A Scotland – Canada Partnership

The New Scotland – Canada Social Enterprise Partnership By Kenneth Gibson, MSP for Cunninghame North In February, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP announced a landmark international agreement to grow and sustain social enterprises in Scotland and Canada. The Social Enterprise Academy, which provides learning and development for the sector in Scotland, has now launched a …

Local MP Patricia Gibson speaks out over plan to charge for TV licence

TORIES TO CHARGE OVER 75s FOR THEIR TV LICENCES By Patricia Gibson, MP for North Ayrshire and Arran  The UK Tory Government has decided to scrap the free TV licence fee for over-75s. They are rolling back on a manifesto pledge to maintain pensioner benefits, including free TV licences. At present, all households with someone …

Local MP accuses UK government of ‘staggering incompetence’

The MP for North Ayrshire and Arran, Patricia Gibson, gives her views on some of the events that have taken place in Westminster in the past month, highlighting that the deadlock over Brexit is still apparently no closer to resolution than it was two years ago and calls for Mrs May to look at serious …

An Open Connected Country

  Here MSP for Cunninghame North, Kenneth Gibson discusses how important it is to maintain our cross-cultural and creative links with Europe, at a time when our political and economic connections are subsiding.   With the UK on the brink of leaving the EU, Scotland’s role as an open, connected country is more important than ever. While …

Patricia Gibson MP reports on UK Government’s latest attack on pensioners

By Patricia Gibson, MP for North Ayrshire and Arran Amid the Brexit chaos, as Tory MPs fight each other tooth and nail and Labour MPs struggle to find a coherent position, one might be forgiven for not noticing the UK Government’s latest stealth attack on pensioners. In fact, some have suggested that the decision to …

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 …