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Questions Of Independence

Questions Of Independence

Backbencher April 26, 2014 0

Ellie McHugh assesses the implications of the impending referenda on self-determination in both Scotland and the wider United Kingdom The United Kingdom stands at the nexus of two great debates on the nature of

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“You’re a Lesbian. You Don’t Need a Smear Test.”

“You’re a Lesbian. You Don’t Need a Smear Test.”

Backbencher November 3, 2013 3

Fresh from her successful launch of RAWRRR! Magazine, Caitlin Logan returns to describe some of the disturbing findings from LGBT Youth Scotland’s healthcare survey The past month saw the launch of LGBT Youth Scotland’s

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Time For Walker To Live Up To His Name

Time For Walker To Live Up To His Name

Backbencher August 30, 2013 0

Has his latest transgression made the position of Bill Walker MSP untenable? Those readers who do not take an active interest in Scottish political life will most likely be unaware of the recent revelations

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Common Weal or Commonwealth: Scots Must Decide

Common Weal or Commonwealth: Scots Must Decide

Backbencher August 23, 2013 2

Contradictions are being voiced by putative separatists on post-independence Scotland’s Commonwealth membership In his novel ‘The Silence of the Lambs’, Thomas Harris has one of his more competent characters, the intriguing Jack Crawford, articulate

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Free F***ing Speech – A Libertarian Experience at the Beeb

Free F***ing Speech – A Libertarian Experience at the Beeb

Backbencher August 16, 2013 1

Alan Grant narrates his impressions of BBC3’s “Free Speech” – and reaches an encouraging conclusion Last week, to compensate for my absence from these digital pages, I was fortunate enough to attend the live

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‘….and they would’ve Scot-en away with it too.’

‘….and they would’ve Scot-en away with it too.’

Backbencher August 2, 2013 3

Revealing some dirty tricks by the Yes side in the Scottish Independence debate There has been much made of positivity and negativity with regards to campaigning in the Scottish independence referendum. Hardly a news

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Scotland’s Outside Left

Backbencher July 26, 2013 3

Alan Grant critiques the Reid Foundation’s vision for an independent, but statist-socialist Scotland. This column very rarely begins with a compliment being paid to that side of our constitutional debate which seeks to wrench

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Scots Just Wanna Have Fun

Scots Just Wanna Have Fun

Backbencher June 28, 2013 1

Why is there such  a lack of humour in the Scottish politics? ’Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ singer Cyndi Lauper may not be the name on the lips of most Scottish politicos, but her

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Scottish LGBT*: Pride In The Mainstream

Scottish LGBT*: Pride In The Mainstream

Backbencher June 21, 2013 0

 The future political direction for Scotland’s LGBT community lies in mainstream, not fringe, politics If you were fortunate enough to have been in Edinburgh last Saturday, it is entirely likely that you may have

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“Better Together” Means Just That

“Better Together” Means Just That

Backbencher June 14, 2013 1

Why tribal inter-party rivalry is blunting the No campaign for Scots independence. Last weekend, the historic city of Stirling played host to the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party’s annual conference. An event which drew

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