independence – self-determination – autonomy


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    Beware the Hand that Feeds

    Beware the Hand That Feeds You: Corporate Participation in Social Justice Movements. At the recent Pride march in Edinburgh there was a counter march against […]

    Ben Simmons 10th Jul'17 3
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    Wild Land

    Take a course in good water and air; and in the eternal youth of Nature you may renew your own. Go quietly, alone; no harm […]

    Mike Small 10th Jul'17 24
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    Colonel Flustered

      The sense of entitlement is palpable. The shock at the temporary puncture of the media bubble that has protected Ruth Davidson is obvious. The […]

    Mike Small 9th Jul'17 12
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    On superyachts and oligarchs, big data and soft power. The covert tech and offshore power of the floating super rich. I The Man who saved […]

    Christopher Harvie 6th Jul'17 3
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    Good Night, Lily

    Paul Tritschler wanders around heaven and Earth, and finds there are more things than are dreamt of in our philosophy. The online ticket to Berlin […]

    Paul Tritschler 3rd Jul'17 5
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    Eutopia Lost

    David Jamieson explores a Scottish Euroscepticism. This article was first published in our print magazine, which comes free with The National on the first weekend of […]

    David Jamieson 3rd Jul'17 68
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    Strong and Stable. Full steam ahead.

    * Captain May kept the boat headed for the iceberg; she was damned if she was going to let Ensign Corbyn take the wheel. Ensign […]

    Alec Finlay 2nd Jul'17 10
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    The Heavy Bear and the Jellyfish

    “After the General Election in 2017, and sometime distant, will future political historians be asking “Is there is such a thing anymore as a Tory, […]

    George Gunn 2nd Jul'17 9
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    Gordon Guthrie 29th Jun'17 12
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    The Bones of a Nation

    The skeleton of Scotland— its bens, glens, and lochs — were shaped by the brutal cleaving of the earth by glaciers; the deformities and scars reflecting the […]

    Magnus Jamieson 29th Jun'17 26
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    Mike Small 28th Jun'17 17
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    Gaslighting Scotland

    It’s the marching season in Belfast and Glasgow. The ethno-religious superiority of the Protestants will be on display emboldened by their pact and their raid […]

    Mike Small 26th Jun'17 16
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    Not Barnettable

      The (notional) Secretary of State for Scotland couldn’t really have been any clearer:   The deal murders devolution as well as the English language […]

    Mike Small 26th Jun'17 18
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    Glastonbury Blues

    So Corbyn spoke at Glastonbury reciting Shelley and it went down a storm and the right has gone into meltdown. Cultural incomprehension met petted-lip. Fraser […]

    Mike Small 25th Jun'17 20

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