Addiction Determinants of Health Health Mental Health NHS Val Waldron

‘Take A Drink’ A review of Darren Loki McGarvey’s Addiction series. part 1 Alcohol by Val Waldron

A review of Darren Loki McGarvey’s Addiction series Part 1 Alcohol ‘Take A Drink’ ‘Take A Drink’ the encapsulation in three familiar words our shared history that runs through Scotland’s relationship with alcohol. We’re hooked immediately by the series introduction, which promises a broad spectrum look at addiction; food, drugs, gambling and alcohol. Somewhere along […]

Brexit Climate Change Conspiracy Theory cop26 coronavirus Corruption covid vaccination Democracy Environment Equalities Fascism Feminism Holyrood Election 2021 Human Rights Immigration Independence Left Politics Me Too Media Politics of hate Poverty Privilege Racism Scotland Scottish Independence Tory corruption Trans rights Val Waldron violence against women

A Snapshot of 2021 by Val Waldron

‘Alexa give me a snapshot of 2021 without mentioning Covid’  Can I help? All of the events below were of course shot through with Covid, antivaxxers, restrictions, opposition and media undermining of the Scottish Government health message, oh, and big shouty businesses. It didn’t stop the world from turning though! In Search of Q We […]

Brian Finlay David McClemont Debra Torrance Holyrude Human Rights Independence LGBTQIAP+ Scottish Independence Trans rights Transallies Unions Val Waldron Westminster

Holyrude Episode 2.4 – Babies & Smol Potatoes

David (Twitter: @DavoMc82), Debra (@HeathPeaPict) and Brian (@WeeSociologist) discuss the latest events in Scottish and UK politics NEWS – SNP MSP admits to attending anti-abortion vigil – Industrial Action during COP26 – Stonewall Under Attack – Conservative MP murdered Music by @HippyMusic Art by @HeathPeaPict And Val Waldron (@ScribblingVal Gives her REASONS FOR INDEPENDENCE

Brexit Democracy Equalities Gender Critical Human Rights inclusion Media Politics of hate Poverty Privilege Racism Scotland Scottish Greens Tory corruption Trans rights Val Waldron violence against women

Raging Not Hating by Val Waldron

No-one deserves or asks for violent death because someone else thinks you don’t deserve to live. If that were the case there would be a death penalty for women who walk home alone at night or for daring to pack up your family and meagre belongings and set out across the channel in a dinghy […]

Brexit David McClemont Democracy Equalities Equity Gender Critical George Collins Graham Campbell Human Rights inclusion Independence Left Politics LGBTQIAP+ Martha Wardrop Neil Anderson Radical Independence Scottish CND Scottish Greens Trans rights Transallies Ungagged Podcast Val Waldron

Ungagged Scottish Indy Special!

With contributions from our own Val Waldron (Twitter: @scribblingval) and David McClemont (@DavoMc82), plus the Scottish Green Councillor, Marth Wardrop (Twitter: @MarthaWardrop), David Peutherer of Scottish CND (Twitter: @scottishCND), SNP Councillor Graham Campbell (Twitter: @ceeGraham1) and a view from the USA from our George Collins – All held together (and edited by) Neil Anderson (@BikerNeil). […]

Corruption Equalities Left Politics LGBTQIAP+ Politics of hate Scottish Independence Trans rights Val Waldron

Several Frogs a boiling by Val Waldron

There were many lies told during the indyref campaign. However, ‘Your pension will be under threat’ and ‘The EU will never accept an Independent Scotland’ seem like harmless fibs compared to the filthy Trumpian mire that now passes for discourse in our political lives. It’s that time again, the anniversary of 18th September 2014. Comparing […]

coronavirus covid vaccination Equalities Fascism Human Rights Immigration Independence International Journalism Media Scotland Scottish Independence Ungagged Writing Val Waldron

Obstacles to Indy

The result is a dumbing down of news, couched in hysteria. A sticky web of hopelessness can engulf us, leading us to believe that it’s essentially all our fault. That we are confused, and we want too much, or we don’t demand enough. The subtext, often with the help of (unannounced) politically motivated contributors and […]

Brexit Campaigns Environment Equalities Holyrood Election 2021 inclusion Independence Left Politics LGBTQIAP+ Media Poverty Racism Scotland Scottish Greens Scottish Independence Tory corruption Trans rights Val Waldron

What and who will take us over the line?

We need kindness and compassion. Policies and manifestos are important, but we must use our devolved powers, and our courage to reflect our deeper values. We need a written constitution to underwrite them as a new nation when the time comes. An emboldened UK creeps up behind us as polls settle to pre-pandemic levels. A […]