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Anglophobia and Xenophobia in Scotland have Nothing to do with ...

Forward thinking though we may be in Scotland, we’re far from perfect, and any society that wishes to call itself progressive must acknowledge that reality. But truth be told, we Scots are not very good at facing up to our ...

SNP, RISE or Green: On the Morning of September 19th ...

As the Holyrood election of 2016 approaches, the wider pro-independence movement faces its greatest challenge yet. Emotions are already running high, and if we’re not careful, that rainbow coalition which made up the Yes campaign looks set to become more ...

If We’re Serious About Europe, We Need to Ditch the ...

Like pretty much everyone I know, I’m very much in favour of the European Union. It’s one of the best examples of genuine internationalism, and in many ways it has defined the age in which we live. Born out of ...

After Paris, we Must Resist the Allure of a Failed, ...

A tidal wave of outrage has consumed commentators of every political hue following the horrific attacks in Paris last week. The far right immediately argued that we should begin bombing Syria (because nothing gets rid of an insurgent, borderless, terrorist ...

What if Journalists Were Actually Like the Rest of us: ...

I might shock a lot of people with what I’m about to say here – probably not anyone who’s heard me talk about the so-called “mainstream” media before – but still: I don’t believe that the Scottish media’s problem is, ...

Michelle Thomson is a Convenient “bad apple” – After All, ...

There’s an sense of celebration in the air amongst opponents of the SNP this week, there have been a great number of near-scandals over the past 8 years, but this time they smell blood and they’re not about to let ...

Tommy Sheridan is my Hero

He’s not, but I figured this article would be roundly misinterpreted from the off, so why not go all out? As it happens, Tommy Sheridan was once a hero of mine. That was before he split the socialist vote in ...

We’ve Maybe 15 Years & Another Defeat Before Independence

This time last year – like most people I know – I was physically, emotionally and mentally numb. For around three days or so, Scotland was shrouded in a sort of leaden mist, both literally and figuratively; so suddenly we’d ...

Labour Mustn’t Squander This Opportunity

Even those of us who anticipated a Corbyn victory from early on, couldn’t have imagined he’d scoop a whopping 60% of the votes. This victory was unprecedented for so many reasons, not least his outsider, left-wing status. For a candidate ...

If You Oppose Gaelic Signs You’re an Idiot

Stupid bloody Gaelic! No one speaks it anyway, and no one ever did. Probably. The familiar refrain of the Scottish cringe, which rears its ugly head pretty much any time anyone wants to spend any money on anything related to ...