Kirsty Strickland: When I was a teenager
CommonSpace columnist Kirsty Strickland explains how she overcame tough personal circumstances to become a rising Scottish political commentator
WHEN I was a teenager, I wanted to be prime minister. I was insistent. I’d talk about it at length to anybody that asked.
The plan was, I was going to going to university, get a law degree and then somehow edge my way into public life. I was going to become an MP, a minister, and then, inevitably, prime minister one day.
Kirsty Strickland: Political parties, you have a role to play in fixing media gender imbalance
CommonSpace columnist Kirsty Strickland says there is no excuse in 2017 for continued imbalance in political commentary
DURING every election campaign, there is – or at least should be – a heightened focus on balance.
This usually applies to the balance of party representation, but regularly in Scotland there are calls for it also to extend to balance across the Yes/No divide.
Kirsty Strickland: Why 2016 was the year I learned to say Yes
CommonSpace columnist and feminist campaigner Kirsty Strickland explains how the sudden loss of her father motivated her to grab life's opportunities
I WAS in England when I got the call.
Me, my partner and my toddler had driven down to see his parents at their caravan in the beautiful, soul-cleansing scenery of Beadnell Bay, in Northumberland.
Kirsty Strickland: There's a big UK terrorism threat that nobody wants to name
Feminist campaigner Kirsty Strickland says the terror threat against women should be set permanently to 'severe'
IN the aftermath of a terrorist atrocity we usually hear the same sentiments expressed by leaders.
We will not live in fear. These violent cowards cannot be allowed to affect our way of life.
Kirsty Strickland: Why anti-BBC billboards are a terrible idea before indyref 2
CommonSpace columnist Kirsty Strickland says adverts about media bias in Scotland will not persuade No voters to vote Yes in a second independence referendum
YOU may have noticed the 'BBC Is Misreporting Scotland' stickers and posters that have been going around recently.
Kirsty Strickland: Why the BBC got it so incredibly wrong on Trump Tapes
Feminist writer and campaigner Kirsty Strickland says BBC Radio 4's debate about the leaked 'Trump Tapes' completely missed the point about rape culture
LAST FRIDAY, tapes were released of presidential candidate Donald Trump boasting about being able to sexually assault women.
In the unearthed recording, from 2005, Trump could be heard telling a laughing Billy Bush: "I just start kissing them. It's like a magnet. Just kiss. I don't even wait. And when you're a star they let you do it. You can do anything ... grab them by the pussy. You can do anything."
Kirsty Strickland: Hitting the Commons Bar is fine but breastfeeding is 'disruptive'? Get a grip, UK
Feminist writer and campaigner Kirsty Strickland blasts the "prehistoric views" of the DUP's Sammy Wilson MP on breastfeeding in the Commons
THE phrase "a week is a long time in politics" has been given a new lease of life in 2016. Since the Brexit vote, a week is enough time for a new prime minister to be chosen, Boris Johnson to become foreign secretary and the official opposition to implode.
Kirsty Strickland: Why we must drop the 'saints and sluts' narrative we attach to girls
Writer and feminist campaigner Kirsty Strickland says the double standards society holds in its attitudes towards women and girls is confusing and hypocritical
WE welcomed the news last week that the teenage pregnancy rate has halved since 1998.
This figure demonstrates how vital easily accessible contraception for young people is. However, alongside this news it was also pointed out that while teen pregnancies are now less common, abortion procedures in the under-16s are rising.
Kirsty Strickland: Why the debate on all-women shortlists tests how real Scotland's appetite for change really is
Social media has been filled with debate about all-women shortlists after SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon announced that delegates at an upcoming SNP conference will vote on whether the method should be adopted as party policy for the 2016 Scottish Parliamentary elections to encourage female participation in politics. Kirsty Strickland, a small business owner with an interest in women's rights, argues that the decision will be a test of how progressive the new wave of politics in Scotland really is.
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