‘Ignorant and insulting’: Anti-racist activists push back on image of the royal wedding as a beacon of progress
Women in Scotland question the media narrative framing the royal wedding as a win for race equality
ANTI-RACIST and feminist campaigners in Scotland have criticised the view, conveyed in much media coverage of the issue, that the marriage of mixed-race American actress Meghan Markle to Prince Harry is a sign of progress on race equality, describing the framing of the wedding as “tokenism”.
Jim Cuthbert: How Brexit exposes the failings of Britain's monarchy and makes the case for republicanism
Economist Jim Cuthbert says Britain's monarchical structure no longer serves any useful purpose and has become detrimental
ONE hitherto unremarked aspect of the Brexit fiasco is how it illustrates the failure of the British system of constitutional monarchy to provide an adequate longstop to prevent governments making disastrous decisions. This is not what was meant to happen.
Outrage as Prince Charles blesses Bahraini sectarian militia naval base
Clarence House stands accused of supporting sectarian tyranny on the Persian Gulf
PRINCE CHARLES has been criticised by human rights campaigners for opening a UK naval base in Bahrain, built by the country’s sectarian and repressive state militia.
In the opening ceremony yesterday [Thursday 10 November] the heir apparent christened the UK base which Ministry of Defence (MOD) officials confirmed had been “gifted” by Bahrain in order for the UK to gain strategic influence in the Persian Gulf.
Mark McNaught: Why there really is no UK democratic legitimacy left in Scotland
Dr Mark McNaught, Assistant Professor of Law, Philosophy, and US Civilization at the University of Rennes, says Scotland should do democracy its own way
TO THE extent that it ever existed, the frantic convulsions of the Westminster system in the wake of the Brexit vote have definitively extinguished any legitimacy of the UK in Scotland.
Only time will tell if any can be restored to what will be left of the UK, after the constitutional writhing has subsided and we begin to see what will emerge in its wake.
Campaigners: Queen must join Scottish Parliament's new lobbying register
The draft Lobbying (Scotland) Bill exempts the Queen and her staff from political transparency
THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT should remove royal exemptions from its bill on political lobbying, according to campaigners for an elected head of state.
The draft Lobbying Bill, published last week, included a clause that would create a veil of secrecy over any lobbying by the Queen or political influence exerted by staff on her behalf.
5 royal embarrassments you might not hear about from the media
We take a look at the royals
QUEEN ELIZABETH II has become Britain's longest reigning monarch.
Having served for more than 63 years, she has exceeded the duration of Queen Victoria, her great-great-grandmother.
The media is positively rammed with coverage, but it's mostly a kinder portrait of the monarch and her family.
CommonSpace remembers five things the royal correspondents would rather not.
They're sort of on benefits
David Carr: Republic vs monarchy - are we really a radical Scotland or are we feart?
CommonSpace columnist David Carr reflects on Scotland's uneasy relationship with the monarchy
SO those pesky Jocks won't pay for the queen. Except we will. One wonders who the stooshie was drummed up for? Was it was just part of the drip drip of Scotophobia? But the election had already delivered a job lot of that. More likely it was to stir up Scot-on-Scot animosity.
the royal family are watched more than ever but are we ready to have a debate on their place in Britain?
The monarchy costs PS35m but are they worth it and how are our attitudes towards the monarchy changing
RECENTLY it was reported in the press that Scotland would cut the budget to the royal household by up to PS1.5m when most crown estate revenue is devolved to Scotland.