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  • Commentary

    Robin Cook at Heartbreak Hotel

    Christopher Harvie remembers Robin Cook (‘a Machiavelli of the Tribune left’) and his changing attitude to devolution – “by 1983 he had smartly changed step and by 1997 […]

    Christopher Harvie 6th Jun'17 7
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    Hopeful Things

    During the course of a meandering journey, Paul Tritschler asks whether contemplation has a role to play in socialist morality and activism. Abandoning religion wasn’t […]

    Paul Tritschler 4th Jun'17 10
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    Catastrophic Tory TV

    Catastrophic Tory TV appearances are becoming a daily occurrence. Michael Fallon moved quickly to double-up his epic disaster-zone interview with Channel 4’s Krishnan Guru-Murthy  – […]

    Mike Small 29th May'17 13
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    Top Gear with the Colonel

    Ruth has a moment. From @discontent_scot … Top Gear… — Discontent (@discontent_scot) January 29, 2017

    26th May'17 1
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    The 7p Breakfast *

    The are 13 million people in Britain now below the poverty line, 1 million of these has to use foodbanks. Hunger’s a real thing in […]

    Mike Small 26th May'17 7
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    Manchester – United

    Jonathon Shafi tracks the media and social media response to the attacks in Manchester … Most of us spent any spare time we had on […]

    Jonathon Shafi 25th May'17 4
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    This Election is Not Normal

    Theresa May’s forthcoming general election is not a normal election. It is being called in defiance of the Tories’ own 2011 Fixed Term Parliament Act. […]

    Allan Armstrong 25th May'17 12
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    Media, Terrorism, Democracy

    So the European Broadcasting Union [@EBU_HQ] has found the UK press the least trusted out of 33 countries. Again. This wouldn’t matter much, we’re used to it, […]

    Mike Small 24th May'17 22
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    The Psychology of Change

    When hope drains into the sands. Paul Tritschler follows the downward spiral of irrational thinking, and finds inner resources for activists and social change. Imagine […]

    Paul Tritschler 20th May'17 4
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    Ignorance is Bliss

    “George Orwell believed in the moral power of language and understood the dangers that accompany its corruption” – [from the Orwell Prize website]. “A British […]

    Mike Small 16th May'17 27
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    Irvine Welsh on the automation of work and what this means for our social relationships. The media and politicians will often blandly inform us that […]

    Irvine Welsh 14th May'17 18
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    The Problem of Belonging

    Paul Tritschler considers the potential benefits of self-determination, and some of the perils and pitfalls of collective nostalgia. In 2016 I bagged the Munros – […]

    Paul Tritschler 12th May'17 7
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    Ruth Meets a Journalist

    This could be in a Ladybird series. What happens when a politician used to meeting sycophantic, soft-boiled journalists under-arming questions to her meets someone who […]

    Ashley Douglas 11th May'17 20
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    Spycops Scotland

    Under cover Policing – the need for a public inquiry for Scotland. My name is Tilly Gifford, at the time of the events I am […]

    Tilly Gifford 10th May'17 5

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