Green proposals will be at the core of Scotland’s social security system

Green proposals will be at the core of Scotland’s social security system

I welcome the Cabinet Secretary’s commitment that the assessments will be 'markedly' reduced, in line with the Green approach. Alison Johnstone MSP Scottish Greens social security spokesperson Alison Johnstone today (26 Sep) welcomed a new approach to assessments for disability benefits under Scotland’s devolved social security system. Earlier this year,...

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Hard Brexit Here We Come!

Hard Brexit Here We Come!

We now know what the terms of Brexit are going to be. Or should I say, we now know what the terms of Brexit will not be. It is the position of the Scottish Government that Scotland should have access to the Single Market and the Customs union of the...

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You Want it Darker

You Want it Darker

Andy Warhol said that everybody would get 15 minutes of fame in their lifetime. In the world of hyper and ubiquitous social media that has been altered to suggest that now everyone was constantly famous – and so would instead get 15 minutes of privacy in their lifetime. Yesterday Richard...

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Breaking the glass of the fishbowl

Breaking the glass of the fishbowl

So there you go, you write a blog article about the double standards of British nationalism, and how violent metaphors and imagery are the norm for opponents of independence, but if supporters of independence were to use equivalent words or imagery, there would be outrage. And then the very next...

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While Labour make promises, we’re getting on with delivering progress in Scotland

Jeremy Corbyn is today making his keynote speech that will close Labour’s annual conference. His speech made a raft of promises – many of them for policies that are being delivered here in Scotland right now. Here’s just a few ways that, in Scotland, we’re getting on with delivering progress....

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Study reveals food poverty’s tightening grip on Scotland

Study reveals food poverty’s tightening grip on Scotland

And one in 10 of those in the poorest communities has gone hungry after their wallets ran empty. Food poverty campaign A Menu for Change said the figures prove “something has gone badly wrong” in one of the world’s biggest economies, while Green MSP Alison Johnstone slammed the Westminster “austerity...

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Scottish Trade Minister demands Scottish role in Brexit talks

Scottish Trade Minister demands Scottish role in Brexit talks

Speaking in a debate at Holyrood yesterday, McKee said: “Scotland needs a voice at the table to ensure our priorities are not ignored.” READ MORE: The SNP needs to put forward a clear Brexit strategy He added: “The UK Government has talked a good game about giving the devolved administrations...

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Labour leadership split over terms of a people’s vote on Brexit

Labour leadership split over terms of a people’s vote on Brexit

During his speech, in remarks that were seemingly ad-libbed, Labour’s shadow Brexit minister Keir Starmer told activists that “nobody” was “ruling out Remain as an option” in a second referendum. READ MORE: Labour are a mess – and their failings are all of their own making The comment saw around...

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