People block fight against climate change

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.

Lights going out all over Scotland

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.

Remembrance: poppycock on poppies

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.

Politics, poetry, imagination: a life of Shelley

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.

Head for the hills

Knoydart over Sgurr na Ciche

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.

Could private discussions kill the Scotland Act?

The Secretary of State for Scotland wrote to me this week telling me about progress on the Scotland Bill. I don’t know David Mundell and I imagine I am just one of hundreds, if not thousands of people to receive his emailed letter, but I appreciated his concern to keep me informed.

Depression, delusion and disorder

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.