Drone Warrior

Philip Hammond arrives in Glasgow today to visit a Drones factory and champion Weapons of Mass Destruction. En route he was keen to spread the usual selection of apocalyptic stories. Let’s not focus on the shambles of his negotiating message… Read More ›

Generation X

In the first of our interview series featuring young people and their views on the new Scotland, this by student journalist Sean Martin (@smarti51) He’s quite remarkable, for a 17-year-old. As well as a Yes Scotland campaigner, he’s an MSYP,… Read More ›

Smearing Scotland

Westminster politicians have been rubbishing Scottish defence capabilities for decades. George Rosie takes a longer view. History has a way of repeating itself. Over the past few months Defence Secretary Hammond, some of the British Army’s top brass and (of… Read More ›

Life During Peacetime

This is the first of a series of articles from Closer. The many dividends of living in a non-nuclear Scotland would include genuine security, democratic accountability and massive savings in costs. By Isobel Lindsay “In the councils of government, we… Read More ›

Scotland Loves Trident?

By Jamie Maxwell As George Eaton points outs in the New Statesman this morning, the opposition of the Scottish public to nuclear weapons “has long been regarded as one of the safest assumptions of the independence debate”. But new polling… Read More ›

Korea Advice

After David Cameron’s recent visit a Bella reader wrote to Philip Hammond, Secretary of State for Defence seeking reassurance…(click on the big yellow graphic for sanity) Dear Sir A couple of weeks ago the PM told us we were at… Read More ›

Cop Outs and Cuts

Stopping Trident is one cut the British state is not prepared to make. We will forever cling blindly to our nuclear juju. Our sacrosanct national fetish will remain eternally inviolable. However, to make this act of faith, we must first stifle our own sense of human sympathy or compassion. Only when we have killed the humanity in ourselves, can we then countenance the mass killing of other human beings. Thus, in essence, we are our first nuclear victims.