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 

See no evil

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

The light pours out of me

Douglas Morland pays tribute to the GSA Mackintosh building

The End of Alcohol

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

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

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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

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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

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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

 

 

The fire down below

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

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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

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.

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

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

Begin Again

20 Great Ideas

Number 4: Benchmark the Business Environment

A lie too far

Shetland resident John Neicho on why he set up a petition calling for Alistair Carmichael to resign

Begin Again

20 Great Ideas: Number 3

Active Winter Breaks

Begin Again

In the first of our series of ideas for Scotland, Mary Kapadia proposes urgent land reform.

Product Events

This summer, Product will be hosting a series of events with some of Scotland’s finest speakers, writers, film makers and artists. The first one is held next Tuesday in Edinburgh.

Top Ten Club

Jen Stout chooses her favourite 38 Degrees campaigns so far

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The day the music died

A manuscript of original lyrics to Don McLean’s epic American Pie was recently auctioned in New York. Simon Warner explores the backdrop to the song’s conception and the hidden meanings behind its much-coveted words

Every thing must go

Commissioning Trident amidst austerity cuts to social provision is lunacy, writes John Ainslie

Top 10 Club

Only by altering the way we see things in general terms can we begin to deliver a fairer society. Robin McAlpine proposes ten changes of  mindset  to set us on our way

Carbon no more

It’s time to stop indulging Big Oil and shift to a clean energy economy, writes Patrick Harvie

Dinner with my No voting friends

For years, Scots reacted to right wing Westminster policies by saying: “I didn’t vote for that.” If they win on Thursday, No voters won’t have that luxury, writes Peter Arnott.

We need to talk about leadership

Laura Eaton Lewis on how to overcome subtle, recurrent gender bias

Democracy in the Dark

Have pro-independence arguments been marginalised in the run-up to the referendum?
Iain MacWhirter examines charges of media bias – and why more editorial and
political diversity is needed.

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I see my light come shining

Siobhan Reardon on 50 years of Amnesty International

This Boeing 737, seen in Glasgow, Scotland on Sept. 7, 2003, has been identified by European investigators as a plane used for CIA rendition flights. (AP Photo/Fred Seggie)

See no evil

Secret rendition flights take terror suspects to be tortured abroad via UK airports. Britain’s crime has been to look the other way, writes Stephen Grey

Photo by Stewart Bremner

Leaving the Castle

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