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Scotland’s Eurovision Entry: UKIP and the Culture War

(This article was originally published at Bella Caledonia, as ‘Scotland’s Eurovision Entry: UKIP and the Culture War‘, on 15th May 2014) By Thomas Coles Last Friday evening (9th May) Nigel Farage’s trip to Edinburgh was disrupted for a second year in a row. This time not by simple visceral hatred of the man and what he [...]

Making Our Dreams Come True, Review of Yes: The Radical Case for Scottish Independence

(This article was originally published at the Glasgow Review of Books, as ‘MAKING OUR DREAMS COME TRUE: JAMES FOLEY AND PETE RAMAND’S YES: THE RADICAL CASE FOR SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE’, on 9th April 2014) Review: James Foley and Pete Ramand, Yes: The Radical Case for Scottish Independence (Pluto Press, 2014) by Tom Coles 1. Radical Skepticism A couple [...]

Don’t Blame the Folking Bankers

Prior to his descent to Edinburgh’s Charlotte Square, the Governor of the Bank of England (the UK central bank) Mark Carney had sat awaiting the world’s politicians as they climbed the mountains of Davos to consult their gurus. There Peter Sutherand, a Goldmann Sachs non-executive chairman gave this grim warning ahead of the European elections:  “It is [...]

The Problem with Mapmakers

In a recent ‘What is to be Done?’-typearticle at National Collective, Michael Gray summarizes the analytical work being done by those at Mair nor a roch wind, some of my own thoughts, and the “McAlpine propositions”given at the Radical Independence Conference of November 2013, himself producing a five fingered to-do list for the architects and [...]

boychild at ARIKA 13

(A version of this piece was originally published at Glasgow Review of Books, under the title ‘ARIKA 2013: Confronting Us as Flesh‘.) With ARIKA‘s latest series of events the welcome transition from festival-as-celebration to festival-as-potential-interrogation continues to develop. The destination is an arts event at which all entertainment and aesthetics (though not enjoyment or representation) [...]

Making The Scottish Revolution

Is Scotland a nation? How can a stateless nation become a state? The only way to resolve this is to ask, in short: does it wish to be a nation? The answer to this is simple: if she so wishes, she shall be – everything else is detail. The problem is, who is voicing the wish? And [...]

Historical Propaganda

This past week an argument has raged north and south of the border (and on both sides of the Scottish Independence debate) about the democratic nature of Labour, and whether it was capable of the social democratic reforms that Scotland sups for its tea. I am dubious about many of these claims, but there is [...]

Then who do we shoot?

A recent article, ‘Riding the Unicorn‘, on Mair nor a roch wind has comfortably dismantled the recent provisional embrasure of the Jimmy Reid Foundation‘s ‘Common Weal‘ proposals, which outlined a possible economic and social settlement after Scottish independence. Rory Scothorn outlines how the the ‘Common Weal’ idea is, as it stands, simply a reconstituted social democracy based [...]

England, what are you doing?

(This article was originally published at National Collective as ‘England, what are you doing?‘.) Where are the English? It’s a question I increasingly find myself asking as the referendum gets closer. I know where the Scotland-based English are – the ones I know anyway – they’re largely on the side of Scottish Independence, curiously in greater [...]

UKIP and the Fascist Tendency

UKIP are not welcome in any city, Scottish, Welsh, Irish or English. The reasons are clear. I’m glad Nigel Farage realized he wasn’t welcome. This will happen every time he tries to campaign in Scotland, and it is right that it does. Some don’t agree, so before we come to the problem of UKIP, we [...]