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Litmus test for the harder side of Scottish life

Carol Craig’s The Tears that Made the Clyde is a trenchant critique of contemporary Glasgow society and, by extension, of all Scotland. Despite her concern and anger at the waste of human potential our past has created, she offers no simple cures but tries to see the […]

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It’s a jungle out there

Neil McLennan, a former Principal Teacher of History, is a Quality Improvement Officer in Aberdeen. In 2011 he won the Arnold Kemp prize, the Institute of Contemporary Scotland/Scottish Review Young Scot of the Year 2011 Award. He has now published Political Animals? Key Issues for Young Citizens, […]

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True confidence is freedom to change

True confidence is freedom to change

At the end of term, I chaired the annual Wester Hailes Lecture, delivered by Carol Craig on Creating Confidence. During the informal chat after the lecture, a woman approached her to say that a friend who was unable to attend had given her a question. But, having […]

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Choose your allies well, new minister

Choose your allies well, new minister

As readers peruse this column, the Scottish electorate will have voted but the counting will be incomplete. The shape of the new executive will be uncertain as the parties negotiate arrangements. An education minister will not have been appointed. Hopefuls will be awaiting their opportunity. Let me offer […]

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State of the Union

State of the Union

  State of the Union   We asked an SR panel two questions:  (a) Do you think the break-up of the UK is now likely? (b) Would you welcome it?   Alex Wood Head teacher An improved SNP vote and a government more likely to achieve a […]

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An ethical emptiness

An ethical emptiness

Tommy Sheridan’s trial verdict marks the end of a long era in Scottish politics. Despite the hegemony which Scottish Labour seemed to enjoy, the socialist left, in its different guises, was an ever present irritation. Throughout the 30s and 40s the ILP provided Labour with a popular […]

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No capital. No cool.

No capital. No cool.

No capital. No cool Carol Craig stands out in contemporary Scotland. She has analysed Scotland’s crisis of confidence and roundly condemned the various theories which attribute personal or social deficits to a lack of self-esteem. She is sceptical about the marketing of Glasgow as the post-industrial ‘Capital […]

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Do we want to be part of the world or part of the kailyard?

Do we want to be part of the world or part of the kailyard?

Do we want to be part of the world or part of the kailyard?   Alex Wood   I It is an exciting time. Scotland is examining itself and contemplating its constitutional future. There’s a proper place in that process to debate financial issues such as taxation, […]

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‘Leaving Alexandria’ by Richard Holloway, review

‘Leaving Alexandria’ by Richard Holloway, review

Richard Holloway is well known for BBC Radio Scotland’s Sunday Morning with Richard Holloway.  His The relaxed, informative style makes a highly attractive programme.  He was previously an Anglican priest, Episcopal Bishop of Edinburgh and Scottish Episcopal Primus. His 1999 book, ‘Godless Morality: Keeping Religion out of […]

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For Richard Holloway, ‘maybe’ is an important word

For Richard Holloway,  ‘maybe’ is an   important word

It’s possibly a tribute to Richard Holloway, former primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, that I’ve never heard a bad word about him from atheists and agnostics. My Christian friends are much more critical. Holloway explores (revels in) such paradoxes in his autobiography, ‘Leaving Alexandria’ (Canongate, RRP, […]

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