Identity

Glasgow’s Games

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 ›

The Ethnic Card

By Gavin Falconer Recently I’ve noticed a strange duality in people whom I suspect of being closet racists: enthusiastically, and on occasion completely out of context, they proclaim their love of Jews. For the closet racist, there are several advantages… Read More ›

‘Ethnic’ Cleanse

By Alan Bissett According to the Herald journalist David Torrance he is an ‘ethnic nationalist’. To the composer James Macmillan he is a ‘Blood Scot nationalist’ and ‘motivated by hate’. To the Labour blogger Ian Smart he is ‘anti-English’ and… Read More ›

Fame

By Mike Small Andy Warhol included the words “In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes” in the program for a 1968 exhibition of his work at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, to which Banksy replied 36 years later:… Read More ›

What’s the Story?

I believe in the redeeming power of stories, I believe that stories are incredibly important, possibly in ways we don’t understand, in allowing us to make sense of our lives,  in allowing us to escape our lives, in giving us empathy and in… Read More ›

Lost in Translation

Dr Wilson McLeod scrutinises the place of the Gaelic language in the independence debate and criticises the Scottish Government’s ‘illogical’ decision not to issue a bilingual ballot paper in the referendum. It is a commonplace that language plays only a… Read More ›

It’s Democracy Stupid

By Christopher Silver @silverscotland One of the most telling phrases in modern politics, “It’s the economy, stupid”, was coined by a strategist within Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign office to keep party activists on message. The more that I listen… Read More ›

Who Carries The Carriers?

by Alan Bissett ‘There is no place more revolutionary and no time more exciting than right here and right now in Scotland,’ writes Andrew Redmond Barr of the National Collective, a congregation of artists in favour of Scottish independence.  The… Read More ›

SCOTLAND 3.0

This is the first of a series of extracts from Scotland’s Road to Socialism – Time to Choose, edited by Gregor Gall and published by Scottish Left Review Press. By Mike Small In the face of the austerity measures sweeping… Read More ›

In Praise of Uncertainty

By Christopher Silver “On issues such as the costs for establishing a diplomatic network, EU Membership, a currency union and on pensions the unanswered questions are mounting up and they are running out of time.” Scottish Secretary, Michael Moore (01/05/13)… Read More ›

Poundland

By Daniel Wylie The recent debate over the currency to be used by an independent Scotland has been drearily familiar.  The Yes camp point to the report of the Scottish Government’s Fiscal Commission and claim that the case for a… Read More ›

On the Road

By Jamie Maxwell One of the favourite refrains of the Scottish right is that Scotland’s centre of political gravity does not, as socialists and nationalists like to insist, sit to the left of the rest of the United Kingdom’s. Citing… Read More ›

Watchmen

By Mike Small “Dog carcass in alley this morning, tire tread on burst stomach. This city is afraid of me. I have seen its true face. The streets are extended gutters and the gutters are full of blood and when… Read More ›

Had Yer’ Gob, Bonny Lad

Iain Robson interviews Keith Armstrong and Paul Salveson about independence and democracy ‘both sides the Tweed’ (Iain Robson is founder of The Scotland Pages). When Scots go on about ‘the English’ – those that do, anyhow – they don’t often… Read More ›

Paris Match

By Callum McCormick It’s been another sobering four days for Scottish football fans – the kind of sobering experience, ironically enough, likely to drive vast swathes of the nation to drink. Ignominious defeats against Wales and Serbia finally finished off… Read More ›

Watchmen

By Phil Mac Giolla Bháin What do you call a scandal that already has “gate” in the name? “Gallowgategate” doesn’t do it for me, but what happened last Saturday a few hundred metres from Glasgow Cross was a scandal. As… Read More ›

Sex and Power

Juliet Swann is a feminist & environmentalist who passionately hopes that the independence debate can change the lives of women in Scotland for the better. International Women’s Day – why gender equality in politics matters Despite women making up more… Read More ›

Broken Britain

By Kate Higgins My first ever job on leaving university was as a graduate trainee for a retail company and it involved spending time in different stores around the UK. I spent several months at the one in Windsor and… Read More ›

No

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’.

1 Billion Rising, Scotland

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.

We Are Northern Lights

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.

Separatism

By Mike Small Cameron’s ‘Eurovision’ is a fundamental misreading of the mood of the nation (sic). While concerns about democratic deficiency are shared across the continent, there are quite different attitudes north and south of the border. All the talk,… Read More ›

Celtic Connections

By Chris Cairns Qualifying Group no. 7 for the 1988 European Championship read as follows: Republic of Ireland Bulgaria Belgium Scotland Luxembourg I bumped into Big Charlie in the office the day the groups were announced. ‘Did you see who… Read More ›