I'm Angela Haggerty, the editor. It's my job to steer the editorial direction of CommonSpace and make sure it's providing the best service possible for our readers and funders. I'm always looking at opportunities to develop CommonSpace to its full potential, and I'm very keen to hear from our readers, whether it's general feedback or you'd like to get more involved in building Scotland's new media. Give me a shout on firstname.lastname@example.org
Bella Caledonia: I Am Everyday Sexism
The binary of feminine objectifies women, as the binary of masculine dehumanises men argues Laura Cameron Lewis
I WANT to share two memories:
One: As a kid, a crowd of bullies descend on me and my wee brother, we try to deflect them by being wide. They begin swiping at him and look about to pile in. Afraid and angry, I say, 'dinnae greet, ya wee pussy'. He continues to cry, and so they laugh. No need for punches now. The awkwardness and humiliation cuts through the violence.
Newsnet Scotland: We should face up to the madness of the Scottish mental health system
Fiona Sinclair of the pressure group Autism Rights concludes her two part series on some of the implications of current and mental health legislation in Scotland, and urges cross party support for real change
THERE are more general statistical and informational `black holes` in the Scottish mental health system which compound the failure to offer basic protections of human rights for people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Learning Disabilities.
Apolitical: Interview with SSP's Colin Fox
Latest episode of apolitical is now out
THIS week's episode of podcast apolitical is with Colin Fox, national co-spokesperson of the SSP.
Topics covered include:
- Whether a Socialist party has any relevance to 21st century politics;
- What the alliance between the SSP and the Left Project is and what it means;
- Where the two groups differ;
- What caused the SSP's decline in fortunes after the 2003 Holyrood elections;
- The impact of Tommy Sheridan's libel action and subsequent trial for perjury on the SSP; and
Bella Caledonia: Indyref was only the catalyst for a shake-up of Scottish journalism
Ahead of a CommonSpace party this weekend in Glasgow, editor Angela Haggerty says the impact of the new media in Scotland should not be underestimated, and nor should its future
THE creation and progression of a new media alternative to the mainstream in Scotland is a fascinating story in itself.
Bella Caledonia: Get Carta!
By Bella Caledonia editor Mike Small
WATCHING the celebrations of the signing of the Magna Carta yesterday via the BBC, was watching a nation in deep denial, and a public broadcaster operating irony-free propaganda.
With the Red Arrows flying overhead spurting chem-trails of Red White and Blue (noted) Nicholas Witchell reported in his usual hushed tone, a perfect picture of Obsequious Journalism Perfected. Can you imagine his job? The damage to personal self-respect is unimaginable.
Lallands Peat Worrier: The SNP's clever, clever human rights gambit...
The latest from legal blogger Lallands Peat Worrier
I MISSED out one superficially technical but politically interesting amendment in this morning's brief survey of the SNP's plans for the Scotland Bill. Tabled in the names of Angus Robertson, Mike Weir, Stewart Hosie, Eilidh Whiteford, Joanna Cherry and Kirsten Oswald, amendment 67 proposes that:
"(1A) In paragraph 1 of Schedule 4 (protection of Scotland Act 1998 from modification), delete "(2)(f) the Human Rights Act 1998."
Blank faces all round. Let me fill in a bit of the background.
Newsnet Scotland: Scotland's 'alternative media' has a long way to go if it is to succeed
G.A. Ponsonby, a founder and former editor of Newsnet.scot, presents a personal view on where Scotland's 'alternative media' should go next...
IT'S a term that was thrown about with abandon during the referendum campaign - "New Media". The internet had given birth to several new online "news & views" vendors and now Newsnet, Bella and Wings were going to take on the traditional media.
At last, we thought, the voting public has an antidote to the poisonous misinformation emanating from traditional outlets.
Wings Over Scotland: The magic number
By Wings Over Scotland editor Rev. Stuart Campbell
FOR the last month or so, the Unionist parties have briefly enjoyed the opportunity to taunt the SNP in the Commons over Full Fiscal Autonomy, challenging the party to bring forward proposals and accusing it of being afraid of the policy it campaigned and won on in the election. The Nats called the bluff, and today got the unsurprising result.