In a Carbuncle: Aberdeen award damages a great city - not that the organisers care
Aberdeen has been named Scotland's most dismal city after winning Urban Realm's Carbuncle Award (click here to read more). Journalist Andrew Learmonth argues that the 'patronising and self important' award misses Aberdeen's finer points, but will leave it with a negative legacy to fight nonetheless.
James McEnaney: Labour (and the SNP) have missed the point on educational inequality
James McEnaney is an English lecturer at Glasgow Clyde College and Common Weal North Glasgow organiser
LAST month I wrote a blog post (an edited version of which has also been published by TESS) in response to the SQA's pronouncement that their new appeals process had been a success. I disagreed with this assessment, arguing that the new system would in fact exacerbate the issue of educational inequality in Scotland.
Harry Blain: Why London is the perfect place for Cameron's anti-corruption summit
Journalist Harry Blain says there's plenty on corruption for David Cameron to explore in the UK's capital city
DAVID CAMERON is today chairing an anti-corruption summit to "step up global action to expose, punish and drive out corruption in all walks of life".
Robin McAlpine: 7 suggestions for the SNP - because we need you
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine says the SNP must avoid falling into traps over the next five years and make sure the road to independence stays on course
ONE thing in all the spats between different parts of the indy movement during the election with which I definitely agreed is that our only hope for independence is via an SNP government. No-one else likely to be in power will give us that chance. Full stop.
Stuart McHardy: How education and the mainstream media have skewed Scottish history
Historian and author Stuart McHardy says it's vital for Scots to have a better understanding of their own history
THE sleekit behaviour of the mainstream media in the run-up to the Scottish independence referendum is not really surprising. The constant reinforcement of a negative perception of Scotland is rooted in something deep in our national story.
Adam Ramsay: Why, thanks to Alex Salmond, I'm honouring our tyrants in Edinburgh
Open Democracy co-editor Adam Ramsay explains why he was spotted by Ruth Davidson in Edinburgh rather shiftily gluing a plaque to the bottom of a statue
EDINBURGH is replete with stone psychopaths. On Sunday I glued a plaque to the bottom of the biggest of them. It seems important that we remember our past. In particular, it seems important that people know who this statue represents. And, in any case, the former first minister told me to do it. Let me explain.
Neil McLeod: Why it's no surprise SNP'ers are in denial over Sturgeon and the Sun
Writer Neil McLeod says denial was a better option than defence when it came to Nicola Sturgeon's pose with the Scottish Sun in the wake of the Hillsborough Disaster verdicts
AT the end of the week of the Hillsborough verdict and the accompanying rekindling of national distaste for the Sun and all it stands for, the sight of Nicola Sturgeon smiling like a proud mother holding a copy of the Scottish Sun's SNP-endorsing front page last weekend was particularly unedifying.