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Why Ďkeep the Tories outí wonít work in Scotland this election
The Guardian, by Ruth Wishart
Date: 2017-05-29

Old tribal rivalries have come to the fore in England, but north of the border, Brexit and independence are what people really care about

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This is how Islamist radicalisation actually happens
The Independent, by Katherine Brown
Date: 2017-05-25

This attack on Manchester is part of a pattern of attacks from the nail bomber in Soho to the attacks in Bali to Paris based on this false totalitarianism that insists they cannot share the world with 'others'.

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The Road to Somewhere: The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics by David Goodhart
The Times, by Robbie Millen
Date: 2017-05-24

David Goodhart doesn’t get it. If you are going to write about Brexit and populism there are only two registers of tone allowed — angry scorn or smug condescension; ideally you mix both. Well, he ignored the rules and has written a book that is thoughtful, well argued and dangerously moderate. It may even be an incitement to independent thinking.

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Shed heaven: The workshops turning men's lives around
BBC Online
Date: 2017-05-24

For some men, retirement is a long-awaited chance to travel the world, hit the golf course, or take up a new hobby. For others, after decades in work, it can be a time of loneliness and isolation.

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A revolution is needed for us to properly serve isolated communities
The National, by Carolyn Leckie
Date: 2017-05-24

ACHILTIBUIE is one of the places that most of us have heard of but many would struggle to pinpoint on a map. Strictly speaking, it’s a village on the beautiful Coigach peninsula north of Ullapool – though most local people use the name Achiltibuie when referring to the wider community with its smattering of tiny villages clinging to the wild Atlantic coas

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Is Finlandís basic universal income a solution to automation, fewer jobs and lower wages?
The Guardian, by Sonia Sodha
Date: 2017-05-24

Both left and right are promoting the idea of a basic wage for everyone, currently on trial, as a solution to the new world of work.

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The Man Who Pulled Theresa May Apart
Scottish Review, by David Torrence
Date: 2017-05-24

The launch of the Conservative party manifesto last week gave rise to much commentary about 'Mayism', whether it existed and, assuming it did, what it meant. This is something that can legitimately be blamed on the late Mrs Thatcher, for this desire to personalise political ideologies seems to date from the early 1980s; in none of my political reading have I encountered references to Callaghanism, Wilsonism or even Attleeism. 

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Everyday acts of heroism show what it means to be human
The National, by Kevin McKenna
Date: 2017-05-24

AS this week unfolds and we grope clumsily for an appropriate response to the attack on Manchester the word “values” will feature often. Thus, the lone suicide bomber who took so many young lives to the grave with him will have carried out an attack on “British values”. Before the week is out I’m certain I’ll use the phrase myself in unguarded moments or find myself nodding in serious agreement when others use it.

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Labour's manifesto is more Keynesian than Marxist
New Statesman, by George Eaton
Date: 2017-05-18
The party's policies would be regarded as mainstream in most European countries.
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Western do-gooders need to resist the allure of 'exotic problems'
The Guardian, by Courtney E Martin
Date: 2017-05-17

Problems in countries far from home can somehow seem far easier to solve, says Courtney Martin. Far better to lean in and embrace complexity.

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