After a wee break, Lesley is back and hot on the pursuit of 'universal benefits'. Having written about in the Scotsman , Lesley has some strong views about the debate. ( And if you want to see some photos from...
Scottish writers, indeed. In a country called Scotland. Whatever next? And, of course, the home-grown product is 'dire'. We ought to know our place: we should have stuck with 'Palgrave's Golden Treasury'.
"Just as it was beginning to become known that an agreement in principle has apparently been reached between the Scottish and UK governments on terms for holding a Scottish independence referendum no less than 86% of the membership of the Spanish parliament voted down a proposal to allow the Catalan Government to organize a similar referendum"
Harvie and others argued it was better to be inside the Yes Scotland campaign and influence it, than to be going it alone and Andy Wightman, argued that the campaign offered “unprecedented opportunity” to bring their ...
ScotsmanNational Trust for Scotland back from the brinkScotsmanBroadcaster Neil Oliver, below, academic Tom Devine and The Scotsman columnist Lesley Riddoch will be among the special guests at Scotland's national history festival next month.
"Catalonia, Scotland, Quebec, Flanders and the Basque Country may soon be sovereign and independent states, if their populations choose to endeavour to maintain and increase their prosperity as interdependent sovereign nations rather than suffer loss of prosperity and social-democratic welfare-state provision while the old state constructs in which they have been incorporated lose cohesion and decline. The process of breaking up the large dysfunctional Western states into ecologically and socially meaningful political communities may have just started and could lead to a more democratic and sustainable world system."
It even happened in Bath. Even in one of the richest corners of Britain – a city so posh that it refused a local organic dairy farm permission to open a boutique ice-cream concession in its expensive new shopping area in case it “lowered the tone” – there was an Occupy protest. A couple of dozen tents huddled together in Queen Square, a small green space in the middle of a busy traffic junction that’s more accustomed to hosting farmers’ markets and games of boules.
The SNP government is ending the right to buy, and also greatly increasing the building of new social housing. Unlike the British, we still have a choice. But time is running out.