Women in Black

On the last Saturday of each month a group of women come together in Brodick to stand for peace. We do this as part of a broader movement around the world called Women in Black. Women in Black started in 1988 in Jerusalem by a group of Israeli women who wanted to show their opposition …

Mans Inhumanity to Man – 100 Years of Balfour

by Stephen Brown As the year 2017 closes our thoughts may turn to Burns and ‘Auld Lang Syne’ but it is perhaps timely to consider another quote from the bard –  ‘Mans inhumanity to man, Makes countless thousands mourn!’ Written in 1784 but apposite to the plight of the Palestinian people today – 100 years on …

And Finally: Scotland in Europe – A Message from Alyn Smith MEP

It has been a long year, and the ongoing failures of the Brexiters gives no joy to the rest of us tied to the train crash they have set in motion. This week we finally saw some of the UK’s fabled impact assessments. There were no revelations since much of what they contained was simply …

Debate on the Marine Environment – Patricia Gibson MP

Debate on the Marine Environment On November 14th I participated in a debate on the Marine Environment in Westminster. Whilst progress has been made in this with the ban on microbeads and the introduction of Marine Protected Areas, there are still challenges. We must use our seas sustainably, protecting vulnerable marine habitats, and look after …

What Are Our Regional MSPs For?

Perhaps like me you were aware of your regional MSPs but were actually quite sure what they were for? Now that I have written to them  all on a very contentious issue here on Arran I am even less clear as to what they are for. Paraphrasing the Scottish Parliament website we have 1 constituency …

And finally

The respected scientific journal Bioscience has in its November issue published a letter signed by 15,364 scientist signatories from 184 countries, headed “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice“. 25 years ago concerned professionals called on humankind to curtail environmental destruction and cautioned that “a great change in our stewardship of the Earth and …

Scottish CND Branch on Arran

Despite dreadful weather, 24 people attended an interesting meeting at the Ormidale Pavilion in Brodick about nuclear disarmament. The meeting heard from the Rev. John Webster about the history of CND and the long standing policy of the Church of Scotland in favour of nuclear disarmament. Elsa Rodeck and Isla Blair of Arran Women in …

Harvey, Irma, and climate change: why they won’t change minds

Harvey, Irma, and climate change: why they won’t change minds Why it will struggle to matter: Here’s a look at why Harvey and Irma could become flashpoints in the public’s views on climate change, yet simultaneously fail to move the needle much, partly because humans have short attention spans, are too wedded to preconceived notions, …

Last Word

“If we lose the railways … we have forgotten how to live collectively.” Tony Judt, philosopher and historian.