Nicky MacCrimmon: Yes is like any family - we bicker and we disagree, but we must stick together
Activist Nicky MacCrimmon says the Yes movement online must learn to put differences aside from time to time for the sake of the bigger picture
I’LL start this piece with a confession. I am not without sin.
Over the past few years I have, at one point or another, ranted at or about Trots, zoomers, Yes-marching flag wavers, BBC protestors, The National, The Sunday Herald, CommonSpace, Bella Caledonia, the SNP, Green Party, Rise, elected politicians, the Indy Twitter intelligentsia, Wings, Ponsonby and various other individuals.
Mick Clocherty: Why fluffy social media use from our police forces is bad in the long run
Writer Mick Clocherty says social media's 'like and share' culture risks us giving too much of a free pass to authority
MEMES are everywhere. Everything from the top tier politics to your local kebab shop use them to convey a message on social media.
Half-priced chicken kebab? Picture of a creepy frog. Worst president ever? Picture of the chubby comic book nerd from The Simpsons. They've somehow passed through the deepest darkest recesses of the internet and into the public consciousness.
Fraser Stewart: How social media algorithms can rob us of democratic access
Fraser Stewart defends the democratic uses of social media and warns against the damage of social media algorithms that reduce political content across mediums
I GREW up in a relatively deprived area (or rather, a few different deprived areas). Areas where it isn’t really the ‘done thing’ to talk about politics. Areas where it could be reasonably estimated that more of my friends have taken recreational drugs than have turned out to vote.
Mick Clocherty: JK Rowling and the Absurdity of Modern Politics - a futuristic tale
Writer Mick Clocherty says Harry Potter author JK Rowling should have a rethink about her Potter-on-politics comparisons
CAMERA one pans in on JK Rowling, who is on Question Time for some reason. David Dimbleby hushes an excited crowd, and they now sit in reverent silence awaiting Rowling's response.
She has just been asked a difficult question about the general public and its potential misconceptions on the subject of Islam. A logical and fair-minded comment is what's needed. The left side of her lip curls involuntarily, into a smirk.
Twitter round-up: The best of the brilliant #GrowingUpScottish
Twitter harked back to the golden years of #GrowingUpScottish over the weekend
SCOTLAND took to twitter to relive the halcyon days of staying out until the streetlights came on (and not a minute later!) and collecting ginger bottles to exchange for sweeties when #GrowingUpScottish began trending over the weekend.
Of course, there were some collectively denounced downsides: social dancing classes at school, and being ‘kept in’ (aka. grounded).
We’ve rounded up some of the most popular tweets, and a couple of stoaters you might have missed.
Robin McAlpine: Kindness or cruelty, it's your choice
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine calls for a return to solidarity and kindness in the independence movement after a week of arguments and infighting
WHAT DO you want? What kind of Scotland do you want? What kind of independence movement do you want? What kind of world do you want?
Glasgow karaoke cop praised for "perfect timing" in relations between police and LGBTI community
Officer praised after karaoke video goes viral on social media
FOLLOWING Sergeant Jon Harris’ impromptu performance of Gloria Gaynor’s 'I Will Survive' at the Waterloo Bar, a popular gay venue in Glasgow, manager Scott Langford has praised the officer, saying: "For the police it’s been the right thing."
At the 'Wacky Wednesday' night at the bar this week, punters were left whooping and cheering when 'Sgt Jon' got up on stage in full uniform and belted out the karaoke classic after resolving a dispute which resulted in the arrest of a 23-year-old man.
David Carr: #SNPDoublePlusGood! The terrifying zealotry of #BothVotesSNP
CommonSpace columnist David Carr takes issue with some of the attitudes and language behind the #BothVotesSNP battering ram
IN MAY, the SNP looks set to gain an unassailable command of a parliament designed never to have a majority.
Seventy-nine seats are predicted. The parliament is in a strong position - given balancing critiques from opposition parties - to enact the distinctly Scottish policies that will give voters the faith that we can manage our own affairs. This is their one job.
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