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Theresa May can now secure her mandate on Europe
Financial Times, by Janan Ganesh
Date: 20th Apr 2017

To learn about a leader, ignore their manifesto and just remove their constraints. Power reveals and absolute power reveals absolutely. It is an extreme way of getting to know someone, granted, but not too extreme for the British to try.

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Five key ways the snap General Election will impact Scotland and the UK
Common Space, by David Jamieson
Date: 19th Apr 2017

Theresa May wants to frame the June General Election around support for hard Brexit and UK national unity.

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Date: 19th Apr 2017
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The Preston model: UK takes lessons in recovery from rust-belt Cleveland
The Guardian, by Hazel Sheffield
Date: 19th Apr 2017

As councils struggle with cuts, one Lancastrian city adapted a pioneering grassroots approach from America to tackling inequality and keeping profits local.

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Ignore the ‘official’ reports – Scotland is weathering this economic storm
The National, by George Kerevan
Date: 19th Apr 2017

WHAT is the true state of the Scottish economy? If you only read the BBC or the partisan Unionist media, you’d be forgiven for believing the local economy had imploded.

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Finally, a breakthrough alternative to growth economics – the doughnut
The Guardian, by George Monbiot
Date: 19th Apr 2017

So what are we going to do about it? This is the only question worth asking. But the answers appear elusive. Faced with a multifaceted crisis – the capture of governments by billionaires and their lobbyists, extreme inequality, the rise of demagogues, above all the collapse of the living world – those to whom we look for leadership appear stunned, voiceless, clueless. Even if they had the courage to act, they have no idea what to do.

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Local democracy needs a hand
The Scotsman, by Lesley Riddoch
Date: 12th Apr 2017

Politics on a local level is made to seem like an expensive luxury but it doesn’t have to be that way, says Lesley Riddoch

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Collaboration is opening doors for wood cooperative
Glasgow City of Science and Innovation
Date: 12th Apr 2017

Collaboration across Glasgow’s creative industries is helping a group of traditional businesses branch out into new markets and benefitting the local community.

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Eternal Complexities of the Very Simple Life
New York Times, by A.O Scott
Date: 12th Apr 2017

“Le Quattro Volte,” an idiosyncratic and amazing new film by Michelangelo Frammartino, is so full of surprises — nearly every shot contains a revelation, sneaky or overt, cosmic or mundane — that even to describe it is to risk giving something away.

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Revolutionary 'co-working' idea put into The Melting Point
The National, by Greg Russell
Date: 10th Apr 2017

A quiet revolution is under way in Scotland helping the plethora of small businesses that are becoming a major driver for the economy.

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Community Party to ‘restore democracy’
The National, by Kirsteen Paterson
Date: 6th Apr 2017
They have a membership of 50 and are standing just four candidates.  However, a new party formed to fight for just one council area aims to tackle major issues in health, housing and the economy when Scotland votes in May.
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Impact Investing: Who are we serving? - Conclusion
Oxfam
Date: 6th Apr 2017
This paper does not make a pejorative value judgment. It tries to reflect an abiding sense that the reality of investing in hard-to-reach enterprises primarily for the purposes of fostering local poverty reduction and development seems to have very little to do with the appearance of the sector we see represented in the majority of industry reports assessing the impact investment sector as a whole.
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Small charities 'shut out' of bids by large charities, NCVO told
Civil Society News, by Rob Preston
Date: 5th Apr 2017

Smaller charities are being shut out of bids to provide public services by larger voluntary organisations’ “sharp commercial practices”, according to complaints received by NCVO. 

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This Tiny Scottish Island Is Running Almost Entirely on Renewable Energy
Science Alert, by David Nield
Date: 5th Apr 2017

If you want a template for making renewable energy work in the here and now, look no further than the Scottish island of Eigg, which is powered almost completely by wind, solar, and hydro technology.

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The Election, Lao Tzu, a Cup of Water
Book View Cafe, by Ursula K. Le Guin
Date: 5th Apr 2017

Americans have voted for a politics of fear, anger, and hatred, and those of us who oppose this politics are now trying to figure out how we can oppose it usefully

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