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Issue 69 of Scottish Left Review

Apr 02, 2012 Add a comment

Scottish Left Review Issue 69: Why you might just regret cutting the red tap

Issue 69 of the Scottish Left Review is now online. Regulation, deregulation and the myth of red tape is considered by authors Robin McAlpine, Francis Stuart, Stephen Boyd and Pat Rafferty. Plus Dave Moxham on trade unions in 2012, Bob Thomson on the Jimmy Reid Foundation, Matthew Crighton on the successful anti-privatisation campaign in Edinburgh, Andy Anderson on economics and B0b Reid on alienation. Also in this issue, the launch of the Constitution Page, this time considering defence.

Lecture on ‘Just Banking’ announced

Feb 16, 2012 Add a comment

Supported by organisations like the STUC, Unison, Friends of the Earth Scotland and the New Economics Foundation, the lecture ‘JUST BANKING: building a banking sector that serves society’ has been announced for 19 and 20 April. For more information and to book go to

New Changing Scotland event announced

Feb 08, 2012 Add a comment

Changin Scotland

A weekend of politics, culture and ideas …. And fun!

Friday March 23rd–March 25th 

The Ceilidh Place, Ullapool

Come and join Gerry Hassan and Jean Urquhart for the latest weekend of good conversation and challenging ideas in a beautiful setting ….

‘A wonderful experience of intimate exchange in one of the most beautiful settings in the world’ Peter Oborne

Speakers include:

Ian Jack of The Guardian on The Scotland of Past and Present 

‘The finest feature writer at work in Britain’, Jeremy Paxman

James Mitchell, Strathclyde University and the leading academic authority on Scottish politics on Independence: The Big Debate

‘The most perceptive thinker on modern Scotland’, The Scotsman

Neil Walker of Edinburgh University on What is Independence?

Martin Sime of SCVO and Kate Caskie of Victim Support Scotland discuss What is ‘Civic Scotland’ and what its role in the Great Debate? 

William Walker,  co-author of ‘Uncharted Waters’ on Trident and the Scottish Question

Stephen Boyd of the STUC and Katherine Trebeck of Oxfam Scotland on The Economics of Self-Government

Dave Watson, Unison Scotland and Marsha Scott, ENGENDER on Social Justice Scotland

Plus Anthony Baxter introduces his award winning film about the Donald Trump saga You’ve Been Trumped

The Ceilidh Place: 01854-612103

 Weekend ticket for sessions: £60

 Accommodation to be booked separately from £25 per night

 Rooms also available in the Ceilidh Place itself – but book early

 Please cite Changin Scotland when phoning for booking

And now in our tenth year, Changin Scotland has its twentieth weekend on Nov 2-4;

a special programme, celebration and a bit of party ……


Issue 68 of the Scottish Left Review is now online

Jan 31, 2012 Add a comment


Peter McColl, Lesley Riddoch and Eberhard Bort take a look at local government in Scotland and, by comparing it with other countries and asking how it has responded to recent developments, seek to find out if it is serving the democratic needs of Scotland. Also in this issue: Joseph Ritchie on the role of non-violence in protest movements, Tom O’Hara on utopian socialist fiction, Patricia Walls on sectarianism, Gordon Morgan on the political changes which took place across Europe in 2011 and Justin Kenrick on what the Occupy movement may mean for political change. Read it online at

SCND report reveals that Trident would have nowhere to go if Scotland asked it to leave.

Jan 31, 2012 Add a comment

A new report from Scottish CND looks in detail at potential alternative locations for Trident and argues that none of these are viable. Read the report at