Janine Ewen: Why migrants are not the enemy and 'open door immigration' is a lie
Researcher Janine Ewen says Nigel Farage wrongly claimed that the door is wide open in the EU for people to enter into the UK
IN a now post-European Union referendum landscape, politicians and allies of the Vote Leave camp have successfully won their vision to have the United Kingdom cut ties with the EU, with exception to Scotland, but they have also achieved a strategic distraction by shadowing a culture of blame onto migrants for existing austerity challenges in the UK.
James McEnaney: Don't let Farage, Johnson and Gove turn Britain into a dystopian hell
CommonSpace columnist James McEnaney explains why he hopes Britain will remain in the European Union
THE EU referendum campaign may be almost over, but it is still unclear whether there is any light at the end of this wretched tunnel.
Jeremy Corbyn's Labour defies doubters with Oldham byelection walkover
Labour leader hails "vote of confidence" in his leftist leadership
LABOUR has defied critics of the party's new Jeremy Corbyn led administration by securing a victory in the Oldham West and Roydon byelection, its first major electoral challenge since the election of the veteran socialist MP to leaderhsip in September.
Labour candidate Jim McMahon romped to victory last night (3 December) with 17,209 votes, 10,835 ahead of his nearest challenger - Ukip's John Bickley who won 6,487 for the populist right-wing party.
Jock Thamson-Bairn: That was the weak that was
CommonSpace columnist Jock Thamson-Bairn kicks off the week by taking a look at last week
IT was the week when Jim Murphy was rebuked publicly by his head office. He was 'put in his place', 'slapped down', 'humiliated', 'shown up', 'caught telling porkies'.
Cut Scotland's budget, cut overseas aid and scrap the Human Rights Act: What you need to know from Ukip's manifesto
Life in a Ukip world would involve less immigrants, less taxes and less human rights
UKIP LEADER Nigel Farage today launched the party's General Election manifesto. The party's support in Scotland is negligible, but it is currently scoring third in the polls UK-wide behind Labour and the Conservatives.
Whether that support translates into Westminster seats remains to be seen.
Farage described the party's 2010 manifesto as "486 pages of drivel". So are the party's latest proposals any different?
We pick out some key points.
Jock Thamson-Bairn: That was the weak that was
CommonSpace's weekend columnist Jock Thamson-Bairn rounds up the week
IT was a week that began as had the previous weeks. National newspapers, in full 50 Shades of Grey mode, trying to whip their readers into a frenzy of fear over the SNP - or as the party is known down south, Alex Salmond.
Some of the statements in the press and in blogs were borderline racist. In fact, if you remove the word 'nationalists' from after the word 'Scottish', the statements take on a sinister tone. Try it.
Dan Vevers: Mythbusting - why Nigel Farage's bigoted 'HIV immigrant' NHS claims don't stack up
Student journalist Dan Vevers was more interested than most to hear Nigel Farage's 'HIV immigrants are costing the NHS' claims at the first General Election 2015 leaders debate, because he'd already uncovered information contradicting Farage's long-running claim
AT the seven-way party leaders clash last night, Ukip leader Nigel Farage again courted controversy with the suggestion that migrants with the HIV virus should be barred from entering the country. He defended his remarks, as he did the last time, on the basis of the costs of so-called "health tourism".
Richard McGinley: The fear becomes real - how Nicola Sturgeon stunned the country on #leadersdebate
Nicola Sturgeon has set the cat amongst the pigeons, writes CommonSpace columnist Richard McGinley, and the old boys network is running scared
LAST NIGHT, ITV screened a live television debate featuring the leaders of seven political parties ahead of next month's General Election.
There weren't any surprises.
Abu Hamza, gays and catholics: 5 Ukip controversies in Scotland
Ukip has landed itself in trouble before in Scotland
UKIP is embroiled in fresh controversy after the party's only MEP in Scotland compared a senior muslim politician with a convicted terrorist.
But it's far from the first time the party has faced trouble in Scotland, despite having less political presence north of the border.
We take a look at five key moments for Ukip in Scotland.
1.) David Coburn MEP compares Humza Yousaf to Abu Hamza
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