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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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Cherry tree poem gave pupils’ insight a chance to blossom

Cherry tree poem gave pupils’ insight a chance to blossom

In the playground of my last school stands a cherry tree.  It stood there before the school was built but being close to the building line it was cut and pruned over the years.  In winter therefore, leafless, its branches pointing in one direction, away from the […]

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The reformers

The reformers

Richard Holloway, the former Episcopal bishop, author of ‘Godless Morality’, who has been branded as ‘having taken an atheist worldview’, describes himself as a ‘Christian agnostic’. Harry Reid’s ‘Reformation, the Dangerous Birth of the Modern World’ (St Andrew Press, £24.99) portrays the Reformation as an essentially political […]

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I’m voting for the selfish agenda

I’m voting for the selfish agenda

It’s never pleasant to watch any creature’s death throws. The denial of impending doom can be pathetic, undignified, but the death agonies of this Labour government are farcical rather than pathetic. The belated conversion to a poor excuse for electoral reform fools no one. Its sole purpose […]

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Better big

Better big

Although our political backgrounds are fairly distant it still grieves me to challenge my fellow-Brechiner, Arthur Bell, and a host of other impassioned SR contributors, on the virtue of small burghs but I will.  Kenneth Roy is right.  Many Scots live in small towns.  I come from […]

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Farewell Chartered Teacher

Farewell Chartered Teacher

Scotland’s Education secretary Mike Russell has announced the scrapping of the Chartered Teacher scheme.  That was no surprise.  The proposal came from the McCormac review of teachers’ conditions of service. Nonetheless it will hurt many existing Chartered Teachers and has already been opposed by the main teachers’ […]

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Keeping the faith

Keeping the faith

The recent court case over prayers at council meetings has catapulted religious faith into the public eye.           Coincidentally, Professor Robert Davis, of Glasgow University, called on teachers to ensure that “faith continues to be given its rightful place in the school curriculum”. […]

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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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