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 Joined February 2017    sceptical.scot
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The co-editors announce the closure of Sceptical Scot on its seventh anniversary....The post Sceptical Scot shuts up shop appeared first on Sceptical Scot.
Survival, war, poetry. What is it like to fight for your motherland with words and on the streets? Here is a message to transcend time and place.The post For future generations from our here and now appeared first on Sceptical Scot.
'The current conflict seems one from an anachronous, imperial past. There is little to separate a Ukrainian and a Russian - this is not an ethnic conflict but one over territory.'The post A letter on Ukraine from Berlin Hbf appeared first on Sceptical Scot.
"The report, the launch, the minutes of the Advisory Council meetings - all point to a ‘just get it done and get it out’ approach. And as with previous, failed, economic strategies it will go through various hoops of progress reports and ‘accountability’ that are underplayed and soon forgotten. But without anyone taking real ownership, without a genuine attempt to identify and plan a way...
"The current position in Scotland is just not good enough. Infant removals continue to this day. They do not lie in our past. This trend is found in other wealthy countries..yet elsewhere infant removals appear more subject to public scrutiny. An infant entering care in 2016, when the Independent Care Review was launched by the First Minister, will be 14 years of age by 2030.  Hardly a sea...
'It is conceivable that all this could lead to a rapid collapse of the Putin autocracy, but we should not engage in wishful thinking. Wide-ranging economic sanctions on Russia may be needed for a lengthy period of time. Ejection from Swift is a symbol of these efforts, not a powerful economic tool that can constrain Russia’s actions in Ukraine at little cost to ourselves.'The post Why ejecting...
'Clearly the political and institutional landscape has changed dramatically since 2014. One inescapable fact about any future debate on the economic case for Scottish independence is that the terrain – by which we mean the political, economic, social and cultural context – has shifted significantly.'The post What are Scotland’s real choices? appeared first on Sceptical Scot.
"The Government must change, and fund change elsewhere. Organisations and institutions that for a long time have not provided good enough care must change, and any new organisation must be set up to meet the needs of those they support, not the system they are a part of... yet just because there are areas of concern does not negate the progress already made, and progress has been made."The post...
"A start to redressing this imbalance would be for the UK Government and the devolved governments to sign the European Charter of Local Self Government - then we could at last begin to have serious conversations, based on a joint understanding of and respect for each other’s roles, on how we are to successfully tackle the substantial and increasingly complex issues of the future."The post What...
"It doesn’t have to be like this, as David Attenborough has reminded us at the end of every episode of his most urgently powerful and poignant series: Green Planet, and with force in the final fifth, Human Worlds. Solutions are tantalisingly within reach. At no risk to ourselves we can make our own surrounds much greener – and a lot more pleasant."The post One snort for hello? appeared...
Following the Independent Care Review, a Promise was made to children and families by the Scottish Government in  February 2020.  That Promise was that –  •  No child would become looked after by the local authorities for want of help and support that could prevent them being taken from their homes.  • When it was […]The post An empty Promise appeared first on Sceptical Scot....
"Challenges lie ahead. But one major difference between Big Oil and Big Wind is that the latter has the potential to help rescue the planet from the climate emergency."The post From Big Oil to Big Wind appeared first on Sceptical Scot.
'A speech by the First Minister acknowledging Scotland’s role would be useful; a fund to promote research on Scotland and the empire, including a virtual museum, would be even better....As Scotland struggles with new questions about identity, it is important to confront the reality of what happened in the empire.The post Scotland must lead in confronting its imperial past appeared first on...
"So while the first steps towards mass exploitation of the North Sea offshore wind power at industrial scale have been taken, the socioeconomic wrangling as to who will actually benefit from this mass infrastructure is likely only just beginning."The post A brief note on wind and hot air appeared first on Sceptical Scot.
After over 20 years existence, instead of extending the principle of devolution within Scotland, the Scottish Government has not only retained all the transfers from Westminster but also taken away functions from Local Government: writes George ThorleyThe post Scottish devolution and the new democratic deficit appeared first on Sceptical Scot.
"The current crisis is made in the USA, but the US can still defuse it by stepping back and agreeing to a demilitarized zone in Eastern Europe. However, that is unlikely to happen as it would contradict Neocon doctrine and go against the character and history of the country. President Biden would also be further politically damaged. In effect, he too has been boxed in by the Neocon operatives in...
"Each being is like a grain of sand or a pebble that makes up a beautiful whole. All are unique and precious. Sometimes when I walk on the beach I look for particularly special pebbles or sea washed glass. But, in reality – they are all unique and make altogether, a wonderful beach..."The post Wishing love: a song and poem for the new year appeared first on Sceptical Scot.
"At a time when digital resources are a godsend, the general public cannot engage with Census data to advance their own historical interests. Of greater significance perhaps are questions such as: How can the histories of a nation be written without access to the core data – the inhabitants and their locations?"The post The paywall keeping the public out of history appeared first on Sceptical...
"...now would be a good time to shake things up even further. Who will make that happen? I expect little from the Government or the Parliament, it’ll be for others to push for change.."The post Time to shake up Scotland appeared first on Sceptical Scot.
"Scots have a self-image of being frank and forthright.  Within the professions at least, this is rarely justified.  Agreement with official policy rather than plain speaking is the dominant form of discourse at the upper levels of Scottish education. Similar tendencies can be seen in law and medicine...."The post Prophets without honour in their own land appeared first on Sceptical Scot.
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