Scotland, Youth and Education

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Chapman Wins Aberdeen on Pledge to Defend Tenants

Posted on November 15, 2014 by | Comments Off

Co-convenor of the Scottish Greens and Bright Green Special Contributor Maggie Chapman has been elected Rector of the University of Aberdeen by a huge majority. Her campaign was spearheaded by student groups including the Shared Planet Society, Aberdeen’s branch of People & Planet. The campaign focused on fighting on behalf of tenants including getting fairer […]

News: ‘Comrades of the Glen’ seek £6m to buy castle for asylum seekers

Posted on October 30, 2014 by | 6 Comments

Student group at the University of Aberdeen launches crowdfunding initiative to buy a 6 million pound castle in Perthshire. Students intend to turn the castle into a safe space for destitute asylum seekers. The self­proclaimed “Comrades of the Glen” want to use the funding appeal to highlight the poor support and lack of rights currently […]

Crisis in the Scottish media: finding the phoenix

Posted on October 27, 2014 by | 3 Comments

The Scottish media is in crisis. Except for the Sunday Herald (exceptional for other reasons too) every national newspaper has seen dramatic falls in circulation in recent years. They have become machines for reprinting corporate and political press releases, stripped of journalistic resource and critical analysis. BBC Scotland has been under relentless attack, quietly from […]

Conference shows Scottish Greens are a force to be reckoned with

Posted on October 14, 2014 by | Comments Off

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

Independent MSP John Finnie joins the Greens

Posted on October 11, 2014 by | 1 Comment

John Finnie, the independent MSP for the Highlands and Islands, has joined the Scottish Green Party. John was welcomed with a standing ovation as he was unveiled to the party’s conference in Edinburgh in the last few minutes as the denouement of Patrick Harvie’s keynote speech. John has published an open letter to his constituents […]

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 | Comments Off

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 […]

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