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)”

Arts Preview: A Machine They’re Secretly Building

Proto-type theatre bring their new work, A Machine They’re Secretly Building, to Glasgow’s Tron Theatre next week as part of their UK tour.

Written by Andrew Westerside and Proto-type theatre, the play draws from the theatre company’s tradition of multi-media performance. Continue reading “Arts Preview: A Machine They’re Secretly Building”

Council’s homeless housing plan labelled a ‘disaster’

The use of B&Bs and other private businesses as temporary accommodation for homeless people is ‘not sustainable’ according to leading charities.

The Invisibles, an organisation based in Glasgow, call the approach of local authorities towards temporary accommodation a ‘disaster waiting to happen’ as money is spent on short-term solutions such as hotels and B&Bs as opposed to investment in public housing. Continue reading “Council’s homeless housing plan labelled a ‘disaster’”

Interview: Amal Azzudin, human rights campaigner (Positively Scottish)

 

It began with a campaign 12 years ago which achieved national prominence and became a notable play and musical.

But for one young woman at the heart of the story, the real-life lessons of then are very relevant to today.

Back in 2005, 15-year-old Amal Azzudin joined six classmates at Drumchapel High School in forming a group to fight the detention of their friend, Agnesa from Kosovo. Continue reading “Interview: Amal Azzudin, human rights campaigner (Positively Scottish)”

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]”

Theatre Review: The Absence of War

Dir. Jeremy Herrin, The Citizens, 31st March-4th April 2015

David Hare’s The Absence of War was first performed in 1993 depicting the internal struggle emerging within a fictionalisation of the Labour party between the old style left and the new pulls to the centre. The frictions and the rhetoric of these ideological struggles makes Jeremy Herrin’s revitalisation ring familiar with our current political environment. Continue reading “Theatre Review: The Absence of War”

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”

Talkin’ Bout a Revolution [Qmunicate]

There’s been a lot of talk of revolution lately.

Whether you care for the romanticised spiritualism of Russell Brand (#ReLOVEution), feel inspired by the occupation of Parliament Square or look out further to the democratic protests in Hong Kong, it’s difficult to escape the reverberating demands for change. Continue reading “Talkin’ Bout a Revolution [Qmunicate]”