programme is, frankly, a disgrace.

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Wee Ginger Dugcast with Anne McLaughlin

Wee Ginger Dugcast with Anne McLaughlin

In this edition of the Dugcast, Callum Baird, the Dug, and I are joined by Anne McLaughlin, the former MP for Glasgow North East. This week we chat about Brexit, Angus Robertson’s new initiative Progress Scotland, and of course that episode of BBC Question Time.

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Time To Convert Those 80-Minute Nats

Time To Convert Those 80-Minute Nats

Best scoop I bagged when working as a reporter in the old STV studios at Cowcaddens came from cajoling Jim Sillars into doing a camera interview in the aftermath of the 1992 General Election. Completely scunnered by the loss of his Glasgow Govan seat, the former SNP deputy leader got...

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Auntie’s Favourite

Auntie’s Favourite

Last night we observed the considerable statistical difficulty involved in getting to speak on the BBC’s flagship political debate show Question Time not just once, or even twice, but THREE times, and the remarkable ease with which shouty sectarian bigot Billy Mitchell has achieved it. But readers, we’re afraid we...

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We see you

We see you

This tweet, from a little over a year ago, remarks on the second consecutive speaking appearance on the BBC’s flagship Question Time of Billy Mitchell, a flute-band Loyalist and former UKIP candidate whose standard contribution to the national debate is an incoherent shouted rant against the SNP and all they...

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Mistaking incompetence for sincerity

Mistaking incompetence for sincerity

Well if you were counting on the Labour party to save us all from a Tory Brexit, think again. Jeremy Corbyn has written to Theresa May to lay out his terms for supporting her deal.

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Oil and Gas: Common Affairs and Common Futures

Oil and Gas: Common Affairs and Common Futures

OIL: BURN IT OR SHOVE IT? “MAXIMISE oil recovery!” That is the blunt message from the Commons Scottish Affairs Select Committee this week. The committee is chaired by the feisty if conservative Pete Wishart, SNP MP for Perth and North Perthshire. Pete is no fan of an early IndyRef2. The...

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RBS, the FCA and the Treasury – Making it Happen

RBS, the FCA and the Treasury – Making it Happen

The biggest scandal to hit the British banking sector since the crisis of 2008, isn’t Libor, it is the one the Labour shadow business secretary Clive Lewis says ‘may be the largest theft anywhere, ever’. And it just got a whole lot more interesting, with the spotlight now being shone...

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Brexit: Plan, Eh?

Brexit: Plan, Eh?

The Prime Minister is like one of those antibiotic resistant bacteria. The closest thing that she has to a political principle is MSRA. It doesn’t matter what countermeasures you throw at it, it’s still there, giving you stomach cramps and nausea.

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