Head of Policy & Research at Common Weal
MP of Edinburgh resident given temporary reprieve from deportation blames Home Office ‘incompetence and callousness’ for her situation
Sheppard: “My constituent Comfort is just the latest person to fall foul of the incompetence and callousness which seems to be widespread in the Home Office.”
A WOMAN in Dungavel detention centre has been given temporary reprieve from deportation to Ghana after the intervention of her MP, who says the Home Office reversal is just the latest case of “incompetence and callousness” in its detention and removal system for those seeking citizenship in the UK.
Comfort Otiwaa Dwamena has been in the UK since 2005 and lives in Edinburgh.
Analysis: The all-encompassing liberal ideology of seeking a return to ‘normal’
CommonSpace editor Ben Wray says the responses to the Trump-Putin summit from many liberals have given up on critical thought, to the extent that the ideology of the return to ‘normal’ – a time before insurgent populism – is now the blatant ideology of much of the media
THERE is something more than a little unnerving in the response of Trump’s opponents to his remarks at the now infamous Helsinki Summit, not because it’s new but because it has now reached a fevered state.
Analysis: 5 key things about the Trump-Putin Summit
CommonSpace analyses why the Trump-Putin Summit was so significant
THE press conference following the Summit in Helsinki between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will perhaps be remembered as one of the most politically remarkable in recent memory, as the US president set himself against not just the US media and foreign policy establishment, but also his own Intelligence services.
10 reasons you should join a protest against Trump and all he stands for
CommonSpace finds 10 very good reasons to join a protest against the US President while he is in Scotland
DONALD TRUMP is in the UK, and tomorrow will be in Scotland.
Big protests are set to take place in Glasgow on Friday at 5pm and Saturday in Edinburgh at 12 noon, as well as a smaller protest outside Trump’s Turnberry golf course in Ayrshire, where he is expected to be from Friday to Sunday.
Does protesting matter? Will it make any difference? Might it even just give him the attention he wants?
Irish Parliament Upper House becomes first in EU to pass motion banning Israeli settlement goods
Bill proposes to prohibit “the import and sales of goods, services and natural resources originating in illegal settlements in occupied territories.”
THE Irish Parliament Upper House has passed a bill to ban Israeli settlement goods on Wednesday [11 June], the first parliament chamber in the EU to do so.
The Bill, proposed by independent Senator Francis Black, was put forward in January but was delayed by the Irish parliament indefinitely after Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu applied pressure on to the Irish Government to stop the Bill
UK Parliament say addition of St George's Cross to Big Ben not a snub to other UK nations
Changes were revealed hours before England’s semi-final World Cup match, though a spokesperson said this was coincidental
A UK PARLIAMENT spokesperson has denied that the addition of the St George's Cross in a repainting of Big Ben is a snub to the other nations of the UK.
The Meaning of Trump
As CommonSpace’s Trump Special begins, Ben Wray explores how we should locate Trump in a broader historical context through the lens of professor Mark Blyth’s concept of Global Trumpism – does Trump represent the beginning or end of something in western politics?
THERE’S a million questions you could ask about Donald Trump as he is about to make his first visit to Scotland as US President, but perhaps the most important is – does he represent the beginning of something new, or the end of something old?
Watch - Introducing Defeating Global Trumpism: CommonSpace Special 9-14 July
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TO MARK Donald Trump’s first visit to Scotland next week as US President, CommonSpace is going to be running a special week of coverage on Defeating Global Trumpism.
Podcast: What is school for? With Doaa Shabbir, Keri McGachy and James McEnaney
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SCHOOL student Doaa Shabbir published an article on CommonSpace last month questioning whether a school system based around a competitive attainment culture is really educational progress, and outlining a vision for education based on the uplifting of a whole generation.
Kamil family granted leave to remain following hunger strike
Kamil family’s MP Paul Sweeney says the case is revealing of “systemic failure in the immigration system”
THE Kamil family has been granted indefinite leave to remain after a hunger strike outside immigration offices in Glasgow last week, ending their 18 year ordeal trying to get citizenship in the UK.
The hunger strike started last Wednesday (27 June) evening and lasted over 24 hours, before immigration officers offered the family a meeting with their lawyer today [5 July], set to take place at 11am.