Greer challenges Swinney over subsidy to fee-paying Music School when many councils are axing free tuition

Greer challenges Swinney over subsidy to fee-paying Music School when many councils are axing free tuition

I just can’t see how the government justifies giving over one million pounds of public money every year to a small private school, without any clear assessment of whether that is value for money. Ross Greer MSP Green MSP Ross Greer has challenged Education Secretary John Swinney to justify his...

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In England’s Dreaming

In England’s Dreaming

We now have the verdicts on Brexit from three of the UK’s four nations. The Scottish Parliament, speaking for the Scottish nation, voted overwhelmingly this afternoon to reject both Theresa May’s draft agreement and leaving the EU without a deal. And it wasn’t alone. Because just hours earlier, the Welsh...

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An excellent question

An excellent question

Posed by Kezia Dugdale in the Holyrood chamber today: “I’m interested in ’s views, she therefore thinks democracy is just an act of one cross in a box every four years, or does she genuinely believe that when the facts change people should be entitled to change their mind...

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Brexit, independence and workers rights

by Colin Fox I spoke on behalf of the Scottish Socialist Party at a public meeting hosted by the Communication Workers Union in Inverness last week. The St Andrews Day event on ‘Brexit, Independence and Workers Rights’ heard me remind people November 30th is also the anniversary of John Maclean’s...

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Confronting the Roots of Brexit

Confronting the Roots of Brexit

The roots of Brexit need to be confronted, not just the pantomime of British government, argues Peter McColl. Yesterday’s events seem to make both a hard Brexit, and – indeed – any Brexit less likely. But we need to think deeper and broader than the all-consuming ‘politicians as celebrities’ approach...

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These are our alternative paths to Scottish independence

These are our alternative paths to Scottish independence

That anger was shared by many of the British nationalists who infest the comments section of this newspaper, appalled as they are that a single newspaper in Scotland dares to support the constitutional position favoured by about half the Scottish population. Keith Brown also at the weekend declared that Scotland...

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The story of how six Scottish politicians took on the UK and the EU

The story of how six Scottish politicians took on the UK and the EU

The direction of travel in the case is all one way – the ECJ will find against the UK Government and then the Scottish judges in the Court of Session, having been advised by the ECJ, will deliver the coup de grace. The Six have won bar the shouting, and...

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Big win for Scotland’s Super Six as ECJ says Article 50 can be withdrawn

Big win for Scotland’s Super Six as ECJ says Article 50 can be withdrawn

READ MORE:MSPs set to reject Theresa May’s draft Brexit agreement The SNP’s Alyn Smith MEP and Joanna Cherry QC MP, Labour’s David Martin MEP and Catherine Stihler MEP, and Scottish Greens MSPs Andy Wightman and Ross Greer plus Jolyon Maugham QC, director of the Good Law project, brought the case...

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Theresa May’s ministers in contempt of Parliament in disastrous defeat

Theresa May’s ministers in contempt of Parliament in disastrous defeat

READ MORE:Big win for Scotland’s Super Six as ECJ says Article 50 can be withdrawn The biggest defeat for May was that some of her own members as Ministers were found to be in contempt of Parliament – the first time this has ever happened – over their refusal to...

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