SARAH BEATTIE-SMITH

Best bits: Three great hustings in the Borders and getting out in the sun winning votes from Kelso to Dumfries to Fenwick Worst bit: Coming to terms with the fact that there’s only a week left! Folk of note: Rob from Dumfries and Galloway College for being so welcoming; Debbie from Borders Carers Centre and …

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Fishing and farming. If you believed the Tories, you might think that’s all that rural Scotland is. The publication last week of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party’s plans for rural Scotland admittedly contains some positive aspects – universal broadband for all, for example – but its focus and its omissions show just how out …

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In East Ayrshire a debate is raging. The Council is proposing to build a new 2500 pupil “super school” on a site which is currently playing fields and a running track and which is susceptible to flooding. Much of the community is opposed on a variety of different grounds. For Greens, this debate feels unsettlingly …

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Yesterday I got to go to the ever gorgeous North Berwick for a fantastic family picnic with the East Lothian Greens and loads of lovely local folk. Organised by the rather brilliant Isla Aitken, the picnic had an excellent magician, live music, the most amazing face painter and a treasure hunt. Plus of course there …

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On Thursday 18th June, I spoke at a great event organised by the Radical Independence Campaign as a precursor to the massive anti-austerity demonstration in Glasgow and London on June 20th. The brilliant Independence Live live-streamed the event and it’s available for you to watch again. I’d really recommend it – the other speakers, from …

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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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