Robin McAlpine: Indy support for a People's Vote must be tied to indyref2 guarantees
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine says the arguments for independence supporters to unconditionally support a People’s Vote without any guarantees on the right to a Scottish independence referendum are ill conceived
RIGHT, the 'People's Vote' debate. Let’s start with an entirely dogmatic statement, which is true nonetheless.
In the short term, a second vote on Brexit is undoubtedly bad for those who want to see Scottish independence in the near future – irrespective of which side wins.
Ross Greer MSP: Climate crisis will define my adult life - revolution is the only adequate remedy
Ross Greer, Scottish Greens MSP for the West of Scotland and parliament’s youngest member, writes ahead of a Holyrood debate on climate change this evening [14 November] about how his adult life is likely to be defined by climate crisis – the choice between revolution or a future of unabated chaos and suffering is stark.
IN THE summer of 2003 I was marking my ninth birthday. At that age the school summer holidays seem to last forever and the idea of going to bed while it was still light outside was confusing and more than a little irritating.
Pete Cannell: Join us on Saturday to plot a just climate transition in Scotland
Pete Cannell, activist and Scot.E3 conference organiser, introduces their Just Transitions event this Saturday [17 November] in Edinburgh, which will develop a draft manifesto for action to deliver a rapid green transition which secures the jobs of workers whose employment is currently tied to fossil fuels
ON SATURDAY 17 November there will a one-day conference in Edinburgh to discuss the transition to a sustainable low carbon economy.
Robin McAlpine: British propaganda has made a mockery of the centenary of Armistice
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine rails against the BBC’s coverage of the centenary of the end of the First World War
SO ARMISTICE is nearly upon us, and the weapons I'm looking forward to being put down largely involve the British state's propaganda tools. Disgracefully, this World War One centenary seems to have been only one more chance to promote a Patriotic British Militarism.
Siobhan Tolland: No medication for 5 days could kill me - I'm scared about No Deal Brexit
CommonSpace columnist Siobhan Tolland says her rare medical condition Addison’s disease requires a smooth supply of medication to keep her healthy – the possibility of a No Deal Brexit and a delay in medical supplies therefore leaves her fearful
Understanding Democracy: Join the free participative course in Glasgow
John Rogers, course facilitator of a free participative course on democracy in Glasgow, explains the experience of the last democracy course and the plans for the next one, which begins on 20 November. To get involved contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Julia Swann: Why students' unions should resist threats and not provide funding to 'pro-life' groups
Julia Swann, writing on behalf of a group of pro-choice students at the University of Strathclyde, argues that attempts by a ‘pro-life’ group on campus to secure students’ union funding through threatening legal action must be resisted.
FOR MANY, students’ unions are a place of safety and sanctuary. Much of my experience as a student at University of Strathclyde has been shaped by my involvement in the students’ union. As a woman, I have always valued the pro-choice stance of the students’ union which, thankfully, still stands today.
Robin McAlpine: Why my worries about democracy don't start in Brazil
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine says there seems to be declining support for democracy everywhere he turns but it needs to be defended and rebooted, because the alternative is terrifying
I HAVE been worrying about the future of democracy this week – but my worries don't start in Brazil.