SARAH BEATTIE-SMITH

The headlines this morning were all about “EU ministers meet for talks” and “pressure on politicians” after an estimated 900 people drowned between Libya and Italy. Some other commentators focused on anti-immigrant rhetoric being responsible for the deaths, yet the common theme was that almost no news outlet talked about the people who perished as …

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Today I joined what felt like every MSP in Parliament for the launch of the One in Five campaign. Ambassadors Pam Duncan-Glancy and Jamie Szymkowiak have done an incredible job in just a couple of weeks to create this brilliant campaign which aims to encourage, empower and increase political participation amongst disabled people in Scotland.

In the last days of this parliament came one of the most interesting and useful reports I’ve seen in five years of the Scottish Affairs Committee. Our Borderlands, Our Future sets out a vision for the South of Scotland that tackles the lack of jobs with decent wages and calls for much better connectivity, whether …

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“Food is inherently political – it’s the one thing that unites us all.” Those were the words of the fabulous Mags Hall, one of the founders of Common Good Food and a stalwart of the Fife Diet on Wednesday night. I chaired a discussion event that we put on in Common Weal Edinburgh North and Leith to …

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