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Red meat for the masses

Privatising Channel 4 is a right wing attack on freedom, writes Daniel Trilling

Free power

In the first of series of articles on changing Scotland, Simon Blair proposes making electricity free

Shelter from the storm

Volunteers are the backbone of relief efforts for Ukrainians arriving in Poland, but they are let down by a government that – until two weeks ago – was set against refugees. By Kaja Puto

The fire down below

Marcel Duchamp’s L.H.O.O.Q. is the greatest work of 20th century art, writes Peter Burnett

Photo by David Gallagher

Valentine’s day is over

Is love past its sell-by date? Hannah McGill (part one) thinks she’s better off without it, while Tom McLean (part two) skips through a buttercup meadow hand in hand wi’ his gie bonnie lass.

The End of Alcohol

Amy Jardine invites us into a funny and frank conversation about invisible alcoholism

Money talks

The EU should respond to the Russian threat to Ukraine by playing its strongest card – economic influence, writes Piotr Buras

Beast of all saints

It’s time for a new patron saint of Scotland, a fearless champion who could see off the doomsters and austerity bullies. Ron Ferguson knows the very man

Big data is watching you

To build a better future we must confront corporations’ relentless drive to monetise our personal information, write Juan Ortiz Freuler and María Fernanda Soria Cruz


Know which way the wind blows

Shell’s withdrawal from Cambo can serve as a tipping point. We must accelerate the move to a just transition, and fast, writes Patrick Harvie

Zero land grab

As investors look to profit from the carbon-offset gold rush, demand for land is soaring. But letting Big Finance restore nature may come at a cost, writes Laurie Macfarlane

If you see me, weep

Can hunger stones, a chilling ecological warning from our ancestors, help inform new thinking on how to save the future? By Alex Elliott

Empires in dust

The Portuguese use masks to keep COVID at bay, while the English rely on a misguided sense of national exceptionalism. By Caroline Molloy

See no evil

Sportswashing launders the reputations of thugs and despots, but it also diminishes our democratic institutions. By Nicholas McGeehan 

Free power Part 2

Simon Blair on how we can provide free electricity to everyone in Scotland

All that money wants

Terry Levinthal on the increasing commodification of public space in Scotland’s capital

Last chance saloon

Europe’s flooding shows why the green transition must be driven by people-power – before it’s too late, writes Lesley Rankin

People get real

Look beyond dry discussions on regulation: the issue of who controls technology has major ramifications for every aspect of European power, write Ulrike Franke and José Ignacio Torreblanca

Groover of The Week

No. 1: The Kenmure Street anti-deportation protestors

Ship of fools

What Global Britain means is starting to take shape – but its emphasis appears more on the “Britain” than the “global”
writes Nick Witney

Picture this

Creativity helps children process experience and develop close connections. Rhona Matheson on why it’s time to make arts integral to post-Covid learning

The great Brexit heist

Following an uncompromisingly hard Brexit, all the new limitations and sources of friction in Britain’s economic, political, and human interactions with the EU will only now kick in, writes Nick Witney 

Photo by Stewart Bremner

Leaving the Castle

How would you feel on the first morning of an independent Scotland? Playwright David Greig responds.

Hitting the target and missing the point

Under 7s learn best and enjoy better life chances when they’re free to play, writes Sue Palmer

Time for action

A full enquiry into Mercy Baguma’s death and an end to private sector asylum seeker provision can be first steps in challenging Home Office policy, writes Patrick Harvie

Kill the poor

Food bank use and child poverty have increased exponentially across the UK since 2010, writes Stephen Sinclair

Vinyl for food banks

Vinyl for food banks

Your old records gathering dust could help those most in need

See no evil

Most of us turn a blind eye to the anti-social practices of Amazon, writes Peter Burnett

Stand by me

Universal credit and in-work poverty are forcing more and more people to use food banks, writes Bethany Biggar

Seize the day

Brexit and the lies behind it must be fought at every corner, writes David Harding

Tame the selfish giant

It’s time to protect books and those who create them, writes Jean Findlay

Come on feel the noize

Strengthening the climate movement requires new strategy and tactics. By Tim Root

We rule the school

A neuro-supremacist’s handbook, by Ben Mitchell

Once in a lifetime

Patrick Small asks if  Scotland can capitalise on Andy Murray’s Wimbledon triumph to improve the country’s increasingly poor health

Time for action

An array of bold climateers is rising worldwide. The next step is to link ideas and practice, writes Paul Rogers

Big mouth strikes again

Artist Julian Tolhurst discusses identity, sculpture, China and consumption with Keanu Arcadio

Reality bites

The new Brexit Secretary is funded by a secretive hard right think tank intent on rolling back workers’ rights. By Adam Ramsay and Peter Geoghegan 

The light pours out of me

Douglas Morland pays tribute to the GSA Mackintosh building

Testing times

Against international evidence about its negative effect, the Scottish government has introduced testing throughout the education system, beginning at Primary 1. Sue Palmer sets ministers their own test

Martin Luther King

Dr. King’s funeral was held in Atlanta on April 9, 1968.

Sound and vision

Artists who make music Musicians who make art brings together artists who straddle both worlds, as Ross Sinclair explains to Neil Cooper

Hope springs eternal

Will Robert Wilson use his Botanics connections and visual art background to save Inverlieth House? asks Neil Cooper

Ten Things

Number 1: Topping up child benefit would lift thousands of children out of poverty, writes Hanna McCulloch

Those to whom evil is done

Chris Harvie on warnings from history and the shitstorm to come

How soon is now?

Can we create a new narrative on how simple, bold actions can save the future? Despite a grim 2017, Lilly Markaki discovers glimpses of light in the darkness

A beast in view

Chris Harvie implores sleepy Scotland to wake up and grasp every opportunity

Live review

Had We Never. Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh. August 17th. By Neil Cooper

Stop making sense

Neil Cooper discusses art, performance and control with Martin Creed

The fire and the fury

The language used to frame the Grenfell tragedy exposed media hypocrisy and collusion, writes Hailey Maxwell

Art review

Irineu Destourelles – Unturning.
Summerhall, Edinburgh. Until July 16th. Review by Neil Cooper

Draw you in

Graham Domke previews the new Rob Churm show at Glasgow’s CCA

Art review

The Honourable K.W. Harman: Ltd Ink Corporation, Leith Docks. Review by Neil Cooper

The Daily Hate

Sibylla Kalid discusses ethics with the founder of a campaign to discourage corporations advertising in tabloids which pedal racial prejudice

Still believe

Graham Domke on why Inverleith House must be saved

Every thing must go

Flogging off Edinburgh’s public assets to corporate interests is neither moral nor practical, writes Neil Cooper  

A rare and gentle thing

Carla Lane’s best work captured the essence of an era and featured many of Merseybeat’s finest, writes Neil Cooper

No future?

By saying nothing, the RBGE board hoped opposition to axing Inverleith House would dwindle. The opposite is happening, writes Neil Cooper

Ten Things

Number 8: The children are not guilty. Reduce the stigma of a family member’s imprisonment, writes Nancy Loucks

Ten Things

Number 7: Challenge the prejudice which underpins homophobic bullying through education, writes Jordan Daly

Ten Things

Number 6: Reinforce universal services to support our most vulnerable parents, writes Christine Puckering

Ten Things

Number 5: Integrate arts into early years education, and see the benefits for children and their parents, writes Rhona Matheson

Ten Things

Number 4: To improve children’s life chances, we must improve the lives of parents before they conceive, writes Jonathan Sher

Ten Things

Number 3: Only by genuinely listening to children will we encourage them to participate, writes Tam Baillie

Ten Things

Number 2: Create a play-based kindergarten stage for three to seven year olds. By Sue Palmer

Strange fruit

Ben Sparks on the dark forces unleashed by Trump’s triumph

America cuts its throat

Lisa Locascio wakes up to the full, painful horror of the Trump ascendancy

Burning down the house

Big names sign open letter to save unique cultural assett

Shrink the state

Neil Cooper finds Jimmy Cauty’s  miniaturist celebration of dissent strikingly apposite

Closing time

Why did Inverleith House suddenly get axed? Neil Cooper puts 23 questions to the Royal Botanic Garden

Chimes of freedom

Glasgow hosts a hard-hitting multi- discipline arts project examining issues of state power and violence this weekend, writes Neil Cooper

Trident in a spin

As the cost of Trident 2 soars to £31 billion , Andrew Morton examines hypocrisy at the heart of the UK nuclear programme.

Games without frontiers

Post-Brexit Scotland risks being left behind with the creation of a Digital Single Market across the EU, writes Pete Wishart

Scotland The Fat

A casualised economy, sold-off sports fields and an over- reliance on cars has produced an obesity epidemic. Chris Harvie on how we might shed some lard

bairn boxes

Begin Again

20 Great Ideas: Number 2

Bairns’ Boxes

Ways to stay

Can Scotland remain in the EU? Paddy Bort assesses the options

Play to win

Since 2014 Scotland has somehow broken with long tradition by turning defeat into victory, writes Katriona Gillespie

We are with you

Scotland voted In, so I will not be giving up my EU passport, writes Katriona Gillespie

New dark age

Cameron lost the EU referendum when he normalised bigotry, and we will all pay the price for years, writes Sarah Busby

Pay it forward

Integrating volunteering into Scottish degrees  draws on our finest  traditions and could have huge societal benefits, writes Katriona Gillespie

Where now?

Paddy Bort on the prospects for progressive policies in the new Scottish parliament

Helping hands

The provision of a box of essentials for every baby born in Scotland is an egalitarian policy with proven social benefits, writes Katriona Gillespie

bairn boxes

New life

Sturgeon’s baby boxes will enliven the case for independence, writes Sarah Busby

Where is my knight?

Erin MacKenzie on the subversive history of lesbian photography



Illustration: stewart bremner

Right next time

To achieve the democratic control which lies at the heart of demands for independence,  we must develop a credible currency plan – and soon,  writes Robin McAlpine

Taste and expectation

Amelia Bayler on things we need to think about when we think about food

The chips and the fury

Anger over The Glasgow Effect opens up a raft of issues for modern Scotland, writes Neil Cooper

One of us

Who will benefit from The Glasgow Effect? asks Lilly Markaki

Ian Bell

An appreciation of a unique and inspirational writer, by Patrick Small

This charming man

An appreciation of William McIlvanney, by Alistair Braidwood

Back to Black

Lucy Parker’s moving exhibition chronicles the experience of blacklisted construction workers, writes Neil Cooper

What now?

ISIS’s violent assaults in Paris should lead to a political rethink among western leaders. But will they? By Paul Rogers

Louder than bombs

A new campaign to persuade the Scottish parliament to stop investing in arms is launched today, writes Kat Hobbs

Valley of the malls

A small sales outlet in Leith could challenge the power of Big Retail, writes Peter Burnett

Product Talks

Product is organising a series of events with some of Scotland’s finest speakers, writers and artists, which will be available to listen to online. The first of these featured Robin McAlpine  

Gimme shelter

Robina Qureshi on the simple actions you can take to help refugees

Fiction factory

The Greek crisis is defined in neoliberal language based on spectacular nonsense, writes Sadia Abbas

Eyes wide open

The Greeks’ No vote contains lessons for us all, writes Cat Boyd

All fall down

George Osborne’s  budget measures will condemn more families to poverty and deprivation, writes Hannah McCulloch

Begin Again

20 Great Ideas

Number 4: Benchmark the Business Environment