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 …

Heathrow as a Sign of Political Failure and Exercise in Mass Delusion

An article by Mike Small, writing in Bella Caledonia, on the recent vote by MPs in Westminster to expand Heathrow airport, a decision with enormous implications for the government’s commitment to cutting carbon emissions and for the This isn’t really about Boris, who we know is a liar and a hypocrite and a coward. This …

Open Up the Registers, from Land Matters

by Andy Wightman, Green MSP It is an odd state of affairs that it is easier to find out the ownership of land in 1915 than it is in 2018. The Finance Act of 1910 (Lloyd George’s famous People’s Budget”) proposed an increment levy on the increase in value of land. To establish a base-line of …

Peace on the Far Side of Nuclear Weapons

 By Robert C. Koehler “. . . real security can only be shared . . .” I call it news in a cage: the fact that the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons has been awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. In other words, how nice, but it has nothing to do with the real …

Meeting Helen Crawfurd, Scottish Suffragette, through her own words…

By Laura Matheson Laura Matheson has joined Glasgow Women’s Library as an exhibition intern as part of her course MSc Modern and Contemporary Art: History, Curating and Criticism at the University of Edinburgh. As Fiona Jack’s current exhibition ‘Our Red Aunt’ is on at Glasgow Women’s Library, Laura talks about Helen Crawfurd – whose legacy …

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 …

Flora Mckinnon Gibson (Drummond) (1878-1949) A Leading Suffragette with a connection with Arran.

By Jim Henderson The 7th of January marks sixty-nine years since the death of ‘The General’, Flora McKinnon Drummond, suffragette. Flora’s mother Sarah Cook was married to Francis Gibson a tailor who went south to find work in Manchester. Flora was born in Manchester on the 4th August 1878, shortly afterwards within a year or …

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 …