Screen Presence/ Screen Absence

Elaine C. Smith makes passionate plea for why a Scottish digital TV channel is essential both to give Scotland a window on itself and to build and sustain a television industry of our own

Kick Up The Tabloids

Satire for June 2011

A Way Forward for Workers

Roz Foyer argues that the People’s Charter offers a way forward for the labour movement in Scotland and offers a policy agenda that can unite people from across political parties

Unity Offers No Way Forward

Responding to Gordon Morgan’s article in the last issue, Bill Bonnar looks at the potential for realignment of Scotland’s left parties and dismisses it as a distraction from building a left movement.

Who Owns Scotland’s Jobs?

Sandy Baird, John Foster and Richard Leonard show that Scotland’s economy has seen a remarkably rapid shift towards external ownership over the past decade. What are the implications?

Powers, Not Anomalies

In response to the article by Jim and Margaret Cuthbert in the last issue, Jim Gallacher argues that Scotland should be looking at the Scotland Bill in terms of its major powers, not its minor flaws.

New Hope in Ireland

The Irish election returned five TDs for the United Left Alliance, with 2.8 per cent of the first preference votes. But this victory for the Left is only part of a bigger picture of political change, writes Brendan Young.

Answers for a Better Way

On the eve of the STUC Congress Dave Moxham looks at the questions we set the two potential First Ministers, suggests what their answers should be and puts forward other ideas they should be backing.

Committee of Self-Justification

Jim and Margaret Cuthbert examine the report of the Scotland Bill Committee and conclude that conflicts of interest and inadequate scrutiny means that the Committee has failed Scotland.

Are We Targets?

Mark Hirst examines the role of the US Government-funded National Endowment for Democracy which has taken over the CIA’s ‘propaganda’ dirty work and may be seeking to influence Scottish politics