Intentional communities, aka eco-villages, are, off course, well-intentioned. But even they tend to be undermined by human selfishness. The fight against climate change – subject of a global conference in Paris later this month – needs more than just collective action.
Archives for November 2015
It’s commonly assumed that if Scots vote Yes to the EU and England No then #indyref2 will follow on swiftly. But there are other scenarios, including a special and separate relationship post-Brexit between Holyrood and Brussels. Better get planning!
Scotland faces an acute energy gap in the near future and the Scottish Government will fall short of its 2020 target of self-sufficiency in energy supply via a ‘balanced mix.’ Key elements of this mix, especially renewables, will fail too deliver so – apart from imports from England – we could be forced to make a very rapid ‘dash for gas’ as alternatives run dry.
On Armistice Day and 70 years after the ending of WW2, there’s plenty of loose talk about “poppy fascism” from those with no experience of the real thing – as the author remembers the suffering and sacrifices endured by her grandfather in five years as a PoW.
In an age ever more obsessed with the importance of crafting effective political ‘stories’ and ‘narratives’, Jacqueline Mulhallen’s Percy Bysshe Shelley: Poet and Revolutionary is a timely review of the life and work of a poet writing 200 years ago acutely aware of the vital role the imagination plays in extending the horizons of political possibility.
By email, a breath of fresh air. Gordon Peters writes to say he has been climbing mountains, chumming a friend attempting his last Munro and he has documented it in verse – Sceptical Scot is free to publish it if we like. Indeed we do.
One in four adults suffers from mental health problems in any given year; politicos talk of raising awareness and funding. In this searing personal account – “designed with people who are struggling in mind” – Loki tells it how it is/was for him and how hard to find and deal with the truth about himself.
The new UK passport design is full of English images but not a single Scot is represented. A No voter is more than upset at 30 pages of Shakespeare and none of Burns: she gives vent here to her outrage.