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The right way to go for Scotland 91

Posted on May 27, 2017 by

A way of protecting people 66

Posted on May 21, 2017 by

A creeping feeling 100

Posted on May 17, 2017 by

No.11: Kathi, from Bernburg, Germany.

Please help make more of these brilliant films.

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The Decency Charter 374

Posted on April 23, 2017 by

This site has spoken a few times, usually in jest, about forming its own political party and contesting elections. But as the UK heads for the biggest democratic trainwreck in its history – a vote which, depending on where you live, is really either a proxy Brexit referendum, a proxy independence referendum, a judgement on the personal character of Jeremy Corbyn or any of half-a-dozen other things – we found ourselves thinking again about what, on the fundamental ideological level, we’d stand for.

It’s a question that existing parties find it remarkably hard to answer. Labour used to define it clearly in its key “Clause IV” – a clear statement of commitment to socialist principles like public ownership and wealth redistribution – before Tony Blair junked it in the 1990s for some woolly neoliberal rubbish from an aspirational Facebook meme.

For the SNP, clearly its primary defining goal is always the democratic pursuit of independence for Scotland. What you might call its day-to-day policies have, like most parties, varied and evolved over time, but it’s always had that one clear unifying and overriding aim. It may have won electoral success through decent governance, but its purpose was never merely competent administration for its own sake.

In the case of the Conservative Party, the turn-of-the-20th-century US economist John Kenneth Galbraith summed up their position pithily and accurately:

“The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.”

(And lest an offended Tory should seek to instantly dismiss him as some flavour of pinko tree-hugging bleeding-heart lefty, he also said: “Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it’s just the opposite.”.)

The Liberal Democrats, of course, stand for being in the middle of Labour and the Conservatives, whatever that means on any given day. (They did briefly experiment in the 2000s with being to the left of Labour, partly because it was hard NOT to be, but the coalition scuppered that and now they’re basically Tory wets.)

But what about us?

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The sense of welcome 259

Posted on March 25, 2017 by

No.10: Jackie Kemp, journalist.

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To keep links with the world 84

Posted on March 19, 2017 by

No 9: Mark, until recently from London.

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A unique opportunity to escape 76

Posted on March 15, 2017 by

No 8: Elizabeth, from Bonnybridge.

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A great form of empowerment 94

Posted on March 09, 2017 by

No.7: Erin, 15, from Gullane.

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Something deep in the gut 347

Posted on March 06, 2017 by

No.6: Christopher, from Stirling, biker.

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The morality of nationalism 118

Posted on February 26, 2017 by

No.5: Tom Morton, former BBC broadcaster and No campaigner.

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The Northern English Lass 139

Posted on February 26, 2017 by

I first moved to Scotland from North Yorkshire in 2007 with my husband and baby son, after getting a job with Highland Council. I hope my first impressions of Scotland as a place to live, and how my connection with our new home developed over the years, may shed light on how a lot of English people on both sides of the border feel about Scotland and the prospect of independence.

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The pound-shop Ruth Davidson 107

Posted on February 26, 2017 by

Yesterday afternoon, Scottish Labour tweeted some comments from Kezia Dugdale’s keynote speech to the party conference that might be the most self-evidently idiotic thing ever said by a Scottish politician.

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Now, whether you support independence or not it’s a plain, measurable, empirical fact that it IS all of those things. Saying it’s not “an alternative”, in particular, is roughly on a par with asserting that the Earth doesn’t revolve around the Sun.

We were about to go on a rant about the jaw-dropping stupidity of the claim when it struck us that it might be a bit more interesting to see how the speech, and indeed the conference, had gone down with its intended audience – Scottish Labour delegates.

And as it happened, we had some data on that.

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