‘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 …

The Environment Secretary Comes to COAST

Scottish Cabinet Secretary, Roseanna Cunningham, visited COAST this week at Scotland’s first MPA visitor centre, the Octopus Centre. During the Scottish Cabinet’s visit to Arran on Monday 27th August, the Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham, made a trip to Coast where she was welcomed by co-founder Howard Wood, and …

The Politics of Jam

by Sue Weaver Stirring the jam saucepan, I reflect how far I’ve come, full circle in fact, ending up exactly like my mother, stirring the jam saucepan. She left school at 14, worked through the war in the blitz, then like so many others, returned to hearth and home, a housewife, a mother, a jam …

100 Years of Women and the Vote art installation

A Glasgow based artist has made an installation, now on at the Rutherglen Library in Glasgow, around a banner she has created to mark the centenary of women gaining the right to vote. Christina Quarrell, who is a regular visitor to Arran told the Voice,  “The art installation came about because I wanted to create …