Game of Thrones

The following article about the British establishment’s attempt to use the royal funeral and proclamation of Charles as king of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to prop up the Union was written by Mike Small and first posted by bella caledonia.   GAME OF THRONES The desperation to over-project onto today’s events in Edinburgh are…

The promised land

The following article written by Mike Small and first appeared in bella caledonia. It examines the current political situation in the UK in the ‘light’ of the  the Tory leadership contest. THE PROMISED LAND The Conservative Party’s long overdue collision with reality is getting ever nearer. As Liz Truss ascends to the throne the country…

Earth champs

This article written by Mike Small was first posted on  bella caledonia. It highlights Labour’s continued gallop to the Right, this time over the environment.  EARTH CHAMPS Earth Day has long-gone as a meaningful exercise in anything other corporate greenwash as the grim realities wash over our exhausted timelines. The Sierra Club of America offers…

The human cargo of voluntary departure

The following article written by Mike Small first appeared in bella caledonia. It examines the ongoing assault on migrants, which has become the centre-pice of the Tories’ attacks on democratic right across the board in Brexit Britain ,    THE HUMAN CARGO OF VOLUNTARY DEPARTURE “Anyone entering the UK illegally… may now be relocated to…

Self determination and sovereignty in Europe

This article by Mike Small was first posted on bella caledonia. It  highlights the Gadarene stampede to the Right by media commentators following Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Ian MacWhirter, for a short period a supporter of Scottish independence, but now following his longstanding attacks on public sector workers, followed by transgendered  people and environmental activists,…

Police intimidation at Cop26

We are posting two pieces concerning the police intimidation and kettling of the Young Communist League contingent on the Cop26 demonstration in Glasgow on November 6th.  The first is by Mike Small of bella caledonia; the second is a statement from the YCL Central Committee.    1. POLICE INTIMIDATION AT COP-26 Saturday saw one of…

On police violence

The following article written by Mike Small on police violence in Great Britain, including Scotland, first appeared in  bella caledonia   ON POLICE VIOLENCE The state holds the monopoly on violence in our society. We can talk about male violence but the murder of Sarah Everard is also state violence and needs to be seen in both contexts. A…

Afghanistan – Imperial intervention paves way for murderous reaction

We are posting the following two articles by Mike Small on the current situation in Afghanistan. They were first posted on bella caledonia at https://bellacaledonia.org.uk/2021/08/20/global-britain-britannia-unchained/ and https:bellacaledonia.org.uk/2021/08/17/falling 1. GLOBAL BRITAIN, BRITANNIA UNCHAINED 2. FALLING _______________ 1. GLOBAL BRITAIN, BRITANNIA UNCHAINED Liberal media went crazy for the Tory back-benchers sticking it to Boris Johnson in Westminster yesterday.…

The power grab of the queen’s speech

This article by Mike Small was first posted on bella caledonia. It outlines the Tory government’s plans to bring the politics of Brexit Britain closer to the authoritarian Right in Eastern Europe, coupled to their attempts to bury its own murderous past in Ireland. At the State Opening of Parliament today the full-farce of Britain’s…

Archie, Oprah and the Battle for George Square

We are posting this article by Mike Small of bella caledonia. It highlights the wider political significance of the the latest events in Glasgow’s George Square on 7.3.21 following the police facilitated march of Rangers supporters. We shouldn’t pretend that the display of violence in George Square, the police complicity, the ‘exposure’ of racism within…