Road to ruin

David McVey has discovered that the M74 extension is running even further over budget than has been reported and that the promised public transport improvements have been negligible. Here he asks why is no-one else asking these questions? The M74 Northern Extension, said, mile-for-mile, to be Europe’s most expensive urban...

City of no children

The horror of the effects of depleted uranium deserve to be heard in Scotland, argues Bill Wilson It was recently reported that doctors had advised women in Fallujah not to give birth. There are many medical reasons for infertility which might shatter the dreams of a young woman. It is not difficult to imagine how heartbreaking...

The other end of Europe

Continuing our post-financial crash series on small countries around the world, Hamish Kirk looks at the recent history of Bulgaria. When Romania and Bulgaria were accepted as the newest (and last?) states to be accepted into the EU what did we at the other end of Europe know about them? Even amongst those who follow current...

Reviews 62

Beyond The Last Dragon: Life Of Edwin Morgan James McGonigal, Sandstone Press, £24 99 – reviewed by Donny O’Rourke Edwin Morgan, who died in August at the age of ninety, quickened the cultural life of Scotland more than any poet since MacDiarmid. This was, to some extent, a matter of longevity. ‘Laureateship’...

Web Review 62

Educate ANIMATE Organise Well it’s “bliadhna mhath ur” to all our readers. Now we have a real Tory government, the type of rule that Blair really wanted, it must be time for us to support and study the actions of comrades world wide to crack the Tory–Liberal Orange Book ideologues within the next twelve months. The...

Much to win, much to learn

Iain McWhirter looks at the media and policy response to the economic crisis and argues that while there may be some bias, this simply means the left must raise its game. Why does it always take mayhem before the media takes notice? The student demonstration on 10/11/10, which was overwhelmingly peaceful and good humoured,...

Agenda 15 – Reprise

The Scottish Left Review has produced Agenda 15, a programme of action designed to aid transition from the current crisis in public policy towards a fairer, more sustainable and more effective Scottish society. It proposes a range of actions which can be taken in the Scottish Parliamentary term between 2011 and 2015....

The case for privatising schools

If the case for university fees really stands up then the case holds for almost any public service. Isobel Lindsay argues that there is a much more important vision for the future of Scotland’s universities. Why are we continuing with free secondary education? Seven years of primary schooling are surely sufficient to...

The left is not dead

Doug Bain was an active participant in Scottish Left Review Editorial Board meetings up until his untimely death last month. Here, in one of the last things he wrote, he responds to an attack on the relevance of left-wing politics published in the Scotsman. I read your article with interest. However I have to say I don’t...

The mask of reputational spin

The impact of ‘reputational management’ leaves us all in need of protection from the ideologies of neoliberalism, argues Chris Holligan. The maintenance of reputation by universities and individual academics through the metrics of league tables and the knowledge objects called ‘outputs’ has taken a high profile...