The CommonSpace Editorial Team
Joe Spailpeen: Edina, sister-up with Gaza!
Joe Spailheen argues that Scotland’s capital should twin itself with embattled Gaza
IT’S not every day you get the opportunity to ask a direct question of your country’s leader. I was lucky enough to get just that at an event in this year’s Edinburgh Book Festival.
WATCH: CommonSpace Show - South America Special
In this edition of the CommonSpace show, David Jamieson and Rhiannon J Davies are joined by Nathalia Urban, a Brazilian journalist based in Scotland.
Urban is the co-founder of Resist Brazil and regularly contributes to Left Ungagged. In the first half of the show they discuss the upcoming General Election (the show was recorded the day it was announced). And in the second half of the show they dig into the causes behind the current upheavals across Chile, Brazil, Columbia, Equador and the so-called 'pink tide'.
UN Day should remind us of the urgent need for action
Rhiannon Sims, Policy and Research Officer at Oxfam Scotland, argues that Scotland must mark UN Day by redoubling its efforts to meet the United Nations’ key goals
TODAY we mark the anniversary of the United Nations coming into existence 74 years ago – so called ‘UN Day’.
Created in the wake of the devastation and suffering of the Second World War, the global body’s main priority was to boost peaceful international cooperation to “solve problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian character” while promoting human rights and freedoms.
WATCH: CommonSpace Show - Social Care Special
For the latest edition of the CommonSpace Show, David Jamieson and Rhiannon Davies were joined by disability rights campaigner, Colette Walker
They begin by discussing some of the big stories in the news this week – the possibility of a December general election, and the latest expenses scandal to rock Glasgow City Council. In the second part of the show, they discuss the case of the Cherry family in East Renfrewshire who have found that the care support their daughter needs has been replaced by an automated ‘telecare’ system.
Debt, derivatives and financial dark arts - is this any way to run a city?
The SANE (Solidarity Against Neoliberal Extremism) Collective argues that the Glasgow City Council has mortgaged the city’s future
GLASGOW City Council, with total debts of around £1.5bn, is facing “a period of unprecedented financial pressure” with a funding gap of £129.1 million over the period 2018-2021, and that is before accounting for repayments on the £548m-worth of mortgages to pay for the equal pay settlement.
Analysis: How Edinburgh said no to LOBO loans - and why it matters
Edinburgh has joined a number of councils in England in saying no to controversial ‘LOBO’ loans. Edinburgh Green councillor Gavin Corbett explains.
THE world of local authority treasury management is a rarefied one. Not many councillors seek election in order to pore over investment strategy or unpick the debt profile which councils have to manage.
Nevertheless, there it is.
Open Letter to Derek Mackay: Put the public interest at the heart of public buildings
Award-winnning Edinburgh-based architect Malcolm Fraser wrote an open letter to Finance Secretary Derek Mackay on 18 September , after the announcement of a public inquiry into debacle of the Edinburgh Sick Kids hospital. We publish the letter here.
One for the Price of Three: Public Building Procurement at Edinburgh’s Sick Kids, Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the Edinburgh Schools and elsewhere
Ashley Graczyk: Please Caption This
Ashley Graczyk, an independent councillor for the Sighthill-Gorgie ward, says all organisations can take simple steps to ensure their social media content is accessible to all
THE political landscape has changed dramatically, and politics is fast-paced and ever-changing. It is more important than ever to ensure all members of our society can access and participate in a society that is politically inclusive.
Rob Connell: Edinburgh's Immigration Problem
Rob Connell, prospective SNP candidate as MP for Edinburgh South constituency, argues that the capital city is heading for a major demographic time-bomb if it is constrained by UK immigration policy post-Brexit
EDINBURGH, and Scotland as a whole, is developing a serious immigration problem.