national liberation

Barcelona: Catalan Independence

Catalonia’s administrative position echoes that of Scotland.  Situated within the Spanish State, it has its own devolved administration.  While in the neighbouring Basque Country, the radical and autonomous left strongly support independence, within Catalonia, the position is more conflicted. Catelonia is one of the richer and more industrialised areas of the Spanish State, while the South of …

The Health of Nations

I’ve been watching the twisty-turny passage of the NHS bill through the Commons and Lords, with horror mixed with relief. The devolution settlement means that the Scottish NHS is not subject to the same privatisation, and although as with other international struggles, I offer my solidarity to the people of England who are about to …

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