My name's David Jamieson and I’m a columnist at CommonSpace writing about culture and ideology in modern Scotland. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scotland getting on in a world getting off - Scottish internationalism in the age of Trump
David Jamieson, CommonSpace columnist on culture and ideology, explores Scottish attitudes towards the international order and its institutions in the age of Trump
“STOP THE WORLD, SCOTLAND WANTS TO GET ON” – this is the famous utterance of Winnie Ewing after her 1967 Hamilton by-election victory that established the SNP on the political scene.
From Rab C Nesbitt to Still Game to the Limmy Show: Why is Scottish comedy so saturated by working class humour and what does it say about society?
CommonSpace’s culture and ideology columnist David Jamieson speaks to Rab C. Nesbitt star Elaine C Smith and co-creater of Still Game, Greg Hemphill, to explore why Scottish comedy has a distinctively working class character, and what that cultural awareness says about power and ideology in Scotland today
THE Scottish comedy scene is saturated by working class humour. From sketch shows like Burnistoun and Limmy to stand up acts like Frankie Boyle, Kevin Bridges and Janey Godley. Their predecessors like Still Game and Rab C Nesbitt remain national favourites.
David Jamieson: The Growth Commission, Charlotte Street Partners and Scotland's ruling class networks
David Jamieson examines the networks of elite power in Scotland and how, principally through Charlotte Street Partners and its founder Andrew Wilson, the Growth Commission is being used to try to tie those interests to independence, something which is likely to be a “doomed project”
I ONCE snuck into a Charlotte Street Partners (CSP) after-party at an SNP conference in Aberdeen.
'A bunch of flag-waving nationalists'? Why the media doesn't get the politics of flags and social movements
The recent independence march restarted a debate about the politics of flags in Scotland – CommonSpace columnist David Jamieson argues that the critique of Scottish nationalist identity and ideology in the media is confused and often hypocritical because of a poor grasp of grassroots, social movement politics
THE royal wedding is the acme of the kind of nationalism liberal minded people claim to detest. It is a deeply irrational display of public deference and adherence to the class system, that openly eschewes the concept of human equality.
’68, ideology and the alt-right: Are the Left the conformists now?
David Jamieson explores ideology in the post-’68 world, and argues that the rise of identity politics on the left was driven by the defeats and demoralisation of that era. Without a renewed commitment to economic transformation, the left will lose a culture war against an insurgent radical right
Jordan Peterson, Mark Meechan and my brief tour of Scotland’s subculture of shy young men
David Jamieson, beginning a new column on CommonSpace looking at culture and ideology in modern Scotland, tours Scottish Jordan Petersonism, to examine how ideas of the new right are influencing young male subcultures
THE new political polarisation of our times has brought a new subcultural dynamic, and new ideologues to act as its lynchpin.
In the demented maelstrom of online global subcultures, it can be difficult to trace the threads connecting ideology and its epiphenomena, but between Canada and Scotland such a link can indeed be identified.
Deepening polarisation? 5 things you need to know about the German elections and the EU
CommonSpace's David Jamieson reports from Berlin after Angela Merkel retained power in the German elections
THE German elections (24 September) have confirmed Angela Merkel as the dominant political force in Germany and an historic national personality.
But her election victory masks growing political polarisation at the heart of the EU project. This has been indicated, not least, by the growth of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.
Scottish foreign policy scene to expand with new think tank focusing on global issues
War, terrorism and the far right to feature as topics at conference
SCOTLAND’S expanding foreign policy scene is set to benefit from the launch of a new think tank in Glasgow this weekend.
The New Foreign Policy group will launch at the CCA on Glasgow’s Sauchiehall street tomorrow (Saturday 5 August), and feature a range of expert speakers speaking on international issues such as war, terrorism and security, the growth of far right movements and the UK’s global position from a Scottish perspective.
No evidence: SNP MP Michelle Thomson will not face criminal proceedings after fraud investigation
Former MP to consider “next steps” after being cleared
FORMER SNP MP Michelle Thomson will not face criminal proceedings after the Crown Office determined there was no “credible and reliable” evidence she engaged in illegal activity.
Thomson’s name had been included among four others in a report sent by Police Scotland to the Procurator Fiscal in December 2016 as part of an investigation into potential mortgage fraud.
Tories and corporate giants under fire as British Gas prices leap 12.5 per cent
Big energy hike to cost 3.1 million UK customers
THE TORY Government and energy giant British Gas have come under fire after the firm announced it is to hike electricity prices by 12.5 per cent for its 3.1 million customers.
In the run up to the June General Election, the Conservatives promised and energy price cap, in a supposed departure from traditional Tory liberal economics which rejects state interference in the market.
However, the policy was one of many to be ditched after the Conservative party lost it’s Commons majority.