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In Defence of Subsidiarity
by George MacDonald Ross (an extract)
Date: 28th Feb 2017

The Economist of 9.12.89 was right to trace the word ‘subsidiarity’ to Pope Pius XI. In 1931, Pius published an encyclical on the social order, called On the Fortieth Year (since it was issued on the 40th anniversary of Leo XIII’s encyclical Of New Things). 

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Redrawing Scotland's council map 'too simplistic', warns accountancy giant
The Herald
Date: 28th Feb 2017
REDRAWING the councils map of Scotland to save cash and improve frontline services is too simplistic and would not enhance the role local government, one of the world's leading accountancy firms has warned. 
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Intransigent May is nudging us to a second referendum
The Times, by Nicola Sturgeon
Date: 28th Feb 2017
Yesterday’s leader column in this newspaper levelled two charges against the Scottish government in relation to a possible independence referendum in the wake of the Brexit vote.
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For sale: Co-op Bank looks for buyers
The Guardian, by Jill Treanor
Date: 23rd Feb 2017
US hedge fund owners look at options to bolster funds including selling off the troubled bank
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Is Finland’s basic universal income a solution to automation, fewer jobs and lower wages?
The Observer, by Sonia Sodha
Date: 23rd Feb 2017

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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Breakdown of Scottish Govt 'Early Actions'
Scottish Government
Date: 23rd Feb 2017

Breakdown of funding allocated as part of Scottish Govt ‘early actions’ in support of SE Action Plan

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‘Decision to close bank was made for the sake of the community’, says Airdrie Savings Bank boss
Scottish Financial News
Date: 22nd Feb 2017

The boss of Britain’s last remaining independent savings bank has told a Holyrood committee that last month’s decision to close the 182 year-old institution was made to avoid a disorderly, regulator-led demise and the consequent impact on its thousands of customers.

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Frankie Boyle drops a truth bomb on the media. And The Guardian refused to publish it
The Canary, by James Wright
Date: 22nd Feb 2017

The Guardian refused to publish Frankie Boyle’s new column apparently because it “didn’t like the Rupert Murdoch jokes”.

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Canada is betting on a universal basic income to help cities gutted by manufacturing job loss
Quartz, by Rebbecca Fortin
Date: 22nd Feb 2017

Of all the ideas to pull people out of poverty, one of the more contentious is also the simplest: governments should just hand out monthly checks to the poor, no strings attached.

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The Alternative Facts Of The Basic Income Movement
Social Europe, by Francine Mestrum
Date: 17th Feb 2017
A couple of days ago, I received the most recent newsletter of BIEN (Basic Income Earth Network). As always, this is very interesting literature, though one must read it with one major fact in mind: the network does not necessarily communicate about basic income…
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University’s new principal promises to widen access
The Times
Date: 16th Feb 2017

The incoming head of one of Scotland’s leading universities has promised to take radical action to drive up the number of students it attracts from deprived communities.

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Basic income pilot considered in Glasgow
BBC News
Date: 16th Feb 2017

Glasgow could be the first city in the UK to pilot a basic universal income for every citizen.

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Where is the will to tackle grim scourge of inequality?
The Herald Scotland, by Iain Macwhirter
Date: 16th Feb 2017

No-one should be surprised at the growth of inequality revealed this week in a Scottish Government survey. The wealthiest one per cent of Scots own more than the bottom 50 per cent after a nominal 22 per cent increase in private wealth.

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Wealthiest 1 per cent of Scots own more than poorest 50 per cent
The Herald Scotland
Date: 16th Feb 2017

Wealth inequality in Scotland has widened, with the richest 1 per cent of the population now owning more than the poorest 50 per cent, according to a Scottish Government report. 

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Thomas Piketty's Capital: everything you need to know about the surprise bestseller
The Guardian, by Paul Mason
Date: 16th Feb 2017

The radical economist's book Capital in the Twenty-First Century has angered the right with its powerful argument about wealth, democracy and why capitalism will always create inequality. Not read it yet? Here's what it means 

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Without Social Democracy, Capitalism Will Eat Itself
Social Europe, by Karin Pettersson
Date: 15th Feb 2017

 

It’s a tragedy but there’s no way around it: At a time when it is most needed, social democracy is at an historic low point
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The Long Affair Between The Working Class And The Intellectual Cultural Left Is Over
by Bo Rothstein
Date: 14th Feb 2017

Sometimes love comes to an end. The glow fades, the couple has grown “apart” or suffered what used to be called “irreconcilable differences”. This occurs not only between individuals but also in politics. 

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MoU signed to launch Social Enterprise Academy
The Daily Times
Date: 14th Feb 2017

A memorandum of understanding was signed in a ceremony held at the British Deputy High Commission in Karachi between SEED Ventures and Social Enterprise Academy (SEA)

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MP tables motion of no confidence in John Bercow over Trump comments
The Guardian, by Rowena Mason
Date: 10th Feb 2017
Tory MP James Duddridge says Speaker ‘overstepped the mark’ in saying president should not address parliament.
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Council scraps sports privatisation plans in last minute U-turn
The Herald Scotland, by Gerry Braiden
Date: 10th Feb 2017

Controversial plans to privatise all council sport and leisure services in Stirling have been sensationally dropped at the last minute, it has emerged.

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A million ways to support social enterprises
Scottish Government
Date: 10th Feb 2017

 

Funding to promote and drive growth in the sector.
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John Bercow’s speech
House of Commons
Date: 9th Feb 2017

An address by a foreign leader to both House of Parliament is not an automatic right. It is an earned honour. Moreover, there are many precedents for state visits to take place to our country which do not include an address to both Houses of Parliament.

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This is how people can truly take back control: from the bottom up
The Guardian, by George Monbiot
Date: 8th Feb 2017

Without community, politics is dead. But communities have been scattered like dust in the wind. At work, at home, both practically and imaginatively, we are atomised.

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Terry Waite: 'I spent five years as a hostage in Beirut - but I never cried'
The Telegraph, by Peter Stanford
Date: 8th Feb 2017

 

Terry Waite, a former envoy to the Archishop of Canterbury, was captured by Hezbollah in 1987 and imprisoned for five years. He is now a writer and humanitarian
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Quicksand by Henning Mankell review – uplifting, serious reflections on what it means to be human
The Guardian, by John Burnside
Date: 8th Feb 2017

In January 2014, Henning Mankell was diagnosed with lung cancer. This came as a surprise: a non-smoker for many years, Mankell had recently been in a car accident and attributed the pain he was suffering to the aftereffects of the crash – but, as he notes, in the opening pages of Quicksand, “The diagnosis was very clear: it was serious, possibly incurable.”

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‘It’s absurd to say 16m who voted Remain have no voice’
The Times
Date: 7th Feb 2017
Ken Clarke talks about finding himself a lone Tory rebel on Europe
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Supported Business
Social Firms Scotland (SFS), by Pauline Graham
Date: 2nd Feb 2017

European Directives set a change in scope for the award of reserved contracts that have been transposed into Scottish Law. 

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Gauntlet is thrown down to Nicola Sturgeon
Herald View
Date: 2nd Feb 2017

Nicola Sturgeon’s normally upbeat demeanour may not be much in evidence this morning. Eleven little words uttered by the UK Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, yesterday have thrown petrol on to the fire that is Scotland’s constitutional debate. 

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