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Scots Irish and the divided Scottish mind by John Fitzpatrick       I was recently reading Charles Frazier´s novel “Cold Mountain”, a fine piece of writing that has become a classic of modern American literature since it was published in 1997. It is about a wounded Southern soldier during the Civil War – or War of the States if you prefer* – who turns his back on the battlefield and heads back acr... »

A question no

A question no

    Opinion by Alex Robertson   A question nobody is asking Something has been bothering me for some time. Given an independent Scotland within the British Isles, what model would be best for a confederation of independent nations within the British Isles? It cannot be beyond the wit of men and women to come up with some options whereby an independent Scotland, or Northern Ireland or Wales come to... »

Let´s Remember All the Scots Who Died in Battle

Let´s Remember All the Scots Who Died in Battle

Comment by John Fitzpatrick Scottish News: Let´s Remember All the Scots Who Died in Battle Remembrance Sunday has just passed and we have seen the traditional ceremonies as people showed their respect for those who fell in the many conflicts that the UK has been involved over the last century. The event is marked strongly in Scotland since so many Scots were among the dead. While some fell in dist... »

SNP’s miserable little compromise

SNP’s miserable little compromise

  by Milena Popova       Scottish news and opinion: SNP’s “miserable little compromise” The latest YouGov poll [PDF] shows the pro-independence vote trailing significantly: on a straight yes/no question, 32% of Scots would vote for independence, 53% would currently vote against it, with another 15% either undecided or intending not to vote. Polling is an inexact science at best, ... »

MI5 More dangerous than the Hindu Kush Gungha Djinn

MI5 More dangerous than the Hindu Kush Gungha Djinn

by Graham Ennis MI5 –  More dangerous than the Hindu Kush Gungha Djinn    Scottish independence: MI5 –  More dangerous than the Hindu Kush Gungha Djinn There has been much recent comment, from the Unionist Political camp in Scotland, once again using the tactics of fear and smear, to imply that an independent Scotland would somehow be in serious danger of terrorist threats and violence... »

A new Scottish Bond

A new Scottish Bond

Scots have built an international reputation in one Bond market. With new borrowing powers, Scotland will hope to crack another Scottish news:  A new Scottish Bond by Dick Gagel A consultation has been launched into whether the Scottish Government should be allowed to issue its own bonds. The recently enacted Scotland Bill will allow Holyrood to set income tax rates in Scotland and enable it to bo... »

Scots in South America: the Forgotten Diaspora

Scots in South America: the Forgotten Diaspora

Poet Carlos Drummond’s memorial at Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Scots in South America: the Forgotten Diaspora by John Fitzpatrick South America is not as associated with the Scottish diaspora as traditional places like the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa but there is a strong link that goes right back to the “discovery” of Latin America by the Spaniards and Portugu... »

English identity crisis

English identity crisis

   Comment by Milena Popova       Scottish news: English identity crisis I was born a Bulgarian, am legally Austrian, have spent most of my life in the UK and I self-identify as European. So let me tell you about Englishness. It strikes me as highly amusing that the English – and, frankly, from Newcastle it looks more like just those south of Watford – are having an identity crisis pro... »

Olympics blog Milena

Olympics blog Milena

   Comment by Milena Popova     Scottish news: Why I ditched the Olympics and went to the festival I had tickets for the men’s 5000m Olympic final in which Mo Farah won his second gold medal. I chose to go to the Edinburgh Fringe instead – and didn’t regret it for a minute! Like much of the rest of middle (class) England, I got reasonably excited in the run-up to the Olympics – suffici... »

Disheartened and Confused

Disheartened and Confused

Comment by Donald Strachan Yesterday was ‘Burns Day’ and many Scots, and other fans of Robert Burns’, around the world celebrated his life and work. I did my part and enjoyed my meal of haggis, neeps and tatties along with some whisky. The edge was taken of by watching a televised debate on BBC Scotland about possible ‘independence’ for Scotland. I use parenthesis del... »

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