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  • Review

    A Revolution of Rising Expectations

    Although he used language with the lapidary ease of a don, Stephen Maxwell could also coin some very useful one-liners. Take this one on nationalism’s […]

    Pat Kane 5th Nov'13 10
  • Review

    The Missing Million

    I never met (or cannot remember meeting) the late Stephen Maxwell. But I wish I had met him, or could remember him. The internet serves […]

    Pat Kane 4th Nov'13 8
  • Review

    Minority Reporter

    “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” – so said Eleanor Roosevelt. You wouldn’t immediately associate Phil Mac Giolla […]

    Mike Small 2nd Oct'13 30
  • Review

    Digging the Seam

    How the 1984-5 miners’ strike for jobs inspired film, art, music and literature, is explored in a series of essays in a new book. Photographer […]

    Mike Small 21st Aug'13 0
  • Review

    George Davie: Life and significance

    An excerpt from the Introduction to the new edition of George Davie’s The Democratic Intellect, Edinburgh University Press, 2013. George Davie’s The Democratic Intellect: Scotland […]

    Murdo Macdonald 16th Aug'13 5
  • Review

    The Sea Inside

    The sea surrounds us. It gives us life, provides us with the air we breathe and the food we eat. It is ceaseless change and […]

    Kathleen Jamie 13th Aug'13 1
  • Review
    Stewart Sanderson 26th Jul'13 14
  • Review

    Five Books to Save Scotland

    No one reads books anymore. The idea that literature will play a key role in the coming months of debate and argument seems lamentably laughable. […]

    Christopher Silver 4th May'13 6
  • Review

    After Britain

    The first of a series of book reviews and features over the coming weeks. This recalls ‘After Britain’ by Tom Nairn. After Britain: New Labour […]

    Neal Ascherson 19th Apr'13 3
  • Review

    The Revenge of History

    Paraphrasing Diderot, the late polemicist Christopher Hitchens once warned that he would “go on keeping score” about the refusal of some countries to participate in […]

    James Maxwell 27th Mar'13 0
  • Review

    British Values

    In 2006, Corporal Donald Payne was the first British soldier to be convicted of a war crime in this country under the International Criminal Court […]

    Nicholas Mercer 19th Jan'13 9
  • Review
    Irvine Welsh 10th Jan'13 146
  • Arts & Culture
    Jamie Maxwell 20th Sep'12 6
  • Commentary

    Arguing for Independence

    Arguing for Independence lifts the entire debate on Scottish independence to a new intellectual level…

    Mike Small 18th Sep'12 6

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