'Independence it must be': Mastermind behind 'The Vow' switches from No to Yes
Former Daily Record editor who planned the famous front-page vowing more powers to Scotland says he now backs independence
A BLOW has been dealt to the case for the union as the man behind the “vow” for more devolved powers in the final days of the referendum campaign admits that he now views independence as the only way forward.
Revealed: Student recruitment session led by Trident experts to take place at Glasgow arms fair
Glasgow City Council rejects claims of conference Trident links and dodges questions on concerns over student recruitment
GLASGOW CITY council faced renewed criticism over failure to distance itself from the city’s upcoming Under Defence Technology (UDT) conference after revelations that a student recruitment drive led by Trident experts will take place at the event.
The session, labelled “Year of Engineering Talk 2018 - Why should I work for defence?”, will be held on the second day (27 June) of the conference at the Scottish Events Campus.
3 in 4 carers in Scotland have suffered mental ill health, new research finds
Charities warn that physical and mental strain of caring could hinder their ability to care in future
RESEARCH PUBLISHED for Carers Week (11-17 June) reveals that three quarters of carers in Scotland suffered mental ill health as a result of caring, while 63 per cent said they had experienced physical ill health.
This compares to a figure of 72 per cent of carers across the UK who have faced mental ill health, and 61 per cent who have suffered physical illness.
Rising numbers in Scotland would pay higher taxes to support health and social services
New data reveals a majority of Scots think having a low income leads to poorer health – and they’d be happy to pay more to help
A NEW REPORT from the Scottish Centre for Social Research (ScotCen) indicates that 58 per cent of Scots would be willing to pay higher taxes to improve the health of poorer people.
Time-series data from ScotCen provided to CommonSpace on attitudes to taxation, public spending and benefits suggests that a growing number of people in Scotland would be willing to pay more tax to support public services.
Imagining a future for new Scots: Refugee Festival to offer antidote to ‘hostile environment’
Scottish refugee-led arts and culture festival aims to bring people and cultures together
THE REFUGEE Festival Scotland, running from 15-24 June, will see over 30 refugee community groups host arts and cultural events aimed at breaking down barriers and celebrating the people who have made Scotland their home after fleeing violence in countries such as Syria, Eritrea and Afghanistan.
Independence for women: National conference to amplify women’s voices in politics and beyond
Women for Independence national council will explore accessibility for women across various aspects of life
WOMEN FOR INDEPENDENCE (WFI) will explore what it means to make life accessible for women in Scotland at its national council in Paisley on 23 June.
Open to all women, the event will consider how women, particularly those facing barriers of geography and disability, can have equal access to politics, health and social care, reproductive rights, and other aspects of life.
Palestinian musicians 47Soul to bring message of resistance to Perthshire festival
Solas Festival to put social justice centre stage with eclectic lineup of music, arts and politics
PALESTINIAN HIP HOP group 47Soul will perform at Solas Festival on 22 June, where they will bring their message of resistance against oppression to Perthshire.
Now in its tenth year, Solas Festival aims to reflect the wider social and political context of music and the arts, and organisers have welcomed the opportunity to showcase the unapologetically political music of 47Soul.
Primark-Stonewall Pride range slammed for shady LGBT rights links
Pride organisers call out lack of local benefit and unethical production concerns in LGBT charity’s Primark partnership
RETAIL GIANT Primark’s Pride range, which will donate 20 per cent of profits to LGBT charity Stonewall UK, has come under fire after it emerged that the products will be manufactured in Turkey, China and Myanmar – all of which have poor LGBT rights records.
Exclusive: Glasgow city council continues to deny arms fair Trident renewal discussion despite new programme revelations
Glasgow arms fair will discuss underwater weapon requirements in light of “commitment to the Astute and Dreadnought submarines”
GLASGOW CITY council has maintained that the controversial Undersea Defence Technology conference set to take place next month will not feature discussion of Trident nuclear weapons, despite a session advertised online which refers to the Dreadnought submarines which will carry the new Trident missiles.
Action-packed festival to push for greater LGBTI inclusion in sports
LGBTI sports charity seeks to address ‘thorn in our side’ of sports discrimination with fortnight of events
NOW IN its sixth year, LGBTI charity Leap Sports’ ‘Festival Fortnight’, running 1-17 June, will play host to a varied selection of events and activities across Scotland, with the aim of boosting visibility and participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in Scottish sport.