Discos and Drugs


The period between Christmas and New Year is a difficult one for journalists and this year has proved just so for poor Iain Martin caught spluttering a barely coherent post-Santa rant that makes you think he’d maybe been overdoing the chocolate liqueurs. Hogmanay has been ruined by those darned …read more

The 5 best moments in activism 2015


Those of us who spend a significant amount of our time trying to change the world for the better can’t help but get downhearted and depressed at times. That’s why it’s always valuable – and downright necessary – to take stock and celebrate that which we have achieved. And what …read more

The media they don’t like to talk about

Below is a very interesting 13-minute chat from this afternoon’s John Beattie Show on Radio Scotland, also featuring Stuart Cosgrove (presenter of the excellent Off The Ball) and Eamonn O’Neill, who we presume is this Eamonn O’Neill. (The John Beattie Show, BBC Radio Scotland, 31 December 2015) . Naturally we …read more

The mystic mutt’s predictions for 2016

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An asteroid narrowly misses the Earth. Labour issues a press release with the shocking revelation that in the event of a global mass extinction, the SNP have failed to ensure that five million beds are available in the Scottish NHS. Worse, the Scottish Government have done nothing to invest in …read more

Deòrsa Mac Iain Dheòrsa: Clach air a’ Chàrn


San alt seo tha Ruairidh MacÌomhair a’ cuimhneachadh air a’ bhàrd Deòrsa Mac Iain Dheòrsa, air ceann-bhliadhna a bhreith. In this article Ruairidh Maciver remembers the poet George Campbell Hay on the centenary of his birth.

Aig toiseach na Dùbhlachd, chomharraich sinn ceud bliadhna bho rugadh am bàrd Earra-Ghàidhealach Deòrsa Mac …read more

The Slightly Tubby Quiz Of The Year

It’s time to find out just how alert you really are, readers. The answers to each of the 24 questions below about Scottish politics in 2015 can be found in Wings articles. But no Googling – we’ll know. …read more

Culture and the Common Good


It was on Sunday 15th December 2015 that the Sunday Herald published its front page headline “Scotland’s Nuclear Secret” about the shipment of weapons-grade uranium from Dounreay to the US. Such is the symbiotic nature of the relationship between “nuclear” and “political” power that the headline might as easily have …read more

The anatomy of a smear

The Scottish Daily Mail, which alongside its Sunday sister paper is spending the festive period engaged in an “SNP BAD!” frenzy – attacking the party over everything from foxhunting to the brutal Stalinist suppression of free speech to using taxpayers’ money to send people Christmas cards – today runs the …read more