Ben Simmons: Christmas presents, consumerism and mulled wine socialism
Common Weal volunteer Ben Simmons is making an ethical call for action this Christmas - and offering shoppers an alternative
SCOTLAND, like literally the whole world, is a direct democracy. Kind of. Bear with me.
For those of you with election fatigue I bring the bad news that we have been voting every single day, have done so forever, and will continue to do so until someone figures out a better system. And we get we what vote for in spades more or less right away.
10 ways you can have a more meaningful Christmas this year
A green and ethical Christmas is one with more meaning and connection, says Sophie Unwin, director of Remade in Edinburgh, and she's sharing her top 10 tips on doing things a bit differently
I BUMPED into my neighbour at the grocery recently and I asked her what she was doing for Xmas? She told me that she doesn’t "do Xmas" and struggles with this time of year.
It was nice to hear such an honest answer, especially when there can be so much pressure to express a sense of jollity – which, of course, we are unlikely all to be feeling all of the time.
Ross Ahlfeld: A Christmas message of hope for Christian peace
CommonSpace columnist Ross Ahlfeld says when the world feels broken and weary, there is still hope
TRULY, 2016 has been a thoroughly rotten year for losing creative geniuses and others who weren’t afraid to swim against the tide.
One individual I’ll really miss is David Bowie, the Thin White Duke, and another is the obstante maestro Johann Cruyff, the Thin White Duke of football.
5 books making their mark this Christmas
Common Market has a look at five books that are making their mark as part your brand new online marketplaces
YOU CAN find other titles on Common Market from multiple publishers and authors in the books section here.
10 secret Santa gifts on Common Market
As the deadline for your secret Santa gift approaches, we highlight a few great gift ideas from Common Market.
COMMON MARKET has a huge range of fantastic items on sale from local, ethical and independent producers based across Scotland. Here is a list of 10 standout items that are £10 or less (delivery prices excluded).