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Conference shows Scottish Greens are a force to be reckoned with

Posted on October 14, 2014 by | No Comments

Last Thursday, the people of Clacton dealt a massive blow to the establishment by voting UKIP and… re-electing their former Tory MP. After having the media spotlight on them for such a long time, receiving massive quantities of money from various wealthy donors, and having a number of public school-educated Tories defect and join their […]

Scottish Green Party Conference 2014 – Live Blog

Posted on October 12, 2014 by | 2 Comments

Powers to the People: Maggie Chapman’s Green Party Speech

Posted on October 11, 2014 by | 1 Comment

Good morning conference and welcome. My name is Maggie Chapman. I’m co-convenor of the party and also a Councillor here in Edinburgh. When we last met, a year ago, in Inverness I had the privilege of giving the speech which closed the conference. And it is a great pleasure to open this conference and welcome […]

BREAKING: Radical Independence goes to the SECC

Posted on October 9, 2014 by | No Comments

Yes, actually, for real: the Radical Independence Campaign today confirmed its 2014 conference will take place at the 3,000 seat Clyde Auditorium in the SECC, Glasgow.  The venue was announced announced at 2pm today. The conference, the third of its kind, takes place on Sat 22nd November 2014.  Tickets have been told for some weeks […]

An urbanite goes rewilding: my week with Trees for Life

Posted on October 9, 2014 by | 2 Comments

Last week, I took a break from from the never-ending whirr of modern life and replaced digital tweets with real ones: taking a trip up to Glen Moriston, west of Loch Ness, to participate in a Trees for Life conservation week. With a 250 year time-span, its aim is to restore the ancient Caledonian Forest, […]

BREAKING: Glasgow students win Fossil Fuel Divestment

Posted on October 8, 2014 by | 1 Comment

After a relentless and inspiring campaign students at the University of Glasgow have won university divestment from fossil fuels. A statement released at 3.40pm today said “the University of Glasgow today became the first university in the UK to commit to fully disinvesting from fossil fuel industry companies [...].  Full divestment will mean the reallocation […]

Most Scottish charities supported independence. Next time, they should say so

Posted on October 4, 2014 by | 2 Comments

Let’s pick that title apart. First, next time? Can I be sure there’s a next time? Maybe there won’t be a referendum again for hundreds of years. My suspicion is that there will be another in my lifetime, but that conversation’s for another day. For the moment, let’s assume there is, and move on to […]

Energy revolution & devolution: Does Scotland have the power to clean up it’s act?

Posted on October 3, 2014 by | 1 Comment

Almuth Ernsting is Co-Director of Biofuelwatch who campaign against the negative impacts of industrial biofuels and bioenergy. For many years, the Scottish Government has had some of the most ambitious targets for renewable energy and greenhouse gas reductions in Europe. The key targets are: a 42% emissions cut by 2020; generating the equivalent of 100% […]

Lord Devo: Robert Smith is a wolf in sheep’s clothing

Posted on October 2, 2014 by | 10 Comments

Lord Robert Smith is heading the Scotland Devolution Commission, which is supposed to achieve a cross-party consensus on the terms of further powers for the Scottish Parliament. Praised for being a “safe pair of hands” by the BBC and as having a “proven track record” by Alex Salmond, this new position adds to Lord Smith’s […]

Is a 2015 Scottish Labour wipe out on the cards?

Posted on September 29, 2014 by | 7 Comments

The support for ‘Yes’ in some Labour heartlands, togther with the recent success of the SNP, Scottish Greens and SSP in attracting new members has created some exited speculation about the 2015 UK Parliament seeing a collapse in Labour’s Scottish representation at Westminster. For example Kevin McKenna argued in today’s Observer that “Ed Miliband will […]

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