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  • Commentary

    For the Muggles not the Few

    JK Rowling – a talented writer and generous philanthropist who has popularised children reading – is frequently slightly unhinged about politics. In a confused twitter […]

    19th Sep'17 6
  • Ghetto na Gàidhlig
    19th Sep'17 1
  • Scots

    The Tales we Tell Oorsells

    Whaur are the Women? Whaur are the gaels? Whaur are the teuchters? Whaur the fuck even is Huntly?

    19th Sep'17 3
  • History

    The Women of the ‘45

    To mark the Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites exhibition at the Museum of Scotland, we have a series of articles about the issues it […]

    19th Sep'17 0
  • Commentary

    In Defence of Nostalgia

    Paul Tritschler considers that remarkable attribute of memory – nostalgia. School and childhood were complicated, and I got out of both as fast as I […]

    19th Sep'17 3
  • Media

    Liquid Lies and Solid Facts

    Nixon had Ron Ziegler, Thatcher had Bernard Ingham, the Pistols had Malcolm McLaren, Saddam Hussein had Comical Ali,  Trump had Sean Spicer. Everyone needs a […]

    19th Sep'17 5
  • International
    18th Sep'17 7
  • Commentary

    Three Long Years

    “Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?” – John Lydon 1978 Three years after the biggest exercise in mass political education met a professional propaganda campaign backed by […]

    Mike Small 18th Sep'17 14
  • Commentary

    The Fix

    Last week we noticed that England has successfully replaced an undemocratic European Bureaucracy with a populist British Oligarchy, all in the name of freedom. What […]

    Mike Small 16th Sep'17 10
  • Brexit
    Mike Small 15th Sep'17 5
  • Media

    Heavy Handed

    Yesterday the Sun’s columnist Rod Liddle wrote openly mocking the genocide of the Rohingya people. In a departure that was called “astonishingly loathsome, even by […]

    15th Sep'17 2
  • Commentary

    A Sense of Self

    Paul Tritschler considers the role of community in the development of selfhood, and its part in the meaningfulness of one’s existence. Shortly before I left […]

    Paul Tritschler 13th Sep'17 2
  • Commentary

    2017, a dictionary

    Citizens of Everywhere – wake up and smell the covfefe. Its dictionary time again. In this year of change and torpor we’re taking our annual […]

    Mike Small 13th Sep'17 1

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