Given how difficult it is to find full candidate lists for the Holyrood election, how much faith can we put in opinion polls that lump the small parties into the “other” category?
Category Archives: Opinion
Do headteachers really know best when it comes to school budgeting?
The SNP’s plan to divert more funding directly to school heads, bypassing local education authorities, will sound familiar to anyone who’s been following the dubious rise of academies in England.
Don’t fall into a Tory trap by using disabling language
Yes, raids on the budget for Personal Independence Payments would affect vulnerable people, but they would likely also have a serious impact on many, many others who reject such labels … we must accept that our choice of language – and the stereotypes it helps perpetuate – may be disabling in itself.
Calling men like Adam Johnson paedophiles doesn’t help teenage girls
If predators like Johnson are to be caught and prosecuted then we need to be able to recognise the dynamics involved in his crimes and others like them.
Impossible to ignore: the anti-abortion vigil at Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital
There are no shock tactics here, just silent judgment from two men and two women standing in the cold. But their message – “Choose life” – will be seen by all, including those who have had that choice removed from them in a brutally painful way.
The Good Wife: Season seven, episode two: Innocents
Alicia and her new buddy get their teeth into an art vs pornography case, and Grace proves that she deserves her own spin-off show.
The Good Wife: Season seven, episode one: Bond
It’s back! Kalinda’s gone, Finn’s bottled it and longstanding irritant Canning is somehow not dead yet, but I’m excited.
Language matters when it comes to criminal justice
WE have a language problem when it comes to criminal justice. Take the phrase “automatic early release”, which the Scottish Government plans to end despite strong opposition from academics, lawyers and penal reform campaigners. Automatic early release really doesn’t sound like a good thing. The phrase conjures up the image of a cell door automaticallyContinue reading “Language matters when it comes to criminal justice”
It’s not right to make children pray at school
“HANDS together, eyes closed,” came the instruction, and we obediently complied. It seemed no more or less arbitrary than many of the other edicts issued by primary school teachers to us, their pliable charges. We lined up together in twos holding hands, we recited our times tables, we put our chairs atop our desks atContinue reading “It’s not right to make children pray at school”
How many pensioners really need a Winter Fuel Allowance?
THE image of the impoverished pensioner shivering in the cold is an incredibly emotive one, especially at this time of year. Amid rising energy prices and much talk of fuel poverty, it might seem a no-brainer to increase the Winter Fuel Allowance as the Scottish Government has this week urged. What kind of heartless ScroogeContinue reading “How many pensioners really need a Winter Fuel Allowance?”