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Tackling the poverty gap

Tackling the poverty gap

Reducing the attainment gap and addressing the inequity in Scottish education was the topic of a recent lecture delivered by Mike Russell, Scotland’s cabinet secretary for education, at Glasgow University. His underlying argument was that only independence will secure these objectives. He focused on the impact of poverty on […]

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The vanished Scotland of Matt McGinn

The vanished Scotland of Matt McGinn

Last week I attended a tribute concert to Matt McGinn. It was the 13th year that Linlithgow Folk Festival has started its year with a fundraiser based on McGinn’s music. Several of the Scottish folk scene’s well-established singers and groups joined local talent to entertain a packed […]

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Diversity is no panacea

Diversity is no panacea

Diversity is the key to improving Scottish education – so say Reform Scotland and the Centre for Scottish Public Policy. Their Commission on School Reform examined Scottish schooling.  It included many of the best thinkers and practitioners in Scottish schools and public service, including Judith McClure, Peter […]

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Scots believe in equality but deliver a quite different message to their children

Scots believe in equality but deliver a quite different message to their children

Scotland is plagued by under-achieving young people and it’s not because of low self-esteem.

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Walking with Wildness by Peter Wright: review

Walking with Wildness by Peter Wright: review

Linlithgow-based Peter Wright has launched his new book, Walking with Wildness (Luath, RPP £7.99), a guide to walking the Scottish watershed. He produced his first book, Ribbon of Wildness in which he explored the Scottish watershed, in 2010.  It was, for Scotland, a geographical experiment, a review of the topography, the […]

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Special Delivery: the Wallace Letters

Special Delivery: the Wallace Letters

The Scottish Parliament’s current exhibition, running until 8 September, is ‘Special Delivery: The William Wallace Letters’.  The centre-pieces are the only two original letters with a direct link to William Wallace. After the deaths in 1286 ofAlexander III and the Maid of Norway, Scotland had no monarch.  […]

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Dreaming and Declaring American Independence

Dreaming and Declaring American Independence

The National Library of Scotland’s current exhibition, Dreaming and Declaring American Independence: the Foundation of the United States of America, runs throughout the Edinburgh Festival, closing on 16 September.  It may have a long and complex title but its purposes are simple: to illustrate the roots of American […]

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Being Colourful

Being Colourful

Edinburgh City Arts Centre’s Festival exhibitions (running until 14 October) combine two inspired, integrally related collections.  The Scottish Colourists, Inspiration and Influence, explores, largely from the City’s own collections, the origins and developments of the Colourist movement; and A Life in Colour provides a panorama of the […]

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Going to the pictures: Scotland and the cinema

Going to the pictures: Scotland and the cinema

There are more film screens per person in Scotland than anywhere else in the world. That beguiling statistic introduces Going to the Pictures: Scotland at the Cinema, the main summer exhibition (running until 28 October, entrance free) at the National Library of Scotland. This collection of photographs, […]

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The historical myth of Labour as Scotland’s national party

The historical myth of Labour as Scotland’s national party

Gerry Hassan and Eric Shaw have produced a fact-rich, reference-rich work, ‘The Strange Death of Labour Scotland’, which illuminates contemporary Scottish politics. For some 40-odd years Labour seemed to dominate Scottish politics and convinced itself, especially after Thatcher’s accession to power, that it was the national party […]

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