As for the grass roots, we pull out the tough old weeds and start again. Pick up our movement from where it left off. It’s already happening along the lines of single issues when it comes to protest against buffer zones, GRR threat, climate change, visiting fascists, immigration raids. No need to carry a saltire […]
Holyrood Election 2021
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 […]
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 […]
No Country for Yesterday’s Men
Before battles re-commence it’s worth re-visiting the mettle of the woman who stated in her First Minister’s re-election speech ‘I resolve never to shy away from the tough calls.’ We’ve seen that, she’s still standing, and it’s a very hopeful start. We know that there are no real happy endings in life, but when Nicola […]
Podcast… Holyrude: Lizzie’s Big Day Oot..!
Join David, Debra and Brian discussing last week’s Queen’s Speech; the swearing in of the new Scottish Parliament; the Airdrie and Shotts By Election; Kenmure Street Resistance and the Rangers Riots. Featuring the brilliant new track – Reclaim these Streets!
Podcast… Holyrude Election Results Special!
Join David, Debra and Brian discussing last weeks Scottish Election results when the SNP were re-elected for a fourth term and the Scottish Green Party increased their presence in the Scottish Parliament.
Both votes SNP won’t get you Independence in the North East
In her weekly National column last week, Mhairi Black gave her view as to why both votes SNP was the way to go. Within the article, she used, in her own words an overly simplistic example if 100,000 voters voted for SNP compared to 70,000 in the list voting after the SNP had won the […]
The Crass Landing of The Ego by Val Waldron
“…the parallel between QAnon and the more extremist blogger/Salmond support is stark, and should send a warning to us. Keep Alba in our sights, and when we see bigotry challenge it as we would in our workplaces. We can’t in any way endorse a party that is a receptacle for regressive views and policies that […]
The Frog Chorus Reunited
Last night, looking like the lead singer of an ageing re-formed and touring Frog Chorus, Alex Salmond announced his new Alpaca (or something) Party. The twitter/blogger gammony; parts of the ageing alt left, the transphobes and the creepy men who tell us that being a creepy man was acceptable when we were young (I was […]
Scottish Greens Co-convenors Turn Tables on Hapless Labour MSP
Scottish Labour MSP James Kelly launched a bizarre attack on the Scottish Green Party in an open letter following the launch of the Green campaign for the upcoming Scottish Parliamentary Elections. Mr Kelly claimed to be “puzzled” that the Greens are concentrating on the regional list and fielding only a few candidates in constituencies. As […]