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Customers to drink to good causes in Edinburgh social enterprise pub
BBC News
Date: 30th Jul 2015

A new pub which will allow customers to help good causes while they enjoy a drink is to open in Edinburgh.

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Paul Mason’s guide to a post-capitalist future
Prospect, by Jonathan Derbyshire
Date: 30th Jul 2015

Reporting for Channel 4 News on the most recent phase of the crisis in Greece, Paul Mason achieved near-ubiquity:

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Jeremy Corbyn's Labour leadership bid has a momentum even he didn't expect
The Guardian, by Ewen MacAskill
Date: 30th Jul 2015

Jeremy Corbyn regards it as a badge of honour: Tony Blair’s barb that anyone voting for the insurgent candidate needs a heart transplant.

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Cluff accused of ‘guilt-tripping’ ministers over coal gas plans
The Ferret, by Rob Edwards
Date: 29th Jul 2015

On the day after Scottish ministers announced a moratorium on fracking they were privately warned by a multi-millionaire oil tycoon that Scotland would lose £250 million worth of investment if they blocked plans to extract coal gas from under the Firth of Forth.

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What Are Our Plans?
The Ferret
Date: 29th Jul 2015

The Ferret is an in-depth investigative journalism platform for Scotland and beyond.

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Barlinnie prisoners to help build Glasgow social homes
Scottish Housing News
Date: 29th Jul 2015

A social enterprise scheme in Glasgow is giving current and former offenders the chance to help build 40 affordable homes as part of their rehabilitation.

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Borders rail campaigner Madge Elliot takes front seat
BBC News
Date: 29th Jul 2015

An 87-year-old who campaigned to bring a railway line back to the Borders has become one of the first passengers to travel on the new service.

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Rolling hills of the Borders signal a transport revolution as rail line is reborn
The Guardian, by Robin McKie
Date: 29th Jul 2015

At Shawfair, on the outskirts of Edinburgh, a remarkable civil engineering project is unfolding. 

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The world is going mad about
The Herald, by Iain Macwhirter
Date: 29th Jul 2015

You go away on holiday for a couple of weeks and what happens? A bearded lefty ends up leading Labour's UK leadership contest.

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Without the soft left, Labour is doomed to splinter
The Guardian, by Neal Lawson
Date: 28th Jul 2015

The Labour party disintegrates before our eyes. There are obvious reasons: five years of superficial party unity and no real intellectual or organisational advance always meant it would crumble fast after another big defeat.

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‘Creating a fairer Scotland’
The Scottish Government
Date: 28th Jul 2015

People across Scotland are being asked to take part in a national discussion about how the country can be a fairer and more equal place to live.

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The end of capitalism has begun
The Guardian, by Paul Mason
Date: 23rd Jul 2015

The red flags and marching songs of Syriza during the Greek crisis, plus the expectation that the banks would be nationalised, revived briefly a 20th-century dream: the forced destruction of the market from above. 

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Painful lessons must be learned by Europe: it will always need America to clean up its mess
The Guardian, by Neal Ascherson
Date: 23rd Jul 2015

Angela Merkel is like Herbert Asquith. When he was prime minister a hundred years ago, everyone was awed by him but nobody knew what he wanted. “Wait and see,” he said. His favourite word was “veiled”.

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Non-profit energy supplier launches
BBC News, by Scotland Business
Date: 23rd Jul 2015

A new energy supply company has been launched which aims to cut millions of pounds from bills in some of Scotland's most disadvantaged communities.

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Activists seek to ride SNP surge to water down "Big Whisky"
Herald Scotland, by Colin Donald
Date: 23rd Jul 2015

A group of SNP activists is tabling a motion for this year's party conference in Aberdeen to promote Scottish Government intervention in the Scotch Whisky industry.

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Real Bread Campaign
Jim Bennett
Date: 23rd Jul 2015

There has been a quiet, growing movement in Scotland over the past few years for real bread supported by the Real Bread Campaign. 

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By inflating Islamic extremism, David Cameron has lost sight of what really threatens us
The Guardian, by George Monbiot
Date: 23rd Jul 2015

Sir Winston Churchill’s statue in Parliament Square should be removed to a museum. 

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How to beat the Tories
The National, by Jim Sillars
Date: 23rd Jul 2015

So, flushed with victory, determined to maintain a low-wage economy, the Tories have picked out the organisations that might challenge them: the trade unions.

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A Radical Vatican?
The New Yorker, by Naomi Klein
Date: 23rd Jul 2015

When I was first asked to speak at a Vatican press conference on Pope Francis’s recently published climate-change encyclical, “Laudato Si’,” I was convinced that the invitation would soon be rescinded. Now the press conference and, after it, a two-day symposium to explore the encyclical is just two days away. 

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Social enterprise: An idea whose time has come
Pioneer Post, by Mairi Mackay
Date: 17th Jul 2015

It has for many people been a long time coming – yet we are now witnessing a growing global conversation that reflects the speed, depth and breadth at which the social enterprise movement is coalescing across the world.

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'Dazzling', 'electrifying', 'stunning' ... the world reacts to Mhairi Black's maiden speech
The National, by Andrew Learmonth
Date: 16th Jul 2015

Most maiden speeches in the House of Commons don't really get a huge audience. They're maybe watched by party colleagues, a few folk on the opposition benches, some family members and the people who lost the remote control that one time they accidentally watched the Parliament channel.

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Camila Batmanghelidjh steps down at Kids Company
Civil Society Finance, by Alice Sharman
Date: 16th Jul 2015

Camila Batmanghelidjh has stepped down from her role as chief executive of Kids Company after a joint investigation by BBC Newsnight and Buzzfeed.

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Social Enterprise in Fife: Extract
A Report for Fife Council, by Social Value Lab
Date: 16th Jul 2015

Mapping Social Enterprise. The mapping study consisted of three key elements.

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Newspaper boss admits title deserved wave of criticism after columnists left over freedom of speech row
The Herald
Date: 15th Jul 2015

Former Labour energy minister Brian Wilson was sacked by the newspaper he co-founded, the West Highland Free Press, after defending fellow columnist Professor Donald Macleod, who wrote a piece about the spread of Islam in the UK.

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Our Land festival aiming to raise profile of radical land reform agenda in Scotland announced
Common Space, by Ben Wray
Date: 15th Jul 2015

A FESTIVAL of activities and events will take place throughout Scotland in the last two weeks of August to highlight the case for radical land reform.

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The left must put Britain
The Guardian, by Owen Jones
Date: 15th Jul 2015

At first, only a few dipped their toes in the water; then others, hesitantly, followed their lead, all the time looking at each other for reassurance.

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Greece talks: ‘Sorry, but there is no way you are leaving this room’
The Financial Times
Date: 14th Jul 2015

The closest Greece has come to leaving the eurozone was at around 6am on Monday morning, just as dawn was breaking over Brussels.

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Together We Can Change Scotland
Bella Caledonia, by Scottish Left Project
Date: 9th Jul 2015

On August 29th 2015 we will launch the Left Project’s highly anticipated electoral challenge for 2016. Before that event we are developing a people’s policy platform which will tour the country, showing how the Left offers Scottish politics far more than a protest vote.

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Village residents: World Heritage Status could attract too many tourists to Forth Bridge
Herald Scotland, by Brian Donnelly
Date: 9th Jul 2015

A campaign group has already been set up, Help Our North Queensferry, following Sunday's announcement. It is calling for impact studies on the village as plans progress for a £15 million visitor centre at the famous rail bridge.

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Authority accused of incompetent and dictatorial behaviour over "anti-democratic" moves to disband community councils
Herald Scotland, by Daniel Sanderson
Date: 9th Jul 2015

East Renfrewshire Council has brought in new rules which it says are designed to increase transparency while making the local groups, which have access to funding and the right to have a say on planning and licensing applications, more inclusive and accessible.

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Disinventing Democracy
The Guardian, by George Monbiot
Date: 9th Jul 2015

The assault on Greece is just the latest episode in a long history of shutting down choice on behalf of the financial elite.

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Austerity Has Failed: An Open Letter From Thomas Piketty to Angela Merkel
The Nation, by Thomas Piketty , Jeffrey Sachs , Heiner Flassbeck , Dani Rodrik and Simon Wren-Lewis
Date: 8th Jul 2015

The never-ending austerity that Europe is force-feeding the Greek people is simply not working. Now Greece has loudly said no more.

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Corporate Social Venturing Scotland
Life Changes Trust/Big Issue Invest
Date: 8th Jul 2015
Who can apply? 
 
Any organisation of any size can apply as long as they meet one of the following criteria:
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The wave of remunicipalisation of energy networks and supply in Germany : the establishment of 72 new municipal power utilities
Wuppertal Institut, by Oliver Wagner & Kurt Berlo
Date: 8th Jul 2015

After a wave of privatizations in the end of the 1990s, the electrical power supply of many municipalities in Germany has been returned into public hands.

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Would we have foodbanks in a socially just Scotland?
Third Force News, by Peter Kelly & Mary Anne MacLeod
Date: 7th Jul 2015

How can we best address the problems of food poverty in Scotland? This is a question that members of the Poverty Alliance’s network have been debating for several years now.

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Fairer employment support
The Scottish Government
Date: 7th Jul 2015

The Scottish Government has kicked off a public discussion on how future employability services should work after devolution in 2017.

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The Simple Art of Murder
Raymond Chandler
Date: 3rd Jul 2015

In everything that can be called art there is a quality of redemption... down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid. 

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Far from being a ‘Mugabe-style grab’, Scotland’s land reform is too timid
The Guardian, by George Monbiot
Date: 1st Jul 2015

Tartan Stalinists”, the “Highland Stasi”, “Scottish Nazi party”, the “new Zimbabwe”: surely the corporate press will soon run out of similes? Or at least drop dead through hyperventilation.

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The Buurtzorg Nederland (home care provider) model
Royal College of Nursing
Date: 1st Jul 2015

Founded in the Netherlands in 2006, Buurtzorg is a unique district nursing system which has garnered international acclaim for being entirely nurse-led and cost effective.

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Community Empowerment Bill: the importance of strong local communities
Holyrood, by Kate Shannon
Date: 1st Jul 2015

In the introduction to the seminal report produced by the Commission on the Future Delivery of Public Services in 2011, the late Campbell Christie said: “Reforms must aim to empower individuals and communities receiving public services by involving them in the design and delivery of the services they use.”

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