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We Have a Scottish Book Town. Why Not More?

Wigtown gained its status as the country’s National Book Town in the late 1990s. The idea came from academics at Strathclyde University which had seen the success of Hay-on-Wye, the national book town of Wales, and thought Scotland should have its equivalent. Up till then, the town had been in sharp decline. After winning the competition, everything changed.

Let’s harness the power of communities to end child food poverty in the UK

The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted upon household food security across the UK, and exposed widening health inequalities. The most deprived households with children, have been particularly affected, with 2.3 million children experiencing food insecurity between August 2020 and January 2021. During this time, the voluntary sector has made important contributions in tackling child food poverty. The future sustainability of such models of funding is, however, unclear.  

Wanted: Scottish Babies

The task of reversing Scotland’s falling birth rate is a project lasting decades without a straightforward solution. That means that mitigating the economic pressures – by encouraging immigration and delaying retirements – is going to be important in the short run. It is a daunting task, but one the country needs to confront head on.  

A Way To Help Scots In Poverty, Now

The spectre of poverty hangs over yesterday’s spring statement. 1.3 million more people will be pushed into poverty as the cost of living crisis bites. The squeeze on the standard of living will be the worst since the 1950s. With families across Scotland facing unprecedented difficulties every penny of support therefore needs to go towards those households which need it most.

Scotland’s Shuttered Town Centres Need More Powers

Perhaps one of the most immediately visible effects of the last two years has been on Scotland’s town centres. A walk through any high street paints a depressing picture. Once bustling streets are often deserted. Family-owned independent businesses have been replaced by charity shops and nail salons. Many more lie empty, their boarded windows a crude symbol of decay.

Forbes Should Make a Bet For Scottish Growth

The best things in life are free. Money isn’t everything.
This hippy-dippy Scottisness is an example of the image of country that Nicola Stugeon wishes to sell to the world. Today however, her government must seek to grapple with hard tacks.

A Manifesto for Free Speech in Scottish Universities

Scotland has always overachieved in its higher education institutions. However, this tradition of excellence is at threat, as a culture of intolerance and stifling of free expression has taken over in universities, and across Scotland.

Protestors against the proposed Cambo oil field in Scotland holding signs and a red banner reading "Stop Cambo"

Socialism in Scotland? I wish

On the 15th of September, Humza Yousef told the public that they should “think twice” before calling an ambulance. Only if it was “absolutely critical” were Scots to dare dialing 999. The Health Secretary’s comments came in response to the tragic news that a Glaswegian man of 65 had died after a 40 hour wait for an ambulance. 

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