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  • Hot Takes GE17

    The General Election as UK Crisis

    Neither strong nor stable: How the UK’s decline is on show in #GE17. David Jamieson surveys the General Election terrain and examines the deepening UK […]

    David Jamieson 16th May'17 5
  • Commentary

    Ignorance is Bliss

    “George Orwell believed in the moral power of language and understood the dangers that accompany its corruption” – [from the Orwell Prize website]. “A British […]

    Mike Small 16th May'17 27
  • Hot Takes GE17

    Seeking Peace

    Corbyn’s spokesman saying Jeremy wasn’t on the side of the IRA, but simply seeking peace is offensive to anyone who’s worn the uniform. — Ruth […]

    Mike Small 15th May'17 25
  • Poetry

    rUK

    they will disperse, eternally they will disappear, entirely, wrapping their forms in the hides of rainbows the unpaid unarmed armies are surplus to requirements, bullfrog […]

    Niall McDevitt 15th May'17 0
  • Poetry

    35 Years

    THERE should be no second independence referendum for at least 35 years” – Ruth Davidson THERE should be no more Top Gear for at least […]

    Alec Finlay 15th May'17 6
  • Commentary

    Automation

    Irvine Welsh on the automation of work and what this means for our social relationships. The media and politicians will often blandly inform us that […]

    Irvine Welsh 14th May'17 18
  • Hot Takes GE17

    Extreme Right Torywatch

    After this weeks revelations about John Buchan (‘Ruth Davidson poses with bigoted trawlerman‘) , we are charting the role of the far-right in Scottish Tory […]

    Rosemary Hunter 13th May'17 15
  • Film and Animation

    What was Done

    Two weeks ago we launched the new film by Edinburgh film-maker Bonnie Prince Bob and his team, What was Done. The film treads the line […]

    Mike Small 13th May'17 7
  • Hot Takes GE17

    Media Wars

    In general elections the true colours of the media really come in to focus. Here (right) are the Barclay brothers getting their knighthoods for services […]

    Mike Small 12th May'17 5
  • Scots

    There’s muckle yont the Tay

    “Growin up in Macduff, the fowk are superstitious. Ye hear loads o stories o ghaisties an battles an folklore an that. Ma faither an granda […]

    Ally Heather 12th May'17 15
  • Commentary

    The Problem of Belonging

    Paul Tritschler considers the potential benefits of self-determination, and some of the perils and pitfalls of collective nostalgia. In 2016 I bagged the Munros – […]

    Paul Tritschler 12th May'17 7
  • Austerity Britain
    Sarah Glynn 12th May'17 4
  • Hot Takes GE17

    Territory Wars

    Peter Arnottt argues we are witnessing Peak Union in the last chance saloon. Two weeks in, and it is already clear that this is going […]

    Peter Arnott 11th May'17 15
  • Commentary

    Ruth Meets a Journalist

    This could be in a Ladybird series. What happens when a politician used to meeting sycophantic, soft-boiled journalists under-arming questions to her meets someone who […]

    Ashley Douglas 11th May'17 20

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