Bella we hardly knew ye

In just the space of 24 hours, one of the brightest lights of the pro-Yes movement here in Scotland went completely dark as Bella Caledonia closed down, seemingly with no return in sight. It was just yesterday afternoon when editor Mike Small posted a short, and rather unusual, goodbye on the site – signing off with the statement “Just couldn’t do it”.  Bemusement and confusion soon gave way to sadness and loss, though, as a statement from the site’s board indeed said that due to — Read more →

Let’s not say bye to HIE

The Scottish Government looks set to scrap Highlands & Islands Enterprise (HIE) as part of a review into Scotland’s innovation and commercial enterprise. In its’ stead will be a centralised body that will oversee development across the country, but this will seriously damage the work being done to help some of Scotland’s most economically disadvantages regions and the Highlands & Islands will suffer the worst of the consequences. The discussions into the role of this new body have been ongoing since last month’s first stage — Read more →

What to expect from President Trump

The impossible has happened and Donald Trump has been elected President of the United States of America. No matter who you are and who you supported in the US election race, Trump’s victory is a massive surprise that went against all predictions and one that shakes the political system of the world once more in what has already been a tumultuous year. We’re now left picking up the pieces of a campaign season that’s not only been one of the most divisive and partisan in — Read more →

2016 US Presidential Election Predictions

America goes to the polls tomorrow after what has felt like one of the most intense and partisan Presidential elections ever, with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump going the full 12 rounds against each other. It’s no secret now that the two choices being served to the American public are among the most unpalatable in their history, but what the outcome is set to be is perhaps what most of the world will be wanting. Despite a closing race over the last week or so, — Read more →

Indyref – 2 years on

It’s two years since Scotland said No to independence in a referendum that completely transformed the face of the country and its’ politics. From a day where many thought the independence dream would be shattered we have now reached a stage where the old gang is getting back together, with the grassroots organisations that supported independence re-thinking how to go about campaigning for an indyref2 and the SNP Government launching another “conversation” with the public about what they see as the country’s future. Anyone that — Read more →