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Claire Black: pathetic progress on gay inequality

RESEARCH into the experience of LGBT people is like buses, it seems. Not a dickie bird and then two major reports arrive at once. The first, at the start of last week, was the Equality Network’s Scottish LGBT Equality Report.

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There have been examples of dismissals where social media has played a part. Picture: AFP/Getty

Comment: Beware social media in office dangers

HOW should an employee react to a “friend” request on Facebook from his or her boss? On one hand, the employee may worry that doing so will give access to one’s thoughts and (what might be considered) prejudices online. On the other, there will also be concern that the boss may take rejection badly and this could have an adverse effect on future career prospects. A classic Catch-22 situation.

Andy Willox: skills shortages are a concern. Picture: Contributed

Comment: Scotland not as black as SNP make out

IN HER maiden speech last week, Mhairi Black, our youngest MP, swept all before her.


Happy birthday Nicola! Picture: PA

Drumlanrig: A special 45 celebration for Sturgeon

TODAY is one of the most important dates in the Nationalists’ calendar.


The British political scene at the top now appears to be a race for the centre. Picture: PA

Leaders: Left and right politics must return to UK

Full-blooded battle between left and right brings better ideas and outcomes than bland skirmishes


The SNP need to stop concentrating on their 'fight' with Labour and concentrate on the many Scottish issues. Picture: Jane Barlow

Andrew Tickell: SNP can stop flogging a dead horse

ONLY a major calamity or unforeseen scandal can now prevent Nicola Sturgeon from seizing a second term. Only a significant revival in Scottish Labour’s fortunes can deprive her government of its majority in Holyrood, and Labour stands a snowball’s chance in hell of securing that revival. Sitting pretty on an overwhelming lead, under a popular leader, eight years since Jack McConnell lost power by a single seat, the nationalists have never looked stronger, or their opponents weaker.


There is a tension between having children and a high-flying career. Picture: Getty/Fuse

Dani Garavelli: ‘Motherhood trap’ must be probed

I DON’T know if it’s because it’s July and the house is constantly full of children and I am forced to sneak into the office at antisocial hours if I want to get any work done, but I was upset by the reaction to the New Statesman’s front cover which showed four miserable-looking female politicians under the headline “The Motherhood Trap – why are so many successful women childless?”


George Osborne promised a National Living Wage in his budget, though this will still be less than the current living wage. Picture: Getty

Edel Harris: Social care workers must be rewarded

CORNERSTONE is one of the largest care providers in Scotland, providing services to children and adults in 20 of the country’s 32 local authority areas.

Greek finance minister Euclid Tsakalotos in parliament last Wednesday. Picture: AFP

Insight: Greece bail-out to beggar belief

In Groundhog Day Greece, the latest deal brought violence to the streets and derision from economists. Can it really prevent Grexit or the Eurozone’s collapse, asks Dani Garavelli


Uptown gull: they won't stop till theyve beaten us all. Picture: Toby Williams

Ashley Davies: Bow down to our feathery overlords

COMING, as I do, from a landlocked region, I’ve long associated the sight and sound of seagulls with holidays, fresh, salty air and breezy romantic freedom.

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the Durham Miners' Gala this month at which Jeremy Corbyn was the only candidate to speak. Picture: Getty

Euan McColm: Labour returning left with Corbyn rise

As Jeremy Corbyn turns from red herring candidate into the one to beat in the leadership vote, Euan McColm asks why both opposition and government can’t wait to give up the battle for the centre ground


Mhairi Black's maiden speech racked up more than 10 million online views. Picture: PA

Euan McColm: SNP aim to outfox with hand of friendship

THIS week, in the world of Scottish politics, people have mostly been banging on about the maiden speech delivered by Mhairi Black, the SNP’s 20-year-old member for Paisley and Renfrewshire South.


David Cameron has been dubbed anti-Scottish and accused of trying to sideline SNP MPs. Picture: Getty

Cameron’s kill or cure for West Lothian Question

It’s hard to take Tory assurances – or SNP outrage – at face value after the Prime Minister’s shortcut to English votes for English laws, writes Alex Massie


A toddler cools off in the raging  and, to many Scots, enraging  heat of London. Picture: PA

Claire Black: Heatwave? Tell me about it. Or rather, don’t

‘HOW’S your sister?” To me, it seemed a fairly innocuous question. My partner and her sister are close. They send pictures of each other’s babies by WhatsApp when they a) sit on a bit of grass they’ve never sat on before b) wear a new outfit c) get yoghurt all over their faces. Given that both babas are under two, this is a lot of photographs. So no biggie, right?

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Paul Behrens: Don’t expect swift justice for Flight 17

IN INTERNATIONAL affairs, it is not a good idea to get emotionally attached to ambitious projects. One of these has now been suggested by the Netherlands, Malaysia and other states: an international tribunal to try the perpetrators of the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) over Eastern Ukraine in 2014.

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No and Yes posters in Athens prior to the referendum. Picture: AP

Leader: Greece torn in two by vote

Traumatised nation needs to find spirit of reconciliation, whatever the referendum result

Patrick Harvie. Picture: Greg Macvean

Euan McColm: Harvie’s heresy should force SNP rethink

FOR a while there it was difficult to see the differences between the SNP and the Scottish Greens.


A young girl cries while receiving shelter and care at a Medecins Sans Frontieres clinic in Maradi as a result of famine in Niger in 2005. Picture: Getty

Dani Garavelli: When poverty made history

Ten years ago, surrounded by a carnival of activists and celebrities, the G8 met in Scotland to solve Africa’s debt crisis. But did they really change the world, asks Dani Garavelli

Changing the governments definition does nothing to alter the grinding reality of poverty. Picture: Getty

Dani Garavelli: Compassionate conservatism is dead

I’M NOT sure Iain Duncan Smith’s decision to scrap the Child Poverty Act marks the death of “compassionate conservatism”: I think it expired so long ago rigor mortis has already set in. The influence of the Liberal Democrats may have kept it on life support through the first raft of benefits reforms – albeit in a persistent vegetative state, with all traces of its personality extinguished. But as soon as the general election was over, the Tory party pulled the plug as it reiterated its determination to shave another £12 billion from the welfare budget.


A demonstrator rises his hand reading the word ''No'' during a rally in Athens. Picture: AP

Andrew Wilson: Puncture political football of Greece

WORKINGTON in West Cumbria enjoys “Uppies and Downies”, its very own version of mediaeval football. Around Easter the two ends of the town mass as teams and fight over the ball. Pity the ball.


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