The CommonSpace Editorial Team
Steven Keith: People, not parties, will win the hearts of No voters
Steven Keith, a Scottish essayist, artist and poet living for 20 years in India, says that the political constraints on party’s means non-party Yes activists need to use their greater freedom to win the hearts of No voters
Alan Petrie & Siobhan Tolland: It’s time to leave the Yes campaign of 2014 behind and build something better
Alan Petrie from the Aberdeen Independence Movement and Siobhan Tolland from the Dundee & Angus independence group write a joint article about why a totally different movement for independence is needed now than in 2014 – one that is about building a new country, not protest
Biggest ever independence march: In videos and pictures
Organisers believe 100,000 people attended the march in Edinburgh
THE All Under One Banner march for Scottish Independence on Saturday [7 October] has been touted as the biggest ever independence march in Scottish history.
Organisers said 100,000 attended on the day. The march through the capital follows demonstrations in Glasgow, Dumfries, Bannockburn and Dundee, and comes just as the SNP Annual Conference begins in Glasgow.
Below are videos and pictures of the demonstration from CommonSpace and others who were present in Edinburgh on Saturday.
National Yes Registry announce official grassroots consultation on the Growth Commission
The National Yes Registry have agreed with the SNP an officially recognised grassroots consultation on the Growth Commission report on the economics of independence. The group explains below how the process will work.
Catherine Gillies: Politicising our heritage - the fiasco of Holyrood Park
Catherine Gillies, a museums and heritage consultant, says that by denying the All Under One Banner independence demonstration use of Holyrood Park on the grounds of being a-political, Historic Environment Scotland have unwittingly politicised heritage in Scotland and thus made a fundamental mistake
I FIND myself musing endlessly on the current furore over Historic Environment Scotland’s decision not to allow stalls and speeches after the forthcoming All Under One Banner march in Holyrood Park on the grounds that they, as an organisation, are a-political.
Leah Franchetti: Reshuffles are a fact of life - time for Labour to roll its sleeves up
Leah Franchetti (@leahfranchetti), vice-chair of the Shettleston Labour Party and on the steering group of the Scottish Labour Women’s Movement, responds to Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard’s reshuffle on Thursday [4 October], where centrist MSPs Jackie Baillie and Anas Sarwar were booted out of the shadow cabinet
THE instinct of the Labour Party is, if there’s a problem, change the leader, sit back, fold your arms and wait to be disappointed because you’re sure it’s not going to deliver.
Fergus Murray: Why 'nothing about us without us' should be an Autism policy principle
Fergus Murray (@MxOolong), co-founder of AMASE (Autistic Mutual Aid Society Edinburgh), looks at the Programme for Government’s focus on mental health in the context of the autistic community, arguing that deep and systemic change is needed and should be led by autistic people themselves
THE focus on mental health in the latest Programme for Government is extremely welcome.
Alex Lockwood: How the story of Chernobyl reveals our mindless attachment to nuclear weapons
Writer Alex Lockwood, who is joining the Nae Nukes Anywhere! march and rally on Saturday 22nd September, explains why he chose to write his anti-nuclear novel centred on the Faslane naval base and the debate around Trident
IT DIDN’T take me long to learn about the dangers of Trident when researching my new novel The Chernobyl Privileges.
Guppi Bola: Safe and affordable food for all is a human right
Following fresh controversy in the Scottish Parliament over the need for a Good Food Nation Bill, food justice campaigners are feeling inspired into action on the growing crisis of food insecurity. Guppi Bola, interim-director of Medact, explores the interrelated nature of income insecurity, hunger and its impact on health inequality.
UNDERSTANDING food insecurity across the UK has long been a concern of campaigners.
Hilary Long: Tackling poverty outside the school gates is the best route to addressing educational disadvantage
Hilary Long, coordinator of the Upstart Glasgow network and CommonSpace columnist, says the answer to addressing the educational attainment gap is found outside of the school gates – the Scottish Government should forget testing P1’s and focus on tackling poverty