Commentary

The Messenger

By Mike Small Gerry Hassan’s article ‘Message to the Messengers’  chimed with several recent outbursts exploring discontent in the wider movement in the post-referendum political landscape. As the fallout of defeat and a subsequent lack of focus deepens accusations of… Read More ›

Murphy’s Law

Robin McAlpine on the changing media and the problems it poses for Scottish Labour’s new man. On the day of the launch of CommonSpace we got a tweet from a journalist claiming that our digital news service looked like it… Read More ›

The Thirled Way

By Alistair Davidson So, Jim Murphy has found the answer to Scottish Nationalism: a “commitment to patriotism” by a Scottish Labour Party with a renewed mission to create “a more equal and fairer society”. Also, did you know he plays… Read More ›

No Way

As we stagger about the burnt-out shell that is post-indyref Scotland, we are trying to make sense of it all. So next week we are offering a space for No voters to have their say. Understanding what the hell just… Read More ›

Notes from the Armadillo

By Lauren Mitchison I’m still feeling inspired and raw with emotion after the RIC conference. Inspired if a bit hazy on detail. Before Saturday I thought Podemos was a toilet disinfectant and Syriza was a Ottolenghi baking ingredient. But that’s okay – I get the sense… Read More ›

Scotland in Transition

By Christopher Silver As Alex Salmond stepped out of the political limelight last weekend, I was reminded of a rare encounter with a middle class, conservative, yes voter during the referendum. Our conversation was inevitably stilted and largely consisted of… Read More ›

16 Days

As part of the 16 Days of Activism for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Bella made space for Angus McFaddyen to write this. We offer a space for anyone to speak out on issues of violence against women. At… Read More ›

UKIP vs the Establishment

By Haniya Khalid Nigel Farage, it seems, has tapped into an incredibly lucrative mass market: electorate disillusionment with the establishment and mainstream politics in general. Couple that with the swift capitalization of crimes and social faux pas perpetrated by who… Read More ›

It’s No Game

“I want to speak to those beyond our party ranks, to no voters as well as to yes voters” – Nicola Sturgeon  By Peter Arnott I  have seen two kinds of expert reaction to Nicola Sturgeon’s own “vow” on Saturday that the… Read More ›

The Invisible College

Time lapse video animation of Rolf Roscher (ERZ) producing a wall drawing of his Kilmahew/St Peter’s map for NVA’s exhibition at The Lighthouse, film by Basharat Khan. Shot over the course of one day using the Canon 60d. Inspired by Kilmahew Woods… Read More ›

Black Labour

By Mike Small It’s six months before the general election and Labor are toast. We’ve had all hues and variations now, from the old Red, to Tony’s shiny New, to short-lived Brown and Maurice Glasman’s Blue. Tonight meet Black Labour. Black as… Read More ›

Yes Catalunya

Show your solidarity with Catalonia by leaving a comment below our Open letter: “In Scotland we recently came to the end of a long and unprecedented democratic process about the future of our society. Even though the referendum did not… Read More ›

Parallel Universes

By Mike Small In this still-liminal land, everyone is groping about to find meaning, clarity, purpose in the post-referendum Scotland. Longer-term strategies are being explored, schisms resisted, new-energies sought. We thought it was dawn but it turns out it was… Read More ›