A full house of clichés: Waspi campaigners angered by Tory minister’s dismissal
Campaigners against state pension inequality say UK Government is “without honour, decency and integrity”
TORY WORK AND PENSIONS minister Guy Opperman faces the ire of Women Against State Pension Inequality (Waspi) campaigners after he dismissed calls for transitional arrangements to support 1950s women impacted by inadequate notice and information on the state pension age increase during a backbench debate in the House of Commons.
Highs and lows for Scottish Government budget according to campaign groups
CommonSpace rounds up reactions to Derek Mackay’s budget from outside the world of party politics
THURSDAY BROUGHT the announcement of the Scottish Government’s tax and spending plans for the next year from Finance Secretary Derek Mackay, and with it a mixed reaction from leading campaign groups and think tanks.
After rejected requests on Edinburgh PFI deal details, economists say FoI system “lacks any teeth”
Edinburgh City Council has said commercial interest outweighs public interest on hazardous PFI schools
EDINBURGH CITY COUNCIL has rejected a fresh Freedom of Information (FoI) request for sight of the contract and financial model in the now infamous Private Finance Initiative (PFI) deals made on the faulty construction of Edinburgh schools, citing a risk of prejudicing “commercial interests”.
Macron should draw lessons from Catalonia on Corsican autonomy, says European Free Alliance
Alliance of regionalist and nationalist parties says EU’s disrespect of regions and minorities is driving separatist movements
FOLLOWING THE success of autonomist and pro-independence parties in increasing their majority in the Corsican regional election in France, the European Free Alliance (EFA) told CommonSpace that Catalonia proves it would be a mistake for France to deny calls for dialogue and devolution.
Dundee event to explore Murray Bookchin’s political philosophy and its current relevance
Bella Caledonia editor to speak at event on leading social ecologist and grassroots democracy
MIKE SMALL, activist, writer and editor of Bella Caledonia, will outline political theorist Murray Bookchin’s ideas around social ecology and direct democracy at an event hosted by Common Weal Dundee and Scottish Solidarity with Kurdistan (SSK) on Wednesday night.
SNP brand efforts to repeal Offensive Behaviour Act as “utterly irresponsible”
Labour MSP James Kelly will give evidence to Justice Committee on his proposed repeal Bill
THE SNP HAS been scathing in its response to attempts to overturn its politically unpopular Offensive Behaviour in Football and Threatening Communications Act (OBFA) ahead of Tuesday’s Justice Committee meeting where Labour MSP James Kelly will be the final person to give evidence.
Evidence backing Offensive Behaviour Act branded “deception” as committee hearings draw to a close
Football fans’ campaign group raises doubt over evidence put to the Scottish Parliament Justice Committee
FANS AGAINST CRIMINALISATION (FAC), a campaign set up in opposition to the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Act (OBFA), has called into question the veracity of evidence put forward to the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee by the Scottish Women’s Convention (SWC) in opposition to the proposed repeal.
Scottish peace activists head for Nobel Peace Prize procession with backing of first minister
Scotland celebrates anti-nuclear weapons Nobel Peace Prize winners with weekend of countrywide events
WITH THE NOBEL PRIZE award ceremony set to take place in Norway on Sunday 10 December, where the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) will be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, Scotland is showing its support with a series of events over the weekend, while a group of Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) activists will travel to the celebrations in Oslo.
Northern Ireland Brexit deal proves independence would not result in hard border, says Nicola Sturgeon
First Minister says any EU deal for Ireland must be available to other UK nations
RESPONDING TO THE NEWS that a deal has been struck between the UK and EU which means there will be no hard border in Ireland, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has made the case for a special deal for Scotland and said that the UK Government can no longer claim that independence might mean a hard border between Scotland and the rest of the UK.
Not-for-profit energy supplier steps up the fight against fuel poverty with new initiative
Customers trapped into paying more by restricted meters to be helped by Our Power’s new project
NOT-FOR-PROFIT energy supplier Our Power has teamed up with charity Money Advice Scotland to help tackle fuel poverty among people who use electric storage heating and are tied into using restricted meters, often leaving them unable to switch provider while paying 2.5 times more to heat their homes than those using gas.
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