An Eye-Popping Lack of Diversity

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Recently, on the Parliamentary Channel I caught a late-night adjournment debate with Chuka Umunna MP urging the government to ensure a more rapid response in the battle for greater diversity in private sector board-rooms as well as in senior corporate management. His diversity demands related to both greater gender equality …read more

Welcome to Cairnstoon

Video of the first of two book launches of an anthology of Chris Cairns’ wonderful cartoons. The second launch is this evening at Freespace bookshop in Easter Road in Edinburgh. Me and the dug will be in attendance.

The book will be available in all good bookshops and online …read more

Why we love Twitter

Kezia Dugdale in the Scottish Daily Mail this morning: “We’re not like the SNP. This isn’t a party of robots that are given a chip and told what to think and do.” Twitter’s response is below. …read more

Scottish Business Buzz (29.10.15)

Scotland’s mid-market companies are “overlooked” but essential to the UK economic recovery, according to new research which shows that their collective turnover has leapt 63% in the last five years. In City AM, Simon Michaels, managing partner at advisory and accountancy firm BDO who published the report, says we need …read more

Culture Shift

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Bella is delighted to announce a new strand of work celebrating Gaelic and Scots language and culture with regular content to be published in both languages and in other forms (featuring poetry, music and visual art).

The work will be led by three commissioning editors, from Gaelic: Ruaridh McIver, Daibhidh Rothach …read more

Inter-ethnic co-operation in New York

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Some of the most enduring fruit of co-operation, and borne across ethnic groups, can be found, however, in New York. It was there that the local St Andrew’s and St George’s societies worked together closely—so closely, in fact, that they shared the same lodgings at 3 Broadway, as well as …read more

Inter-ethnic co-operation in New York

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Some of the most enduring fruit of co-operation, and borne across ethnic groups, can be found, however, in New York. It was there that the local St Andrew’s and St George’s societies worked together closely—so closely, in fact, that they shared the same lodgings at 3 Broadway, as well as …read more

The wishful believers

As we noted last night, the BBC’s Andrew Neil has reacted with rather poor grace to his chiding at the hands of respected economists Jim and Margaret Cuthbert. Neil embarked on a blocking spree and tried to rewrite history, claiming that he’d “simply offered” the blunt claim that there had …read more

Gender and the Alternative Media

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It’s one thing to sidestep the ‘traditional’ media when it failed to deliver. But it’s quite another to build something better in its place. Where are the women and minorities in Scotland’s ‘new media’ landscape?

Scotland’s new media revolution

You often noticed a tangible sense of pride when independence supporters spoke about …read more

Constitutional necrosis

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It’s been a strange week in the Ruritanian kingdom of Ukovia, where politics is a game played by rich people and Lords and Ladies dripping in ermine who debate austerity. The elected government, elected that is by 24% of those eligible to vote, decided in its wisdom that it’s …read more