• Europe,  Music,  Nationalism

    Eurovision!

    Guest post by Jon d Forget the credit crunch and marvel at the stage made out of flat screen tellys. It’s that time of year again when the nations of Europe (and selected neighbours) put aside their differences for one magical night and come together to celebrate the healing power of the universal language that is popular music. Yeah right. Already Georgia has been disqualified for allegedly tweaking the nose of a foreign leader in the title and lyric of their entry ‘we don’t want a put-in’ and the Dutch threatened a last minute walkout if the unauthorised gay rights demo planned to coincide with the finals was violently broken…

  • Nationalism,  The Left,  Your View

    A Gaelic Socialist Republic?

    This is a guest post by Karl Pfeifer You may have read my short report on May Day in the centre of Vienna. There was an interesting comment on my article: Paul Stott “Reading the respective objectives, your correspondent seems to have conflated two leaflets – that of Republican Sinn Fein, and that of the Celtic League. Perhaps the same person was giving out both leaflets? Having once seen the same person selling, at the same time, An Phoblacht (the Sinn Fein paper) the New Worker (mad pro-North Korean Stalinists of the New Communist Party) and Searchlight (Zionist anti-fascists, with admitted spook input) anything is possible….” No. I received only…

  • Nationalism,  Your View

    The Incredible Lightness of Political Scotland

    This is a guest post by Tom Gallagher, Professor of Ethnic Conflict and Peace at the University of Bradford Tom Harris has taken the SNP to task for championing a group operating in finance, education, and politics with the aim of making Islam an instrument of politics. He has partly salvaged the honour of the Labour Party and it is all the more to his credit that he is an active Christian. For I presume his religious instincts, in a land where the religious illiteracy of influential public figures on both sides of the border, has placed this island in some danger enables him to see just what’s at stake.…

  • Nationalism,  Your View

    Quilliam Offends the SNP

    This is a guest post by Tom Gallagher, Professor of Ethnic Conflict and Peace at the University of Bradford ‘Stop the World We Want To Get on’. These were the words of Winifred Ewing, now the Grande Dame of Scottish Nationalism, when she won a sensational by-election in 1967, an event which marked the debut of the SNP as a political force to be reckoned with. But it is now reasonable to ask exactly which epoch does the Scottish National Party want to join, as it drags along a compliant Scotland in its wake? Increasingly, the language it uses to scorch its opponents and groups like the Quilliam Foundation which…

  • Nationalism,  Your View

    A Nationalist takes the Low Road

    This is a guest post by Tom Gallagher, Professor of Ethnic Conflict and Peace, University of Bradford Next Sunday is the tenth anniversary of the election broadcast delivered by Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond, in which he condemned NATO’s air strikes against Yugoslavia as ‘an unpardonable folly’. After nearly a decade of wars provoked by Slobodan Milosevic in order to demolish Yugoslavia and re-arrange it around a dominant Serbian core, by now all the other South Slav entities had broken away from his regime (with the exception of Montenegro which accomplished this step in 2006). The Kosovar Albanians had particular reason for wishing to escape. The Yugoslav crisis had begun…