What a Simple Psychological Test Reveals About Climate Change

If everyone’s success depended on it, would you share—or be selfish? By Dylan Selterman, writing in the National Geographic Magazine, June 2018 I TEACH UNDERGRADUATE psychology courses at the University of Maryland, and my classes draw students with diverse interests. But every one of them perks up when I pose this question: Do you want …

Tackling Fuel Poverty on Scotland’s Islands

A report from Kenneth Gibson, MSP for Cunninghame North On 06 and 07 December, I visited the Western Isles as part of the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee to take vital evidence on the SNP Government’s Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill. The Bill sets a new target that no more …

Degrowth is the radical post-Brexit future the UK needs

Written by Joe Herbert, published in Bella Caledonia on 21st November As the Brexit negotiations wrap up and Theresa May’s deal is lambasted by Remainers and Leavers alike, it’s still far from clear what the future holds for the United Kingdom. On March 29 2019, it is due to leave the European Union. Brexit is …

‘What planet are these people on?’

SCOTTISH GREEN MSP Andy Wightman slams forecasts for north sea oil extraction until 2050, his comments in contradiction to SNP which welcomed the new report, reports Ben Wray for Common Space at the end of last month. Wightman has criticised a new report forecasting increased oil & gas extraction from the north sea up until 2050, after …

The Darien Disaster 1698 – 1700

By Jim Henderson The Darien disaster 1698 – 1700. King of Scotland & England William 11/111 1689-1702. A Protestant with Dutch connections. Leading up to the year 1700 a total of 7,000 Scots emigrated to the America’s, Between 10 and 20,000 moved to Europe and between 60 and 100,000 went to Ireland. This was 60 …

A report from the Scottish Green Party conference

Ben Wray reports on the Green Party conference last month, which was held on 20-21st October at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. First published online at Common Space. THE Scottish Greens conference began with a call for a socialist transformation to create an economy “that puts people and planet ahead of profit”. Maggie Chapman, …

Local MP mark’s baby loss awareness week in Westminster

Patricia Gibson, MP for North Ayrshire and Arran marked Baby Loss Awareness Week in the House of Commons by recalling her own experience of stillbirth during a debate at Westminster. Baby Loss Awareness Week, now in its 16th year, sees 60 charities come together to raise awareness about the key issues affecting those who have …

A March for Peace

On Saturday 22nd September, around thirty people from Arran’s CND group joined hundreds of demonstrators at the naval base on the Clyde, for the international anti-nuclear rally organised by Scottish CND.       A bus met us off the first boat in Ardrossan and drove first to Helensburgh and then onto the Peace Camp at …

Nae Pasaran! How Scottish workers grounded Pinochet’s airforce

As Holyrood honours the East Kilbride engineers who refused to work on the jet engines of the Chilean dictatorship, CommonSpace looks back at the story of how Scottish workers stood against Pinochet’s regime. Last month the Scottish Parliament heard a motion recognising the efforts of the East Kilbride engineers who in 1974 organised a boycott …