Glasgow stands up to Tory Rape Clause (Video)

Over 300 protesters took to Glasgow’s George Square last night to demonstrate against the UK government’s changes to child tax credits.

The reforms would introduce a ‘family cap’ to the benefit meaning women can only claim welfare for two children unless it can be proven that any subsequent children are a result of rape or an abusive relationship. Continue reading “Glasgow stands up to Tory Rape Clause (Video)”

First Female Statue on Parliament Square? About Time! [The Caledonian Times]

Standing in the square just northwest of the Parliament of Westminster are eleven statues of men. Among those honoured in bronze include pioneers of democracy such as Mahatma Gandhi and human rights revolutionary Nelson Mandela. These men symbolise histories of racial and political struggle, philosophy and innovation and serve as a reminder of the importance of equality and the democratic process. Yet there are no women standing at Parliament Square.

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Scotland, Brexit and What Happens Next [Review Sphere]

 

There is a shed currently standing at venue 212 of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival which invites guests to enter, four at a time, for an hour long read through of The Chilcot Enquiry. ‘Iraq Out Loud’ is a ticketed performance art piece which intends to, as stated in the programme, ‘stage a reading of the Chilcot report. Respectfully, humbly and relentlessly…’ The aim is to have had the entire report read in full, by the public, by the time the festival draws to a close in order to keep Chilcot within the consciousness of the public and ensure people have a chance to access it. Continue reading “Scotland, Brexit and What Happens Next [Review Sphere]”

Digital Democracy [Qmunicate]

 

On 17th September 2011 people gathered in Zuccotti Park near New York City Financial District led by the Canadian anti-consumerist grassroots group Adbusters to initiate what would become internationally known as the Occupy Movement. Individuals from across the city met to protest against the gaping inequalities of free market capitalism and the injustice of the 1 percent’s monopoly over global finance. Continue reading “Digital Democracy [Qmunicate]”

Teacher Strike in West Dunbartonshire [Qmunicate]

Last Tuesday members of the EIS union from all five West Dunbartonshire Council’s secondary schools came out on strike, claiming council decisions to alter the running of subject departments and principal teacher posts were purely ‘financially driven’. The strike, backed by almost nine out of every 10 union members, has been followed by a work-to-rule decision which took effect on Wednesday. Continue reading “Teacher Strike in West Dunbartonshire [Qmunicate]”

Interview: James Kane, EIS union representative [Qmunicate]

 

I spoke to EIS Union representation, James Kane, about the recent teacher strike in West Dunbartonshire Council and discovered what the dispute will mean for student teachers soon to enter the profession.

The EIS received support for this strike from approximately 9 out of every 10 members who participated in the ballot. Why was the strike on Tuesday and the subsequent work-to-rule action necessary?

West Dunbartonshire Council is under pressure to make cuts and wants to save £600,000 from the education budget. It is not prepared to back down over its plans on restructuring and creation of faculties, even though the vast majority of teachers are opposed to it. Continue reading “Interview: James Kane, EIS union representative [Qmunicate]”

Interview: Patrick Harvie, Scottish Green Party co-convenor

Principled, dedicated and openly bisexual, Patrick Harvie seemingly defies the stereotype of being a politician in 21st Century Britain. Since 2003 he has been a member of the Scottish Parliament and co-convenor of the Scottish Green Party. During the Scottish Independence referendum his message of social justice, equality and the removal of Trident from Scotland struck a chord with many, most notably young voters.  Continue reading “Interview: Patrick Harvie, Scottish Green Party co-convenor”

Hunting: The Elite Vs The Electorate [Qmunicate]

 

On Boxing Day, over a quarter of a million people turned out across the UK to support the last annual wildlife hunts before the general election. As sickening as this image may appear, political support for hunting will also do nothing to modernise the Conservative image, a problem which David Cameron really cannot afford. Continue reading “Hunting: The Elite Vs The Electorate [Qmunicate]”

In Defence of ‘Clickivism’ [Qmunicate]

 

It is commonly regarded that the internet went ‘public’ in 1991. I was born in 1994 meaning I have never lived in a world where an online presence was inactive.

When we speak, as we often do, of the pre-online age, we really are discussing an entirely different historical era. Continue reading “In Defence of ‘Clickivism’ [Qmunicate]”