An Open Letter to the Board of Bella Caledonia 105

Bella Caledonia is folding. It has been an important, broadly (though not sufficiently) pro-Scottish Independence new media outlet in Scotland for a decade. As far as it reveals to an outsider, it is closing solely for financial reasons.

I confess to being confused by this. So far as I can judge, this blog has a slightly larger readership than Bella Caledonia (which stated its highest monthly readership was 370,000), and the total costs of this blog amount to £700 a year.

My offer to you as a Board is this. I am prepared to take over as editor and as host and continue to run Bella Caledonia as the major pro-independence blog you made it. The spare capacity of my blog servers will cope with your readership with no extra cost. We can still have a board, and any members of the existing board who wish to continue, can do so with my hearty good wishes. I shall be editor. I shall invite five new people to join the board and contribute as core writers (they don’t know it yet, but the first people I shall ask are Andy Myles and Hugh Kerr. Both campaign for Indy, but one being ex-Lib Dem and one ex-Labour then SSP gives an indication of the breadth I would aim for). We will continue to use many of those who have written before for Bella, but drop any antagonism to any other pro-independence website or group.

The difference visible to a reader will be nil. The difference behind the scenes is that nobody will be paid, including me.

If you wish to take up this offer, what we would need is of course full control of the website and its social media, and preferably access to the contacts address book for inviting writers. If Bella Caledonia really is the new media title it aspired to be, it should not fold when an editor leaves.

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105 thoughts on “An Open Letter to the Board of Bella Caledonia

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  • [email protected]

    God… Hugh Kerr? Are you kidding? Poison. He is ex ssp, aye- but backed Sheridan in his splitting that party when he couldn’t win a majority to retake the leadership. He has since then, bounced about criticising all and sundry and has left two political parties since his part in that fiasco. Bella needs him like a whole in the heid.

    • craig Post author

      you evidently didn’t read the bit about “drop any antagonism to any other pro-independence website or group”

  • Michael Scurfield

    Ooooh some of these editors can have a bit of an ego problem.
    Sounds like they spat the dummy.
    Hope it comes about Craig.
    You have the integrity, drive and supporters to do it.

  • AndyMac

    Had my doubts about Bella over the last couple of years and eventually stopped reading. I am sure, with your guidance it will once again be what it was, a supporter of Scottish issues.

  • nevermind

    o/t but relevant to what the EU has become and something green MEP’s have been opposed to for decades, unelected civil servants who wield power in policy making and lobbying.
    This man needs axing as he is unaccountable, so does his boss Juncker. No position at that level should be unelected, something the EU could change if it wanted to allow voters more democratic decision making, but they are as ‘attached’ to the US navel as this country is.

  • Vestas

    I wouldn’t hold your breath Craig – not sure who the RISE/BC people dislike more, you or the SNP 😉

  • Carolyn Yates

    I’ve found Bella Caledonia mostly interesting, sometimes a bit rabid, always entertaining. And informative. I’m English, niw probably qualifying as a new Scot mongrel. I’d be sad to see it go. I think your offer is impressive. I watch with interest.

  • John Fairley

    It’s difficult to imagine why you found yourself surplus to requirements in the delicate world of diplomacy, Craig.

    • Bruce Moglia

      It is not at all difficult to imagine anything John. It is a little more difficult to keep yourself informed. Please do not utter comments unless you have done your best to know what you are talking about. Craig was a highly regarded and trustworthy member of the British diplomatic service whose trust was abused by senior members of his department in London who were quite prepared to dispense with his services rather than admit that they had a cosy relationship with a vile regime who specialised in the most brutal forms of torture, often resulting in death of victims, in order to maintain oil related interests. He was cast aside by a London based kleptocracy that has stolen hundreds of billions of Scotland’s oil money and would be more than happy to see the same things going on in the so called UK if they thought they could get away with it.

  • lysias

    Somebody has decided to go after Soros. Hungary To Launch Crackdown On All George Soros-Funded Organizations:

    In a dramatic example of blowback against the establishment in the post-Trumpian world, Hungary announced it plans to crack down on non-governmental organizations linked to billionaire George Soros now that Donald Trump will occupy the White House, according to the deputy head of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s party, cited by Bloomberg.

    The European Union member, and native country of Soros, will use “all the tools at its disposal” to “sweep out” NGOs funded by the Hungarian-born financier, which “serve global capitalists and back political correctness over national governments,” Szilard Nemeth, a vice president of the ruling Fidesz party, told reporters on Tuesday. No one answered the phone at the Open Society Institute in Budapest when Bloomberg News called outside business hours.

    Maybe those Hungarians know something about Soros. As ZeroHedge notes, Soros is originally from Hungary.

  • Juli Harris

    It is essential that we keep communication channels open in the journey towards independence, cross-party and beyond. The party membership issue is not relevant to me, rather the individual and their commitment (actions not just words) to Scottish independence. Keep the site alive and treat us all with respect, equality and a fair hearing for reasoned opinion.

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