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Corbyn’s speech was completely undermined by the fact he doesn't have a scooby about Scotland
The National, by Lesley Riddoch
Date: 29th Sep 2017

LET’S not be curmudgeonly. That was a helluva speech by Jeremy Corbyn. Labour’s Brighton conference closed in buoyant mood and, for the first time in decades, the Red Flag was sung with gusto and passion.

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Nicola Sturgeon was right to call on Mariano Rajoy to follow the “the shining example” of the Edinburgh
The Herald Scotland, Iain Macwhirter
Date: 26th Sep 2017

On one of my visits to Barcelona, I was given a tour of the Catalan parliament building, in the tranquil Parc de Ciutadella. Its history is anything but tranquil.

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Black’s Blog: Revolutionary ideas at Hospitalfield House
Scottish Housing News
Date: 26th Sep 2017

Architect Malcolm Fraser did the impossible at the first Andrew Nicoll Lecture (September 22). He made some revolutionary ideas seem sensible.

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Catalans are not alone. Across the world, people yearn to govern themselves
The Guardian, by Neal Ascherson
Date: 26th Sep 2017

It could end really badly in Catalonia. Running out of their own ideas, the Spanish government in Madrid seems to be begging advice from ancestral Castilian spirits.

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Spanish police storm Catalan government buildings to stop independence referendum
The Independent, by Jon Stone
Date: 21st Sep 2017

The central government in Madrid says the breakaway region's referendum is illegal.

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Spain crisis: 'stop this radicalism and disobedience,' PM tells Catalan leaders
The Guardian, by Stephen Burgen
Date: 21st Sep 2017

Mariano Rajoy says region must stop ‘escalating’ independence standoff after thousands protest at police raids government buildings in Barcelona.

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Scots are working miracles in their local communities
The National, by Lesley Riddoch
Date: 21st Sep 2017

IS the Scottish Government about to drop plans to bypass councils and hand responsibility and budget for service provision directly to development trusts, housing associations and other grassroots organisations?

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Plummeting wages are bad news for the economy, as well as workers
The Herald Scotland, by Iain MacWhirter
Date: 20th Sep 2017

It's not often that Nicola Sturgeon and the Tory Scottish Secretary, David Mundell, agree about something, but last week they both hailed that latest unemployment figures as a very good thing.

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Scottish Labour leadership: Anas Sarwar denies being 'one of the few'
BBC News
Date: 20th Sep 2017

A candidate for the Scottish Labour leadership has denied being "one of the few" as he defended his family firm over its failure to pay the living wage to all staff.

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Historic high school to be turned into £14.5m flats
Edinburgh News, by John-Paul Holden
Date: 20th Sep 2017

A £14.5 million bid to turn a historic high school into flats has been given the green light – dashing hopes of transforming it into a cultural hub and sparking criticism the move was a “lost opportunity”.

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Boosting the power of workers should be Corbyn’s priority – any MP not up for the challenge must go
The Guardian, by Paul Mason
Date: 20th Sep 2017

The building site where you have to slip the foreman £50 out of your wages; the warehouse where they send you home early, without pay, when they run out of books to pack; the container port where zero-hours contracts are driving security guards to mental stress and family breakdown

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Schooling is not a private matter
The Herald Scotland, by Ian Bell
Date: 19th Sep 2017

The school you choose for your children is your own affair.

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Putting a money worker in a GP practice led to £850,000 in benefits being paid out
Evening Times, by Caroline Wilson
Date: 19th Sep 2017

People battling extreme poverty accessed £850,000 of benefits because they had access to a money advice worker in their GP practice.

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Advantages enjoyed by private schools simply cannot be justified
The Herard Scotland, by Kevin McKenna
Date: 19th Sep 2017

The pattern of unearned privilege at the heart of British life was laid bare in an article a few years ago.

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£840m Cordant becomes UK’s biggest social enterprise
Pioneers Post, by Lee Mannion
Date: 13th Sep 2017

The Cordant Group, a recruitment and facility services business with a turnover of £840m, says it has become the UK's largest social enterprise.

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DSC warns that the proposed changes to the Big Lottery Fund could compromise its independence
Civil Society, by Hugh Radojev
Date: 13th Sep 2017

The Directory of Social Change has said that the wording of certain proposed changes to the policy directions of the Big Lottery Fund risk compromising the fund’s independence.

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With her programme for government, Nicola Sturgeon has placed the SNP firmly on the left
Herald Scotland, by Iain Macwhirter
Date: 13th Sep 2017

When the opposition party leaders, Labour, Tory and Liberal Democrat, urged Nicola Sturgeon to “get back to the day job” following the aborted independence referendum, the last thing any of them expected was that she would do precisely that.

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Look at Scotland’s beautiful new Forth bridge – and see Britain’s decline
The Guardian, by Ian Jack
Date: 13th Sep 2017

Last Monday the Queen opened the second road bridge across the Forth estuary, exactly 53 years after she opened the first, and this time without the haar – the sea mist that blanketed the firth on the morning of 4 September 1964, threatening the proceedings with invisibility and the kind of hush, broken only by the regular melancholy of the local foghorn, that sometimes gave weekdays a Sabbatarian character

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Cordant chief: Why my £800m company is becoming a social enterprise
Pioneer's Post, by Lee Mannion
Date: 13th Sep 2017

Recruitment giant the Cordant Group this week announced that it is transforming into the UK's biggest social enterprise. 'Chief energiser' Phillip Ullmann tells us why.

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How do we get out of this mess?
The Guardian, by George Monbiot
Date: 13th Sep 2017

Is it reasonable to hope for a better world? Study the cruelty and indifference of governments, the disarray of opposition parties, the apparently inexorable slide towards climate breakdown, the renewed threat of nuclear war, and the answer appears to be no.

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Scotland is setting forth on a progressive course to tackle the big issues …
The National, by Lesley Riddoch
Date: 7th Sep 2017

It’s a tale of two governments. In Scotland, the Scottish Government’s rolling out a programme that tackles all the biggies – climate change, poverty and economic stagnation.

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Bringing down statues of controversial figures isn't new - and it isn't wrong
Politics.co.uk, by Louise Raw
Date: 7th Sep 2017

In 1882, a statue of prime minister William Gladstone was unveiled on the Bow Road in East London, at the behest of wealthy match firm Bryant & May

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We need to nationalise Google, Facebook and Amazon. Here’s why
The Guardian, by Nick Srnicek
Date: 6th Sep 2017

For the briefest moment in March 2014, Facebook’s dominance looked under threat. Ello, amid much hype, presented itself as the non-corporate alternative to Facebook.

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The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data
The Economist
Date: 6th Sep 2017

A new commodity spawns a lucrative, fast-growing industry, prompting antitrust regulators to step in to restrain those who control its flow.

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