By Phil Mac Giolla Bhain Living in a Border County with Northern Ireland as a neighbour I am regularly reminded of the importance of flags and emblems in that part of the United Kingdom. They are visible markers of a… Read More ›
By Mike Small As a Commonwealth Cynic I have to admit to a certain pre-Games bah-humbag grumpiness, perhaps fuelled by the whiff of empire-past, the Jaconelli story, the Red Roads Flat debacle and a general default disdain for anything-that-is-not-football. But I’ve been… Read More ›
In light of the recent celebrations of xenophobia this response (at beginning of the interview) and the Herald article below are inspiring and brave. It’s important while mainstream Westminster parties descend to dog-whistle politics that the indy movement keeps a… Read More ›
On the joyous opposition to Farage…“Genuine equality means not treating everyone the same, but attending equally to everyone’s different needs.”
By Andy Wightman Forty-one years ago today, the play that revitalised Scottish theatre had its first theatrical performance in public at Aberdeen Arts Centre on 24 April 1973.(1) Above is the BBC’s Play for Today version – a fascinating mix… Read More ›
Announcing our John Barrowman Competition. Two Wally Dugs and a VAT of Irn Bru to whoever can explain exactly what’s going on here. Is this the greatest BT video since Sausage Roll Boy?
Inspiring video to go with the stylish launch of Commonweal … is this what democracy looks like?
The second of a series of posters and materials we’re producing – available soon in print form …
We are witnessing reactionary doublethink writ large from across the British political spectrum.
Cat Boyd @ Radical Independence Conference April 2013 Alison Johnston @ Radical Independence Conference April 2013 Kevin Williamson @ Radical Independence Conference April 2013
By Jamie Maxwell There was something depressingly predictable about the way George Osborne’s intervention in the independence debate last week provoked a spate of Scotland-focused editorials and comment pieces in the London press. For far too much of the UK… Read More ›
RESISTANCE CHECKLIST: Resist whatever seems inevitable. Resist people who seem invincible. Resist the embrace of those who have lost. Resist the flattery of those who have won. Resist any idea that contains the word algorithm. Resist the hope that you’ll… Read More ›
Author Alan Bissett gives a short but wide-ranging talk that ranges over feminism, playing Andrea Dworkin on stage (aye!) and Scottish identity; including film, cultural colonisation and the so-called Scottish cringe. (12 MINS)
No country can afford to have its culture devalued in this way, no culture can afford to be defined as ‘out of history’.
By Scott Lavery Symbols of British cultural identity were constantly displayed during the Olympics, the Diamond Jubilee and throughout 2012. Alongside the fluttering Union Jacks, the inconvenient signs of economic decline, recession and falling living standards were in clear view… Read More ›
The UK is not a modern country but one fixated and permanently living in the past; that fossilised, archaic undemocratic political culture and system has allowed successive UK governments to drive through unpopular economic and social transformation in the interests of ‘Britain plc’.
The United Kingdom is the Democratic Deficit: we are all bound by it, and we will all have to leave it.
Join One Billion Rising and take part in a global strike. Join women and men you know in saying enough. Dance and show your solidarity with women all over the world. And let’s all stop accepting violence against women and girls as a given.
Love this trailer for We Are Northern Lights! which will premiere at the Glasgow Film Festival (Feb 16) The film was created from footage submitted by the general public in Scotland over 3 months in 2012.