For The Sake Of The Children And Much More Besides – USE THE MANDATE

“Thank you for giving my mum food so we can eat”. Those were the words written by an eight year old boy who had been caught stealing tomato sauce sachets from his school as he thought he could make soup with them. A heart-breaking and scandalous glimpse of the reality...

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The Red Poppy Is Not About Remembrance It Has Become A Symbol of Militarism and Imperialism – I Prefer The White Poppy of Peace

“Politicians who took us to war should have been given the guns and told to settle their differences themselves, instead of organising nothing better than legalised mass murder.”  “Irrespective of the uniforms we wore, we were all victims” These are the words which should appear in bold print and be...

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Millionaire Hammond Delivers Nothing But Spin – The Rich Are Protected Again

Multi-millionaire property tycoon charges the taxpayer for “superior” teaspoons despite being paid a salary of £141,505 a year from the public purse and receiving outrageous expenses, a huge pension, a free central London flat and a grace- and- favour country mansion in Buckinghamshire in a package worth around £400,000 a...

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The Scottish Independence Convention must distance itself from Bella Caledonia

The Scottish Independence Convention must distance itself from Bella Caledonia

The Scottish Independence Convention launched a crowdfunding appeal last month. It was spectacularly successful, raising over £50,000 in four weeks. Yessers bought into the message of collaboration and togetherness from the revamped group. Well respected activists like Paul Kavanagh joined its board. As things stand, the all-new SIC has a...

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UK Gov cuts to benefits target women and children, and must be reversed, says Johnstone

UK Gov cuts to benefits target women and children, and must be reversed, says Johnstone

Some families are still going to be worse off as a result of benefit cuts, and, if we are to be a fairer, equal and inclusive country, these must stop and be reversed. Alison Johnstone MSP The UK Government’s cuts to benefits target women and children, and must be reversed,...

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Time to fast-track action on social care staffing with further rise in patients stuck in hospital

Time to fast-track action on social care staffing with further rise in patients stuck in hospital

Demand for social care and other local services is growing, so it’s essential that the Scottish Government and the Tories stop blocking reform of how our public services are funded. Alison Johnstone MSP Scottish Ministers are being urged by the Scottish Greens to “fast-track action” on social care staffing, as...

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A quick morality check

A quick morality check

There was a certain uncomfortable 2018 inevitability this morning over the fact that where people were offended, arrests would follow. And the burning of a cardboard model of the Grenfell Tower last night was certainly right up near the top in the pantheon of cretinously offensive things. Many victims of...

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Women of Independence: the Unexpected Legacy

Women of Independence: the Unexpected Legacy

“She was one of the main youth people… she comes across as a real slut online though.” I came across the pictures of another Yesser when someone sent me a link to a message board. On it, men were sharing photos of her photoshopped with sexually explicit writing scrawled across...

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What we could be

What we could be

…if only we could find the courage among ourselves.

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Bannon, Grossart and Charlotte

Bannon, Grossart and Charlotte

As we await the arrival of Steve Bannon in Scotland, and denounce BBC Scotland BBC News for inviting him, it’s worth remembering the last time he came, and the background to that trip. In November 2016, senior Democrat Nancy Pelosi said of President-elect Trump’s decision to appoint Bannon: “There must...

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Grouse Shooting, Land and Power

Grouse Shooting, Land and Power

Revive – a radical new campaign which brings together social, environmental and animal welfare charities to reform Scotland’s grouse moors, is launching in Edinburgh tonight. This is a groundbreaking initiative created to challenge the intensive management of land across vast swathes of Scotland’s uplands. It promises to bring together the...

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Norway – the twin nation … The latest in the ‘NATION’ series from Phantom Power

Norway – the twin nation … The latest in the ‘NATION’ series from Phantom Power

The Norway film tells the story of Scotland’s twin nation. We have the same population, share the oil, gas and fishing resources of the North Sea and have similar geography. But over the last 200 years Norway has withdrawn from a Union with first Denmark and then Sweden and has...

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Lord Adonis becomes latest pro-Union figure to switch view on independence

Lord Adonis becomes latest pro-Union figure to switch view on independence

Becoming the latest figure to reconsider his opinion in the wake of the Brexit vote, he tweeted: “It is my view that if Brexit happens Scotland might be better off as a separate state within the European Union & that Northern Ireland would certainly be better off – and indeed...

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May’s latest plan to resolve the NI backstop impasse stalls

May’s latest plan to resolve the NI backstop impasse stalls

Varadkar’s spokesman said the Irish premier indicated he was ready to consider proposals for a review mechanism, but only if it was clear that the arrangement cannot be ditched by one side acting alone. The backstop has become the major obstacle to agreement on the UK’s withdrawal from the European...

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Brexit chaos is shifting Scots towards independence

Brexit chaos is shifting Scots towards independence

It also revealed that across the UK around half of voters – 46% – were unconcerned about Scotland deciding to leave the UK while 42% were not concerned if Northern Ireland joined the Republic. While most voters across the UK thought Brexit would be bad for the economy, concerns were...

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Norway: The Twin Nation

Norway: The Twin Nation

The latest in Phantom Power and Lesley Riddoch’s Nation series. The Norway film tells the story of Scotland’s twin nation. We have the same population, share the oil, gas and fishing resources of the North Sea and have similar geography. But over the last 200 years Norway has withdrawn from...

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