Month: September 2012

Harpies & Quines

Women for Independence, the grassroots network to persuade more Scottish women to vote yes to independence, officially launches today (Sunday 30 September) with an informal cultural and political event in Stirling. The project is sure to further unsettle the No… Read More ›


By Mike Small Johann Lamont’s extended and public self-immolation has churned up some fascinating divisions in how our politicians see the world. One group sees the rich (defined vaguely as anyone earning over £40,000 and the stratospherically rich leaders of… Read More ›

Pedagogy of the Connected

By Muhammad Idrees Ahmad In Amusing Ourselves to Death, a prophetic work on the impact of television on culture, the late media scholar Neil Postman compared two dystopias. One was George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-four, a world of strict thought control and surveillance… Read More ›

The Answer is 43

This from British Social Attitudes 2o12 by John Curtice and Rachel Ormston Evidently there is something of a puzzle to be unravelled here… “As Table 7.6 shows, in fact the principle of ‘home rule’ or ‘devolution max’ appears to be… Read More ›

Definitely Maybe

By Mike Small Gideon was in Scotland yesterday complaining of economic uncertainty. No hint of irony, apparently. Media outlets were no doubt geared-up for a double-whammy of ‘authoritative Westminster Chancellor says so’, combined with the dark utterances of CBI director… Read More ›