Dealing with the dead — the year disaster capitalism came home

Dealing with the dead — the year disaster capitalism came home

In 2018 it became impossible to pay any attention to the news in Britain and not hear warnings of something darker on the horizon. Alongside tedious yelps from the country’s most privileged, as they consume each other in a fit of self-regard, dark prophecies began to ring out in a...

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Government ignoring demand for safer cycling routes; ministers set to fail target

Government ignoring demand for safer cycling routes; ministers set to fail target

The government is leaving Scotland in the slow lane, choosing instead to prioritise more motorways, trunk roads and airline travel. John Finnie MSP The Scottish Greens today (30 Dec) accused the SNP Government of ignoring public demand for safer cycling routes as ministers look set to fail to meet their...

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Review of 2018: the Year of Imperial Fantasy

Review of 2018: the Year of Imperial Fantasy

We started the year by publishing a map of Scotland the Dump, detailing the toxic legacy of the British State. The year ends with the Ferret revealing how there were plans in 1989 for 22 nuclear subs to be dumped – sorry, “stored” – off the west coast of Scotland....

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Kiwis Come Home to Roost for SNP Growth Report

Kiwis Come Home to Roost for SNP Growth Report

I HAVE a New Zealand friend staying this Christmas. They were something big in the NZ civil service for a long time, on the welfare and insurance side of things. It has been heartrending hearing my friend tell angrily of the destruction of New Zealand’s once universal and egalitarian social...

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Three Brexiteers stand against their party in the Scottish Tory civil war

Three Brexiteers stand against their party in the Scottish Tory civil war

READ MORE: Support for Scottish independence is increasing ahead of Brexit showdown The row intensified earlier this week when 10 Scottish Tory MPs wrote to the Times newspaper, urging their three colleagues not to vote down May’s deal as it would risk “turbocharging” Nicola Sturgeon’s campaign for independence. The letter...

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Politicians, journalists and cultural figures on the highs and lows of 2018

Politicians, journalists and cultural figures on the highs and lows of 2018

THE other day I looked up the origin of the word “Brexit”. It was first used on May 15, 2012, in a blog written by an English academic. He modified the term “Grexit” – much in vogue at the time when the possibility of Greece failing out of the EU...

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Here’s what happened in Catalan politics this year

Here’s what happened in Catalan politics this year

They said they had submitted around 30 appeals, which judges had accepted and simply “put in a drawer”, as a tactic to hinder them in their attempts to raise their cases at the Strasbourg court. Earlier this month – and after the hunger strike started – the Constitutional Court announced...

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