The new BBC Scotland

The BBC announced today its plans for BBC Scotland and BBC Alba to be included in the new Royal Charter, and it’s fair to say that most people will be pleasantly surprised and enthusiastic about what’s to come. In the biggest shake-up of the state broadcaster’s role north of the border in 30 years, a new dedicated BBC Scotland channel will launch in Autumn 2018 to provide 5 hours of Scottish-focussed content each day. The centrepiece of this new channel will be a so-called “Scottish — Read more →

The Scotland we want it to be

While the rest of the world has gone slightly mad in the last twelve months, Scotland has been a place of relative calm.  Having had our independence referendum and two major elections year after year, since May there’s been very little drama in Scottish politics of note.  It’s been refreshing for many I’m sure. The two issues that remain at the heart of Scottish political life though are the effects of Brexit upon the country and also the potential second Scottish independence referendum that the — Read more →

Our new and frightening reality

2016 might have been the year of political shocks, but this week was where those shocks became reality – both here in the UK, and in a more real sense, in the US. Today marked the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump, an amazing feat for all of the wrong reasons and a staggering reminder that complacency of the political establishment and the public at large can result in populist overthrow right before our eyes. Trump’s speech was perhaps more polished than I’d expected, with — Read more →

Helping fake news Buzz off

A storm brewed in the US media, and around the world, this week as CNN reported that President Obama and President-Elect Trump were being briefed on top secret intelligence claims that Russia had compromising information relating to Trump.  This information was claimed to be private and personal, and just a few hours after CNN reported this, BuzzFeed published a dossier including several sensational claims about Trump, prostitutes and a hotel room in Moscow. We now know that the dossier has not been verified, though the — Read more →

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 →