Robin McAlpine: This is a moment for honesty - we haven't made enough progress in the past 5 years
Common Weal Director Robin McAlpine argues that the independence cause has not moved forward sufficiently in the half-decade since indyref. Robin will be discussing this more at our CommonSpace Forum to mark five years since indyref on Thursday 26 September.
Michael McEwan: It's a matter of dignity that public toilets should be accessible for all
MIchael McEwan, CS columnist and chairperson of his local disability group, says that it’s a basic human right that everyone should have access to an accessible toilet – one campaign is trying to make that a reality
THE accessibility of buildings are commonly raised in media debate but less discussed is accessibility of toilets, those which are designed to accommodate people with disabilities and long term health conditions.
Craig Berry: I voted No in 2014 - this is what moved me to Yes
Craig Berry, electrical engineer and writer on energy and technology, says it was convincing arguments that changed his mind on independence, not simply the changing conditions of UK politics
IN 2014 I voted No. It's not something I've particularly tried to hide, but it is something which I feel was a mistake. It's important to understand that it wasn't political conditions that convinced me to support independence; it was something far more effective.
Iain Black: Thank You for 2014
Iain Black, co-convenor of the Scottish Independence Convention and Voices for Scotland board member, publishes a note of thank you to everyone he campaigned with in the 2014 referendum, and explains why that campaign meant so much to him
As part of the five year anniversary, I wanted to contribute a very personal and local thank you, written to all those people with whom I campaigned during the first Scottish independence referendum. I posted it on Facebook on 31 December 2014.
Dalriada Gaelic: Maintaining Cultural Diversity in a Globalised World
Àdhamh Ó Broin, linguistic activist and Gaelic consultant on Outlander, talks about his work to revive an Argyllshire dialect of Gaelic.
WITH only a handful of speakers of the dialect left, Àdhamh made the decision to bring his kids up with the Dalriada Gaelic. He has also spent years touring Argyll in order to record living examples of the dialect, while he still can.
In Defence of 2014 - in defence of popular democracy
Kicking off our week of special coverage on the fifth anniversary of the 2014 independence referendum, CommonSpace editor Ben Wray says those who remember fondly the transformative powers of 2014 need to defend popular democracy today, which is under-attack from a concerted effort to extract it from Britain’s body politic forever
IT’S a strange thing to think about the 2014 independence referendum as an item of history.
John Davis: Boris Johnson and his acolytes have exposed themselves as spiteful English nationalists
John Davis, Professor of Education at The University of Strathclyde, analyses English nationalist assumptions about Scotland’s place in the Union and what the reaction to the Inner House Of The Court Of Session prorogation ruling tells us about Tory shame-game politics
IT IS so sad that it takes an MEP to summarise the current state of the Tory broken union and to show us what has been there, under our noses, for many years.
Mary MacCallum Sullivan: 'Escape and Repair' - or Repair and Escape?
Mary MacCallum Sullivan, a psychotherapist from Argyll and CS columnist, says Common Weal’s new campaign slogan ‘escape and repair’ raises questions about Scotland’s relationship to Britain after independence – can we really escape the UK’s constitutional crisis?
Indyref at 5: Contribute to our special week of coverage 16-20 September
Give your thoughts to our special week of coverage on Indyref at 5 by e-mailing email@example.com
THE 2014 independence referendum was a defining moment in Scotland’s history.
A mass grassroots Yes movement exploded in every part of the country and, despite losing the referendum vote, changed Scotland forever.
Five years on from the 18 September referendum, CommonSpace is running a special week of coverage from September 16-20 to mark that historic event.