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A Parliament of Scotland’s People

30 Jun

Peter A Bell

It is, perhaps, only to be expected that the First Minister should note that the Scottish Parliament has become the locus of Scotland’s politics. More interesting is the fact that the British head of state concurred; making it rather difficult for British Nationalists to denounce the idea of that locus being anywhere other than Westminster – the self-styled mother of all parliaments. Of course, nothing will deter the most bitter, angry and fervent adherents to ‘One Nation’ British Nationalism; not even a chastening pronouncement from their monarch. They will continue to insist that the Scottish Parliament is, and ever shall be, what it was always intended to be – a mere inconsequential adjunct to their parliament. These ideologues are adept at denying even the most glaringly evident reality should it clash with their prejudices and pretensions.

Other than the shrill and deluded British Nationalist bigots, pretty much everybody accepts that…

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First Step – Devolution – Next Step – Independence – Final Step – A Scottish Republic!

30 Jun

theweedetour

On a bright sunny day back in July 1st, 1999, people gathered on both sides of the Royal Mile for a ceremony that left those in the Conservative Party spitting chips. The people of these glorious lands had voted in a referendum to have our parliament reconvened and devolved powers within it. As media mingled with tourists and Scots, both old and new, the pipers and drummers could be heard practicing nearby. Above the cobbles of Edinburgh’s ancient street, people gathered, windows thrown open, ready to welcome all. The children of the Lothian Pipe Band internationally recognised got into position, and to the haunting sound of the bagpipes it began.

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Guards, either side stood to attention as their monarch, the one they serve was driven along the street, the clip, clip, of the horses and riders behind, Her Majesty, in purple, his Majesty Prince Philip in suit, waving happily to the crowd…

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The turd way of politics

29 Jun

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Robert the Bruce – a review

29 Jun

Grouse Beater

385.jpgAngus Macfadyen, galvaniser of the project, co-writer, co-producer, and the Bruce himself

This review begins with the obvious, the one aspect film critics will miss if ignorant of reality in Scotland, or own a mind set against Scotland’s political ambitions. Angus Macfadyen’s pursuit of this project, well over a decade from inception to creation and release, is a monumental achievement, all things considered.

Herculean covers a multitude of hurdles, bypassing Scotland’s cottage film activity, no Scottish based international film distributors, next to no history of film investment from the Scottish financial sector, and a popular film about the same famous warlord already released backed by Netflix millions. It would be mean-spirited of me not to begin a review with unreserved praise of this accomplishment, the cinematic expression of a pivotal moment in Scotland’s history realised on the big screen.

Nor can the film be compared to David Mackenzie’s Outlaw King

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BBC2 Newsnight’s Scottish Toryfest

28 Jun

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Despite Westminster cuts Scottish renewables electricity generation soars 17% to 88% of annual requirement

28 Jun

Talking-up Scotland

 From Energy Voice yesterday:

‘Scottish renewable energy hits ‘record generation’ in 2019. Electricity from renewable energy generation in Scotland has reached record levels in the first quarter of 2019, new figures from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has shown. According to BEIS, in the first quarter of 2019 renewable generation in Scotland was 8,877 gigawatts (GW) – enough to power around 88% of Scottish households for a year. The figure is an increase in generation of 17% on the same quarter in 2018.’

https://www.energyvoice.com/otherenergy/202451/scottish-renewable-energy-hits-record-generation-in-2019/

Though reducing the support for this, Westminster has of course been pleased to use it to falsely claim success in achieving their renewable power targets:

8% of the population but 20% of the electricity production: How Scotland subsidises Britain’s green power ‘achievement’

There’s no mention of electricity transfers from Scotland to rUK in this Guardian report on a ‘landmark’ achievement by…

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The Democratic Mandate

27 Jun

The Mammoth Whale

The Scottish Conservatives are playing an incredibly dangerous game when it comes to democracy, both locally and nationally. Their love for power in Westminster has established their opposition to the likes of Citizen’s Assemblies, TV leader Debates, a Section 30 order and a People’s Vote. They believe so strongly that the people have given them power for the right reasons that they…refuse to give more power or transparency to people.

Indeed they argue that they don’t have to empower people or institutions any further because they have the “mandate” for it. Take for example a Section 30 order, one which has been requested by the Scottish Parliament after a majority vote for a second independence referendum. Instead of listening to the current Scottish Parliament, Westminster instead references a dated mandate from the Scottish independence referendum of 2014. So this begs the question: what democratic mandate do we consider first?

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World of Fools

27 Jun

A Wilderness of Peace

“It is sometimes the height of wisdom to feign stupidity.”
– Cato

Most of Scottish social media is abuzz with thatJeremy Vine thing. But there’s another Jeremy Vine thing which I’d like to share, because I think it’s very illustrative as to the tack the UK is taking us.

(If you haven’t read Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series – at least the original trilogy – and I highly recommend that you do, then consider yourself warned. I’m not generally bothered by spoilers, but others are, and this article discusses a really awesome twist).

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Bring down the clowns!

27 Jun

Peter A Bell

It has, for very good reason, grown all too easy to dismiss the actions of the British state in relation to Scotland as being motivated by pettiness or as the result of incompetence. We see in the likes of Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson (Not to mention the Tory leadership candidates rejected in their favour. Imagine how that must sting!) bumbling clowns playing to an audience so beguiled by the bright lights and sequin sparkle as to think this performance important politics and the tawdry, torn and precariously tilting big-top in which it is being enacted the only place of any consequence.

The clowns know their audience well. They know how it likes to watch the whiteface abuse and humiliate the auguste. They are aware that the loudest and most demonstrative section of the audience identifies with the superior status of the lead clown. They are conscious of how this…

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The saltire piñata

27 Jun

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