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Scotland isn't different, it's Britain that's bizarre
Open Democracy, by Adam Ramsay
Date: 22nd Mar 2017

Britain is in a state of self denial, sitting at the bottom of European league tables, but convinced it still rules the waves.

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The Dispossessed
Ursula K. Le Guin
Date: 22nd Mar 2017

“I saw that you can’t do anything for anybody. We can’t save each other. Or ourselves.”

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The gig economy: freedom from a boss, or just a con?
New Statesmen, by Emma Jacobs
Date: 22nd Mar 2017

When in August 2015 Michael Lane was made redundant from his job testing computer software, he needed to find work.

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Escaping from the echo-chambers of politics
Open Democracy, by Alica Thwaite
Date: 22nd Mar 2017

In 2016, many people were shocked by the results of the Brexit referendum in the UK and the election of President Trump in the United States.

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Why you can't rely on GERS figures to judge Scotland's financial state
By Professor Richard Murphy
Date: 21st Mar 2017

I had a meeting with a number of the SNP’s MPs about a year ago to discuss economics, money, tax and independence, all of which are issues to which I have given some thought.

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Tough-minded, abrupt, likable, human: Martin McGuinness
The Guardian, by Alastair Campbell
Date: 21st Mar 2017

Asked recently to pick just one great memory from my time with Tony Blair in Downing Street, I went for the coming together of the Good Friday agreement that laid the foundations for peace in Northern Ireland. 

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North Lanarkshire Council is accused of 'emotional blackmail' in plan to raid Pupil Equity Fund
Herald Scotland, by Andrew Denholm
Date: 15th Mar 2017

One of Scotland’s largest councils is planning to re-allocate more than £1million from a flagship Scottish Government fund that was earmarked for primary schools in the most deprived parts of the country.

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Utopia for Realists: And How We Can Get There by Rutger Bregman – review
The Guardian, by Will Hutton
Date: 15th Mar 2017

This is a book with one compelling proposition for which you can forgive the rest. It is utopian visions that have driven humanity forwards.

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Utopian thinking: the easy way to eradicate poverty
The Guardian, by Rutger Bregman
Date: 15th Mar 2017

Why do poor people make so many bad decisions? It’s a harsh question, but look at the data: poor people borrow more, save less, smoke more, exercise less, drink more and eat less healthily. Why?

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Big care providers are wasting taxpayers’ money
New Ecomonics, by Sarah Lyall
Date: 15th Mar 2017

 

In his final Spring Budget on Wednesday, the Chancellor  announced that he would pour £2bn of cash into social care services. 
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Police investigate online death threats against political leaders
The Times, by Hamish Macdonell
Date: 13th Mar 2017

Police officers are investigating death threats and online abuse directed at Nicola Sturgeon and other Scottish political leaders.

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The Welfare State is an extension of us, not a replacement for us.
Nurture Development, by Cormac Russell
Date: 8th Mar 2017

The Welfare State is an important extension of our human community’s capacity to care; not a replacement for it. 

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Independent work: Choice, necessity, and the gig economy
McKinsey Global Institute, by By James Manyika, Susan Lund, Jacques Bughin, Kelsey Robinson, Jan Mischke, and Deepa Mahajan
Date: 8th Mar 2017

Working nine to five for a single employer bears little resemblance to the way a substantial share of the workforce makes a living today. 

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Should MPs follow Jeremy Corbyn
The Guardian, by Gaby Hinslliff, Kate Maltby and Ellie Mae O’Hagan
Date: 8th Mar 2017

So here’s a thing the actor Martin Clunes didn’t want you to know: he once had plastic surgery and tried to offset the cost against his tax bill.

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Interview: Tom Devine on the end of Scotland's long love affair with Europe
The National, by Hugh McDonald
Date: 8th Mar 2017

 

It has all the anguish, financial chaos and emotional turbulence of the end of a love affair.
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SNP is as left-wing as the gold fittings in Trump’s bathroom
The Herald, by Kevin McKenna
Date: 8th Mar 2017

These are strange and curious days for Scotland, this country that likes to eulogise its left-wing credentials and its radical soul

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Glasgow schools chief: beware of "snake oil salesmen" in £120m education overhaul
The Herald Scotland, by Paul Hutcheon
Date: 7th Mar 2017
Glasgow’s top education official has issued a warning about “snake oil salesmen” trying to get their hands on £21m of extra school funding coming to the city.
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Survival mode: Scotland’s third sector fails to grow
Third Force News, by Susan Smith
Date: 1st Mar 2017

The economy of Scotland’s third sector is failing to grow and just 1% of people working for Scottish charities are optimistic about the financial future.

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