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Who has the better mandate: Theresa May or Nicola Sturgeon?
The Spectator, by Alex Massie
Date: 30th Mar 2017

For the last week, the Unionist opposition at the Scottish parliament has enjoyed observing that the Scottish government is happy to ignore non-binding votes at Holyrood when it suits them to do so but now expects the UK government to be bound by today’s vote authorising the Scottish government to seek a Section 30 order that would begin the process by which a lawful second referendum on independence can be held

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Some say Remainers should stay silent. I don’t agree…
Ian Birrell
Date: 30th Mar 2017

The prime minister is poised to lead her people in massed leap over a cliff edge as she triggers Article 50 to detach Britain from the European Union. 

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Anger over Buccleuch ‘land grab’ in bowling green battle
The Ferret, by Rob Edwards
Date: 30th Mar 2017

Britain’s biggest landowner, the Duke of Buccleuch, has been accused of a “land grab” after he sold off a bowling green and clubhouse that the local community thought belonged to them.

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Cockburnspath wind turbines to help fund new homes
BBC News
Date: 30th Mar 2017

Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse has officially launched a wind farm developed by a housing association to fund the building of new homes

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Vote Yes to Community Ownership
Bella Caledonia, by Justin Kenrick
Date: 29th Mar 2017

Since March 20th the citizens of Portobello have been receiving ballot papers asking whether they support Action Porty’s community buyout bid for Bellfield Old Parish Church and Halls: a bid to stop them from being lost to private developers.

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Press Release: Regeneration project for DC Thomson building

Date: 29th Mar 2017

 

A project to regenerate West Ward, DC Thomson’s former book and annual print works in Dundee, is now underway.
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A world without retirement
The Guardian, by Amelia Hill
Date: 29th Mar 2017

The population is getting older and the welfare state can no longer keep up.

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The sound of silence: why won’t the third sector criticise the Scottish Government?
Third Force News, by Robert Armour
Date: 29th Mar 2017

If you’re currently finding yourself turned on by Scottish politics, chances are decoupage, bus timetables and minutes of local council meetings get you hot under the collar too.

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Voice of dissent: poverty campaigners do challenge the Scottish Government
Third Force News, by Peter Kelly
Date: 29th Mar 2017

A couple of months ago there was a widespread feeling of grievance in the voluntary sector when the Daily Mail carried a number of articles where leading figures and organisations were accused of being SNP sock puppets. 

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Norway Is No. 1 in Happiness. The U.S., Sadly, Is No. 14.
Niraj Chokshi
Date: 23rd Mar 2017

Norwegians have one more reason to smile, not that they need it.

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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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