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.
Linda Pearson: Sturgeon's praise for Henry Kissinger and Madeleine Albright whitewashes their crimes
Linda Pearson (@Pearson_LM), Common Weal policy officer and peace campaigner, says it was wrong for Nicola Sturgeon to praise two former US Secretary of State’s who have never been held to account for their role in US war crimes
WHEN US President Donald Trump finally visits the UK this week, he will likely be met by the largest mass mobilisation that the country has seen since in the Iraq war protests of 2003. Hundreds of thousands of people will take to the streets to oppose the racism, misogyny and authoritarianism Trump represents.
Gerry Hassan: Glasgow after the fire is human, hurting and needs a bit of love from all of us
Gerry Hassan, writer and commentator, makes the case for a solidarity fund to be set up in Glasgow to help those in need after the fire at Glasgow School of Art rocked the city
GLASGOW is hurting, sad and confused - if one can talk about a city in a singularity, which of course you can’t in a place filled with the paradoxes and contradictions of being Scotland’s first city.
Siobhan Tolland & Alan Petrie: We're from two very different cities - with very different Yes strategies
Siobhan Tolland from the Dundee & Angus independence group and Alan Petrie from the Aberdeen Independence Movement write a joint article about the differences in the make-up of their two respective cities, and why they are pursuing different local strategies to win support for independence as a consequence
AS THE independence movement begins to gather pace, discussion about strategy and political direction is growing, in light of the strengths and weaknesses of the last campaign.
Colette Walker: A new approach to public infrastructure? Start by making buildings accessible
Colette Walker, Women for Indy national committee member and a disabled woman and carer to disabled young adult, explains the broad scope of things that make up accessible buildings, and how the proposal for a new approach to building schools and hospitals through a Scottish National Infrastructure Company should have accessibility at the top of its priorities
WHEN we hear the word ‘accessibility’ I would guess that the majority of people would think about wheelchair users.
Robin McAlpine: Europe's autonomy movements represent islands of optimism in a sea of democratic decay
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine says the autonomy movements across Europe are the most promising alternative to the rise of right-wing populism
I SPENT last week in Bilbao at a conference on European autonomy movements, just getting back in time for the Democracy 21 conference in Glasgow on Saturday.
Do I feel more positive or more negative as a result? Not sure. But one thing I feel stronger about (if anything) is the situation in Scotland; here we still have hope, and that's in short supply.
Sarah Glynn: Whose Art School? A’body’s Art School!
Writer and academic Sarah Glynn says those who think there are better things to spend money on than the reconstruction of the Mackintosh building after the fire are buying into the idea that there’s not enough wealth in Scotland for bread and roses
IT seems that the austerity myth has become so deeply embedded in our society that it has infected even those who campaign against it.
I have been depressed to see how many people are claiming that we should not rebuild the Mack because the money should be spent on people in poverty.
Siobhan Tolland: Let's keep it inclusive - no more 'Tory Scum Out' banners on indy marches
CommonSpace columnist Siobhan Tolland weighs in to the debate about the Tory Scum Out banner at the All Under One Banner independence demonstration in Bannockburn on Saturday [23 June], arguing that it presents the wrong image of the independence movement and should not be on future marches
Neil McLeod: Universal Credit - The 'benefit' that will bring you homelessness and depression quicker than it will get paid
CommonSpace columnist and former welfare rights worker Neil McLeod argues that Universal Credit is the very essence of Dickensian Tory Britain, a benefit that will bring you homelessness and depression quicker than it will actually get paid