The CommonSpace Editorial Team
Hilary Long: We don’t need to test P1 children, we need to let them play
Hilary Long, coordinator of the Upstart Glasgow Network and a member of Common Weal Glasgow, attended the recent launch of Upstart Scotland’s ‘Play not Tests’ campaign seeking to challenge Scottish Government plans for standardised tests for children in Primary 1.
Ken Ferguson: A socialist view on Brexit - Don't mourn, organise
Ken Ferguson, editor of the Scottish Socialist Voice, outlines his view of what approach socialists in Scotland should take towards Brexit now
ABOUT to face a firing squad after a frame up trial in 1915 legendary US union activist Joe Hill cooly told his comrades “Don’t mourn – organise”.
Claudia Beamish MSP: It's long past time for urgency on tackling air pollution in Scotland
Claudia Beamish, Labour South of Scotland MSP, argues that the resignation of two experts from the Scottish Government Clean Air Strategy Group should be a wake up call on air pollution
IT CAN sometimes take a resignation – or two – to throw things into sharp focus.
Lynn Henderson: The UK electoral system is rigged against workers - here's why trade unions should back reform
Lynn Henderson, PCS National Officer (Scotland and Northern Ireland) and Vice President of the Scottish TUC, backs the STUC’s “small but significant shift” in favour of UK electoral reform, and says new report The Trade Union case for Political Reform shows why it matters to workers
IN APRIL 2017, Unison’s Scottish National Secretary Mike Kerby told trade unionists at the STUC:
Paul Spicker: Antisemitism - If you think this article is about Israel, think again
Paul Spicker, emeritus Professor at Robert Gordon University and organiser of his local synagogue, argues that there is a problem with anti-semitism in Scotland and that understanding that means not conflating the issue with Israel in any way
ANTISEMITISM is one of the oldest hatreds, built on centuries of prejudice, isolation and rejection. The most widely accepted definition of antisemitism, recently adopted by the UK government, explains it in these terms:
Robin Hall: This book can help get us prepared for Scottish independence
Robin Hall, Common Weal Aberdeen campaigner, reviews the Common Weal think-tank’s new book on How to Start a New Country, a plan for setting up an independent Scottish state, and argues it could not be more timely
Daphne Vlastari: We need to take action now to make the Planning Bill work for people and planet
Daphne Vlastari, Scottish Environment LINK advocacy manager, argues that the Planning Bill as it stands will is centralising and will not protect the environment – and calls for urgent action
ONE of the most important new laws for Scotland is making its way through the Scottish Parliament virtually unnoticed by the wider public and the media: the Planning Bill.
Major disruption as emergency services rush to bring Glasgow fire under control
Emergency services are battling to bring a fire on one Glasgow's busiest streets under control
By Alasdair Clark and Morgane Colinet
MAJOR DISRUPTION in Glasgow city centre as emergency services rush to bring a "well developed" fire under control on Sauchiehall street, one of the main pedestrian areas in Glasgow.
Emergency crews have been dealing with the fire on the pedestrian area since around 8:20am on Thursday morning, with eight fire appliances in attendance alongside a police "command unit".
JOB NOTICE: CommonSpace is looking for a new editor
Can you help shape the future of CommonSpace?
AT the end of the month, CommonSpace founding editor Angela Haggerty will move on to another role in the industry.
As a result, we're looking for a new editor for CommonSpace, which in the last three and a half years has established itself as Scotland's leading independent news site.
Jim and Margaret Cuthbert: The mysterious tale of Edinburgh City Council and the shoddy PFI schools
Economists Jim and Margaret Cuthbert raise serious concerns about a refusal to release information to the public to protect commercial relationships
IN assessing any PFI deal, an examination of the financial modelling is critical, in particular, because it is in the financial modelling that the vitally important question of risk transfer comes in: who bears the risk of any problem?