Jimmy Stirling's DWP Diary: Sanctions decision looms because I declared my rights
In his second diary instalment, 61-year-old Jimmy Stirling is still waiting for a decision from the DWP on whether or not he will face a welfare sanction because he declared his right to opt out of signing voluntary paperwork on the Community Work Programme
29 September 2015
Jimmy Stirling's Diary: My daily battle with the benefits system and sanctions
Amid rising concern about the impact of welfare cuts - particularly since a senior coroner recently linked suicide and welfare reform for the first time - 61-year-old Jimmy Stirling begins a diary on CommonSpace charting his dealings with the UK benefits system
Yvonne Ridley: Has the army gone barmy and should Yes campaigners worry?
Journalist Yvonne Ridley wonders whether it isn't only Jeremy Corbyn who should be worried about a military coup
YES, I know the headline is sensational but there is a very serious story to be told emanating from a front page exclusive written by some very distinguished journalists - and no I'm not talking about that David Cameron story.
Ever since Jeremy Corbyn won Labour leadership in a landslide victory, the scribes inhabiting Westminster's political swamp have behaved in a most irrational way.
James McEnaney: How the national anthem became Jeremy Corbyn's Catch-22
CommonSpace columnist James McEnaney says Jeremy Corbyn is damned if he sings and damned if he doesn't
IF you've never read Joseph Heller's Catch-22 (you philistine!) then now is as good a time as any.
Set during World War II it follows the experiences of Captain John Yossarian, a B-25 bombardier in the fictional 256th squadron of the US Air Force operating from the Italian island of Pianosa.
Scott MacDonald: Indyref changed my life and I'm not going back in the box
Activist Scott MacDonald explains what indyref meant to him as the one year anniversary approaches
THE Scottish independence referendum campaign changed me.
It wasn't one moment that did so, it was a large collection of individual moments that, only when seen from afar, clearly changed my life. 2014 was the year I became a political activist worth a damn. It was also the year the paranoid proved to be prophets.
David Carr: The hidden history of #OurLand
CommonSpace columnist David Carr reports on a wee bit of a walk in the woods on a Sunday afternoon with some community activism thrown in
IT'S amazing how activists' minds work.
It's Sunday and four of them are checking their Facebook. As you do. There's an ongoing group discussion on what to do as part of the 'Our Land' campaign .
Ian Dunn: Why Jeremy Corbyn is not responsible for Corbynmania
Commonspace columnist Ian Dunn says the excitement over the left wing candidate for Labour leader has deeper causes than the man or his politics
A FRIEND of mine recently revealed he had no idea what Jeremy Corbyn looked like.
He knew he was a veteran leftie MP who had come from nowhere to be odds on favourite to lead the Labour party, but had never caught a glimpse of him.
Before he could Google him. I enquired: "What do you think he looks like?"
"Rupert Everett?" came the reply.
Steven Topple: After the Edward Heath revelations, where's the outrage over #CSAInquiry?
Steven Topple examines the role of the mainstream media in the historic child abuse scandal involving establishment figures, and asks why this is not yet one of the great shames of our time?
IT'S now one year and 30 days since the launch of the inquiry into "historic" child sexual abuse. Let's start by making one thing clear - what is really meant by the terms "paedophile" or "child abuser" in the context of this inquiry:
They are adults who have sexually assaulted, raped, tortured and murdered children .
Lucy Deacon: Tunisia and Islamic State - why the country needs European solidarity now more than ever
Having spent six months studying Arabic in Tunisia, and living with Tunisian families, Lucy Deacon examines the country's relationship - or lack of it - with extremism
AS the identities of the British tourists massacred in Sousse, Tunisia on 26 June start to be released and harrowing accounts of the survivors make it into the press, the humanity of the tragedy is being brought close to home.