Despite the best intentions of some, the referendum is going to be the all consuming backdrop to this years Edinburgh Festival. But as well as infiltrating every bar room conversation and every stand up show, and even having managed to break through the Charlie and Lola vibe of the Book Festival, there are a load of indyref dedicated shows and venues. Be-straddling these like a giant beast is All Back to Bowie’s, the cabaret-meets-constitutional-culture-zone that runs from 1-24 August every lunch time at the Stand in the Square. This is a giant Yes Yurt that will be the epicentre for all Yesness after the valiant Yestival crew have collapsed in a post-coital heap.
When Bowie used his surrogate at the Brits to plead: “Scotland … stay with us”reactions varied. The most common, and perhaps unkind one was: “What a fanny”. Other etiquette pedants questioned the lack of “please” in…
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It is something of a tradition, when a radical political movement emerges, to hail the new generation of young people who are rejecting the bad old ways, and trumpet the return of the organised left. When I was a student in the early 2000s, the alter-globalisation and anti-war movements were taken as evidence that my generation were rejecting 1980s “greed is good” values. In 2011, Paul Mason claimed that anti-austerity protests and the Arab Spring were driven by “a new sociological type: the graduate with no future.” Of the independence referendum, Gerry Hassan has written that “Arguments articulated by the establishment and the political Old Guard fail to resonate with a new generation of voter”; Pete Ramand, that “radical Scotland has left its ghetto.”
It is fantastic, and hugely exciting, to see young people engage with democracy, to try to change their country for the better…
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Originally posted on Wee Ginger Dug:
It’s been a hectic day. The other half is still in hospital. Today the nurse on the rehab ward phoned to say his health has taken a bit of a turn for the worse, and he’s been moved back to the acute ward in the Royal. We’re still waiting for the test results, hopefully it’s just a wee infection and isn’t too serious, but it’s put back the likely date that he’ll be back home. Which is a bummer. But after visiting him I felt a bit better. He’s comfortable, and resting.
My parents decided to take advantage of the sunny weather to have a family barbecue. So naturally it rained. They say you can choose your friends, but not your family. Which is only partially true. You can choose not to talk to certain family members, which is how me and my gran quite successfully arranged things until she…
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Originally posted on Scots Asians For YES to an Independent Scotland:
People young and old, from every background and nationality are coming out to support the Yes vote. Councillor Shabbar Jaffri supporting Yes Pollok, his constituency and Scots Asians for Yes by organising stalls at events and canvassing through Glasgow. Councillor Jahanghir Hanif is hard at work canvassing his constituents with Councillor Mhairi Hunter in Glasgow Southside, one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse constituencies in Scotland.
The Yes activity is increasing day by day all across Scotland as the vibe is one of hope to be so close to September 18, the day we cast our vote for an independent Scotland.
Our Scots Asians for Yes ambassador Tasmina Ahmed Sheikh was in Galiza, northern Spain a couple of days ago speaking on what we wish to achieve as a progressive forward thinking nation and as you can see from the amazing photograph, we have the…
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