Month: March 2012

Love Life – March

‘Love Life’ is Bella’s Agony Aunt column by Jamie Heckert… because the personal is political and the ‘state we’re in’ is complicated. Freedom, in Scotland and elsewhere, isn’t something that is given by governments or other authorities. It’s something that’s… Read More ›

On Common Ground

the right of nations to self-determination” does not necessarily mean the right to separate, it means the right to decide whether or not to separate; if the Scots voted to remain part of the UK they would nevertheless have exercised their right to self-determination…


By Mike Small From Alan Grant (Batman), to Mark Millar (Kick-Ass), Frank Quitely (New X-Men) and Grant Morrison (St Swithin’s Day) Scotland has had a major impact on the comic world. Michael Molcher, a spokesman for 2000AD, recently noted: “The… Read More ›

The Health of Nations

By Mhairi McAlpine “Only independence can fully guarantee Scotland’s National Health Service.” – Nicola Sturgeon 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… Read More ›

Fear Merchants

Capitalism has duped us into thinking that money is God, that stuff will stave off unhappiness, and we must work on the hamster wheel of material accumulation to inoculate ourselves from lack.

Paper Trail

A modern mystery of poetry, intrigue and art. This is a story of tiny beautiful, evocative artworks… ‘One day in March, staff at the Scottish Poetry Library came across a wonderful creation, left anonymously on a table in the library…. Read More ›

Off the Record

By Kate Higgins Having been mentioned in dispatches, I thought I’d stamp my purdy little foot and seek a right to reply.  Or at least, set out why the analogy of an abused woman was discomfiting and I considered inappropriate.

For the Record

By Mike Small The extraordinary outburst against Joan McAlpine’s first column for the Daily Record has exposed a fault-line in Scottish politics. Read it here. It is an unremarkable commentary on the relationship between Scotland and England within the British… Read More ›

Jammy Smears

By Doug Daniel Before May 2011, no unionist (other than Wendy Alexander perhaps) had any inclination for Scotland to hold a referendum on independence. Since then, however, they have been clamoring for the referendum to come along as soon as… Read More ›

Can Play, Won’t Pay

Without a healthy cultural life there is no self-determination, nobody to imagine nationhood, to generate an image of who we might have been, of who we are, and of what we might like to become.