Beyond the Noise: Reaction and resistance - 2018 in review
Beyond the Noise with David Jamieson is a weekly podcast with CommonSpace journalist David Jamieson, where he gets behind the 24/7 news cycle and gets to heart of issues, trying to find the substance behind the headlines.
THIS week, Jamieson is joined by CommonSpace editor Ben Wray and CommonSpace multimedia journalist Rhiannon J Davies to review 2018 in tumultuous global politics and public affairs.
Analysis: Viktor Orban is dismantling Hungarian democracy piece by piece - within the EU
The Hungarian autocrat creates new political courts system and attacks workers’ rights – while benefiting from influx of European capital
AS Brexit chaos continues in Britain, it's easy to miss the wider crisis afflicting European society.
Nowhere is this more obvious or alarming than in Hungary, where Prime Minister Viktor Orban has for years pushed his opponents to the margins and eroded the space for dissent and opposition.
Analysis: Roar of the feeble lion - why the Tory Right are going nowhere
The Tory backbenchers are relics of a previous fight for rightwing hegemony in Britain – now they are causing the British elite problems
NOT a single Tory rightwing Brexiteer stood up in parliament today at Prime Minister's Questions (12 December) to attack Theresa May's leadership of her party or the country, just hours after they produced the 48 letters necessary.
SNP MP: We're not the Scottish Stop Brexit Party - focus on independence
Some independence supporters are expressing concern that the opportunity for independence is being missed in favour of a keeping the UK in the EU
SNP MP Angus McNeil has called on his party to prioritise Scottish independence over keeping the UK in the EU.
Scotland set for #YellowVests protests as Macron makes concessions and threats
Radical movement for better living standards extracts increased wages from embattled President
SCOTS are preparing to start their own Yellow Vests movement after the ‘Gilets Jaunes’ in France won a significant victory, with President Emmanuel Macron conceding an increase to the minimum wage.
Macron addressed the country last night, as it was still gripped by the protest movement that has evolved out of resistance to a new carbon fuel tax last month.
Beyond the Noise: Class conflict, climate and Just Transition
Beyond the Noise with David Jamieson is a weekly podcast with CommonSpace journalist David Jamieson, where he gets behind the 24/7 outrage-driven social media news circus and gets to heart of issues, trying to find the substance behind the headlines.
THIS week, Jamieson is joined by Chris Silver, Scottish writer who is working with DesmogUK to produce a survey of Scottish attitudes to climate change and 'Just Transition' - the idea that the move to sustainable economy and society must not hurt ordinary people.
Among other matters they discuss:
Interview: Law expert on the 'blunt' truth of May's Brexit deal legal advice
Theresa May tried to hide how much power would be left to the EU in post-Brexit Britain
THERESA MAY’s Government has taken a beating in parliament this week, particularly on Tuesday [4 December], where she faced a slew of defeats including a Commons vote that the government had been in contempt of parliament by refusing to release the cabinet's legal advice on the withdrawal agreement with the EU.
The vote is a major blow to May's ongoing attempts to get the deal passed through parliament.
'Climate complacency': Patrick Harvie calls on Scot Gov to introduce emergency climate bill
Scottish Green leader warned FM of 'climate complacency' in Holyrood clash
THE leader of the Scottish Green party has called on the Scottish Government to swap its Climate Change Bill for more urgent and radical legislation in light of new warnings over climate change.
Former homeless Greens councillor slams Edinburgh Council for homelessness law-breaking
Edinburgh city council sending homeless Scots’ to Bed & Breakfasts as far away as Motherwell and Livingston for extended periods
A councillor in Edinburgh who was has previously been homeless has slammed the capital authority for breaking the law on how long homeless people can be housed in temporary accommodation.
Councils are allowed to house homeless people in temporary accommodation for up to a week, but a shortage of council housing has mean't some are remaining longer in bed & breakfast (B&B) style accommodation.
Analysis: As Farage dumps Ukip, where next for the British far right?
Farage has quit a racist mess he is largely responsible for creating, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the British far-right is in decline, David Jamieson finds
NIGEL FARAGE has finally quit Ukip, the party he helped mould into a force over decades, pointing to it's rightward shift and increasing obsession with Islamophobia.