Historic child abuse inquiry could last until 2020, inquiry chair says
Justice Lowell Goddard third chair of crisis-hit inquiry
THE independent inquiry into historical child abuse allegations could potentially last until 2020, Justice Lowell Goddard, chair of the inquiry, has said as she officially launched the inquiry.
The inquiry was launched by Home Secretary Theresa May in July last year after allegations emerged of a cover-up of a powerful establishment paedophile ring in the 1980's.
International body for Scottish writers and publishers needed, says major sector report
Largest ever review into the Scottish writing and publishing industry finds that more must be done to promote and support writers and their work abroad
A NEW body for Scottish literature should be established to help promote writers and their work at an international level, a new major report has found.
This was one the 38 recommendations made in a 125 page review of the Scottish writing and publishing sector which would see a proposed new body, Scottish Literature International, formed to improve international promotional strategy in support of writers.
Professor launches online study into motivations of Scottish independence activist groups
Dr Iain Black hopes to learn more about the development of activism during indyref and the increased democratic engagement
A LEADING marketing associate professor is carrying out research into last year's independence referendum to gain further understanding of what motivated various groups of Yes campaigners to get involved in the democratic process.
Fracking could hit house prices as well as environment, official report concludes
Report raises further concerns about controversial practice
HOUSES in central Scotland situated near fracking sites could see their value decreased by as much as seven per cent, according to an uncensored UK Government report.
An unredacted version of a report from the department for environment, food and rural affairs (Defra) was published on Wednesday following a freedom of information request.
Disgraced MP Alistair Carmichael hires lawyer as constituents continue campaign for fresh election
Campaigners have raised more than PS50,000 through crowdfunding to help their legal bid
EMBATTLED Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael has enlisted the services of a lawyer to fight a legal bid launched to have his General Election result nullified.
This is the latest development in the aftermath of the Frenchgate scandal, where Carmichael admitted to being behind a false memo leak from the Scotland Office to the Telegraph.
Inside the SSP's vote on Scottish Left Project link-up: Is the left uniting or dividing?
Owen O'Donnell, a student journalist and member of the SSP, attended last weekend's conference and the pre-vote debate on the prospect of the party uniting with the Scottish Left Project to form an electoral alliance for the 2016 Holyrood election. Here, he gives an overview of the debate.
FROM the outside looking in, the main issue surrounding the SSP's annual conference was whether or not it would give its backing to a proposed electoral alliance for next year's Holyrood elections.
5 things the 1998 Human Rights Act and the ECHR has done for us
We take a look at some examples of the Act
ONE story which has dominated the post-General Election fallout was the Tories' plans to scrap the 1998 Human Rights Act and replace it with a British 'Bill of Rights' in an effort to distance UK courts from the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
With human rights activists in addition to the Scottish Government pouring scorn over these plans, CommonSpace has drafted up a brief list of some of the steps that have been taken as a result of the Human Rights Act and the ECHR.
Nicola Sturgeon: The prime minister has no right to rule out a second referendum
Sturgeon on a referendum: "I don't think David Cameron has any right to rule it out"
FIRST MINISTER Nicola Sturgeon has said that David Cameron does not have "any right" to rule out a second referendum on Scottish independence.
David Cameron said on Sunday after his election victory that "there isn't going to be another referendum" on Scottish independence.
He added: "We had the referendum and the SNP aren't pushing for another referendum, actually. Nicola Sturgeon said that vote in the General Election was not about another referendum.
Scottish PEN warns of government powergrab as Tories push plans to abolish the Human Rights Act
Scotland Office said last year that human rights legislation was part of the Scotland Act and cannot be removed by Westminster
THE president of Scottish PEN, an international organisation of writers, has warned that Tory plans to abolish the Human Rights Act will take power away from individuals and put it further in the hands of government and security services.