A radical situation is a collective awakening. . . . In such situations people become much more open to new perspectives, readier to question previous assumptions, quicker to see through the usual Continue reading
Amidst the disputed ComRes survey for The Independent on Sunday, Matt Chorley and Brian Brady have produced the best (only?) credible broadsheet analysis of Scottish politics by an English paper Continue reading
‘Love Life’ is Bella’s Agony Aunt column because the personal is political and the ‘state we’re in’ is complicated.
And there are those that say we should stop talking about Thatcher…
Time for Scotland to be faithful to Stein and
our European football legacy.
Here’s our rough guide to events in the months ahead. If you want your event added leave a comment with details or email us and we’ll include you… ‘Invitation to Continue reading
By Shona McAlpine The Scottish Independence Convention was formed in 2005 as a cross-party/ no party group whose purpose was to promote independence and create a space for cooperation outside Continue reading
Interview with Neal Ascherson, journalist and historian, by Jamie Maxwell (@jamesmaxwell86). Neal Ascherson was born in Edinburgh in 1932. He was educated at Eton College and then at Cambridge, from Continue reading
By Ewan Morrison Given that we live in an era in which, as one politician once claimed- ‘it’s your duty to shop’ and at which time that civic duty of Continue reading
By Nine @supernowoczesna. Nine writes for various outlets. See listings here. In July 2009, three young Americans were imprisoned by Iran for espionage after hiking in Northern Iraq, or South Continue reading
A consultation on the issue of same-sex marriages and religious ceremonies for civil partnerships has been launched by Scottish ministers. The Scottish Government said its initial view was that same-sex Continue reading
We would like to distance ourselves from this sick association. The Tories are waging a war on the disenfranchised. They are the enemy…
Internationalism From Below – from John Maclean to Tahrir Square? Talks, films and discussion with: Allan Armstrong, Unity, Maud Bracke, Camcorder Guerillas and Deryck de Maine Beaumont. 7pm-10:00pm, Wednesday 12th Continue reading
It’s been great to publish articles by new contributors in the past few weeks and more coming up in the days ahead. If you want to write for us get Continue reading
By Mike Small The responses to the financial violence of the banking coup has been massive – a whole new movement has been created (#UKUncut to name just one) – Continue reading
One thing that helped a lot was a smattering of people from Spain and Greece and Tunisia who had been doing this sort of thing more recently. They explained that the model that seemed to work was to take something that seemed to be public space, reclaim it, and build up an organization headquarters around that from which you can begin doing other things.
This is the first part in a series on the idea of Scottish Studies which ‘Labour front-runner’ Ken McIntosh described as “brainwashing” and Joan McAlpine describes in somewhat more eloquent Continue reading
We are at the end game of what started back in the 1970s, the theft of Scotland’s fish. In those pre- ro-ro days us islanders, who didn’t buy the life-style on the back of a housing boom in the South East, all felt a bit dislocated from the Mainland and the big decisions that happened there out-with our control. We never expected to wake up years later and see our industries and our communities fighting for the basics of their survival, the public right enshrined in statute, to fish.
By Mhairi McAlpine Earlier this month , David Tobin critiqued visions of a Post-colonial Scotland, examining the “national identity politics” which are shaping us on our course to independence. This Continue reading
By Michael Greenwell If you don’t read the newspaper, you are uninformed. If you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed. – Author unknown, commonly attributed to Mark Twain or Continue reading
‘Democracy’ is a term that has become tattered and bandied about, it has come to inhabit a similar terrain to words like ‘family’, ‘fairness’, and ‘aspiration’. Democracy in our times Continue reading
In any new constitutional settlement it is vital that the question of how we are governed at the local level is addressed. If it is not, then independence may simply mean the perpetuation of national elite rule.
By Thom Cross I had an animated conversation in an Edinburgh howf during the recent Festival. I attempted to record this dialogue of feeling within the standard structure of the Continue reading
Based at Jean Urquhart’s world famous Ceilidh Place, ‘Changing Scotland’ is a twice-a-year gathering of minds in Ullapool which brings together thinkers, activists and creatives for a weekend of ideas, Continue reading
Direct from Liberty Plaza…the protest the MSM’s silent about: As a double dip recession becomes a not so distant probability the world is reminded of that fateful moment in August Continue reading
Ed Miliband’s brave new dawn turned out to be a regurgitation of Blairite orthodoxies. But a more worrying issue about our Cicero Rouge is the fact that he appears to be a robot.
Activists dressed as ‘oily bankers’ protested outside the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) sponsored Scottish Low Carbon Investment Conference in Edinburgh this morning. Friends of the Earth Scotland continues its Continue reading
“The Collapse is Coming…and Goldman Rules the World”