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Why ‘keep the Tories out’ won’t work in Scotland this election
The Guardian, by Ruth Wishart
Date: 30th May 2017

Old tribal rivalries have come to the fore in England, but north of the border, Brexit and independence are what people really care about.

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Scottish Government work programme will fail says SCVO
The Force News, by Susan Smith
Date: 30th May 2017

People with multiple barriers to employment will not get enough support under the Scottish Government's new employment programme says charities

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Extracted from Building Social Business
By Muhammad Yunus
Date: 30th May 2017

A social business has investors and owners but they don’t earn a profit, dividend, or any other form of financial benefit.  The investors in a social business can take back their original investment amount over a period of time they define. 

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£4.5m social investment fund for homelessness charities to launch
Civil Society News, by Rob Preston
Date: 30th May 2017

A social investment fund for homelessness charities across England worth £4.5m - said to be the first of its kind - will launch next month.

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Why ‘keep the Tories out’ won’t work in Scotland this election
The Guardian, by Ruth Wishart
Date: 29th May 2017

Old tribal rivalries have come to the fore in England, but north of the border, Brexit and independence are what people really care about

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This is how Islamist radicalisation actually happens
The Independent, by Katherine Brown
Date: 25th May 2017

This attack on Manchester is part of a pattern of attacks from the nail bomber in Soho to the attacks in Bali to Paris based on this false totalitarianism that insists they cannot share the world with 'others'.

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The Road to Somewhere: The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics by David Goodhart
The Times, by Robbie Millen
Date: 24th May 2017

David Goodhart doesn’t get it. If you are going to write about Brexit and populism there are only two registers of tone allowed — angry scorn or smug condescension; ideally you mix both. Well, he ignored the rules and has written a book that is thoughtful, well argued and dangerously moderate. It may even be an incitement to independent thinking.

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Shed heaven: The workshops turning men's lives around
BBC Online
Date: 24th May 2017

For some men, retirement is a long-awaited chance to travel the world, hit the golf course, or take up a new hobby. For others, after decades in work, it can be a time of loneliness and isolation.

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A revolution is needed for us to properly serve isolated communities
The National, by Carolyn Leckie
Date: 24th May 2017

ACHILTIBUIE is one of the places that most of us have heard of but many would struggle to pinpoint on a map. Strictly speaking, it’s a village on the beautiful Coigach peninsula north of Ullapool – though most local people use the name Achiltibuie when referring to the wider community with its smattering of tiny villages clinging to the wild Atlantic coas

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Is Finland’s basic universal income a solution to automation, fewer jobs and lower wages?
The Guardian, by Sonia Sodha
Date: 24th May 2017

Both left and right are promoting the idea of a basic wage for everyone, currently on trial, as a solution to the new world of work.

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The Man Who Pulled Theresa May Apart
Scottish Review, by David Torrence
Date: 24th May 2017

The launch of the Conservative party manifesto last week gave rise to much commentary about 'Mayism', whether it existed and, assuming it did, what it meant. This is something that can legitimately be blamed on the late Mrs Thatcher, for this desire to personalise political ideologies seems to date from the early 1980s; in none of my political reading have I encountered references to Callaghanism, Wilsonism or even Attleeism. 

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Everyday acts of heroism show what it means to be human
The National, by Kevin McKenna
Date: 24th May 2017

AS this week unfolds and we grope clumsily for an appropriate response to the attack on Manchester the word “values” will feature often. Thus, the lone suicide bomber who took so many young lives to the grave with him will have carried out an attack on “British values”. Before the week is out I’m certain I’ll use the phrase myself in unguarded moments or find myself nodding in serious agreement when others use it.

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Labour's manifesto is more Keynesian than Marxist
New Statesman, by George Eaton
Date: 18th May 2017
The party's policies would be regarded as mainstream in most European countries.
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Western do-gooders need to resist the allure of 'exotic problems'
The Guardian, by Courtney E Martin
Date: 17th May 2017

Problems in countries far from home can somehow seem far easier to solve, says Courtney Martin. Far better to lean in and embrace complexity.

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Buurtzorg: the Dutch model of neighbourhood care that is going global
The Guardian, by David Brindle
Date: 16th May 2017

Innovative nursing model cuts bureaucracy and gives nurses more freedom and time with clients.

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Idealists or SNP stooges? How a constitutional debate is engulfing the Scottish Greens
The New Statesman, by Julia Rampen
Date: 16th May 2017

The Scottish Greens have been accused of "capitulating" to their "SNP masters". But their interest in independence is far more radical. 

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Callers to GP surgeries will be assessed by NHS 24
The Times, by Helen Puttick
Date: 16th May 2017

Patients calling their own GP surgery in the daytime will be assessed first over the phone by the Scottish NHS 24 helpline under plans to deal with a doctor recruitment crisis.

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Scottish Public services reach crisis point
The Daily Record
Date: 16th May 2017

The future of GP practices in Scotland is reaching crisis point with seven closures in the last two years.

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The Rise Of The Alt-Left British Media
Buzz Feed, by Jim Waterson
Date: 11th May 2017

They've been mocked, ignored, and dismissed as conspiracy mongers – but a small group of hyperpartisan British media outlets have quietly built enormous audiences on Facebook in the space of just two years with relentlessly pro-Corbyn coverage. But how will the British alt-left media cope with the election?

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The Daily 202: 10 important questions raised by Sally Yates’s testimony on the ‘compromised’ Michael Flynn
The Washington Post, by James Hohmann
Date: 10th May 2017

Former acting attorney general Sally Yates on May 8 testified before senators about her conversations with a White House lawyer that ultimately led to the ousting of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

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The Tories are right, there was only one winner: the SNP
The Herald, by Iain McWhirter
Date: 9th May 2017

“There was only one winner last night,” said an ecstatic David Mundell, the Tory Scottish Secretary on Friday as the votes rolled in. He was right, of course, but the winner was the Scottish National Party - by 431 seats to the Tories tally of 276. Some might even have called that a modest landslide.

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Is Corbyn as lacking in drive and personality as Attlee? Let’s hope so
The Guardian, by Danny Dorling and Sally Tomlinson
Date: 9th May 2017

It takes courage and determination to be a Labour party leader. Enemies, before and behind you, disparage your appearance, sneer at your policies, patronise you: you have no talent, are too ordinary – but also too odd. This was Clement Attlee, Labour party leader for 20 years, prime minister or deputy prime minster for half that time, whose leadership gave the country a welfare state and its first proper taste of social and economic equality.

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Why I wish we could vote in real local elections today
Common Space, by Robin McAlpine
Date: 5th May 2017

CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine says elections will make little difference when local government is fundamentally broken

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Robert M. Pirsig, Author of ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,’ Dies at 88
The New York Times, by Paul Vitello
Date: 4th May 2017

Robert M. Pirsig, whose “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,” a dense and discursive novel of ideas, became an unlikely publishing phenomenon in the mid-1970s and a touchstone in the waning days of the counterculture, died on Monday at his home in South Berwick, Me. He was 88.

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Six innovations that could build a new social care system
The Guardian, by Alex Fox
Date: 3rd May 2017

Small community organisations and social enterprises could form an efficient, cost-effective support system for adults.

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Is Triodos the ethical bank that could replace the Co-op?
The Guardian, by Rupert Jones
Date: 3rd May 2017

Triodos is launching its first current account in Britain and promises your money will only ever be handled sustainably. So should you go Dutch?

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Report: Mapping economic potential in North East Glasgow
Common Space, by Mhairi Love
Date: 3rd May 2017

40 derelict sites identified for ‘asset based community development’ regeneration strategy.

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Michael Heseltine: ‘Signing article 50 is the worst decision we’ve made’
The Guardian, by Tim Adams
Date: 3rd May 2017

Lord Michael Heseltine, 84, the senior politician and businessman, reflects on what he owes his dyslexia, his fears over Brexit and why he has no plans to retire.

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