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‘Take A Drink’ A review of Darren Loki McGarvey’s Addiction series. part 1 Alcohol by Val Waldron

A review of Darren Loki McGarvey’s Addiction series Part 1 Alcohol ‘Take A Drink’ ‘Take A Drink’ the encapsulation in three familiar words our shared history that runs through Scotland’s relationship with alcohol. We’re hooked immediately by the series introduction, which promises a broad spectrum look at addiction; food, drugs, gambling and alcohol. Somewhere along […]

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A Snapshot of 2021 by Val Waldron

‘Alexa give me a snapshot of 2021 without mentioning Covid’  Can I help? All of the events below were of course shot through with Covid, antivaxxers, restrictions, opposition and media undermining of the Scottish Government health message, oh, and big shouty businesses. It didn’t stop the world from turning though! In Search of Q We […]

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Supporting Survivors by Jo Edwards

CONTENT WARNING/TRIGGER WARNING – This piece discusses sexual assault and rape, MeToo, Sarah Everard, Harvey Weinstein and transphobia So, here we all are again, another round around the Earth, with only 12 days to the big day, most of us are preparing for another Covid Christmas and all that entails; making the best of it, […]

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Raging Not Hating by Val Waldron

No-one deserves or asks for violent death because someone else thinks you don’t deserve to live. If that were the case there would be a death penalty for women who walk home alone at night or for daring to pack up your family and meagre belongings and set out across the channel in a dinghy […]

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Several Frogs a boiling by Val Waldron

There were many lies told during the indyref campaign. However, ‘Your pension will be under threat’ and ‘The EU will never accept an Independent Scotland’ seem like harmless fibs compared to the filthy Trumpian mire that now passes for discourse in our political lives. It’s that time again, the anniversary of 18th September 2014. Comparing […]

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Has Labour gone full Tonto? by Chris McCusker

Now, more than ever socialists need to question their loyalties towards the Labour party under the stewardship of a knight of the realm. The treatment of Ken Loach & other ‘Lefties’ within the UK Labour party should have been predicted in the treatment doled out to Jeremy Corbyn. Whilst I had high hopes for Corbyn […]

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Obstacles to Indy

The result is a dumbing down of news, couched in hysteria. A sticky web of hopelessness can engulf us, leading us to believe that it’s essentially all our fault. That we are confused, and we want too much, or we don’t demand enough. The subtext, often with the help of (unannounced) politically motivated contributors and […]

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What and who will take us over the line?

We need kindness and compassion. Policies and manifestos are important, but we must use our devolved powers, and our courage to reflect our deeper values. We need a written constitution to underwrite them as a new nation when the time comes. An emboldened UK creeps up behind us as polls settle to pre-pandemic levels. A […]